Radio One Live Lounge – the gift that keeps on giving

Christmas is usually a time involving stuffing yourself with mince pies and turkey, lazing infront of the TV and unwrapping more than one gift you didn’t really want.  Don’t get me wrong it’s not that I’m ungrateful, I’m just more a fan of giving as oppposed to receiving and sadly it seems there isn’t a Christmas that passes without something needing to be returned.  However, this Christmas good old Mr Claus outdid himself and brought me a cd from Radio One’s Live Lounge.  

Either i’d been a good girl or someone had been given a tip-off to get me the third volume, complete with my favourite session from the summer – Sam Sparro’s outstanding acoustic cover of Estelle’s American Boy.  I’d been meaning to pick up a copy this volume of Live Lounge since hearing Sparro’s really quite amazing cover, but somehow hadn’t got round to it (probably by subliminally persuading myself I’m not into pop music).   Since I got it, it’s pretty much been constantly played making me wonder why i waited so long. 

There’s something for everyone on the album too, you might even surprise yourself and admit to liking a bit of pop , bizarrely like me.  Amazingly, i even liked grime star Ironik’s acoustic version of his track Stay With Me – thanks to ditching the horrendous high pitched voice over and subbing it with R & B singer Sadie Ama’s impressive vocals.  

A great mash-up cover of The Gossips Standing In The Way Of Control, performed by The Ting Tings and featuring beats made famous by Snap in 1990, is definitely worth checking out. Infact, as the entire album is a contender for one of the best albums of 2008, it’s probably best you download it yourself and check it out.  Whilst you do, i’m off to download Live Lounge volumes one and two and hope that doing it in reverse order only serves to make them all the more enjoyable.


Live Lounge, Volume 3 – Top tracks

Sam Sparro – American Boy

Ting Tings – Standing In The Way Of Control

The Wombats – Moving To New York

Pendulum – Violet Hill