Saturday, 30 July 2011
This isn't the first time Leona Lewis has been initially criticised for her interpretations of tracks with a cult following (Stop Crying Your Heart Out, Run...etc). This is a bold move in terms of her musical direction but also very much needed if she is to become exciting and current again, especially in the UK. Both versions of the song are nice, but what's important to remember here is Leona isn't 'stealing' music. Rights will be awarded and contributors will get their share. More to the point, Leona will open this track to a wider audience in a similar way to how Beyonce acted as a catalyst for Major Lazer's hit 'Pon De Floor' with 'Run The World'. Almost half of Leona's YouTube poll for this song is negative but I'm expecting a huge turnaround when the video surfaces.
My good friend Andrew McFarlane's latest shots recently surfaced on Facebook sporting his latest hair style. I absolute love the style of these photographs; Andy has nailed every single one of them! Andrew was one of the first people to encourage me to get into modelling and I can't thank him enough for believing in me back in the day when I weren't so confident.
Ok, so we first heard this song ages ago and the video has been shot in Brazil. All of the teaser clips and preview videos online are dated quite far back, so I almost had to ask myself if this was old news. Surely a video this big could not have surfaced without me knowing. Answers on a postcard.
Sunday, 24 July 2011
Hope you are all enjoying the warm weather in the UK today, apologies if the weather isn't too great where you are. My latest music reviews went live on FLMBOYNT.COM yesterday as well as an interview with myself. Check it out!
Saturday, 23 July 2011
Gone are the days when Kelly Rowland will be compared to the untamable force that is Beyonce. Following on from her Dance Chart successes with leading DJ's and a massive 27 million hits on YouTube for the R&B smoocher 'Motivation' with Lil Wayne, Kelly is now widely respected as a true artist in her own right. Her new album 'Here I Am' out this Tuesday has moments that will be cherished by both her Dance and her R&B fans, however more so for the latter. Coupled together with her upcoming TV breakthrough role as a judge on X Factor, we should expect nothing short of a fruitful year for Kelly.
Highlights include the David Guetta smash 'Commander' and 'Down For Whatever' for the commercial club audience. 'All Of The Night' and 'Keep It Between Us' will prove to be a winner for the chilled out R&B fans in a similar fashion to 'Motivation'. The Dance tracks are punchy, and incredibly catchy, whereas the R&B numbers are tangibly sexy. My only concern is as to whether there are enough moments in each genre to please both audiences. Perhaps a double-disc album to keep both genres as separate entities would have made more sense.
Friday, 22 July 2011
A friend of mine, Mehmet Edip is currently trying to become the new spokesmodel for Powertec (one of the leading US home gym equipment companies). If you get a spare moment and feel that he would be a worthy winner of this title, you can vote for him for free by liking his picture on the Powertec Spokesmodel Search Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150236817718819&set=a.10150233376183819.334992.68172708818&type=1
Pitbull is one of those rappers that doesn't actually really say anything. His music video persona shows a possible lovechild of Shaggy and Snoop Dogg, so it is with no surprise that his latest stint portrays a James Bond-esque role. The reason why this works however is down to a number of things. The production is primarily of a great standard which adds to the re-playability, but the key ingredient here is identity. Straightaway we know what to expect with this record. It doesn't ask too much of the listener and what it offers, it delivers. A solid hook by the super talented recent ex-husband of Jennifer Lopez makes this record even more formidable. I like it (for now).
Wednesday, 20 July 2011
Tomorrow night I'm going to be doing a set at Echolalia. This will be a rare Jsky performance and includes a Lauryn Hill cover. I'd love to see as many of you as possible down there as I don't do many intimate performances like this. Keep up to date with all Jsky Music via JSKY MUSIC GROUP on Facebook.
After much trepidation, Tongue N Cheek founder Jamie Waite announces the full line-up for Tongue N Cheek's Ibiza closing parties. And it literally could not be bigger if it tried, with headline acts Swedish House Mafia at Pacha, and Carl Cox at Space. This my friends is bigger than the queue at Primark. Stay glued to www.ivegotcheek.com for all the latest, and endeavour to keep 19th Sep - 23rd Sep free!
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I've only gone and got myself another regular feature off the back of Jskychat! It seems my music reviews as of late have been well received and will now play as part of a new weekly feature for FLMBOYNT Magazine (www.flmboynt.com) known as 'Jsky: In The Mix'. Make sure you check it out every Saturday, and thank you for your continued support. My online audience currently stands at around 24k hits with 14% from United States, 58% from UK, 2% from Germany, 2% from Canada, and 24% from the rest of the world.
Monday, 18 July 2011
Here we have a prime example of what I like to refer to as disposable music. By that I mean music which will grow old quickly and only serve a small purpose in the charts and clubs of the world. The lyrics are a waste of breath but are easy enough to be re-itterated by a wannabe playa in a pretentious club. Typical Taio Cruz behaviour ensues throughout the video with his trademark all black getup and sunglasses in a nightclub (classy guy). David Guetta is a talented DJ and Ludacris is a force when it comes to the delivery of his material. This record as a package however would only get me excited if I was blind drunk. It's not crap, it's just not special.
