Saturday 28 April 2018
BEST AND WORST NEW TRACKS OF THE WEEK 28/04/2018: Machinedrum, Kanye West, A$AP Rocky and more...
‘Hype Up’ – Machinedrum
After much searching, this was the only track I could find that I genuinely enjoyed this week. Alternating between slow swells and energetic spikes, these synths certainly do get you hyped. I’m been loving the upbeat tone of Machinedrum’s recent singles – they’re more immediate and infectious.
‘Let’s Party All Night’ – Three Beat Slide
Corny family projects like Three Beat Slide make me want to vomit. Why can’t they just stick to karaoke? To be honest, ‘Let’s Party All Night’ could have had the potential to be a fun Junior-Senior-like party track – but there’s no forgiving those vocals.
‘German’ – EO
Do you remember ‘German Whip’? Well, this track by EO is pretty much a watered-down version with some auto-tune slathered on top. To make matters worse, EO doesn’t even drive a German car – he’s only 16 and doesn’t even have a provisional license.
Kanye has been spending the week on Twitter posting some pretty controversial things, declaring his love for Donald Trump and even posting a picture of his MAGA cap. When I heard he’d released a new single last night, I thought perhaps this would be his redeeming moment, but no it seems like he’s still intent on trolling us. After a long build up of soul sampling and digital drums, ‘Lift Yourself’ sees Kanye dropping his first verse of the year, which turns out to be a load of gobbledegook: ‘poopy-di scoop/ scoop-diddy-whoop/ whoop-di-scoop-di-poop’. Whaaat?
‘Herojuana Blunts’ – A$AP Rocky
Part of me wants to enjoy this new trippy single from A$AP Rocky – the detuned lo-fi production is certainly interesting. However, the garbled druggy nonsense that makes up the lyrics just doesn’t do it for me (at least it's more comprehensible than that Kanye track).