Dot Rotten in King Tut’s Wah Wah Tent

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Inside the King Tuts Wah Wah Tent it was dark and it smelled all musty and like damp grass! But there was a fab buzzy atmosphere down at the front of the stage. Collections and ensembles of cabs and rigs sent Dubstep booming and reverberating around the place as the crowd jostled about. Cher Lloyd was the 2nd act after Dot Rotten and I couldn’t wait! But of course, I was really interested in seeing Dot Rotten too, as of course, he collaborated with Cher on ‘Dub on the Track’.
I gotta be honest! I was completely unfamiliar with the music of Dot Rotten which made this a great opportunity to find out more about this prolific artist and his brand of Grime and Hip-Hop. When the time came I have to say I loved it! Dot bounded about with tons of energy as was a slick as. He was the perfect warm up and had no trouble getting everyone whipped up. I decided I would be checking out more material by Dot Rotten as I was so impressed!
I’d of loved it if Cher had come out to run thru ‘Dub on the Track’ ha ha! But when Dot left the stage with his music still ringing in my ears and I knew in only a few moments Cher would be on stage!!!
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Cher Lloyd Live @ Shepherds Bush Empire, Sunday 15 April 2012 #Video #1

Here is Cher Lloyd performing ‘Dub on the Track’, ‘Grow Up’, ‘Love Me for Me’, ‘Over the Moon’ and ‘Superhero’ at Shepherds Bush Empire, Sunday 15 April 2012.
The last night of the UK ‘Sticks + Stones’ tour…
Enjoy & Comment!

Dub on the Track {

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Really excitingly, 13 December 2011, Cher released on SBTV…

“Dub on the Track”

… as a promotional only video!!!
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Prompting rumours that ‘Dub on the Track’ would be the third single from ‘Sticks + Stones’, a video was released of the track on the SBTV website. In the end of course, it was apparent the video was for promotional purposes only. But it was still worth seeing and it is in stark contrast to the video for ‘With Ur Love’, as Cher is all dark and aggressive again. A little like how she was in the ‘Swagger Jagger’ video perhaps – but even more so!
The track is a collaboration with Mic Righteous, Dot Rotten and Ghetts who also make an appearance which is good! The video is shot in some dark and dusty house, lit by many clear tungsten lightbulbs hanging from long cords and things like dusty telephones and candlesticks decorating the shelves. It’s like something from the Addams family or a bit like one of my student digs perhaps (ahem – not really)!
Cher has her hair long – still with that sharp undercut! – and black Mascara frames her eyes and her lips are blood red. She wears a ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ tshirt over some skater boi shorts. It all works very well! I sometimes wonder if the video was an experimental move – which is a good thing to do for all sorts of reasons – courage and creativity among them! But I like it ‘cos it’s fab to see Cher singing clearly enjoying herself and with her swag well and truly on ala ‘Swagger Jagger’ & how she was right at the beginning performing Keri Hilson’s ‘Turn Your Swag On’ for the XFactor judges back in 2010!
Musically, ‘Dub on the Track’ is a deep dark brooding blend of industrial, rap and dubstep. It all begins with noise like braking trains and radio interference and some ghostly vocals from Cher then the track kicks in with some fab synthesized pitch bends, moody kickdrum and snare, scratch noise, electronic noise and just noise!
The choice of words in the lyrics lends loads to the pent-up atmosphere of urban industrialization – it’s all  ‘machines’ & ‘gasoline’, ‘supersonic’, ‘astronomic’ and ‘electronic’ – like the recording studio itself is in the middle of Gotham City!
Recruits Mic Righteous, Dot Rotten and Ghetts who all contribute a rap of their own to the track and the whole thing moves like some spooky transformer robot – all shiny black metal and chrome!!!
I Love the track ‘Dub on the Track’! So check it out!