Sunday, 17 July 2011
Following on from his latest sweet ensemble with Kelis, Calvin Harris has yet again seemingly made another smart move, both visually and musically, in a time when dance music has become a tool as opposed to an expression. 'Feel So Close' is another record which I would like to accredit as being effortlessly cool. What's nice to see here, something that Harris captured in his last video 'Bounce', is a video that isn't primarily driven by ego, sex, status or wealth. Having said that though this video is a far cry from a masterpiece, and at times the narration is disturbed. I do feel however that overall this video has been executed finely, with good pace and cinematography, and this record is a sure fire hit amidst festival lovers, radio dj's and cool clubs across the board.
Friday, 15 July 2011
There's something about Pixie Lott that makes her easy to like. Probably something to do with the fact that she's fit and got a cracking set of pins on her. Musically however, this is nothing new and nothing to get excited about (unless you're a 12 year old girl, or watching on mute!). See what you make of it anyway.
New kid on the block, Tom Walker is riding the wave of vintage renaissance into the 21st century with the recent launch of his e-commerce vintage menswear website, headlockvintagesuits.co.uk.
Headlock Vintage Suits offers quality and affordable 60’s and 70’s men’s apparel online, with prices ranging from £7 for a tie, to £130 for the finest handpicked vintage suit.
Appealing to the young, fashion-forward gentleman with a penchant for original clothing, the website offers a carefully sought collection of clothing and accessories with each piece identified and selected for its designer label, or luxurious fabrics.
After two years spent building a following for Headlock Vintage fashions, Walker has now extended his offering to meet a growing demand within the tailored menswear category. The unique collection now includes Dior, Burtons and Harris Tweed collectables as well as a range of eclectic accessories including cravats and braces.
Tom Walker’s vision first transpired at just 18, when his passion for music led him to explore the clothing that had been worn by his favourite artists from The Beatles, to the modern day dandies, The Last Shadow Puppets. After recognising a gap in the market for vintage menswear retailers, Tom began sourcing his product and testing his business idea at Vintage Fashion Fairs across the country.
The entrepreneurial Tom Walker has successfully built the Headlock vintage brand, acquired a solid customer base and has now successfully launched his e-commerce website, headlockvintagesuits.co.uk.
Walker plans to further enhance the company’s offering by introducing a bespoke tailoring service, whereby the customer can have the suit fitted to their exact measurements or the suit shape can be adjusted to suit a more modern taste.
Commenting on the site’s launch, Walker says: ‘I’ve always been a fan of vintage style, as have my friends, so it seemed like a natural progression to turn my passion into a career. I want to be able to offer people stylish clothing but at affordable prices and with most suits on the site costing around £100, we can offer a unique, quality range that competes with the high street. Our plans for optional tailoring to the suits will ensure the brand’s offering remains competitive and on trend.’’
Headlock Vintage Suits are currently touring the summer festivals; look out for them at the following locations:
Kendall Calling Festival, 29th July – 31st July 2011
Beacon Family Festival, 11th August – 14th August 2011
End of the Road Festival, 2nd September – 4th September 2011
Judy’s Vintage Fair, (Glasgow Fresher’s Week) 15th September 2011
Sheffield Vintage Fair, 24th September 2011
Cumbria Vintage Fair, 25th September 2011
Wednesday, 13 July 2011
The latest edition of Elite Magazine is now online in full glory at the usual address of www.eliteonlinemagazine.com complete with another jam packed installment of The Story of Saturday Night, compliments of your boy Jsky. Featured highlights also include a Beauty Column from good friend Sara Beverly Jones and a What's Hot guide by my girl Jaydee Lou. Enjoy - and make sure you stay tuned for the first ever printed issue out next month. WHSmith won't know what's hit it ;).
Monday, 11 July 2011
Of course this is pop, and the video is pretty flimsy. Nonetheless, I'm a sucker for a funky sax beat and there's no doubt that this will get blasted across the clubs of Manchester on a Saturday night. Suppose I'd better start getting into it then. Miss 'Bass Down Low' has also teamed up with JLS on a track. I'm not too fussed about that one though.
Friday, 8 July 2011
As expected, Beyonce's latest album '4' shot straight to the top of the Billboard charts breaking records as the third only act and second woman to see their first four albums debut at number one on the Billboard 200. Her long awaited new video for the anthemic 'Best Thing I Never Had' is a feast for the eyes. Check it out below, along with the much loved documentary 'Year of 4' which takes a look at Beyonce's year off work and her return to the stage.
Thursday, 7 July 2011
Tuesday, 5 July 2011
Pictured: Jamie Waite, Aimee Johnson [centre] and the Lavish Ladies
Last Saturday I ventured to Leeds to experience one of Jamie Waite's latest high end 'Lavish' parties for Tongue N Cheek Promotions. Everything from the decor to the throwback sounds spun by the prolific DJ Dan Hills was effortlessly slick. The promo girls sported a lace eye and danced like absolute rock stars, whilst I tried my best to keep up. Guests turned up wearing an ensemble of fresh amalgamations and the ratio of girls to guys must have been something crazy like 80:20 respectively. Much despite the fact that this night is still quite new to The Scene it has already attracted a roster of creatives including various soap stars, professional footballer players, working models and stylists. Make sure you stay glued to the Tongue N Cheek website for details of their next big night (http://ivegotcheek.com/).
Pictured: Jsky [centre] and the Lavish Ladies
Friday, 1 July 2011
Love it or hate, here it is. The new video for 'Swagger Jagger' by X Factor buzz artist Cher Lloyd. Having recently recorded with a whole host of top artists and producers including Busta Rhymes, and close friend of mine producer Soul Unique, it is looking extremely unlikely that Cher will be a one hit wonder. I do wonder however if this first release will be enough to prove her doubters wrong.