Well, as promised here is the final, touched up version of the article I had the great honour of writing for my good friend J. Boogie over at The Thomas Crown Chronicles. But first I’d like to express my disappointment that Keri’s “In A Perfect World” has unfortunately been pushed back AGAIN, this time to an “End Of 2008” release. The fact that Interscope couldn’t even give a specific date makes me very worried about this project EVER getting a release. I really hope it does as Keri is a talented girl and deserves to get her shine, and us stans want the pleasure of owning an actual Keri Hilson album! Having got this off my chest, enjoy this, the second installment of Writer’s Block:
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.
Jordyn Taylor “Won’t Play Nice”
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)
One Chance “No Brainer”
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, although after a long delay she performed “Fantasy” and introduced her debut single “Future” yesterday. 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 at her myspace. Currently, no Clutch/Money collabos have leaked.
Bayje – “Jealous Of Your Whip”
Bayje – “Problem” (alternate version produced by Brian Kidd)
The Clutch have additionally been working on the forthcoming projects from Brandy, 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 Entertainment so more info on these guys as we get it!