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Lyrics:
Im the kinda  I’m the kinda girl that put dub on the track
I’m a machine couple screws loose but running smoothly
Know what I mean gotta upgrade now I’m more unruly
I’m hard to swallow but a spoonful of sugar
might make it all go down more easilyyyy e e
Pick up the beat put ur money on me
I’m not queen but I’m gonna be a princess on it
Like premium gasoline my words gon catch on fire
Spread through ur body like  Eeeeeeeee
I’m the kinda girl that put on the track
I’m the kinda girl that put on the track
I’m the kinda girl that put on the track
I’m the kinda girl that put on the track
Im the kinda  I’m the kinda girl that put dub on the track
Supersonic, iconic, atronomic, get me on it
electronic, polyphonic, get me on it
Im the kinda  I’m the kinda girl that put dub on the track
MIC RIGHTEOUS RAP:
I’m the kinda girl that put on the track
I’m the kinda girl that put on the track
I’m the kinda girl that put on the track
Im the kinda  I’m the kinda girl that put dub on the track
Work hard party harder
Work hard party harder
Work hard party harder
DOT ROTTEN RAP:
I’m the kinda girl that put on the track
I’m the kinda girl that put on the track
I’m the kinda girl that put on the track
Im the kinda  I’m the kinda girl that put dub on the track
Supersonic, iconic, atronomic, get me on it
electronic, polyphonic, get me on it
Im the kinda  I’m the kinda girl that put dub on the track
Work hard party harder
Work hard party harder
Work hard party harder
GHETT’S RAP:
I’m the kinda girl that put on the track
I’m the kinda girl that put on the track
I’m the kinda girl that put on the track
Im the kinda  I’m the kinda girl that put dub on the track

Sticks + Stones #2

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… and following on from the previous post, this one will deal with the next 5 tracks from Cher’s debut album;

‘Sticks + Stones’

… the next 5 tracks whizz by and all are classic Cher Lloyd …
Sassy, brassy + bratty !!!

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When we get to track 6, I like to think that the individual in ‘Beautiful People’ has been able to pick themselves up and turn things around. As the track begins with the lyric ‘No Playa Boi can win my love, it’s sweetness that I’m thinking of’. It seems a response to what happened in ‘Beautiful People’? I don’t know if it’s meant like that? But that’s how it appears to me. Once bitten, twice shy – that ain’t gonna happen to me again!!!
But taking ‘Playa Boi’ on it’s own, what do we have? A fab blend of old (skool) + new (r&b)! As this saucy skit has one bumblebee trainer covered foot in late 1980’s/early 1990’s style hip-hop  – with the other planted in a contemporary and industrial r&b. The ‘cherry’ on the icing on the cake been provided by the cheeky incorporation of Neneh Cherry’s 1988 innovative hit ‘Buffalo Stance’ with the sophistication of the same artists’ ‘Manchild’. It’s an ‘a salt with a deadly pepa’ with all the sassiness of Macy Grey! I love it’s keyboard arrangements, its casio sounds and big synthy string stabs and wave noise!
Cher is on top form throughout – feisty and frontin’, name dropping Phar(r)ell (???)  – and telling us to “Listen’ up, turn it up” – and “don’t u mess …” So sick I Love it!
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Next track is ‘Superhero’ which is another wonderful slice of electro-pop with brand Cher Lloyd stamped firmly onto it ♥ ‘Superhero’ is actually incredibly well written and its simple arrangements and delightful melodies disguise the immense work that has gone into the track. It’s obviously true what they say … the truly talented make it all seem so easy! Aww…
It’s a lovely toe tapping tune with the melody set by the vocals as Cher tells us how she loved and loved with all of her power but was ‘used and abused until she was sweet and sour’. It’s all about the illusion of love and how sometimes perhaps people aren’t always as good as they make themselves out to be. And once the illusion is removed it all pretty much falls apart. You know what? It happens to me all the time lol!
But this classic scenario is given a humourous twist when Cher declares she’s had enough, don’t wanna be a Superhero and don’t wanna fight anymore and kicks out her ‘fake ol wanna be Superman’ with ‘a roundhouse kick to the temple’! The track is punctuated throughout with charming sub electro-cello’s and a twinky piano. Over the top of that is layered a rousing dry snare and intermittent buzzsaw guitars and then the whole thing is decorated with electronic twiddly bleeps and sweeps! It tips a hat towards Nikki Minaj – as Cher delivers a simply fab rap yet sings the chorus – but the song maintains its own identity and is an integral part of the album!
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Next track is, I have to say my favourite song off ‘Sticks + Stones’ – it’s ‘Over the Moon’ and that’s how it makes me feel lol. It’s a jangly feel good electro-pop tune that’s a mash-up of genre’s – which again makes it to me, signature Cher Lloyd!
The track begins with a vintage feel of all things! A percussive glockenspiel jingle bell riff plays as backing singers provide Cher with a 50’s/60’s feel with their ‘Ooh wap wap – Ooh wap wap’ accompaniment as she sings the main hook. There’s some kinda radiophonic effect on the vocal which has me imagining one of those shiny classic Shure Super 55 microphones has been used? I’m not so s(h)ure if it was (groan) but it just has that vintage vibe to it. A feeling further enhanced by little audible clicks and pops as if it’s all been played back on a vinyl record – it’s very charming!
During the verses the track all breaks down into a part poppy, part dubby rap – ‘I’m over the moon … no silver spoon in my milky way … when Simon told me I was trouble all I said is ‘ok’ – which is fun as the name ‘trouble’ is the nickname Simon Cowell has for Cher ha ha! So that’s a nice little cheeky reference to the XFactor Boss who handed Cher her first record deal after she reached the series 7 finals of XFactor in 2010.
When the track reaches the chorus it all picks up and lightens up with Cher ‘skipping the sky’ to the sing along poppy chorus that will make you jump up and down like a loon. It’s a lovely song! I’m sure this next bit is just my own take on the track – and perhaps it’s something to do with the jingle bells that feature in the song and perhaps partly to do with the October release date of the album? But I just get that same feel good (x!)factor from ‘Over the Moon’ that you get from your favourite Christmas record. I guess I’m just a hopeless romantic – but whatever – I just love ‘Over the Moon’…
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Next up is ‘Dub on the Track’ which takes things in another direction entirely. As the track is a deep dark brooding blend of industrial, rap and dubstep. It all begins with noise like braking trains and radio interference and some ghostly vocals from Cher then the track kicks in with some fab synthesized pitch bends, moody kickdrum and snare, scratch noise, electronic noise and just noise!
I love it!
The choice of words in the lyrics lends loads to the pent-up atmosphere of urban industrialization – it’s all  ‘machines’ & ‘gasoline’, ‘supersonic’, ‘astronomic’ and ‘electronic’ – like the recording studio itself is in the middle of Gotham City! Cher recruits Mic Righteous, Dot Rotten and Ghetts who all contribute a rap of their own to the track and the whole thing moves like some spooky transformer robot – all shiny black metal and chrome ha ha!
The singing and rapping from Cher is absolutely fab – as is the rapping from the 3 boys. It’s a bold venture into an area which no other track takes us to on ‘Sticks + Stones’ and what’s more, it succeeds. So Cher can hold her head high as she is most definitely the kinda girl who has put the dub on the track!

