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Watch Me Dance [CD+DVD]

Toddla T Audio CD
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In 2007 Toddla T (aka Tom Bell) was working in a shoe shop in his hometown of Sheffield, then just 19 and living at home with his parents, he DJ'ed at weekends and was producing beats and tracks with his friend Scott as Small Arms Fiya.

Now it's 2011 Toddla T is making the finishing touches to his second album on the legendary Ninja Tune label, has a ... Read more in Amazon's Toddla T Store

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  • Audio CD (22 Aug 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD+DVD
  • Label: Ninja Tune
  • ASIN: B0051X3UWQ
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,993 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. Take It Back 3:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Cruise Control 3:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Cherry Picking 3:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Streets So Warm 4:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Badman Flu 3:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Body Good 3:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. How Beautiful It Would Be 3:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen10. Do It Your Way 3:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Fly 4:05£0.99  Buy MP3 

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BBC Review

Tom Bell aka Toddla T emerged from Sheffield in 2007, and everyone thought he was black. As a teenage DJ, producer and artist, Bell favoured an ebullient mix of new electro beats and old dancehall vocals provided by hometown black British MCs, marking him out as a cheeky Brit version of M.I.A.'s American collaborator Diplo.

Having established himself with an entertaining if unfocussed debut album (2009's Skanky Skanky), production and remixes for the likes of Roots Manuva, Hot Chip, Gorillaz and Tinchy Stryder, and a DJ rep that bagged him a regular Radio 1 show, Bell is well positioned to make cute pop-grime hits about tacky clubbing and trainers. Thankfully, the boy has ambition. His second album is nothing short of an attempt to encompass 35 years of melodic dance music while presenting an optimistic view of British inner-city street life, just as the image of the youth of today has hit an all-time low.

The single and title-track makes a bold opening statement of intent. Real drums, guitars, slap bass and MC legend Roots Manuva singing rather than rapping. The retro feel continues with mini-hit Take It Back, where missing-in-action Brit-soul star Shola Ama fronts a tune that harks back to the pop-rave hits of the late 80s and early 90s; all pounding Italo-house piano giving way to dreamy Ibiza romance.

So it's both timely and fitting when Take It Back segues straight into the grimy rap and skittering minimalism of Cruise Control, and when those tough beats still soften into something sweet and summery for the chorus. The eclecticism is so well-paced that the left-turn into the arty electro sex pop of Róisín Murphy's Cherry Picking seems entirely logical.

And as for Streets So Warm: it's a completely different listen after the events of early August 2011. Its passionate, plaintive discourse on British youth crime - its effects and its causes - connects 2011 dancehall with conscious 70s reggae, and sounds out a warning ("The streets are warm but the youth are cold") that feels like a lament for a generation of lost working-class children. Toddla T confesses the album's debt to Soul II Soul's Club Classics Vol. One, and it is an update fit for harsher times.

But… Watch Me Dance is also an unfashionable record. It won't fit snugly into either pop or urban radio schedules. It refuses to play the niche game. And Club Classics Vol. One defined its times because people got to hear it. It would be a crying shame if a record so accomplished, relevant and unifying never gets to be heard. Because, right now, this album is necessary.

--Garry Mulholland

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3.0 out of 5 stars Toddla T second album 18 Nov 2011
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Good album but little diffrent from Toddla's first album Skanky Skanky which as evident from the first single released from this. Still, would recommend as a purchase for any Toddla T fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Toddla T is a bad man 14 Nov 2011
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Great album. Usual Toddla flavours with a lot of stuff that just makes you smile and makes you want to dance like a loon. Stand out tracks are Bad Man Flu (my fave tune of the year), Take It Back, Streets So Warm. Will be on the look out for anything else from Toddla.
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5.0 out of 5 stars mix of styles and great fun! 25 Sep 2011
By Axel
Format:Audio CD
Dancehall, 90s garage, Reggae and lots of FUN!
Maybe doesn't push things forward but it doesn't matter because the album is so great. Also love the way the tracks flow into each other a bit like a mix.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff 29 Aug 2011
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Got this on inpulse and good reviews even in NME ,and played it a lot it is so good to hear music being fun and lots of different types of music chucked together with no gaps it just keeps going and its fun ,
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4.0 out of 5 stars Toddla T ‎- Watch Me Dance 2 Oct 2013
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With his debut for Ninja Tune, WATCH ME DANCE, Toddla T brings back the party. And it don't stop. The R&B funk-breaks of "Take It Back" segues into the hip-hop of "Cruise Control" and into the dirty (courtesy of Róisín Murphy's sultry vocals) electro of "Cherry Picking." If dancehall is more your speed, "Badman Flu" gets you sneezing and grooving at the same time, while "Body Good" gets all sexy. "Lovely Girl" goes romantic and "Do It Your Way" goes for straightforward R&B before the breaks explode onto it. The dreamy reggae of "Fly" lifts the album right at the end there. Dance indeed!
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