Icona Pop – Brightside

The pop duo behind the massive duo ‘I Don’t Care’ are still chasing that follow up hit. ‘Brightside’ see’s the girls slowing things down for a more ambient mood, a la The Chainsmokers, in the electro tinged number. It takes a couple of listens to sink in with its disjointed synths and seemingly plodding beat, but once the hook gets into your head, it’s hard to deny it’s a pretty addictive tune.

7/10
George Mcloughlin
@gjmusic86

Frank Iero and The Paitience – Oceans

‘Oceans’, the newest single from Frank Iero and the Patience (formerly known as Frank Iero and the celebration), is infused with grungy vibes and a mixture of punk energy. With fuzzy bass riffs and pained vocals creates something beautiful. This track sounds personal, something fuelled by true emotion. Iero’s vocals are reminiscent of Gerard Way’s but they’re a lot grittier. The grunge element is very prominent within the verse and then the punk element comes out in the chorus. All in all this is a great track, this is a song that is upholding the values of old genres.

7/10
Jamie O’Melia
@OffToHemel 

Drake – Fake Love

Taken from his upcoming project ‘More Life’, Drake streamed a few tunes and this is the one getting the attention although I’m not quite sure why. Bemoaning other industry players’ ‘fake love’ towards him, it’s a pretty basic song that lacks any real content. Drake whines over a boring beat about not being shown the respect he clearly thinks he deserves. This tune doesn’t go anywhere and loses your interest after the repetitiveness of the lyrics. Next!

5/10
George Mcloughlin
@gjmusic86

Action Bronson – Durag vs Headband

Action Bronson’s unlikely career trajectory as a chef turned rapper turned VICE-approved rapper/chef hybrid is one that requires a degree of self awareness. On his new track ‘Durag vs Headband’ he is mainly flying solo, with a much more minimal instrumental compared to some of his more fleshed-out, soulful tunes, and only a brief feature from Big Body Bes.

Thankfully, he manages to pull it off – Bronson isn’t a great rapper, he mainly sounds like an incredibly stoned New York chef – but there’s something endearingly amusing about his play on hip hop brag songs seasoned with references to steak and Wayne’s World.

6/10
Joe Gilbertson
@beekeepxr

The Knocks – Heat (Feat – Sam Nelson Harris)

The electronic duo The Knocks are back with a single off of their debut album 55. ‘Heat’ has been released in what has become The Knocks break out year, including supporting mega star Justin Bieber on his record breaking ‘Purpose’ tour.’

Sam Nelson Harris and The Knocks combine for the fourth time since 2008 and the Chemistry between the Artists are made very clear. Sam’s vocals allow for a blurred understanding of genre. To describe it as a R&B infused electronic song would be an understatement. With a variety of different instruments dropping in and out of focus throughout to create a change in tempo.

6/10
Harvey Baldwin
@HarvBald 

The Rolling Stones – Hate To See You Go

The Rolling Stones are back at it again. Today they released ‘Hate To See You Go’ which has been picked from the blossom of the rock’n’rollers newest album Blue and Lonesome. An album that sees the band returning to straight up blues.

This release comes as a celebration of the band’s roots as a cover of Little Walter’s original song of the same name.Within seconds you can hear clear influences of Little Walter’s music on the band and how the bluesy riffs, blasting harmonica and the heartfelt melody brings out the best in these old school rock’n’rollers.

7/10
Matt Smith

@matthewjamessmi 

Justice – Alakazam! 

Instrumental electronic music isn’t a new thing, in fact, it’s been rehashed and reinvented so many times, there is a constant danger of repetitiveness and an all-round-sense of “heard this before”. Who then, are better for the task than French-house veterans Justice.

‘Alakazam’ combines both hard, yet melodic synthesizers and dreamy effects. It very much reminisces the sound of an early ‘Daft Punk’ track. Justice have captivated this influence and have created something that borrows from the past but has a clear vision and sound of the future.

‘Alakazam’ proves that instrumental electronic music still has a strong place within popular music in 2016.

8/10
Aaron Moore
@AaronMicMoore

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