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And finally, we reach the final track of ‘Sticks + Stones’ – ‘End up Here’. And this is another real surprise as it’s deliciously written (half by Cher herself!) – and it’s another lovesong – alas however, the love has all gone wrong again…
The song is in a similar place to ‘Beautiful People’ and it all begins really pretty with a lovely synth string arrangement which is joined by cello strings to accompany Cher has she begins to sing. We learn that the subject of the song has fallen for a real bad boy – oops! – but has realized that she is nothing special in this persons life and is just a distraction. But although the love has gone and there’s the need to ‘put out the flame and move on‘, there is an implied dependence still there in the sinister form of ‘could u gimme that dust that u throw right round, get me that stuff make ya wanna get down’ before lamenting ‘ay ay ay I didn’t wanna end up here’.
Musically, the track is enigmatic and enchanting. I’ve already mentioned the strings! They give the track such a human feel – and when soft electric guitars are added and the drums the whole thing is a lovely backdrop to Cher’s soaring vocal – which on it’s on conveys immense emotion. It’s powerful stuff and a really poignant track – really stands out on its own – and make’s for a perfect wind down and close to the album.

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Sum Up!
What an absolutely fantastic album to debut with. As I believe ‘Sticks + Stones’ to be a record far stronger than what some established artists with supposedly more clout and resource have managed to muster.
In terms of music we have big rich slices of pop, r&b, hip-hop, rap, dubstep, old skool – and even a mildly alternative number as well.
In terms of attitude and emotion; we have fiestiness with ‘Grow Up’, cheekiness with ‘Want U Back’, tenderness with ‘With Ur Love’, aggression with ‘Swagger Jagger’, anguish with ‘Beautiful People’, brassiness with ‘Playa Boi’, sassiness with ‘Superhero’, happiness with ‘Over the Moon’, poise and assurance with ‘Dub on the Track’ and mounfulness with ‘End Up Here’.
It’s a Jukebox not only for our ears and our feet, but for our heads and our hearts too. That is why I Love the album ‘Sticks + Stones’ to bits – it’s fantastic and to me, it’s a work of art!
Credits:
‘Playa Boi’ was written by RedOne, AJ Junior, Bilal “The Chef”, Johnny Powers, Neneh Marianne Karlsson Cherry, Cameron Andrew McVey, James Philip Morgan and Philip Geroge Ramocon. It was produced by RedOne and Johnny Powers.
‘Superhero’ was written by Priscella Renea, Ronald Jackson, Gerald Martin and Formetta Gibson. It was produced by Jukebox.
‘Over the Moon’ was written by Cher Lloyd, RedOne, Eric Sanicola, Savan Kotecha, AJ Junior and Bilal Hajji. It was produced by RedOne, Eric Sanicola and Jimmy Joker.
‘Dub on the track’ was written by Cher Lloyd, Livvi Franc and Toby Gad. It was produced by Toby Gad.
‘End Up Here’ was written by Cher Lloyd and Ronald Jackson. It was produced by Jukebox.

