Melt! Festival 2015: Highlights & Reviews

Melt festival 2015

Melt! Festival is one of the biggest events in Europe’s festival summer. The line up has three days full of world class acts to offer. There is something for everyone as the variety ranges from Kylie Minogue to Nina Kraviz and from Years & Years to Jamie T. Of course I focused more on the pop side this weekend and I can tell you, there was A LOT to enjoy in this genre. These were my highlights of Melt! Festival 2015!

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A Bit of Pop Music’s Guide to Melt Festival

Melt Festival

On the 16th of July it is finally time for the kick-off of Melt Festival in Germany. On thursday evening a pre-party takes place and from friday to sunday artists from all around the world visit the place to perform at the main festival. Are you going, but haven’t had time to look into all the wonderful acts that will be performing? No worries, if you are into some great pop music in all shapes and colors, check out A Bit of Pop Music’s guide to Melt Festival. I selected all the acts I think you should check out!

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Single Review: Kylie Minogue – Into The Blue

Kylie Minogue Kiss Me Once cover

Kylie Minogue is back with uplifting pop single

It has been quite some time since Kylie Minogue released a new official single and album. Her most recent record, Aphrodite, was released in the summer of 2010. Ever since, she went on a world tour, celebrated her first 25 years in music and signed a management deal with Roc Nation. After releasing the promo single ‘Skirt’ in 2013, Kylie is now officially back with the single ‘Into The Blue’, taken from the album Kiss Me Once, released in March.

All of Kylie’s big fans do not need to fear. Her deal with Roc Nation did not change her music drastically. The promo single ‘Skirt’ was quite a risky track for Kylie, but with ‘Into The Blue’ she is back to what she usually does best: pop songs with big, uplifting choruses and one hell of a catchy hook. Sound wise, ‘Into The Blue’ is quite similar to the material on the Aphrodite album. The production however is somewhat more dancey and the beats are a little more prominent. Minogue’s vocals sound smooth and sweet as always.

The most interesting part of the song is definitely the middle eight where the tempo changes a bit and Minogue gets a bit more room to shine vocally. It is too bad that this is only such a short part in the song. Still ‘Into The Blue’ is a serviceable and enjoyable pop track that could do well on the radio. It is nowhere near the best single in her career, but let’s be fair, throughout the years Kylie has given us so many pop masterpieces, that we cannot expect the best every time she releases a single. I am sure she does have something more up her sleeve for the release of the album Kiss Me Once on the 17th of March.


Single Recensie: Kylie Minogue – Into The Blue

Kylie Minogue is terug met pakkende popsingle

Het heeft even geduurd sinds Kylie Minogue voor het laatst een officieel studioalbum of een single uitbracht. Haar meest recente werk stamt namelijk uit 2010, toen de plaat Aphrodite werd gereleased. Sindsdien ging ze op een wereldtour, vierde ze haar eerste 25 jaar in het muziekvak en tekende ze een managementdeal met Roc Nation. Na het uitbrengen van de promosingle ‘Skirt’ in 2013 is Kylie nu officieel terug met de single ‘Into The Blue’, een voorloper van het album Kiss Me Once, dat in maart verschijnt.

Kylie’s grootste fans hoeven zich in elk geval geen zorgen te maken. Haar deal met Roc Nation heeft er niet voor gezorgd dat haar muziek drastisch is veranderd. De promosingle ‘Skirt’ was behoorlijk anders dan we van Kylie geweld zijn, maar op de nieuwe single doet ze weer waar ze altijd goed in is geweest: popliedjes met grootse, vrolijke refreinen en ontzettend pakkende melodieën. Qua sound ligt ‘Into The Blue’ niet ver weg van de stijl van het Aphrodite album, al zijn de beats op het nieuwe materiaal wat prominenter en klinkt het in het algemeen iets meer dancey. Haar stem klinkt zoet en soft als altijd.

Het meest boeiende gedeelte van het lied is zeker de bridge, waar het tempo iets lager ligt waardoor Kylie’s stem iets meer de ruimte krijgt om naar de voorgrond te komen. Helaas duurt deze passage maar kort. Toch is ‘Into The Blue’ een prima popliedje dat het goed zou kunnen doen op de radio. Het komt niet in de buurt van haar beste single tot nu toe, maar eerlijk is eerlijk, door de jaren heen heeft ze ons zoveel popklassiekers gegeven, dat we niet bij elke single release een meesterwerk mogen verwachten. Ik ben er van overtuigd dat het album Kiss Me Once nog meer te bieden zal hebben!

The ten most exciting pop comebacks to happen in 2014

Earlier this week, I wrote about new artists that will make it in 2014, but of course there are lots of established acts that will release new material this year as well. I listed the ten most exciting artists that are working on a smashing comeback. Take a look!

