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The Ting Tings – Impacilla Carpisung
Most songs are composed of various things, lyrics being a constant feature in the majority of mainstream music today. Often for a song to be successful, these lyrics are a mixture of relatable, playful, or in some cases, downright ridiculous. This song definitely falls into the latter category. It never charted, having not been released as a single by The Ting Tings, however was released on their (brilliant) debut album, We Started Nothing. To be honest, I don’t even know what the actual lyrics ARE just from listening to it. You can make out the first line to be the title of the song, ‘Impacilla Carpisung’, the meaning of which is unknown. After a little bit of research into the song, things came together a bit. There was speculation everywhere about what language it was in, some suggesting Simlish (the native language of characters in the EA franchise The Sims) or just plain gobbledegook. After coming across an interview with band member Jules De Martino I discovered that the vocals are in fact guide vocals set down by fellow Ting Ting Katie White. Jules explains that the song was a riff they’d had on stage, and decided to record it before they forgot it, thus the guide vocals being used to solidify the melody, however Jules states the two of them aren’t fans of going back and finishing old songs, therefore they decided to leave it as it is under the notion of that it was “that of its time”. Also added in the interview is that the song is actually banned in China due to their worry that it had some significant hidden message within it! Despite the lyrics, it’s insanely catchy, but don’t try and sing along; it’s very hard. The original interview can be seen here: http://www.rhapsody.com/artist/the-ting-tings/album/the-ting-tings-the-rhapsody-interview/track/on-keep-your-head
Eminem – Berzerk
The real Slim Shady is back, and standing taller than ever after a scintillating Reading/Leeds festival display (according to festival goers as the actual footage has not been officially released). Eminem’s wave of momentum has been successfully sustained due to his new single, Berzerk. He’d been fairly quiet about his 8th album up until now, with fellow rapper Royce Da 5’9″ claiming it’s for the “element of surprise”. Eminem fans are now certainly surprised and excited in equal measure, as the new album is set for release as early as November. Berzerk is a song that seems heavily influenced by the Beastie Boys’ style, which is of course a good thing, but injected with Slim Shady’s attitude and unquestionably sharp lyricism.
Hoodie Allen – Can’t Hold Me Down
Hoodie Allen is undoubtedly one of the most underrated rappers in today’s scene. Hot off the release of his brilliant EP Americoustic, featuring acoustic versions of some of his best tracks, Hoodie’s popularity is at its current peak, highlighted by the fact Americoustic was top of the iTunes Hip Hop charts, despite it ALSO being available for free download at his website. In my opinion, he’s a role model for the rap game. Everything he produces is for the fans, the majority of his music is free, his fan interaction is way above the majority of artists today, he’s never belonged to a major label and it’s evident that he loves music. Can’t Hold Me Down was the first track of Hoodie’s that I’d ever heard, and it forced me to instantly become a fan. He was right all along; you can’t hold Hoodie down, as he’s improved in both skill and popularity ever since the release of the song on the EP Leap Year. Currently engaged on a European Tour, I’ll be seeing him this Thursday in Birmingham, and definitely cannot wait!
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