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Lyrics:
(…as ‘Dub on the Track’ has a post all of it’s own. Please see there for the lyrics to that song x)
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‘Playa Boi’
No player boi can win my love It’s sweetness that I’m thinking of
Them boys always acting so mean Hands down in the dirt don’t come clean
Like a whole and a three letter donkey (Donkey!)
Ring the bell let me teach you something  Cuz ur momma never taught u nothing
Call Pharell cuz u keep on “Frontin'”  (Frontin!)
Listen’ up, Turn it up Listen’ up, Turn it up
Listen’ up, Turn it up Listen’ up, Turn it up
No player boi can win my love It’s sweetness that I’m thinking of
He gotta to lean with a gangsta stance He need to rock all the sickest brands
And give me love not a bad romance I’ll make a move nothing left to chance
 So don’t you mess with me
Can’t touch me liar I’m fire  U and all ur tricks expired
Ur ride really needs new tyres  (Vrrrmmmmm tyres!)
U like my kicks? Lemme kick ya  Like a ‘twilight’ fan I’ma bite ya
Turn around lemme Cee-lo “Forget ya” (Forget ya!)
Listen’ up, Turn it up Listen’ up, Turn it up
Listen’ up, Turn it up Listen’ up, Turn it up
No player boi can win my love It’s sweetness that I’m thinking of
He gotta to lean with a gangsta stance He need to rock all the sickest brands
And give me love not a bad romance I’ll make a move nothing left to chance
 So don’t you mess with me
If you want me looking ur way Baby gotta get real
If you want me ready to play I’ma have to feel
If you want me looking ur way Baby gotta get real, yea go and get real
No player boi can win my love It’s sweetness that I’m thinking of
He gotta to lean with a gangsta stance He need to rock all the sickest brands
And give me love not a bad romance I’ll make a move nothing left to chance
No player boi can win my love It’s sweetness that I’m thinking of
He gotta to lean with a gangsta stance He need to rock all the sickest brands
And give me love not a bad romance I’ll make a move nothing left to chance
 So don’t you mess with me
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‘Superhero’
I loved u × And loved u
With all that’s in my power × I was used and abused
Till I was sweet and sour
I kissed u × And kissed u
And gave u all my sugar × U knew that I’d be useless
If I let u know what u were to me
I thought it would be… ok × And we… shared everything… no way
And I told u, I told u
How I was such a sad case × U said u can save me
I’m doin the saving
Went to sleep a superhero × And he woke up a villain
Killin’ and killin’ my love × Oh what happen
Oh no what happen
U got me fighting × like wonder woman, woman
But I, I, I don’t wanna fight igh ight × Don’t wear no tigh igh ights
And I can’t fly I I × I’m no × I’m no × Superhero ooooo ooooo
I, I, I don’t wanna fight igh ight × Don’t wear no tigh igh ights
And I can’t fly × I I I’m no × I’m no × Superhero ooooo ooooo
Oh no what happen × Oh no what happen × Oh no what happen
I keep tryin, I’m trying × To wrap my head around it
Crying so, can’t let no, body see how I’m actin’
U hurt me, u hurt me × And no not physically
And got no bumps and bruises to show people what ur doing to me
I thought it would be… ok × But u see, I heard everything u said
And I knew it, I knew that u turn out to be a sad case
U said u could save me, I’m doin the saving
I, I, I don’t wanna fight igh ight × Don’t wear no tigh igh ights
And I can’t fly I I × I’m no × I’m no × Superhero ooooo ooooo
I, I, I don’t wanna fight igh ight × Don’t wear no tigh igh ights
And I can’t fly × I I I’m no × I’m no × Superhero ooooo ooooo
U got me using all my kung-fu tricks tricks
Hit ’em with a round house kick to the temple
1234 hung hi ho × T.K.O × Tykwon-do
U know × When u see that hand go chop
Everything stop
The flow so hot × Like steam from a coffee pot
× Haha ×
Rush hour, no traffic × No Jet Lei, just Jackie
U acting like u stayed behind × Go re-up on yo classes
U ol fake ol wanna be superman × Give Clark Kent back his glasses
Man, I hit u wit a judo kick so fast × U look back like what happen
I, I, I don’t wanna fight igh ight × Don’t wear no tigh igh ights
And I can’t fly × I I I’m no × I’m no × Superhero ooooo ooooo
I, I, I don’t wanna fight igh ight × Don’t wear no tigh igh ights
And I can’t fly × I I I’m no × I’m no × Superhero ooooo ooooo
Oh no what happen × Oh no what happen × Oh no what happen

