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PSY – DADDY

Absolutely classic PSY – you can practically sing ‘Gangnam Style’ over the top. It’s suitably 2015-ified: synthesised bass brass, thumping beat and fake claps make it a somewhat Martin Garrix-esque. Of course PSY’s unmistakable voice sets this otherwise generic club anthem apart from the norm.

“Hey, where’d ya get that body from?/I got it from my daddy”. Of course you did PSY, of course.

For anyone familiar with PSY, this tune will not be a surprise, but neither will it be a disappointment.

6.5/10
MADDY HARDMAN @PseudoAgatha

THE BLACK QUEEN – MAYBE WE SHOULD

Greg Puciato and Joshua Eustis latest venture comes in the form of The Black Queen. The new single, ‘Maybe We Should’, is an intense arrangement of heavy synthesised beats and echoing vocals.

Setting the scene of the final moments in an epic love story, Puciato’s pounding vocals amplify the sound of the song ten fold. With no discernible melody, the song only really has the power of the vocals and the tribal percussion to carry it.

Fortunately this is achieved, and in an empowering fashion too as adventurous sounds make for an intriguing listen with a twist at every junction.

7.5/10
RUPERT TAYLOR @0UTATIM3

DREAM THEATER – THE GIFT OF MUSIC

Starting off with a melodic acoustic guitar beat that gets your feet tapping and an electric guitar set that slowly introduces itself, you realise your head has been bobbing for god knows how long, which can only mean that after a year of no music – Dream Theater are back!

Their upcoming album, ‘The Astonishing’, is out 29 January and the newly released single has already gained a lot of attention, so the question is, what will the album be like?

8.0/10
JOSH ABRAHAM

A$AP FERG – TATTED ANGEL

Better known for the absolute bangers ‘Shabba’ and ‘Work (Remix)’, A$AP Ferg becomes intensely reflective and introspective on his latest single ‘Tatted Angel’.

Backed by an appropriate Hit-Boy instrumental, Ferg discusses his struggle with gaining and having fame, but in an incredibly humble way. Compared to his last couple releases – 2014’s mixtape Ferg Forever and 2013’s Trap Lord – you can hear he’s not quite himself, through his loose pace, somber tone, and the downbeat feel of every aspect of the track.

Ferg makes point to reference A$AP Yams’ death: “Sometimes I wish Yams was never using /When we toured the UK I knew I’d lose him”. Damn.

7.0/10
BILL WATERS @WillJMW13

Jonny Craig – Cry Me A River (Cover)

Jonny Craig (Slaves, ex Emarosa) gives his take on a Justin Timberlake classic with an acoustic cover of ‘Cry Me A River’. While the cover is the same tempo as the original, the synths are replaced with simple guitar picking and vocal echoes that adds intricacy and depth to an otherwise simple performance.

Though Craig’s voice is lower than Timberlake’s, he has the perfect range to hit the notes necessary to imitate the original vibe. It’s soft and calming, slipping the song from the pop charts to an alternative acoustic hit.

7.0/10
KAITLYN ULRICH  @k_ulrich23

 

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