Music Matters - with John Murray

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Even before One Direction proved life after X Factor, JLS paved the way for mass adulation having five No. 1 singles being more than anyone from the show. This continues with their new album Evolution (Sony), released this week. Now on the fourth album the quality here shows that their UK base has not hindered their pop hop sound that blends R&B, urban rhythms and boyband harmonies. Mind you the producers know the business as Rodney Jenkins worked with TLC, Kanye West and Beyonce and The Runners oversee projects for Rihanna, Chris Brown and Rick Ross. The addition of the girl voice Bebe O’Hare on Troublemaker adds to the melee rather that any deflection. ‘Hottest Girl In The World’ was expectedly huge with production duties from Bangladesh who worked with Usher and Lil’ Wayne.

Firmly for dancers, Swedish House Mafia release their second album Until Now (EMI), which already seems like a greatest hits compilation. Their collaborations are widespread with Tinie Tempah on ‘Miami 2 Ibiza’ to Ferry Corsten on ‘Punk’. When they get access to originals like Coldplay’s ‘Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall’ or Florence & The Machine’s ‘You Got The Love’ the die is cast and on Usher’s ‘Euphoria’ we get the extended dub mix here also. Now becoming the soundtrack to their farewell tour (One Last Tour), 11 million viewers watched their video to ‘Don’t You Worry Child’ easing it to the top.

Currently touring the UK clubs DJ Yoda meanwhile is an extraordinary mixer. Blending scratch and samples over his beats his album Chop Suey (Get Involved), is (as they used to say) a journey into sound. Some are complex scratch hip hop mixes like ‘Idiot’ while others like ‘Happy’ can be very contemporary with Boy George appearing on vocals, street language hip hop on ‘U No Likey Like That’ or a showcase for Michael Winslow, the mimic man from Police Academy on ‘The Sound FX Man’. The Real Sound Of Jamaica (Warner) is reissued next week marking 50 years of the country’s independence. These early years of Bob Marley have his original roots reggae rarities.