Saturday 27 January 2018

BEST AND WORST NEW TRACKS OF THE WEEK 27/01/2018: Jack White, A$AP Rocky, Justin Timberlake and more...

Jack White embraces electronica and Justin Timberlake goes country.


‘Respect Commander’ & ‘Corporation’ – Jack White

Bluesy singer/guitarist Jack White has been doing some pretty audacious stuff recently, including banning phones from his live shows. He’s also released two experimental, largely instrumental new singles that seem to be pushing rock in new directions. ‘Respect Commander’ opens with sped up drums, orchestra hits and electronica before transforming into a muddy blues rock anthem. ‘Corporation’ meanwhile centres around a groovy riff that sounds like something between Deep Purple and Steely Dan, closing with some eerie shrieking and rambling about corporations. It’s not stuff for your average rock fan - it's weird and straight up my alley.

‘Window’ – Christian Besa Wright

With it’s lazy guitars and layers of sunny vocal harmonies, this track from LA singer-songwriter Christian Besa Wright is as soothing as a summer’s day. It’s what’s needed to cheer up these miserable winter months.

 ‘QYURRYUS' - The Voidz

The Voidz, fronted by Julian Casablancas of The Strokes, have been releasing increasingly more bizarre songs. Their latest song sounds like a synthwave war chant topped with squealing guitars and even some autotuned warbling towards the end. When it comes to weird moments of the week, it's up there with Oprah Winfrey's third hand and that Sting/Shaggy collaboration (which wasn't good or bad enough to feature in this week's selection). 


☆☆☆☆☆ 5IVE $TAR$’ – A$AP Rocky

This is distinctly average music from the flamboyant rapper. Three stars would have been generous. Where is Rocky’s energy? He sounds like he’s just had a rough night’s sleep in a one star hotel.

‘Say Something’ – Justin Timberlake ft. Chris Stapleton

Timberlake seems to be going for a more mature country/gospel sound here and, well, it’s bland. Chris Stapleton’s vocals are the most interesting thing about this song and that’s saying something.