Saturday 31 October 2015

October Round-Up


OCTOBER! The month that was. October actually started out super busy for me but then just completely died down over the past two weeks or so and I unfortunately missed a load of stuff last weekend because I was ill *sad face*. A thread running through all of my ICYMIs this month has been my growing obsession with podcasts. Podcasts of varying genres, a lot of Serial based things as well as gaming things and a couple of music ones. So that's where a lot of my time has been spent this month and as a result of that I've paid a lot less attention to the PLETHORA of albums released over the past few weeks. I will definitely attempt to do better in November.

Check that out for a weird as fuck bunch of releases that I enjoyed this month.

OCTOBER PLAYLISTS: YouTube / Spotify / Deezer

Fightstar released their much anticipated comeback album Behind The Devil's Back this month and to be honest I thought that it was a pretty average rock/post-hardcode/whatever genre you want to call it, but I think this track, 'Sink With The Snakes' is absolutely incredible and is without a doubt up there with the best songs the band have written.

I have done pretty much nothing this month other than preach about HOW EXCELLENT the new Frankmusik album, For You, is. It has accompanied me pretty much everywhere that podcasts haven't and for that I can only be eternally grateful. I could probably listen to 'I Remember' on repeat for days.

Favourite song of the entire month I think? I may have even listened to it more than Frankmusik's 'I Remember'... I'm not really sure of the exact statistics. 'Soho Knights' has actually been on Leks Rivers' Soundcloud for ages but everything's better when it has a video right? And this video is really cool. The actual concept is completely lost on me because... well because it is, but the bottom line is, it looks super rad.

The most beautifullest song that happened this month comes courtesy of Australian MDWS and the absolutely stunning 'Heartbreak'. I could probably spend an entire 24 hours locked in a dark room doing nothing but crying to this song. I don't know what that says about my emotional stability but I know it means that 'Heartbreak' is absolutely amazing.

Huntar headlined this month's New Shapes gig and I have never been more proud of my awful photography skills in my entire life.

I finally got to see Senses Fail for the first time ever when they supported Counterparts at the Underworld earlier this month. Senses Fail released their latest self-titled album a few months ago and honestly I wasn't really into it so I was quite concerned that the majority of their set was going to play on it heavily. And it did to begin with, but I couldn't believe my ears and eyes when the introduction to 'Lady In A Blue Dress' started. I really respect bands that are the level of Senses Fail who still play songs that are ten years old because #thefans love them. Something I absolutely can't stand at gigs though, is being preached at. Some would say I'm not allowed to have a problem with that, but I do, it's just annoying and it's not what I paid to see.

A return to dreadful form of awful photos. I saw Everything Everything for the first time in about four years which was really cool. They're just such a tight and excellent sounding band. I can't imagine anyone going to see them live and not appreciating it regardless of the music that they're into.

Final featured gig this month is Years & Years at Brixton Academy. It's absolutely insane to see the meteoric rise to fame that Years & Years have had throughout 2015. No doubt I'll write a thing about it towards the end of the year, but it's nuts that this time last year they announced a headline run including a London date at 1200 capacity venue Heaven and a few weeks ago they announced a headline show at Wembley Arena. Insane.

What’s Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 Got To Do With It?
I wrote a kind of review of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 because everybody else was and I wanted to too for reasons that become super apparent if you give this a little read.

Press To Meco - The Lost Interview
Way back at Hevy Fest I interviewed Press To Meco and I finally got around to putting that up the other week, there are some funny bits, it would be cool if you checked it out.

The eternal struggles of the internet.
Pigeons and Planes posted an article last week that pretty much every blogger I follow shared. It's an interesting read.

Sunday 25 October 2015

ICYMI - This Week on WIIHAMB - 2015 Week #42

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

On this particular Sunday, the clocks has gone back and I have a stomach bug. YAY! This stomach bug has already prevented me from attending two shows this weekend and I'm becoming ever anxious that I won't make it to Years & Years on Tuesday either. That would be really awful for numerous reasons. Another thing to add to the list of dumb things I didn't do: go and see Leks Rivers on Monday. And I'm so so so annoyed at myself, surprise surprise. I'll get over it eventually, in the meantime, let's ponder the week that was.

