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The Album Of 2010 – Kelis Kills It With Flesh Tone

May 25th, 2010

It’s been a long time since an album has engaged me completely, from beginning to end. It’s also been 4 years since Kelis released anything.

From track one through to nine, every single song on Flesh Tone is incredible. This album is simply incredible.

With the typical Kelis husky and sexy voice, she uses it to her advantage creating songs that not only make you want to dance like you are in Ibiza, but her voice oozes sexuality, almost making you frisky, while dancing.

If there were someone to compare Kelis’ voice to, I wouldn’t be able to because Kelis is unique in her own right. But if there were an album style similar, that I could compare to, I’d be mentioning Madonna’s Confessions On A Dancefloor with a touch of Ti√ęsto and a slither of The Presets. A weird mix I know, but when you hear it, you’ll know what I mean.

The deep bass, dirty underground electronic beats, synthesizers which make your ears bleed and your speakers start smoking, also with the personal feeling of being in a war torn discotheque in Berlin, Flesh Tone will transform you into a world not known.

With only 9 tracks, you think that’s not many, but believe me – it’s such a strange feeling, it feels like there are 15 tracks on it. The tracks continue on from eachother, turning it into one story, but no song sounding the same. This is clearly an album of quality, not quantity.

Press play, first up is “Intro”. A 3:30 minute intro, which immediately sets the R&B base layer, before the dance layers come. Her stunning raw and flawless vocals give you goosebumps, from this very moment you know this is going to be good. But good is an understatement…

As the “Intro” fades, Kelis speaks in an almost robotic voice. “We control the dancefloor”, repeating this a couple of times… Then BAM! The party begins. As I type this I have goosebumps, the brilliant dance anthem begins, “22nd Century”. This track resonates with you on a sub-concious level, it’s in tune with your brain-wave, like you’ve been listening to it for weeks.

Track one turns into track two, “4th of July (Fireworks)” which starts off similar to a Madonna track from Confessions On A Dancefloor, but then turns into the sound of a talented performer.

The first track to be released from Flesh Tone is called “Acapella”. Again, it’s hardcore beat and smashing sounds start off immediately. Again, the vocals are mesmerising. Again, this is just musical perfection to my ears.

As “Acapella” ends with a beautiful instrumental, it doesn’t decrease the tempo of the album, what it actually does is leads you into the next track “Scream” which is produced by David Guetta. I feel like breaking out into my famous Robot Dance, it is full on hardcore dance, again mixed with unbelievable vocals.

Kelis has never really been a gay icon like Kylie Minogue or Madonna, but with Flesh Tone, I would imagine she has just hit hard, by far passing her competition. You can include Lady Gaga, Britney and also Beyonce in this calibre, especially with Kelis’ song, “Emancipate”.

Flesh Tone is an absolute, hands down 10/10 for me. It’s raw and honest, if you’re after a good time with quality, the this is your best bet!

Below is the video for “Acapella”.

Enjoy.

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Taste Of Sydney – SMEG Marquee

March 15th, 2010

Taste Of Sydney wrapped up on Sunday the 14th of March, running over 4 days from the 11th.

Held in Centennial Park, the event was a huge success, showcasing some of Sydney’s best restaurants, wines and suppliers.

I was fortunate enough to have access to the SMEG marquee, where my friends and I were greeted by the lovely host Chad MacKenzie and over-indulged on the tasty food that Pete Evans’ (Hugos Catering and judge on My Kitchen Rules)¬†catering team prepared for us, along with an endless supply of drinks by Peroni and Canella Prosecco.

We got to enjoy this, along with the company of Pete Evans and the team from SMEG, while lounging in the beautiful marquee with stunning SMEG products around the perimeter. The gorgeous lighting was supplied by Euroluce.

The food we were served was plentiful, with the attractive wait staff tending to our bellies constantly. On the menu was a range of fine foods, like the Japanese inspired Sake soaked Sydney rock oyster shots, scallops with oil in coriander, beetroot cured ocean trout with horseradish cream and wild field mushroom tarts just to name a few.

Check out the photos of the SMEG marquee and their beautiful displays.

Visit SMEG and Pete Evans websites here.