Category Archives: Music

What Happend To Craig David?!

Craig David pretty sums up my teenage years. UK Garage and 2-step definitely made being 16 a whole lot easier: haha, remember how everything was the end of the world at that age? Everything was so intense: the troubled first love, the arguments with the parents and on top there was also some growing up to do.. I definitely make it sounds a lot harder than it actually was: I had a great group of friends, I breakdanced with the guys (haha, yeah I was a b-girl together with the appropriate bandana’s..) and my school was actually pretty cool..

But okay, I was one of those way too young girls, heading over to NOW & WOW (most epic club in the history of clubbin) in way too colorful clothing, home-made shirts (safety pins were key), sunglasses and hats. It’s pretty hilarious to think back about and I even find it a bit annoying to be in Copenhagen now – while I should be in the Netherlands and find some pictures of this period to add to this blog (note to myself: find myself these pictures pronto!).

But okay, back to the music.. Even today UK Garage/2-step remains to be one of my favorite music styles. It always has a feel-good melody, with a BPM that actually makes you wanna dance even when driving in the car and it just makes me feel in a constant mood of nostalgia. It just puts a smile on to my face! So when I heard re-rewind again, I was wondering what happened to mister David himself. I remember that a year or 2 ago, I’ve heard some pretty lame songs from him. But what he is actually doing these days, it broke my heart…

Craig David, what happened to you?! From singing about how you met a girl on Monday, took her for a drink on Tuesday to walking away from the troubles in your life (who hasn’t heard these songs at least a million times..) you ended up here? In this dark place where you end up with a girl in a toilet. Which is fine with me, everybody has the right to their own thang.. But from this soullifting uk sound, you fell back in this dirty eurohouse trash?! I can’t even describe the beat of this song because it honestly hurts my ears.. It has filters, it has (the bad kind of )synthesizers and it has everything bad that kinda portraits this centuries (euro-) house music (pretty big statement, I know. There’s still a lot of good house music. But you all also know the house music that actually makes it to the radio is just B.A.D.).

I would honestly give up all my savings (okay, not everything..) for Artful Dodger to come back together and hit it up again with Craig David and see if they still have the magic.

What do you think about Craig’s latest collaboration?

With love,
-Janet

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PS. This one is because it’s Wednesday (which is almost Friday!)

The XX in Concert!

A couple of weeks ago, I received my The XX pre-order and it’s goddamn nice! If you haven’t heard it yet, you can listen to it on their website website too!

I was kinda afraid that they wouldn’t be able to pull it off, a solid second album after their groundbreaking debut. I’ve listened to their first album at least 500 times (I kid you not!) and just couldn’t imagine how they could come up with something new, but with their own signature sound. But they nailed it, their second album is a bit more up-tempo, but still with that magical melodic vibe and really easy to listen to!

They announced their world-tour and they are scheduled to play both in Amsterdam (22 November) and Copenhagen (25 November)! I got my tickets for the Copenhagen (Falconer Salen) show already, but the official sale will start tomorrow 21 September at 10 o’clock! So you better put an alarm on your iPhone and get yourself a ticket!

With love,
-Janet

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Music: Birdy – Shelter

Don’t really think I have to explain much about this number, it’s an amazing The XX cover by the 16 (!!) year old Birdy. So blow your speakers up with it and definitely listen to more of Birdy’s songs!

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-Janet

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The XX – Coexist Preorder

I’m not gonna lie, I don’t really have a favorite fashion webshop, definitely with buying clothing I love the whole experience: going into a shop, touching everything, trying it… But I do have an all-time favorite webshop: Amazon! Buying English books for not more then 3 pounds p/b (e.g. the entire Grey trilogy and Hunger games trilogy, so 6 books, for about 20 euro’s. Where’s you already pay more than 15 euro for one book in a conventional store!), buying stuff for in the kitchen for a fraction of the price at Magasin (Danish department store) and just everything that is not available in the Netherlands or in Denmark. I heart!

I also love to pre-order stuff at Amazon. They have this guarantee when the price ends up to be lower at the actual release date you pay that amount. But usually the price actually increases after that day! So when I saw you can pre-order the XX’ new album I ordered the deluxe LP version for 21 pound!

Coexist will be released on the 10th of September!

With love,
-Janet

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Music: Boom Clap Bachelors

I hardly ever listen to Danish music. Where real life Danish is already hard to understand, Danish music is just like mumbojumbo to me. But when I heard this song by Boom Clap Bachelors I kinda realized again how universal music is. Besides Løb, stop, stå I don’t really understand anything (okay, I lie the occasional kærlighed and haha the English phrases I do understand), but they defintily managed in conveying the message of a beautiful summer love song!

This song makes me wanna take my (fictional) car and pack a bikini and the boyfriend and drive somewhere where it’s always sunny!

With love,
-Janet

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