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

I provide to you yet another song that every other blog has already shared: Here is Jack Garratt’s ‘Breathe Life’. The multitalented musician has plenty in the pipeline, with the announcement of his debut album ‘Phase’, set for release in February, as well as a headline show at London’s Brixton Academy. 2016 is set to be an even bigger year for Garratt than 2015 has been and we’re not even there yet.

I love Alessia Cara, she’s literally the only person on this planet who has made ‘Hotline Bling’ even mildly bearable for me so imagine how stoked I was when I saw that she’d covered Nick Jonas’ ‘Levels’. I reckon that really, Alessia Cara could probably sing absolutely anything and make it sound incredible. How much would I need to pay her in order to get her to cover every song ever? Also, later this week we learnt her debut album is being released in three weeks. What?

Today I listened to Olivver the Kid’s new EP The Boy Who Cried Wolf and uncovered a new found appreciation for the songs which I’d already heard that are taken from it. ‘World On Fire’ is one of those, and it’s really cool. Essentially, there’s no way that anybody who likes The Neighbourhood could not like this. That kind of multi-genre-crossover thing done really well.

Callum Meadows Mcnab AKA MDWS is from Brisbane and ‘Heartbreak’ is his debut single. Didn’t I say something a little while ago about the excellent quality of new artists creeping out of Australia? The influences on MDWS’ Facebook page read like an absolute dream as well: Caribou, Flume, Gallant, Frank Ocean. The best bit is, there’s an EP on the way before the end of the year - praise the lord!

Avid Sunset Sons fans (i.e. the likes of me) will be aware that ‘On The Road’ featured on the four-piece’s secret/pretend-it-didn’t-exist Le Surfing EP which was released early last year. ‘On The Road’ follows ‘She Wants’, which also featured on the hush hush EP, and is accompanied by an apt video of Sunset Sons being on the actual road.

Throwback Thursday
I can not believe that I haven’t already posted this. I know I said that last week but I genuinely thought I’d already tbt’d this song. A few searches later and it would appear not. I wanted ‘Everything’ to be so huge, and it just didn’t make it which to this day still leaves me really gutted and mildly infuriated. I think that this is dance meets pop at its finest, and although the video is too peculiar for words, the song is fantastic. Another sad story of the music industry.

We have another ‘Love Myself’ case on our hands, a song that I didn’t think was that great until I saw other people talking about how great it is. I think maybe it’s just not what I expected from Snakehips. I do feel very Alessia Cara ‘Here’ about this track in that it just GETS ME. I really hope that there’s a video for ‘All My Friends’ and that it’s as perfect as ‘Here’s video was.
*EDIT* Since posting (on Friday) this has all changed and the track below is only the first minute and a half of this song... so you know, listen to it on your preferred music service...

Delilah? Delilah… is that really you? This is not how I thought we’d hear new material from Delilah but I’m so glad it is. I’ve been obsessed with mysterious ensemble Ritual for a while now, and their wispy eerie vibes. The more I think about it, there’s probably absolutely no one better in the entire world that they could have collaborated with than Delilah.

October playlists so far: YouTube / Spotify / Deezer

Sunday 18 October 2015

ICYMI - This Week on WIIHAMB - 2015 Week #41

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

I don't have much to report this week. My podcast obsession is about to reach an unhealthy height. So much so that I'm not sure how or when I'll be able to listen to the horrendous amount of new album releases from the this week. Also... no that's about it. I haven't done anything this week, well, anything remotely interesting. I'm trying to come up with a new feature thing, to do with playlists and food but it's far harder than I initially thought it would be.

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

‘Sink with the Snakes’ is in a league of its own and is genuinely up there amongst the best songs that Fightstar have ever released. I did find the slow main chorus part a little disappointing though, I don’t feel like there was any need to slash momentum like they did, but that aside this is absolutely excellent.

Frankmusik has a new album, it’s called ‘For You’ and it came out last week and it’s really good. ‘I Remember’ is a single from said album and it’s EXCELLENT. I’m really hung up on the fact that Frankmusik is still producing great music but no one’s really paying attention. It’s kind of heartbreaking to see so much hype around an artist on their debut that just trails off on their later material even though the music doesn’t dip in standard at all. Also, check out some of Vincent's responses to the comments on this video.

