ELLIOTT KEENE

A month in music: January

Posted on: January 29, 2011

French electronic DJ Martin Solveig has been in the dance music spotlight as of late, with single “Hello” lighting up dancefloors across Europe and most recently the UK.

The bouncy track layers the floaty vocals of Dragonette with a kicking club beat, producing a happy-clappy house anthem that offers the sound of a perfect summer hit and has already reached no.2 on the UK Dance chart.

Although Solveig may not be a household name like David Guetta or Bob Sinclair – just yet anyway – the success of ‘Hello’ is likely to encourage listeners to look up his back catalogue, which is exactly what I did.

The Parisian DJ is set to release latest project “Smash” in June this year as his fifth studio album – following 2008’s well recepted “C’est La Vie”, which spewed several hit singles.

One of which, “Boys and Girls”, collaborates with Jean Paul Gaultier on a video that has clocked up 3 million views and growing on YouTube. The video (below) was shot at the legendary Maison De Couture to celebrate Gaultier’s Ma Dame Rose’n’Roll fragrance. For more on Martin Solveig and his entertaining videos, visit his Youtube channel or find him in Twitter here.

Homegrown rising talent Jessie J has been the subject of much discussion and musical excitement in the past month – and since previously writing about her earlier in January, I have kept JJ on my playlist for the last few weeks.

After witnessing some of Jessie’s upcoming album material live last week, when she performed an exclusive set at Koko Camden, I was blown away by her voice along with everyone else who were clearly just there to see her besides the fact she wasn’t the headline act of the night.

A definite audience favourite, ‘Who You Are’ is the title of Jessie’s debut and a song that harps about individuality and ambition in the same way Xtina’s ‘Beautiful’ does, and sounds stunning sung acoustically. Check out the clip below of JJ drawing crowds in the centre of Time Square station in NY.

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