instant hits

now defunct pop blog; archived

Tag: the shortwave set

New Releases 4th August 2008

Little Boots – Meddle
Victoria Hesketh is Little Boots. She used to be frontperson of stylish electro-rockers Dead Disco. She’s now gone solo, and is here to inject some much-needed fun into your Monday morning. ‘Meddle’ is a subtly sweet little slab of bedroom-electro vibrancy, measured yet mesmerising, and Totally Pop. Another great Little Boots track, ‘Stuck On Repeat’, produced by Hot Chip, is competing with the likes of Girls Aloud, Sugababes and Leona Lewis for the prestigious Popjustice Twenty Quid Music Prize. But for now, Meddle should be more than enough to keep you happy.

Here‘s Little Boots playing ‘Meddle’ in a bedroom, on a tenorion. What’s a tenorion? You WILL want a tenorion after watching this clip. Oh, and here’s her Myspace.

Other things that are a bit less fascinating than a tenorion can be found with a simple click below…

Read the rest of this entry »

New Releases 21st April 2008

Single of the Week: Sia – The Girl You Lost to Cocaine
I sometimes wonder if my choices here are getting a bit too predictable – upbeat, girl-fronted, slightly alternative pop, anyone? Hey, it’s nice to have a niche. Or something.

The most enjoyable thing about Sia’s recent solo stuff is that it shrugs off the coffee-table medicrity of her Zero 7 collaborations in favour of a whole lot of fun. This slips in neatly alongside the rest of your 2008 white female soul explosion, but strides out ahead by virtue of having a wry smile on its face and a keen sense of the fact that music should be enjoyable, rather than just a quasi-painful attempt at recreating your influences. Just watch the joy-filled dress-up box video for confirmation. Excellent.

Read the rest of this entry »