I was listening to “Natalie Don’t” by Raye and wondering what is was about it that sounded so darned familiar. Then it hit me: it has the same chord progression as “I Will Survive.” When I noticed that they’re in the same key and only a few BPM off from each other, I figured this was no accident. So I whipped up a mashup on the ol’ computer. I used the instrumental version of “I Will Survive” and whipped up a quick and dirty a cappella version of “Natalie Don’t” on the computer using RX 8 by iZotope. Enjoy.
This record’s got a 90’s flavor with some influence from Marky Mark and The Prodigy thrown in. (He’s substantially less threatening, however.) And since we’re talking 90’s influences on a song, let’s acknowledge that the song is called “I Wish I Was A…” While he’s at it, he might want to wish he was a little bit taller as well. Fun, high energy tune.
Another oh-so-funky hitter from the incredibly tall-toothed Anderson .Paak with Timbaland producing. The Rhodes really make this record shine.
Sarah Griffiths, also known as “Griff,” is an English singer/songwriter. Here, she teams up with musical duo Honne for a nice mellow feel-good record called “1,000,000 X Better.” The only thing I don’t care for is rhyming “now” with “now,” but I’ll let it slide. There’s a live version on YouTube that’s worth a listen as well.
If the family of Marvin Gaye can sue Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke and make them pay $5million for Blurred Lines because it replicates the “feel” of a song, then Pat Benatar could certainly go after David Guetta on this one. “Love Is A Battlefield” anyone? Both are great pop tunes. Guetta has proven his studio craftsmanship time and again and this record is no exception. It sounds just like my radio did in 1984, which is clearly what he was going for (and the video confirms this.) Speaking of copying ideas, the video is clearly borrowing from Ready Player One as the protagonist’s avatar interacts with with someone in a virtual online world who isn’t who they would purport to be.
Here’s a woman who is dripping with talent. She has excellent intonation, and expression. I couldn’t find out for sure whether she wrote this song, but if she did she’s got a tremendous ability there as well. If I had to offer her any advice, I would say be careful not to typecast yourself as an angsty teen. Relax, smile, and have a little fun once in a while. Hopefully we’ll hear more good stuff from her in the months and years ahead. You may like her cover of Dua Lipa’s “Don’t Start Now.”