Unlike all the tracks we’ve heard from Kiiara previously over the last few months, I didn’t immediately fall in love with ‘Intention’. But over the last seven days I’ve grown to really enjoy it. ‘Intention’ is more sultry than her previous tracks, definitely more of a slow jam kind of vibe. Kiiara is building up quite an impressive catalogue, maybe/hopefully we’ll see some sort of EP from her soon *fingers crossed*

Is this real? Is ‘Something New’ actually real life? How can something that sounds this huge be a debut track? Who are these guys? How did they come up with this? Why do I have so many questions? Whilst deliberating various combinations of those aforementioned questions, I thought ‘Something New’ sounded quite similar to Fun. And I mean “Fun” as in the band, and actually Secret Weapons are supporting Nate Ruess (of Fun) on tour in November. Seems fitting.

Throwback Thursday
I can not believe that I hadn’t posted this song before now… have I been high this whole time?! I seem to learn(/refresh my memory) a lot about deaths/hiatuses whilst researching for TBT things. Today’s example of this is that I did not realise Scissor Sisters were on hiatus. How can they even? Imagine dropping an album with a song like ‘Let’s Have A Kiki’ on it and then being like “nah… we’re gonna give this a rest for a little while”. NOT. AN. OPTION.

‘Soho Knights’ is really complex but in such a beautiful way. I had to sit down and listen to this and so few artists are making music that you really need to concentrate on at the moment. Leks Rivers’ video for ‘Soho Knights’ is great as well. I’ve been trying to find a way to describe it, but if you grew up in the 90s there’s no way you won’t appreciate its entire vibe.

Absolutely ages ago I did an interview with Press To Meco. They released their debut this week so I felt as though it was only fair that I got around to posting this. You can read the interview in full here and you can listen to some excerpts from the interview below.

October playlists so far: YouTube / Spotify / Deezer

Saturday 17 October 2015

Press To Meco: The Lost Interview

These are my confessions:
Okay, so I "interviewed" i.e. had just an actual chat with Press To Meco two entire months ago at Hevy Fest. Long story (it's not long at all, this is about it) short, we chatted about some weird things and went off on some insane tangents and I really wanted to do some cool stuff with that. BUT all this time on and I still haven't. But now I have (kinda) have so to wet your appetite for real life things that we spoke about, here are some... peculiar things that we spoke about:

Press To Meco are a Crawley/Croydon based three piece - consisting of Luke Caley, Adam Roffey and Lewis Williams - who have a been a band since I genuinely started paying attention to unsigned bands however many years ago. The trio FINALLY released their debut album 'Good Intent' yesterday and I thought it was probably about time I shared this with the world. As an indicator of what's happened over the past two months, here's what happened when I mentioned their album back at Hevy Fest.

You’re finally releasing your debut album! In Ocotber! That’s exciting! Because you’ve been a band for ages!
Lewis: You’re getting me fucking hyped

What’s it called?
Lewis: Err… It’s called… oh I don’t know if we can release this yet because we’re gonna do like a status with it. We’re filming the lead single video next week so we’ll have some stuff for you very soon.
Luke: Well hopefully be doing the big announcement in the next week or two so I don’t know when this…
I might put this up in like October like, “Oh they just released it.”
Luke: That’s good for us
As unintentionally predicted, here we are, it's October, and the majority of things that we spoke about are now fairly out of whack seeing as it's now Autumn and festival season seems so long ago. Something that is still super relevant and more than evident from my quick chat with the guys was that they're extremely modest. At Hevy Press To Meco came out on stage to a packed tent filled with a crowd that only grew as their set played out, but when I asked about it Luke Caley said, "I think it’s because we’re funny looking, people were like 'I mean, these guys faces are so weird we’re gonna have just stay and see what they’re about'. It felt really cool. It’s amazing to see people singing along and stuff. That’s the first time I think we’ve really come out to a full tent of people and it feels like they’re actually there to watch us."

Much as was the case with The Gospel Youth who I also interviewed at Hevy (you can read that here), many of Press To Meco's influences played Hevy this year. Luke explains, "It’s probably the best sort of small festival we’ve been to, to be honest. Just as music fans we’d probably be here anyway because the lineup's so good this year." But even though Lewis admits that he was a huge Fightstar fan as a teenager, sharing a stage with the likes of them and A Wilhelm Scream doesn't seem to phase Press To Meco. "I feel more spoilt," Lewis says. "Just because you get a monitor engineer and we’ve got our sound guy with us." Luke adds,"We’re still at a stage where we play a nice set up and a nice stage. I hope we never take that for granted though."

