It's been an age since the last Designer Magazine Top 10. A general
election has happened and Tony Blair's come out with the false
grin once again, z-lister celebs are tossing off pigs on farms
and another series of the wanky Big Brothers in the offing soon.
What better time for us to come back with some tunes to save your
life for a month at least.
"Rage" is the sort of tune you can simultaneous sing
in "I Will Survive" stylee and dance like a funky mentalist.
More retro than Zoot Woman at a Daft Punk prog-dance convention
they bring out the vocoders to funk up a bitter rank about a c*nty
ex. Breaking up has never sounded this fun...this tune proves
that Chromeo's effortless classics are here to stay and it could
mark their ascenion to proper popstars.
Dogg continues his non-stop assault on the charts with "Signs"
featuring JT and Charlie Parker from the Gap Band. At exactly
what point Snoop Dogg avoided the "Kick This Evil B*stard
Out" villain tag and started making pop tunes for the tweeagers
were not sure. Last time we saw Snoop Dogg on these shores he
delivered a set which made Eminem and 50 Cent's career redundant,
so if you haven't bought tickets for his arena shows this summer
make sure you buy a pair now.
Hop is currently at the crossroads, similar to the state rock
music was before Nirvana came and kicked the scene up the arse.
With the Neptunes happy to whore themselves to anyone flashing
the cash, theres a fight back with Lil Jon
leading the crunk revolution. Meaning crazy and drunk, its
seen by many as the heavy metal of hip-hop with crunk juice and
women high on the agenda. Get Crunk / Lovers
& Friends shows the two different sides of Lil Jon and
should establish his name in the UK where we havent caught
onto hip hop with raw grit. Get Crunk is a full on
club banger with squalling guitars and punk attitude, Lovers
& Friends is a ballad with Jons trademark shouting
mauling it throughout. Buy this single as a taster, but make his
last album an essential purchase while waiting for the follow
easy to knock Coldplay and when Chris Martin called his
baby Apple he made it a hell of a lot easier. You can also hold
them responsible for Keane and changing Athlete, previously one
of Designer Magazines favourite bands, to a Coldplay tribute
act. Its a lot harder to criticise the music and on Speed
Of Sound theyve delivered a radio friendly smash which
simultaneously rips off their own Clocks and Ahas
The Sun Always Shines On TV. Its no great leap,
but what did you expect? Radio heads Kid A
get nothing from Ryan Adams for a year and then you get
a zillion records at once, a fact which Im sure his record
company screams for joy at in their marketing meetings. Let
It Ride is the obvious and perhaps only single from his
recent album. With his new band The Cardinals (not the Manc band
of the same name) hes gone back to his alt-country roots
rather than the rock n roll of and it works to a certain extent.
Adams vocals are the strongest theyve ever been, theres
enough slide guitar to relieve the drought symptoms and it sticks
in your head for days.
Designer Magazine saw The Tears on their UK tour earlier
in the year, there was a sense of disappointment. Not because
they were bad, just that they never delivered on the promise.
McAlmont & Butlers Bring It Back ranked
amongst one of the best albums ever made and Suede were still
relevant after Butlers departure a decade earlier. The one song
that stood out in that set was Refugees, a song in
the classic Suede mold with Butlers chiming guitars and
Brett;s rhyming couplets. Brett sings , the strings
soar and we all swoon at being romantic outsiders.
been around for the past six months and you love it or hate it,
but this Bobby Darin sampling single by Akon is already
one of the tracks of the year. Featuring the helium Kanye West
style production, this track gnaws away till you submit.
so many facets to System Of A Down its hard not to
enjoy the eclectic nature of the beast which can swing from political
agit-rock to flippant wit laden random lyrics. Its the diverse
nature which has set them apart from political rockers such as
Rage Against The Machine or International Noise Conspiracy. The
last time Serj was around it was the calming sounds of with collaborator
. BYOB is the bands first official single following the online
streams of Cigaro. Its classic SOAD verring
from rampant speed metal to Algerian folk chants and an anthemic
chorus. Its everything you could want from the band and