Aqua – Back to the 80s (Listen)
From Ace of Base to Steps and the Vengaboys, the ace girl-boy pop groups of the 90s are always promising a comeback, but so far Aqua are the only ones who’ve got so far as to release anything. This is their comeback single (and they like to remind us of that by repeating ‘come back!’ throughout), one of 3 new songs on the greatest hits album they’re about to release. There’s not much progression from their old sound but I don’t mind at all, I loved Aqua and this song is as ace as anything they ever did. I’ve been playing it loads since I first heard it a few days ago. It’s one of the best pop comebacks in a while and I’m excited to hear the other 2 new songs and hopefully there’ll be a video for this one too.
Frankmusik ft. Tinchy Stryder – Confusion Girl (Listen)
The first I heard of Frankmusik was the original version of this song, and I loved it. I couldn’t wait to hear more from him, but unfortunately I haven’t really cared either way about anything he’s done since. I saw him live at a Wonky Pop gig early last year, and I was very disappointed to find he didn’t even sing Confusion Girl. I thought the song, by far his best work, would never be heard of again, so it was both a surprise and a delight to hear he’s re-recorded it with the help of Tinchy Stryder. I do find this version a bit too jerky but at least he is releasing his best song, I do hope it’ll be a success for him even though I think overall he’s a bit overrated.