Writer’s Block: Clutch News

Firstly, my dreams came true the other day when one of my most wanted demos, that is, the one sung by my GIRL Candice Nelson for Britney Spears to hear the vocal stylings on the criminally underrated and singleworthy (and best track on the album imo) “Radar” actually leaked! Y’all know that I am a massive fan of Candice and this song has particularly gorgeous arrangements from her and The Clutch.

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I just hope more keep coming, Brandy‘s “Afrodisiac” demos anyone? 🙂 Now onto business….

This is a draft of an article I’m writing with great honour with my friend J. Boogie over at The Thomas Crown Chronicles. He, along with our equally credit-obsessed net buddy Tom, will be posting the completed article tomorrow, so look out for it on both sites! Meanwhile, my sections are completed as follows:

Well, in the past few months it has been quite a special time for us Clutch fans with news and tracks galore appearing on the net!

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Firstly we have new artist Jordyn Taylor’s “Won’t Play Nice” which unfortunately, is far from a Clutch banger. Looking at her myspace page you will see that her looks far outshine her vocal talents. (or lack of) I don’t think its completely their fault as Jordyn’s voice is awful, really, even studio effects can’t save it as they can on Britney’s and the like and her spoken parts make it even more unbearable. The production sounds cheap as hell, the synthesised strings and the awfully thin drum line are really the only effects used at all on this Eurythmics “Sweet Dreams” rip off gone wrong. The lyrics are rather generic as well, with particularly cringeworthy ones being “she likes your car, you’re such a star, y’all at my nerves” and “quit callin’ me ten times a day like ch-ch-chirp” which is not the norm from The Clutch who normally come up with the most dynamic and quirky lyrics. The arrangements, which are usually a massive strong point on Clutch tracks are also virtually non-existent. My only justification is that they thought it would be wrong to give such a no-talent like Jordyn a decent Clutch track as this is categorically one of the first and only disapponting Clutch joints! Her currently untitled debut album has yet to recieve a release date but is also set to feature production contributions from Timbaland associate Ryan Tedder, Darkchild, Madd Scientist and Mysto & Pizzi and writing from the talented Writing Camp & Frankie Storm.

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The next leaked Clutch joint offers something a bit more optimistic, One Chance’s “No Brainer” is a Warren “Oak” Felder produced slow jam which has never been a strong point for the Clutch but this is definitely a successful collaboration. The chorus in particular goes hard with its strong lead vocal and understated echoed backgrounds. The production sort of fails this otherwise nice ballad, its not the best instrumental to write over by any standards and it could have been a little more edgy as I’ve seen Oak do before on Jennifer Lopez’ “Mile In These Shoes” for example. With Candice and Keri being the most effective Clutch members in a lot of cases (imo) and this being channeled through a female vocal I guess thats why male collaborations are mostly hit (Balewa Muhammad “100” demo, Bobby Valentino, Kevin Michael) and slightly miss. (LeMarvin, Noel Gourdin)

In other news, Brandy has confirmed her Clutch-assisted album title to be “Human” and has a release date of November 11th at the moment. (we know how release dates do these days) If 2004’s “Afrodisiac” is anything to go by which included 8 tracks written by Candice Nelson, then we are definitely in for a treat! Candice seems to channel herself through Brandy particularly well and as she seems to create her best work with The Clutch this will definitely be something to look forward to as a Brandy project always is! The arrangements on leaked track “First & Love”, along with the fact that its producer Hit-Boy is now a frequent collaborator, have hinted to me that this is also one of the first leaked Clutch collabos. With the quirky phrasing of her vocals on the “felt it beating like a base….drum” lyric, the light echoed call-back-and-forth background vocals and the quirky lyrics even just down to the “Ray-J asked where I met ya” lyric, I’m almost certain this is a Clutch joint.

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Both Bayje and Money have tentatively titled their Clutch-assisted projects via MySpace recently, although neither currently have a release date. Money’s project “Unlady Like”, looks to be falling into some kind of trouble as we expected with Blackground, as the single listening party for “Future” which Boogie was set to attend on June 20th was cancelled with no reason given. Let’s hope this talented girl who Candice writes fire for will get a release as her track snippets were dope! Bayje’s “Curious” is looking more positive as she recently finished filming a video for the single “Find a Way” and is currently on a college tour. Not exactly the promotion I expected for a big record company like Atlantic, but at least they’ve got things cracking in some way… As you should have heard by now two of Bayje’s banging tracks have been leaked with The Clutch “Jealous Of Your Whip” and “Problem”, if you haven’t check them out below. Currently, no Clutch/Money collabos have leaked.

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The Clutch have additionally been working on the forthcoming projects from Keri Hilson, Chris Cornell, The Pussycat Dolls, Cassie, Menudo and Ciara and a mysterious new group “The Goods” have popped up on MySpace whose top friends are all the Clutch members and record label is Clutch Ent so more info on these guys as we get it!

Completed article soon! 😉

Listen: “Radar” Demo @YouTube

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