Tuesday, 19 June 2007

New acquisitions: albums by New Order, John B and Jenna G

I now have some new albums to add to my collection, with some being 80's pop (New Order) which I already have a lot of, and the other two artists in the Drum and Bass style, which I do not have very much of aside from Kosheen's first album, which didn't in fact include very much of the style. Admittedly, neither of the two artists (who appear to be reluctant to use their entire surnames, for some reason) are particularly typical of the genre. John B is known for adding a dash of Trance and more recently Electroclash to his tracks, both of which I am obviously in favour of, although that said I haven't heard his newer music, so I hope he manages to pull the latter off (trying to imitate the sounds of the 80s is hard when many of the original musicians were so good).

Jenna G on the other hand is actually a drum and bass singer. Now it's very rare for this sort of thing to reach my attention, so I assume that it's rare across the board. Much of the d'n'b that I have heard has been instrumental and very minimal (this often means it's going to be boring), so I was very intrigued by her. Judging from initial listens to her album, it's quite good, and in most cases avoids becoming repetitive, always a challenge for dance music, and I like her voice. It doesn't quite remind me of the vocal drum and bass Kosheen used to make, such as "Slip and Slide (Suicide)" which I have memories of hearing on my clock radio way back in 2000 (and which got me into that band) but it's just as infectious, I believe. Now if Britain could produce more music like this, then we would certainly be competing with the stale American "urban" music which seems to be rather popular, as I have previously lamented with reference to UK Garage. However, the small amount of British "urban" music that I have approved of (with my little knowledge of how music works) never proved to be too popular with the masses, and the artists in question have lost most of the shine they once had in order to try and actually sell some music, so I hope this doesn't happen to her. I don't want me and my flatmate to be doing our young fogey act again in a few years time if she appears on a music programme on the television. (We're both known to occasionally act like old men when discussing certain things. Top of the Pops was the best programme for bringing this out of us).

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