Friday, 17 November 2017

Last Week's Releases Today: Wus Dis?

Long time no see. I've missed this. And us. And you.
A rare occasion where I've actually made it the whole way through my mega NMF playlist and managed to pick out some gems hiding amongst that awful Eminem and Beyonce collab and premature Christmas songs.

bülow - Not A Love Song

Oh yeah, it's one of those not love songs but actually it is. Gotcha. I've sussed it. Detective achievement unlocked. bülow is 17 years old and from The Netherlands. Damaged Vol. 1, the three track EP from which 'Not A Love Song' is taken is her first release of all time which is quite baffling actually because the tracks on it are impeccable. 'Not A Love Song' is the standout, however. It's fresh, it's honest and it's polished. bülow is a star in the making.

Dance à la Plage - Wanna Move Like You

Dance à la Plage have been a band for aaages, right? In some ways it doesn't even show. Maybe this happy guitar strumming indie-pop isn't the most popular genre right now, but if everyone was writing songs as catchy as 'Wanna Move Like You' it surely would be. This track is simple, for sure, but it does the job so well adding anything else to the pot would surely ruin it. I've no idea what this band are up to at the moment but I can only hope there's more of this.

Ernest K. - Trouble Wth Us

Being a rapper and also singing well is something that I think a lot of people who try to do that fail at. Ernest K. is not one of those people. 'Trouble With Us' is the opening track from the Nashville based artist's debut self-titled EP. It's important to note that this track isn't by any stretch groundbreaking but it surely must be a sign of good things to come. Take that and combine it with the fact that all three songs on this release sound completely different, and it's fair to say Ernest K. might be one to keep an eye on.

Kim Petras - Slow It Down

Kim Petras' vocals sound like a mixture between Tove Lo's and Charli XCX's. Before the Google search I literally just performed I had no idea who she was but I'm a big fan of disassociating music with the people performing/writing it. There's a lot of Dr Luke affiliation here but if there is the capacity to ignore all of that, 'Slow It Down' is a bop.

Petit Biscuit feat Lido - Problems

Petit Biscuit is a genuinely terrible stage name but I have the capacity to look past that if you're creating songs that sound like this. The French producer has teamed up with Norwegian artist Lido on 'Problems', taken from Petit Biscuit's recently released debut album. I don't have any idea what the lyrics in this song are about, especially during the pre-chorus - something about hi-hats and pineapples? It doesn't matter at all though, really, because the track sounds so nice and Lido's vocals work so effortlessly.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Lune - L$D

Hi friends, I've been quiet lately, which is totally fine because I'm not overwhelmed by the notion of writing and blogging at the moment but I think it's important to sing something's praises when you think that something is really good. That's how I feel about Lune's cover of A$AP Rocky's 'L$D'. I'm a tremendous fan of covers as it is, you can view my Undeniably The Best Covers Ever playlist here, but there are some things in particular about covers that I like the most and Lune pretty much ticks those boxes.

I don't know anything about Lune, I can't even decide if the Twitter account I think is her is actually her or not. But things I do know are that her real name is Linnéa Martinsson and she's Swedish. Shock! Something good is from Sweden. Anyway, this cover, right, is of a pretty bland track as far as A$AP Rocky's catalogue goes, like, I guess it's nice for hip hop artists to do something different but the original version of 'L$D' is pretty beige. And that's what makes Lune's version so mesmerising. She's taken a song that is pretty inconsequential in its original form and actually made it into a love song without really changing much about it. I'm also very against the altering of song lyric pronouns for the purpose of a cover and I absolutely adore how genuine Lune sounds when she's singing about this girl. Obviously I have no knowledge of her sexual preferences but as someone (classic me) who fell briefly in love with a girl I met for three days last weekend, I'm finding 'L$D' painfully relatable.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Some of June's Releases Today

In an extremely sad and upsetting state of affairs, my Last Week's Releases Today post from last week literally disappeared as I was adding in the formatting on Friday morning. So I'm not sure at this point how much of that I'll re-write but I guess we'll soon see.

By far my favourite albums from the week before last were Hey Monday's debut From The Outside and Broadside's sophomore album Paradise. I absolutely hated Lorde's Melodrama and I'm finding it hard to fathom how and why people think it's so excellent. I mean, maybe I just need to give it more time but that's literally the last thing I want to give it. The Big Boi and Portugal. The Man albums were both extremely disappointing. The Terror Jr album is everything you'd expect a second Terror Jr album to be and it's not overwhelmingly good. The ol' Nickelback album is a real gem though, I enjoyed that, and you should too.

Last week was possibly the slowest music week ever so there's not much to report apart from the new album from Captain We're Sinking, that's good. Imagine Dragons' Evolve was a surprise hit and VERITE's debut had some good pop cuts on it too.