Aaliyah feat. Drake – Enough Said

A ‘new’ Aaliyah track surfaced on Sunday via Drake’s OVO Festival blog (which he was hosting in Toronoto).

It’s had mixed response, with some fans calling the posthumous track disrespectful – and the Haughton family denying any official involvement in an album that would see her unfinished work finally released 11 years after her death.

The Guardian wraps it up nicely with this; “Many fans have taken exception to Enough Said, accusing Drake of tastelessness. Before she died in 2001, Aaliyah was most famous for her work with Missy Elliott and Timbaland, on 1996’s One in a Million. But as of Tuesday, neither artist had been approached by Drake. “I don’t know what’s going on,” Timbaland told Power 105. “The proper way to do [a collaboration] would be for me, [Drake] and Missy to be all on the record.””

But with that aside, the track is beautiful – and it’s on repeat via Hype while I work.

Orbital at the Royal Albert Hall, a quick review

Last night I went to the Royal Albert Hall as a very lucky guest of DWPub’s Daryl Willcox and his partner Rachel Fielding.

We were there to see recently reformed Orbital, a.k.a. the group that got me into dance music. Be still my beating heart.

I can remember the exact moment I fell in love with dance actually. It was 1995, I was watching the start of a film called ‘Hackers’, and this happened…

The rest of the movie was entertaining enough to earn a spot in my all-time top ten favourite films ever, in the world, ever (it’s still there) – but it took me a while to work out that the track was Halcyon by Orbital.

There was no Shazam, in fact, I didn’t even own a phone – nor iTunes or Amazon to look up the soundtrack.

Eventually I found it though, and listened to religiously. Over the years Orbital has remixed the track to include samples from You Give Love a Bad Name by Bon Jovi, Heaven Is a Place on Earth by Belinda Carlisle, and most recently I Believe in a Thing Called Love by The Darkness. We were treated to the first two last night.


Warm-up The Japanese Popstars were also thoroughly enjoyable, and sounded a lot like… Orbital. Figures.

The venue was wonderful, and Orbital delivered a near-perfect set filled with classics (finishing with Chime, of course) mixed with new material from their NEW ALBUM Wonky. Released just a few weeks ago.

Last summer I saw Underworld play Sonar in Barcelona. The crowd was filled with hardcore fans, and that feeling of reclaimed belonging powered their pogoing frenzy. There was no ‘new’, but Underworld held court, their fans fuelled by nostalgia.

Orbital holds a similar place in the heart of an old school raver, but the duo has managed to do the unthinkable – retain credibility, release new material and remain one of the best dance acts in the world. I’m chuffed to bits that I got to see them in such a setting.  Thanks Daryl 🙂

Radio Soulwax, the iPhone app

Have you seen Soulwax’s iPhone app yet?

Pegged as ‘a radio station, but not as you know it’, it allows you to listen to a growing collection of 24 hour-long mixes with visuals.

The description informs us that these mixes are that in name only, and should be viewed more like musical films based on the record sleeves.

It’s free to download and free to stream, then you just pay to download.

The duo will be making more of the tracks available to view over the coming months, and see this as their alternative to making a new 2manydjs album.

They wanted to try something different, and personally, I love it.

Sunday at V

Sometimes all you need is one moment to make something worthwhile.

Last Sunday I travelled out to Chelmsford for my first taste of Virgin Media’s V Festival. It’s not normally on my radar, but with a Louder Lounge invite in hand and just a half hour train ride ahead, I couldn’t say no.

The pop-heavy programme isn’t typically my sort of thing, but The Manic Street Preachers were my shining highlight of the day. After years of discussing the merit of its record-breaking title, listening to If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next in the blazing sunshine is something I’ll remember for years to come.

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