Martin Skidmore

Without Martin Skidmore, this website wouldn’t be around today.

Martina McBride – Teenage Daughters

Catching Chuck on a Good Day, episode one of two…

Martin Solveig ft. Dragonette – Hello

Unbelievable! It’s Novak Djokovic!…

Martina McBride – Wrong Baby Wrong

Man, we are certainly liking us some country this year, aren’t we…

Martin Solveig & Dragonette – Boys & Girls

Canadian electro-pop outfit move to UK, work with French DJ…

Five years of The Singles Jukebox

We’re not usually big on self-aggrandisement or mythologising. More or less, we just do one thing — we rate pop songs out of ten — but we love it and we do it well. We don’t pay attention to the consensus around us; we build our own (sometimes, but we often disagree). And we’ve now […]

David Guetta ft. Taio Cruz & Ludacris – Little Bad Girl

Couldn’t find him with Taio, so here he is with one of his favourite brands brands brands…

Skylar Grey – Invisible

Give Alex da Kid an inch and look what happens. [Video][Website] [2.90] Brad Shoup: After a couple years of being a wisp-for-hire, Skylar Grey steps up front for… a song about isolation. Find no hope here — her merely-decent voice points up the verisimilitude. Thank goodness for the multi-tracked handclaps and BGVs; otherwise I might’ve […]

Gillian Welch – The Way It Goes

The meet-cute was thwarted by the cowboy hat. [Video][Website] [6.36] Edward Okulicz: Wow, what do you know? Someone found the sweet spot between “Everybody Knows” and folk-country, and it was just as good as it should be.[8] Brad Shoup: I enjoy songs that unfurl with the intricacy and steadiness of clock mechanics. There are a bunch […]

Beyonce – Best Thing I Never Had

Somewhere, Jay-Z is smiling. [Video][Website] [6.00] Brad Shoup: No slight to our current pop overlords, and I’m aware how old this makes me sound, but it’s always super nice to have Beyoncé bring her estimable class to the charts. Marshalling the orchestra and a Bruce Hornsby impersonator could be construed as protesting too much, but […]