10. Loreen
Loreen rose to fame after winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 2012 with the song ‘Euphoria’. It became a big hit across Europe and the singer released her debut album Heal. Loreen was supposed to go on a tour in December, but she postponed it because she wanted to work on new material in the studio first. She has been posting some pictures from the studio ever since so it seems fair to expect she will release something new in the near future, right? Right!

Frank Ocean promo
09. Frank Ocean
Frank Ocean released his debut album Channel Orange in 2012 and received high praise from music critics. The record did quite well charts wise as well and the singer has been working on some new material, that he already introduced on his recent tour. The singer has been recording in the studio quite some time, so a 2014 release seems likely. If the quality of Channel Orange is anything to go by, Frank Ocean will make another defining quality R&B record.

Lily Allen
08. Lily Allen
Lily Allen started a huge comeback at the end of 2013. She released her most recent album in 2009 and announced to quit music. Luckily she came back though, with the singles ‘Hard Out Here’ and ‘Somewhere Only We Know’, a cover of the Keane song. The latter gave her a number 1 hit in the United Kingdom. Her album is supposed to come out in a few months and she will premiere the new song ‘Air Balloon’ this week. It is good to have her back!

Marina & The Diamonds
07. Marina & The Diamonds
There is no official announcement made yet, that said Marina & The Diamonds will return with a new album in 2014. It is very likely however, as the singer finished her Electra Heart era with a video for the song with the same name. At the end, Marina wipes out Electra’s heart on her cheek, which symbolized the end of the campaign. It has been almost two years since the album came out, so I would expect a new release from Marina in the second part of 2014. I surely hope I am right!

Paloma Faith can't rely on you
06. Paloma Faith
In 2012, Paloma Faith had a very successful year with the release of her sophomore album Fall To Grace. After a tour through the UK, the singer started working on a new record, which will be released on the 3rd of March. This was announced earlier this week on the social media pages of the singer. Her new single ‘Can’t Rely On You’ will be premiered this week. If it is just as good as her previous album and the great single ‘Picking Up The Pieces’, I cannot wait to hear it!

kylie minogue promo
05. Kylie Minogue
Kylie’s most recent studio album Aphrodite was released in 2010. She went on a big tour the next year and celebrated her 25 years in music. In 2013 she signed a management deal with Roc Nation for a fresh new chapter in her career. This new phase started with the promo single ‘Skirt’ last year. The official first single, ‘Into The Blue’, will premiere later this month and is officially released on the 16th of March in the United Kingdom. I guess we are all ready for Kylie’s glorious return to the dance floor.

Sia Furler
04. Sia
This woman was all over pop music last year, but she only released two songs herself. The beautiful and understated ‘Kill And Run’ was used for The Great Gatsby soundtrack and the outstanding collaboration with Diplo and The Weeknd, ‘Elastic Heart’, was featured on the soundtrack of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Other than that, she wrote songs for pop stars like Céline Dion, Britney Spears, Katy Perry, Birdy and many more. Let’s not forget her hits with David Guetta and the worldwide smash hit ‘Diamonds’ she wrote for Rihanna. This year, she will release her own songs for a change and if the above mentioned tracks are anything to go by, it will be bloody brilliant.

Shakira can't remember to forget you
03. Shakira
It has been quite a few years since we got new material from Shakira. Her most recent album Sale El Sol came out in 2010. In January 2013, Shakira gave birth to a son and she was a judge on The Voice US for one season. She has also been working on a lot of new music with a great variety of famous producers, DJ’s and writers. The first single, ‘Can’t Remember To Forget You’, which features Rihanna, will come out this week. All I hope for the new record is to bring the best of Shakira’s both worlds: ‘Don’t Bother’-style pop/rock and ‘La Tortura’-style latin pop. That would be amazing, now wouldn’t it?

Lana Del Rey Ultraviolence
02. Lana Del Rey
Two years after the release of her album Born To Die, of course it is time for a new record. Lana Del Rey has been busy in the meantime, recording and releasing new tracks for Paradise, an afterthought on Born To Die. Last year she was featured on the soundtrack of the movie The Great Gatsby, with the gorgeous ‘Young and Beautiful’ and in December, she put out her short film Tropico. At the premiere of the film she announced her new album is called Ultraviolence and it is probably supposed to be released in 2014. She is said to be working with the same people who produced Born To Die. Bring it on Lana!

Adele 2014
01. Adele
There is no doubt about the fact that lots of people are eagerly waiting for a new album by Adele. After the huge successes of her previous record 21, the expectations are extremely high. It might be impossible for her to top that success story, but I am pretty sure that she will make a huge impact on the pop music scene again. Her publicist Paul Moss announced last week that her new album will definitely be released in 2014. The release of 24 (or whatever the record might be called) is coming closer!