Back to that debut album then, 'Good Intent', what does it sound like? Well... it kind of sounds like Press To Meco. Make of the following what you will.
Luke: No matter what we write it’s always going to sound… the three of us when we write together, it always sounds like Press To Meco so…
Adam: I think it’s more Press To Meco than it is… like, I think it’s the most Press To Meco… isn’t it… like… than it’s been…
Lewis: It’s like so Press To Meco you don’t even know
Adam: That’s the vibe I was going for

But really, what does the album actually sound like? Lewis eventually sheds some legitimate light on the subject, "It’s more on the punkier side and it’s a lot more rawer sounding as well. You know, on the production side and stuff, less guitar tracking and drum mapping. It sounds like a band playing in a room." So they weren't lying when they said that it does sound like Press To Meco.

It's at this point that I claimed Press To Meco were becoming quite notorious for their harmonies. "Oh really? Notorious?" Luke joked. "Watch out, I’ll get you with a sneaky harmony." That's not really what I meant, but the band's vocals do set them apart from their peers a fair amount. What I actually wanted to know was whether they ever argue over who sings which part? The answer was a resounding no. Adam explains that, "Luke’s very good at working out like whose voices sound good for what." Luke continues, "That’s it, we’ve got three very different sounding voices so it’s really simple when we’re assigning parts. We like it in even spread, we always wanna keep that there are essentially three lead singers."

Despite at this point being distracted by both Black Peaks and Coheed and Cambria, I did manage to ask the most important question of all, what's your favourite sandwich filling? "Something with meat and lots of salad," says Luke. That'll do I guess...

Since I have posted this all so late, now you've had a read you can go and listen to Press To Meco's debut album Good Intent straight away. It's a great rough around the edges sounding rock album with some pop melodies thrown in, 'Family Ties' and 'Manipulate' are definitely the stand out tracks. You can find it on iTunes here and Spotify here. They're also on a short UK tour at the moment so you should probably turn up if they're heading anywhere near you.

Sunday 11 October 2015

ICYMI - This Week on WIIHAMB - 2015 Week #40

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

Week 40?! Oh ma gahd. It's practically 2016. The mere thought of end of year posts gives me the shakes. This week my podast game has been strong. I've started listening to Undisclosed which is a sort of continuation of Serial and I am now fully obsessed. Also this week I went to see Huntar and Elohim at New Shapes, and Senses Fail and Counterparts. I was so excited about Senses Fail, I've loved that band for about eight years and never seen them live, and they did not disappoint. I also might go and see Everything Everything tonight. Eclectic.

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

Gia Koka describes her music as if Jai Paul and Aaliyah had a daughter but there’s something more mature about ‘FLY-BY-NIGHT’ than to be able to just compare the Dutch artist to others. Fellow Amsterdam based artist Maydien’s Kendrick Lamar-esque verse adds a nice touch here too. The problem is, this song is only two minutes and 20 seconds long, and to be quite honest, I probably would get bored if it was 20 minutes long. (Also free download alert!)

Whilst Duke Dumont’s recent single ‘Ocean Drive’ is a strong contender for song of the year, ‘Melt’ is another slice of excellence from his latest EP Blasé Boys Club (Pt. 1) which was released last week. ‘Melt’ is far more laidback and probably something that you could put on to “Netflix and chill” to. Although I guess that kind of defeats the point of the Netflix aspect…

This new single from MNEK and Zara Larsson has received some incredible remix treatment from MNEK himself. I know very little about recording and production, but from what I can tell, the vocal parts in this track have been re-recorded which gives this a much more interesting feel than your bog-standard remix. In fact, this almost sounds like an entirely different song.

Glades have this all sewed up, don’t they? This Sydney based trio knew exactly what they were doing from the get go. Hit us with a brilliant Troye Sivan cover a few weeks ago and then punch us with their own new single ‘Her (Loving You)’. In the words of DJ Khaled himself, “you smart” Glades.

Throwback Thursday
I think I first heard Story Of The Year on One Tree Hill. The more I think about it, One Tree Hill actually opened my eyes up to a lot of music I never would have found otherwise, which is really cool. The song on OTH was actually ‘Sidewalks’ buuuuut I’m posting ‘The Antidote’ because reasons.

There’s something about Scandinavian pop music that gives it a cut above pop music from everywhere else - Erik Hassle, Tove Lo, Tove Styrke, Chinah to name but a few, and now we have Dagny. This lady’s debut (?…!!) track ‘Backbeat’ shows so much promise. An upbeat, feel good, all round vibe of a track. I’ll tell you right now, Dagny, I really do want to dance some more.

