But her Ladyship didn’t earn her worldwide superstar status through mere pastiche. The basic elements might not be new, but the triumph of ‘Artpop’ is that it mixes its palette of influences in such entertaining ways. Madonna and Bowie are the constant inspirations: from the ‘Holiday’-aping ‘Fashion!’ to the cosmic pansexual playfulness of ‘GUY’ There are plenty of dance bangers, of course, but thankfully Gaga has mined their beats from the golden era of French house – Justice’s synths, for example, are all over tracks including the teasingly tipsy ‘Sexxx Dreams’.
The low points in ‘Artpop’ come when the Lady loses faith in her own-brand nostalgia: the world music silliness of ‘Gypsy’ is almost slayed by its ugly chart-dance excesses, while ‘Jewels N’ Drugs’ is an embarrassing attempt at trap music. Overall, however, this excellent if slightly sprawling LP reminds us how much Lady Gaga knows about classic hooks, high camp and huge choruses. Buy this album here
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Enfolded within Camden Market, this building may have been a horse hospital at one point in its lifetime, but it certainly ain't an animal refuge any more. The cobbled floors remain, as do the stables, but they've been spruced up and turned into booths. The roof terrace has also been revamped with bright colours and twee bunting. The main space is usually decked with artwork on the walls and also has a stage for live bands. There's a cabaret room on the other side of the venue and, of course, a bar serving up the usual tipples. Club nights here usually feature indie-electro, synth-pop, R&B, hip hop and funk.
Venue says: “From Drizzy to Dizzee, we play you the best in hip hop, trap and grime every Wednesday at Proud Camden.”