Showstopper: Elouise’s Little Belter album, Plus New Songs from UK’s Bim and Pob (ex-Boy Banned)

It’s not yet available outside of the UK, but I’m bringing you spectacular tidings:  The Little Belter album by our darling of delightful drama and dance Elouise is a showstopper that is not to be missed.  For one, it includes the entire 2009 EP Stardust (“Another Day”, my still-fave “Pretender”, and the campy “Fireman of My Dreams”); for two: The retooled rendition of “Tainted Love” (released as a digital single); for three: Another favourite, her cover of ABBA’s “The Winner Takes It All” from the Stardust Memories EP; and for four:  Enchanting, well chosen renditions of some classics and some that have passed both you and me by…

So I’ll focus on the 9 songs new to Little Belter, a generous selection that makes the inclusion of the other songs all the more wonderful.  There are three showy show tunes for Elouise, “As Long As He Needs Me”, a standard from “Oliver!”, the always ear-catching “Don’t Rain on My Parade” from Barbra Streisand’s “Funny Girl”, and the more obscure but beautifully rendered Noel Coward song “If Love Were All” (listen to it below).  Charlie Chaplin’s “Smile” gets a pleasing makeover, while “I Like to Hate Myself In The Morning” does both Judy Garland and Shirley Bassey proud.  The Cilla Black UK hit “Something Tells Me” gets an almost behind-the-scenes storybook-like fun reworking, while Elouise puts her own commanding spin on Lesley Gore’s “You Don’t Own Me”.

Elouise and her wonderful team including musical director Steve Anderson and show producer Terry Ronald don’t leave more contemporary music aside either.  Paul McCartney’s James Bond theme “Live And Let Die” retains the drama but becomes empowering with a big band turn.  And “Could It Be Magic” (I previously blogged about the Le Kid dance remix, also included here) is a faithful and timely cover that ties in all of the Barry Manilow, Donna Summer, and Take That versions together!!

As if her previous releases didn’t scream it out loud enough, Little Belter is Elouise’s international calling card.  Her shows are currently selling out all over England and the rest of the world is waiting to be slayed.  I’ll let you know as soon as I know that Little Belter is available outside of the UK.  Even if you’re not particularly attached to any of these songs as you know them, I will guarantee that in the hands of Elouise and her team there is no disappointment.  If you’re in the UK do try and catch her live show at

Listen to “If Love Were All” by Elouise below.

Bim “Scream”

Also coming to you, in early April, is the official single release of “Scream”, by UK indie duo Bim, who captured many hearts and minds with their 2010 effort Scatterheart, which yielded one of my favourite singles that year with the heartwrenching “Head Over Heels”.   Rebecca Rosier and Denmark Davis are definitely out to best themselves because “Scream” is one of the most touching and ear-catching new releases of 2012.  Vocally, it is a little more aggressive than past releases, and I particularly enjoy how Denmark’s voice jumps front and centre past the minute mark to match Rebecca’s power immediately preceding.  Watch the video for “Scream” below and listen to acoustic and remix versions too.

Pob “Shout It Out Loud”

It hasn’t been too long since we bid adieu to UK’s Boy Banned via their gorgeous swan song “The Stars Are Saying Yes”, and I’ve certainly noticed that band members Ethan and Pob (aka Paul O’Brien) have both struck out on their own immediately.  Pob seems to be the first one out of the gate with songs hinting at a diverse new direction with the help of some great songwriters.   “Shout It Out Loud” is contemporary and memorable and with wishful assistance of some remixers could find its way discretely into clubland.  We’ll have to wait a bit longer to hear where Pob plans to head music-wise, but this is a pleasing surprise that’s a bit of a grower.  Pob’s started to showcase his music in concert too – a debut London date is scheduled for March 30.  Listen to “Shout It Out Loud” – which has nothing to do with a certain hit by KISS 😉 – below.

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