In case you missed it - You shouldn't have, but just in case you did.
This week was sad and dreary and all round pretty rubbish. I actually have very little to report due to everything being pretty much 0/10. Even Demi Lovato's 'Cool For The Summer' video was horrendously disappointing. What have I done to deserve this?! Something exciting though, I'm taking What If I Had A Music Blog to it's first official festival, Hevy, in a couple of weeks time! Which is cool, especially so because Redfest should have been taking place this weekend, and Redfest is the greatest, but I'm really looking forward to having it back next year. Finally, I decided to stop being so goddamn lazy this week so what follows is pretty jam packed.
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I can’t get over how effortless this pop/dance crossover is, it’s essentially perfect. I don’t want to say too much for fear of ruining the perfectness (definitely a word) of ‘Instinct’. Also BB Diamond is today the human I would most like to look like and steal the wardrobe from.
A crazy thing has happened. There is a new Hurts song and I REALLY like it. The last time I really liked Hurts was five years ago when they released ‘Wonderful Life’ which is, by the way, still incredible, but ‘Rolling Stone’ may just be on par. It’s huge, humungous, absolutely massive - there’s no other way to describe how big this song is. Let the verses take you on a mystical journey and the chorus punch you right in the throat.
Hold up, are we getting a video for EVERY song on JMSN’s self-titled album? Because do you have any idea how down right incredible that would be? Because JMSN’s music videos are in a league of their own. The video for ‘Waves’ looks as though it’s been plucked straight out of the 90′s but the track itself sounds absolutely timeless.
WLFPCK are a band from Arizona in the big ol’ US of A and ‘Mistake’ is taken from their second EP, helpfully titled ‘Vol. 2’, which was released this week. It’s nice this, like an indie/pop/rock vibe. WLFPCK seem to be getting compared to The 1975 a lot, but they don’t rrrrrreally sound much like The 1975 - lazy comparison, I’d say.
‘Fire’ is one of my favourite tracks from Pvris' debut album ‘White Noise’. But what on earth is this video about? So there are obvious nods to the ‘St. Patrick’ video but it feels as though it was a rush job - especially seeing as we only just had the video for ‘White Noise’. There also seems to be a bit of speculation that we may be seeing videos for each track from the album but for a band like PVRIS, I’m not sure why. Anyway, ignore the video, the track is a solid 9/10.
Kiiara just dropping and spitting fire like you would not believe, it’s getting hot in here. ‘Tennessee’ follows up swiftly on last month’s ‘Gold’ which spread like absolute wildfire. It’s not only Kiiara making these tracks as great as they are, Felix Snow’s production is absolutely on point throughout. I’ve also just read that Kiiara’s about to put out her debut EP which is pretty darn exciting.
Let’s, for the meantime, pretend that it’s not proper dreary outside, let’s pretend it is actually summer and we all actually want to have the greatest vibe. Netsky with a little help from Digital Farm Animals is gonna get you there. I’m not mad into this kinda thing but I know a solid drum ‘n’ bass song when I hear it, and this is one of those.
Way back in 2006 with the release of ‘Over and Over’, I just didn’t get it, Hot Chip just didn’t look like a cool new band and I think at 13 years old you base a lot of your opinions on image. Almost ten years on I now know much better. I have always enjoyed ‘One Life Stand’ though, so that’s the song I’ve picked.
DEBUT SINGLE KLAXON. Not a write up about this track I've read so far has failed to mention Mabel’s parents, Neneh Cherry and Cameron McVey. Hell, they even get promoted as similar accounts when you follow Mabel on Twitter. *Stoner voice* but it’s, not about that man, it’s about the music. Putting aside all things of this nature, ‘Know Me Better’ is a stunning debut pop/R’n’B track in its own right.
‘Throne’ is a categorically better song than ‘Happy Song’. A lot of people are throwing around the idea that it sounds a lot like Linkin’ Park, which is fine. Jordan Fish’s heavy influence on ‘Throne’ is undeniable but it works, although I’m sure some ROCK fans won’t be happy that the “rock” elements do get a little lost in the chorus. The album’s out soon, that should be good.
I thoroughly enjoyed the Darwin Deez ‘Radar Detector’/’Constellations’ era but sort of lost interest in the interim between then and now. ‘Time Machine’ feels like a more mature continuation of the material featured on his debut album. This track is definitely the one to appeal to the masses, both fans old and new.
July playlists so far: YouTube / Spotify / Deezer