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CHASE & STATUS – CONTROL (FEAT. SLAVES)

Chase & Status have teamed up with Slaves on their new single entitled ‘Control’ for their first release of 2016.

This single escapes normality for both sets of artists when comparing it to previous work. The combination of drum and bass along with punk effectively complement each other, giving the final outcome an almost identical sound to many pieces by The Prodigy.

Slaves offer a crashing feel of intensity to the single with their aggressive vocals which mix well with the heavy drops in tempo produced by Chase & Status.

7.0/10
HARVEY BALDWIN @HarvBald

CHARLI XCX – TROPHY

Unlike Charli XCX’s previous music, this track is completely different, being definitely not what you would expect from this artist.

If you didn’t know what this artist sounds like, you’d have thought it was Nicki Minaj rapping which is in a different direction for Charli XCX – normally her music is listenable and pumped up but with this track you just can’t wait for it to finish.

As this song belongs to the Vroom Vroom EP, maybe it’s a hint that it’s something with a total different take on her music. Lets hope not!

5.0/10
GABBI MARSDEN @GabbiMarsden

HACKTIVIST – TAKEN (FEAT. ROU REYNOLDS)

Following in the footsteps of ‘Buszy’, Hacktivist’s debut album, Outside the Box, has produced another single with their new song ‘Taken’. Featuring the established lead singer of Enter Shikari, Rou Reynolds, this track was released with high expectations for both sets of fans.

With the accompaniment of Reynolds, the single ‘Taken’ transitions throughout multiple genres. The use of rap and rock blend together to create the band’s signature sound with an additional twist.

Lyrically however, this single is quite sluggish in its production, as the vocals are overshadowed by the instrumental half of the song.

5.0/10
HARVEY BALDWIN @HarvBald

PARQUET COURTS – BERLIN GOT BLURRY

‘Berlin Got Blurry’ showcases a pop side to New York born Parquet Courts that we haven’t
seen from them before.
The song itself is far more rhythmic than their earlier work, taking a very post punk approach with the piano and bouncy bass riff when compared to their typical pacy sound.
Since forming in 2010, the band have been very productive producing songs at an alarming pace with their next record due April 8. Hopefully all the songs on it will be as good as this one.
9.0/10
ALEC LARKIN @aleclarkinriley

 

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