What's Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 Got To Do With It?
I’ve written something a little different to what I usually write about, because I’m really obsessed with my PS4 at the moment and everyone else is really obsessed with slating Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5.

October playlists so far: YouTube / Spotify / Deezer

Saturday 10 October 2015

What's THPS5 Got To Do With It?

Recently (about two months ago now) I bought a PS4, and it's taken over my life a fair amount, and I think What If I Had A Music Blog has suffered a little due to me putting slightly less time into it. Probably not a particularly noticeable lack of #content, but just maybe some stuff that wasn't as good as it could have been. In light of this, I have some thoughts that I would like to share about a game that I recently purchased for my PS4.

Which leads us to the title:

What's THPS5 Got To Do With It?

This is something I've considered for a while, I have a platform to share things on, it's mine and I can do what I want with it. So I don't think I should need to be limited solely to music related things. Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 has received a plethora of bad press, some justified and rightly so, but some that just seems to be slating the game because everybody else is. I thought I'd chime in with some thoughts because reasons.

Round One

I pre-ordered this game, that's no secret. It's also no secret that THPS5 came with a whopping 7.7GB release day patch - which I noted was larger than the game that had installed itself on to my PS4 in the first place... Anyway, I'm looking past this, it's what's on the inside that counts, right? My first experience of this game was offline and without the patch, and you know what, I had NO ISSUES, not a single one. I was even being extra vigilant just in case something blink-and-you-miss-it happened. It didn't, well not really. There was an instance where I was already bailing and I just got thrown a little further than necessary, BUT COME ON. Did it really have a huge affect on my gameplay? No, not in the slightest. And if everyone wasn't so up in arms about it in the first place, I never would have even noticed.

I enjoyed my first bout of gameplay too. I completed the tutorial because it's been a while since I've played a Tony Hawk game, and tutorials are important. I thought the tutorial was great, both as a refresher course for veterans as well as really simple and easy to pick up for beginners. Great work. Then on we move to the first level, The Berrics. Remember that I am still playing offline at this point, so I'm not entered into any of the online lobbies and loading between missions was slightly quicker for me. I think it's also worth noting that I hadn't played a Pro Skater game before; I've owned a variety of titles ranging from Underground to Project 8 to Ride, but never a Pro Skater. It became quickly apparent that the types of challenges in THPS5 were not the types of challenges that I've been particularly good at in the previous titles. Nevertheless, on I skated and you know what? I was having a good time.

Continued Gameplay

First level complete (well, complete enough so that I could move on to the next), on skate to Bonfire Beach! Which is far more visually pleasing than the former, there's more going on, there are in-level portals which are cool although they do make super weird noises if you're anywhere near them. By this time I've downloaded the patch and I'm playing online, and although loading between missions and the lobby isn't going to kill me, it is taking noticeably longer than when I was offline.

My problem with THPS5 is that it's just not particularly exciting. The beach level is as far as I've got, because I'm not particularly interested in playing for any longer, nor are there any real in-game rewards that are pushing (or pulling, I guess) me to complete any more of the game. I'm extremely prize driven, and within this game in particular, I'm not getting enough back for the time that I (as a pretty rubbish virtual skater and combo maker) am putting in. That's the issue, this game does what it does and not much else. Part of me thinks that they really could have made this work had it been targeted at a younger audience, but nostalgia is the sole factor that has led to a large portion of players picking it up. But then the more you think about it, it's hard to picture a younger audience even getting on board (pun intended) because it's just not that enticing.

Things I Didn't Notice Until Someone Pointed Them Out

I have spent A LOT of time reading and listening to reviews and discussions and watching live streams of THPS5. More than is probably healthy for an actual human being. IGN's review is probably the one that is most balanced and relevant overall.

On some points, I've stood my ground, I didn't encouter any glitches or frame rate issues at all... almost to the point where I don't believe that they actually exist. But there were a lot of things that I didn't really have a problem with until I heard someone else had a problem with them and I was left in a state of "wait, what? Oh yeah, I guess that's actually pretty annoying."

