Eoin But­ler’s guide to down­loads, sin­gles and free au­diostreams

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS -

VAR­I­OUS ARTISTS Tiny Dancer (A Song for Lily-Mae) Recorded in aid of lit­tle Lily-Mae Mor­ri­son from Clare­gal­way, who suf­fers from a rare and ex­tremely ag­gres­sive child­hood can­cer of the ner­vous sys­tem, this char­ity video ad­heres to most of the es­tab­lished con­ven­tions of the genre. Footage of mu­si­cians ar­riv­ing at stu­dio? Check. Two singers shar­ing a sin­gle mic? Check. Random mu­si­cians mys­te­ri­ously quar­an­tined in an ad­ja­cent stu­dio? Check. Head­phones un­nec­es­sar­ily pressed against singers’ ears? No? No head­phones? Se­ri­ously? Bloody am­a­teurs...


Brand New Me RCA On her lat­est sin­gle, the mul­ti­award-win­ning Hells Kitchen na­tive de­buts a “brand new me”. This comes hot on the heels of her last sin­gle, in which she claimed “this girl is on fire”. So I guess the in­surance cov­ered it.


In the A Def Jam On this track from the Outkast rap­per’s Vi­cious Lies and Dan­ger­ous Ru­mours al­bum, the star turn is by guest artist Lu­dacris, who talks about fi­nan­cially sup­port­ing his mother, smok­ing so much weed he sus­pects he may be re­spon­si­ble for the Cal­i­for­nia bush­fires, and hav­ing “chicks hug­ging my [gen­i­tals] like a Speedo”. Now there’s a unique set of boasts, ad­mis­sions and dilem­mas.


Trou­ble­maker Epic Mean­while, on planet pop, Olly Murs’s guest rap­per is moan­ing about a girl who “knows just how to work that back and make me for­get my name”. Dude, your name is Flo Rida. Its a pun on the name of the state you grew up in. And you’ve been the guest artist on just about ev­ery crappy chart sin­gle since about 2008. Any of this sound fa­mil­iar?


Don’t Deny Your Heart Domino In this bril­liant, foot­ballthemed video di­rected by co­me­dian Peter Ser­afi­nowitz, ri­val team cap­tains re­solve their dif­fer­ences the old­fash­ioned way: by per­form­ing a dance rou­tine to­gether and then snog­ging each other.

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