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‘Over the Moon’
I’m over the moon Doing my thing doing my thing
I’m over the moon Just doing my thing
And I won’t come down
I’m over the moon No silver spoon in my milky way
When Simon told me I was trouble all I said is ‘ok’
Now let me turn my swag on and step up to the plate
Then I put London in my pocket up up up and away
I’ve been chillin’ out on a star With my 5 star view
I wanna get so far Till I see you Boo
Reaching into the jar For a dream come true
♥♥ I skipping the sky ♥♥
I’m over the moon
Just doing my thing just doing my thing
I’m over the moon
Just doing my thing just doing my thing
And I can’t get enough
Life is feeling so good  Cuz I keep movin’ up
I’m over the moon Just doing my thing
And I won’t come down
I’m over the moon  So watch ur head cuz throwing rocks
It feels like Red Bull gave me wings and I just can’t be stopped
U see I rhyme like a beast but I sing like a flower
I’m feeling tall so tall like the Eiffel Tower
I’ve been chillin’ out on a star With my 5 star view
I wanna get so far Till I see you Boo
Reaching into the jar For a dream come true
♥♥ I skipped the sky and ♥♥
I’m over the moon
Just doing my thing just doing my thing
I’m over the moon
Just doing my thing just doing my thing
And I can’t get enough
Life is feeling so good  Cuz I keep movin’ up
I’m over the moon Just doing my thing
And I won’t come down
Floating in space, I love this place E.T. says hey
My mind so clear in this atmosphere I got no fear
I’ve been chillin’ out on a star With my 5 star view
Reaching into the jar For a dream come true
I’m over the moon
Just doing my thing just doing my thing
And I can’t get enough
Life is feeling so good  Cuz I keep movin’ up
I’m over the moon Just doing my thing
And I won’t come down
Keep movin’ up And I won’t come down
I’m over I’m over And I won’t come down
♥♥♥ I’m over the moon ♥♥♥
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‘End Up Here’
Boy I was watching u move sorta checking u out
× Loving what u do boy we ought to paint the town ×
U can watch me get to it double roll and lean
× Make up ur mind if u liking what u see ×
Don’t want no flowers, don’t buy me no gifts
× I need somebody who can take care of this ×
I’m loving what u do coz I know u do it well
× U got u game tight real smart I can tell ×
Please don’t play that usual game the type to put out ur flame
× Ay Ay Ay I don’t wanna shed a tear ×
× Ay Ay Ay I didn’t wanna end up here ×
Could u gimme that dust that u throw right round
Get me that stuff make ya wanna get down
× Ay Ay Ay I didn’t wanna end up here ×
Yeah I went through ur phone I didn’t like what I seen
× U promised u’d be true u made a fool out of me ×
My friends tried to warn me that I’d waste my time
× I saw our true colours almost lost my mind ×
Looks like u do the same to all ur other girls
× Except u brought her flowers and u brought me pearls ×
When ur going out tonight I know ur seeing her again
× Saw ur picture together so now ur kissing all ur friends ×
Oh please don’t play that usual game × The type to put out ur flame
× Ay Ay Ay I don’t wanna shed a tear ×
× Ay Ay Ay I didn’t wanna end up here ×
Could u gimme that dust that u throw right round
Get me that stuff make ya wanna get down
× Ay Ay Ay I didn’t wanna end up here ×
If I don’t leave right now will my wounds still open
× Slipped right through ur hands, now my heart is broken ×
I’m moving on yeah yeah × I’m moving on
Ay Ay Ay I don’t wanna shed a tear × I don’t wanna shed a tear
Ay Ay Ay I didn’t wanna end up here × I didn’t wanna end up here
Could u gimme that dust that u throw right round
Get me that stuff make ya wanna get down
× Ay Ay Ay I didn’t wanna end up here ×