Friday, May 20, 2011

Tinie Tempah – Disc-Overy (2011) – Review

Tinie Tempah – Disc-Overy (U.S. release)
In 2010, Tinie Tempah (the London based pop artist) blew up the U.K. charts with fun lyrics and infectious beats. Much like Ellie Goulding (who also features on the album) and Adele, Tinie Tempah’s massive pop success in Brittan meant that it was only a matter of time before he was ready to tackle the States. While Goulding’s U.S. re-release combined the best stuff off her U.K. release of Lights and Bright Lights EP, Tinie Tempah decided to take the best tracks off his U.K. release and added a number of new tracks, working with bigger producers like StarGate, Boi-1da and Alex da Kid for his U.S. re-release. He also added features from Wiz Khalifa, Bei Maejor and Ester Dean. The U.K. version has a much more dance club feel with production from Labrinth, iShi, Al Shux, and Diplo, while the new songs appeal more to the U.S. pop anthem crowd (which generally seem to be the biggest hits), thus it was probably a smart move (though my favorite song on the album is still Wonderman featuring Ellie Goulding, which is such a great track). The first single Till I’m Gone with Wiz Khalifa is destined to be a hit, and Khalifa delivers a great hook. Tinie Tempah is sure to have success in the States, as his music incorporates a fun pop/hip hop mentality with positive and sometimes personal lyrics. The new British pop invasion is on, and Tinie Tempah is certainly a star leading the way. 3/5

Editor’s Song Picks:
1)      Wonderman – Featuring Ellie Goulding and produced by Labrinth
2)      Till I’m Gone – Featuring Wiz Khalifa and produced by StarGate
3)      Written in the Stars – Featuring Eric Turner and produced by iSHi

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