Friday, 21 September 2018
BEST AND WORST NEW TRACKS OF THE WEEK 21/09/2018: Eminem, Lana Del Rey, Gorillaz and more…
‘Killshot’ – Eminem
There’s been enough beef in hip hop this year to put McDonald’s out of business. I can hardly keep up with it all.
The latest and most unprecedented is the Machine Gun Kelly/Eminem feud - a couple weeks ago Machine Gun Kelly thought it wise to release a diss track titled ‘Rap Devil’ aimed at Eminem. It was a valiant attempt with some good jabs, but now Eminem has responded with a track titled ‘Killshot’ and the result is a slaughter: ‘This is it, as big as you’re going to get, so enjoy it/ Had to give you a career to destroy it’. It’s absolutely brutal. Just goes to show, ‘you don’t wanna fuck with shady’.
‘Venice Bitch’ – Lana Del Rey
Several years ago, the prospect of a nearly ten minute Lan Del Rey track would have made me gag, but she’s matured so much since then and so has her style. ‘Venice Bitch’ starts as a nostalgic end-of-summer ballad and then goes off on a hypnotic War-on-Drugs-esque seven-minute outro featuring loopy organs and psychedelic guitars. The song refuses to end and yet it remains captivating.
‘Full Moon’ – Gator
Gator describe themselves as a ‘swamp metal’ band. Their latest single has a carnivalesque Scooby-Doo vibe, featuring trippy largely spoken vocals over distorted guitars. It’s the kind of music I didn’t realise I needed in my life.
‘Heaven’ – Charly Bliss
Before this song was even over, I wanted to sing along to the chorus: ‘Now that I’m in heaveeen’. The mean and grungy guitars give it a badass feel that prevents it being a soppy love song (which is what it is). It definitely makes me eager to hear more from this New York band.
‘Swimming Underwater’ – Django Django
This is yet another track with a deliciously catchy chorus (Django Django seem incapable of writing a chorus that isn’t catchy). A punchy snare helps to give it a mean groove, whilst the synths have a nice retro feel. In fact, I struggle to find anything I dislike about this song.
‘Tranz’ - Gorillaz
Meanwhile, this has to be the most uncatchy chorus I’ve heard in a while – what’s up with Damon’s vocals. The song seems to be about drugs (or so I assume from the music video’s creepy ending), so I guess he’s trying to make the vocals sound druggy, but it just sounds like a garbled mess.