Sunday, 28 June 2009

He Was A Thriller

We've decided to make an exception to our 'female musicians only policy' for a truly exceptional man. Michael Jackson was one of history's greatest musical pioneers, he was an innovator and a visionary, and he will be greatly missed.

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Hole-y Moly!

Late last night Helen Of Troy... stumbled upon this rather confusing article on the Guardian website. It seems chain-smoking chantress Courtney Love has decided to release her not-so-forthcoming album Nobody's Daughter under her old Hole moniker, despite being the only member of the seminal grunge outfit to be associated with it - Melissa auf der Maur's backing vocals don't really count as far as we're concerned.

So has the decision to revive the aforementioned moniker been made in a bid to help shift more units, or is it merely a statement that the raucous rocker feels Nobody's Daughter is a return to past form and merely wants to brand it as such? Either way, we're chomping at the bit for news on a final release date. C'mon Courtney, show us what you've got!

Sunday, 21 June 2009

Just a Quickie

Helen Of Troy... would like to apologise dear readers, for the horrendous lack of updates you've been subjected to these past few weeks. Whilst we aren't completely blameless (designated blog writing days turning into all-day drinking sessions for example), there have been many changes and developments afoot within the Helen Of Troy... camp, that have left us with little time or energy to do anything else. With any luck, things will start to calm down a bit, and we'll be banging out more posts than your already overly-stimulated brains can deal with!

To tide you over until our next proper post, here's possibly one of the best music videos of all time...

Thursday, 11 June 2009

X-Tina Fabulera!

Back in February, Helen Of Troy was astounded to hear that
dirrrty girl Christina Aguilera had secured the services of 'lectro-poppers Ladytron and the gorgeous Goldfrapp. Imagine our surprise, then, when we discovered that the former Mouseketeer has also enlisted the help of the legendary Le Tigre to work on her forthcoming, as yet untitled, album.

While Helen Of Troy... is all about cultural cross-overs, we can't quite decide whether Ms Aguilera is working with these fantastic less-than-mainstream artists because she's a fan, or whether she's just buying cool by association. Either way, it's going to make for interesting listening. We've posted Le Tigre's finest moment Deceptacon below to remind y'all just how awesome they were. Let's see if they can top this with XTina.

Saturday, 6 June 2009

New Music: Mpho

Helen Of Troy... has long loved Echo Beach by Martha And The Muffins, so imagine our joy when we heard that one of our favourite artists of the year, Mpho (pronounced mmmpoh), had sampled the mighty Martha... and turned one of our favourite tracks into a proper anthem for 2009. Box N Lox, Mpho's début single is a catchy, lyrically savvy joy announcing the Brixton-based artist's arrival on the urban electro-pop scene.

This superstar-in-the-making's album, Pop Art, is out now. Filled with a panoply of highly-styled pop gems (have a listen to the album mini-mix on her MySpace page), Pop Art is a rare mix of exciting and accessible 21st-century classics. Check out the video for Box N Lox below, and let us know what you think.