Sunday 5 July 2015

ICYMI - This Week on WIIHAMB - 2015 Week #26

In case you missed it - You shouldn't have, but just in case you did.

This week has been HOT. In varying ways but mostly in terms of temperature. Hot. And obviously I have not enjoyed that in the slightest. Because of THE HEAT this week has been a bit of a blur. I attended the hottest (literally) show of my life - The Hell at The Black Heart, not even the vodka slushies could save me. Oh yeah, and that Apple Music thing launched. There should/will/probably/might be a thing about my experience with it up eventually, I don't know, we'll see. I've also started to write absolute nonsense to accompany the tracks I post... but it seems to be going down alright.

Keep up to date with all of the daily goings-on over at WIIHAMB Daily.

This is weird right? Weird quirky backwards catchy excellence, right? Let me stress, this is the first track that Kiiara has put up online. Cool to hear the super tight production on ‘Gold’ courtesy of Felix Snow too. Peculiar pop is the future and the future is closing in.

In the R&B world, Justine Skye is hot on the heels of the likes of Tinashe and Kehlani as a much talked about female rising star. Skye has already collaborated with Tyga and this time she’s roped in Chicago rapper Vic Mensa to give new single ‘I’m Yours’ an extra lift. Definitely one to watch in the upcoming months.

June Round-Up It's that time again for the old monthly round-up. There's actually a crazy weird amount of different stuff and loads of good albums. Loads. And gigs, I was busy in June. Really busy.

The second time I’ve posted Wolfie and the second time one of her songs has been captioned with absolute madness. I can only put it down to my brain being fried by the heat. If you want something to listen to whilst you melt, Wolfie’s new track ‘Come Over’ is probably your best bet. I had some vision, probably saw it as a mirage of what the video for 'Come Over' would be like. Essetially, it’s like Lana Del Rey’s ‘Blue Jeans’ video but like a billion times cooler because it’s more urban, Lana isn’t whining and there are cocktails.

Throwback Thursday
‘Girlfriend’ seems like an obvious choice, but in all honesty, it’s her best single post-‘Let Go’ but ‘Complicated’ and ‘Sk8er Boi’ are even more obvious. Avril Lavigne was everything that myself and some of my friends wanted to be growing up. EVERYTHING. Which is funny looking back, because some of the stuff that we were really into isn’t actually that great. Anyway, here we are, half way through 2015 and ‘Girlfriend’ still sounds incredible and the video is still PERFECT.

I absolutely love the chorus in ‘Look The Other Way’, it’s outstanding, it just sounds so classic and pure. The verses took a little longer to grow on me, I found myself not really paying that much attention to them because I was just waiting for that chorus to come back round again. I don’t know what it is but there’s something so timeless about this track. I’d like to hope that everybody on the planet will be listening to ‘Look The Other Way’ for the rest of ever.

Brawlers' debut album ‘Romantic Errors of Our Youth’ does not sound like what I thought Brawlers sounded like. ‘Annabel’ is the album opener and you know what? IT’S GREAT. 10/10. And even though it only clocks in at 1 minute and 47 seconds long, it’s JUST right. I've also decided that they seem like nice guys.

Who knew there was amazing electronic stuff was coming out of Wales? Not me. And I don’t mean to sound patronising towards Wales in the slightest, but seriously, I assumed XY&O were American. I don’t feel like there’s that much music of this “genre” which is of this quality that comes out of the UK, so XY&O are pretty exciting. ‘Lights On’ is hands down tune of the summer material - good catchy vibes.

There’s something about Jess Glynne’s voice where you can just stick it on top of an electronic track and it sounds incredible. I don’t know how or why but it’s just what happens. This is more than evident just looking at the tracklisting for the deluxe edition of her debut album. It’s as though 'I Cry When I Laugh’ is already a ‘Best Of...’ album. Anyway, ‘Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself’ is her greatest solo single to date, which makes it mindblowingly catastrophically huge.

July playlists so far: Updated shortly

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