ALBUM REVIEW: Cassie – RockaByeBaby

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If like me you were a big fan of Aaliyah back in the nineties, you are going to LOVE Cassie’s second album ‘RockaByeBaby’ (Bad Boy Records) released on April 11th  2013.  Cassie (aka Casandra Ventura) first shot to fame with her 2006 hit ‘Me & U‘ from her first album ‘Cassie’.  This tune still sounds really current – it will always be on the classic R&B list.  Other hits from the album included ‘Long Way 2 Go‘ and ‘Must be Love’

Since launching her debut album, ‘Cassie’, the sultry beauty has released a number of songs on their own that havent really cut the mustard, either failing to enter the charts or just not climbing them.  In 2012 Cassie featured on Nicki Minaj‘s song ‘The Boys’ with a new edgy look shaving half her head.  The tune was a bit of a flop with the best part of the song / video seeing Cassie looking better than ever in her white swimsuit.  Its no wonder the Filipina / American / Mexican (apparently the perfect mix) stunner is also a model.

So, the new album, ‘RockaByeBaby’ ….. we think it rocks.  Cassie stays true to her style; soft, monotone robotic raps with sweet singing and a big does of attitude and sex.  She has kept her new badgal image and a couple of the tracks, including ‘Do my Dance‘ and ‘Bad Bitches’ reflect this.  Aside from the track the album is named after ‘RockaByeBaby’, this is not an album to party to, this is an album to sit back and smoke a blunt to.  It’s chilled like Winston.  That said – It does offer a good variety of sounds.

This is our favourite track on the album, ‘Numb’ featuring Maybach Music‘s Rick Ross.  The video, directed by Ali Nazari, works well with the track; lotsa smokin, Black and white parts and Cassies soft vocal tones contrasting against Ross’s beats.

The only other track on the album with an official video right now is ‘Paradise’ featuring Wiz Khalifa.  The tune is definately a bit more up tempo than ‘Numb’ but still pretty chilled.  The tune has a real nineties feel to it and Wiz does his thang well in a cool hoodie from http://www.joyrich.com .  Wonder what Amber Rose thought of him rappin with Cassie?  We predict this will be a hit this Summer 2013.  Although chilled, you could def go slow on the dancefloor with your boo to this one.

Cassie features a number of artists on this album.  She doesnt hold back on ‘I Love it’ featuring Fabolous, which in parts reminds me of a toned down version of  Rihanna’s ‘Cockiness’.

You decide – how cool is this mashup featuring Lord Flacko (aka A$AP ROCKY – did we tell you we’re seeing him live in Brixton on 22nd May?).

Other similarities include her track ‘Addiction’ featuring French Montana, where the beat sounds like a recycled version of Ginuwine’s ‘Pony’:

Two tracks that dont seem to ‘belong’ on the album, but we think are pretty cool nonetheless are right at the end of the E.P are ‘Bad Bitches ft Ester Dean‘ (possibly our favourite track on the album) and ‘Do My Dance‘ featuring Too Short.  Both tracks are much more uptempo than the rest on the album and we can see ‘Bad Bitches’ being a bit club hit for Ibiza 2013.

Weaker tracks on the album include ‘Take Care of me Baby’ featuring Pusha T and ‘Sound of Love’ featuring Jeremih which has a bit too much autotune for our liking.  Cassie samples Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Good Kid’ beat in her track ‘I know what you want’, which is possibly the only good thing about it.

Overall Cassie’s ‘RockaByeBaby’  is worth downloading, you wont regret it.  You cant help but fall for her soft sweet vocals and that sexy beat.

Why I need & Want Ella Eyre

Move over Jessie Ware, there’s a new girl in town, and she seriously rocks … and some more.  Ella Eyre has finally got her break through opportunity with lead vocals on current #1 in the charts:  Rudimental’s ‘Waiting all Night’ single.

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Not only is Ella Eyre totally stunning but her voice is pretty much perfect.  Amazing pitch, power and just listen to the girl sing live.

I personally prefer the Clean Bandits remix of ‘Waiting all Night’.  I can definately picture it playing at the Blue Marlin this sunner, Mojito in hand 😉

Clean Bandit Mix – Waiting all night

Check Ella’s facebook fan page here https://www.facebook.com/thisisella and follow her on twitter and instagram @thisisella

Rudimental will be playing at one of the Goodwood Racecourse special DJ nights this May – it’s not been confirmed if Ella will be there but it’s worth taking the chance!

Jay Z and JT to headline yahoo WIRELESS

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It was recently announced that Justin Timberlake and Jay-z would be headlining this summer’s wireless festival (now called the Yahoo Wireless Festival).  The annual festival is held at Hyde Park, in London.

Wireless has always been the R n b lovers festival so teh announcement comes as no suprise.  Does it match last years Rihanna appearance?  hmm, not sure … only time will tell.

Other comfirmed acts include Emelie Sande and Will.I.AM.

Sunday’s line up definately gets our vote as the best day to go.  Other acts also coming over from the USA for Sunday include Snoop Dogg (thank god he’s leaving Snoop Lion at home), A Tribe called Quest, A$AP Rocky and Nas.

Saturday is also looking pretty fresh with Iggy Azalea, the awesome Kendrick Lamar and Macklemore as our favourites.