Something that I did note myself, but couldn't work out if I'd dreamt or not was the lack of trick variations. In previous Tony Hawk games (later PS2 titles) there were numerous variations of tricks that you could do whilst manualing or grinding or lip tricking. None of these are present in THPS5 which I thought was weird and pretty regressive. Also, when you're as lazy as I am and building high scores basically comes down to balancing on the lip of a pool whilst button bashing until your time runs out, this was actually pretty detrimental. I'm also quite gutted about the characters. Unless I'm missing a huge aspect of this game, I loved building my skater from scratch, making her/him look exactly how I wanted, but now all I can do is customise the pros, and by "customise" what the game really means is just 'change to a different set outfit'. Where's the fun in that?

I've Drawn Some Conclusions

Am I annoyed that I spent £40 on this game? No. Will this game go down in history as one of the worst games ever? No, we'll all have forgotten it exists by the new year. Was this game rush-built and rush-released due to Activision's contract with the Tony Hawk "brand" ending this year? Probably. Will we ever see a new Tony Hawk game again? Proably not. Is anybody really that bothered about that? Definitely not. You'll find me happily replaying American Wasteland on PS2 until my hands fall off.

Sunday 4 October 2015

ICYMI - This Week on WIIHAMB - 2015 Week #39

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

What is up, universe? I can now confirm that we are defintiely entering in to Autumn. Everything is pumpkin, no matter where you turn, things are pumpkin, even the new WIIHAMB Twitter logo is pumpkin. DOES ANYBODY ACTUALLY LIKE PUMPKIN?! Because, my argument is, if we did all actually like pumpkin, we'd flavour things with it all year round, not just between September and November. In news of this week, I went to see Leon Bridges for the third time on Monday and I don't know why but Monday now seems like an entire lifetime ago. And I also went to see State Champs last night for the second time on their current European run. It was cool.

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

I don’t really know why it took me so long to get into ‘Rewind’ because it’s quite obviously great. Kelela is like a more commercial pop version of FKA Twigs, she has that really cool alternative R’n’B vibe but unlike Twigs you could put a track like ‘Rewind’ on in the club without it needing to be tampered with on a remix front. This song is taken from Kelela’s forthcoming Hallucinogen EP which is out in a couple weeks time.

Since posting Steven A. Clark’s ‘Can’t Have’ the other month, I have become beyond obsessed with it, so any excuse to post it again really. This remix is really cool, like totally not too overpowering or anything, just rad. BUT I am really sad because as you can see above, Clark’s album ‘The Lonely Roller’ is supposedly out on 18th September, which is true, for places that aren’t Europe. So I’m over here in the UK having to wait until mid-November which is quite honestly excruciating.

I really love Lauv and the songs he does and the vibe that surrounds said songs. Lauv AKA Ari Leff released his debut EP ‘Lost In The Light’ last week, and amongst previous singles 'The Other' and 'Reforget', the EP features this track, 'Comfortable'. ‘Comfortable’ is a continuation of what we’ve already heard, in a super sultry pop/RnB vibe kind of way. Super sweet EP over all, would definitely recommend.

I changed how this happens slightly again, but I'm really into it this month. A pit stop tour of cool songs and some cool things that happened last month, along with some wit and sarcasm courtesy of yours truly.
Throwback Thursday
I remember buying this on CD single when I was like 13/14 and leaving it on the table hoping that my mother would be super impressed with my sick music taste. She did enquire as to whose it was, but unfortunately didn’t show as much passion for the cause as I’d hoped. That aside, many years on, this song is still excellent.

IT’S FRIDAY, holler at WIIHAMB for your vibes to kick off the weekend. ‘Bad’ is US DJ duo Lost Kings’ debut original track and it sounds 10/10 club smash great. Like on that scale of YAS! to YAAAAAS!!!, this is a solid YAAAAS!!. Newcomer Jessame’s vocals suit this so well too, and I don’t know what a “bad mama jama” is but nor do I really give a fuck to be quite honest. Reckon I’d like these guys to be quite big.

Rest assured, this isn’t another cover of the now 32 year old Rufus/Chaka Khan hit. Produced by both TCTS and Karma Kid, this ‘Ain’t Nobody’ is the new single from Kate Stewart - also known in the professional music metadata world as KStewart. Although ‘Ain’t Nobody’ isn’t the most groundbreaking song you’ve ever heard, the feel good vibes alone, not to mention Stewart’s excellent vocals, are enough to make this an addition to your party playlist.

September playlists: YouTube / Spotify / Deezer
October playlists so far: YouTube / Spotify / Deezer