Friday, 11 November 2016

BEST AND WORST NEW TRACKS OF THE WEEK 11/11/2016: Bruno Mars, Run the Jewels, Seprona and more...


This week I bring you some tracks to listen to whilst you dig out your nuclear bunker as we all prepare for the next four years of global tension followed by Kanye West’s inevitable presidency. THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT!

THE BEST:

‘Don’t Move’ – Campbell


Auckland pop artist Campbell comes through with this ethereal number featuring some husky vocals that erupt for a satisfying hook ‘Stop, stand still/Don’t move’. The Kiwi singer travelled all the way to London to record this (that’s commitment). The brooding beat meanwhile comes courtesy of Basement Jaxx producer Simon Ratcliffe.

‘Losing My Mind’ -  Sølv



More ethereal pop – this time from a Danish songstress named Sølv (translates as ‘silver’). Frosty synths serve as a background for the artist’s slinky vocals. I only discovered this jewel because it happens to be the next track that automatically plays on Soundcloud after ‘Don’t Move’.

‘Versace on the Floor’ – Bruno Mars


This smooth cheese slice of Boys-II-Men-revivalism is going to have girls (and guys) worldwide dropping their panties. It’s the Bruno Mars I’ve been waiting for. Much better than pop-reggae Today-I-Don’t-Feel-Like-Doing-Anything Bruno Mars. And much better than psychotically infatuated I’d-Catch-A-Grenade-For-You Bruno Mars.

‘2100’ – Run the Jewels ft. Boots



In the light of a certain man coming to power, badass US rap duo Run the Jewels have released this punchy anti-war single. El-P has explained on Twitter: ‘for everyone who is hurting or scared right now. here is a song we wrote months ago. We weren’t planning on releasing it yet but… well it feel right, now’.

 ‘How Much Time’ – Seprona


Juicy distorted guitars and strident strings make up some of the many layers to this loud and powerful new rock tune from Liverpool lads Seprona. Fervent northern-inflected vocals drive the track along: ‘You seem so drawn to my answer machine’. With a lot of rock bands going overly minimal, Seprona’s maximalist approach is pretty refreshing.

THE WORST:

‘Sensual Pansuit Anthem’ – Lena Dunham


This pro-Clinton song is so horribly awkward, it’s no wonder so many people voted Trump. Well done Lena Dunham – we hold you solely responsible. 

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