Jason Derulo – ‘Swalla (Feat. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign)’
After many years, has Derulo decided to move to the popular urban beats of commercial club music? With the help of sideman Ty Dolla $ign and rap queen Nicki Minaj, ‘Swalla’ is a catchy party tune.
The track maybe filled with fun and exciting electronic flourishes, however it lacks Derulo’s magical touch. Despite there being “nothing that sounds like it on the radio now” according to Derulo, as he told Billboard at the Grammys, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a good thing.
Words by Isha Shah @ishaphotos
The 1975 – ‘By Your Side’
When you give a band, whose current phase is whimsical soundscapes, the opportunity to cover a noughties’ pop song, this is the apparent outcome. Recent Brit Award Winners The 1975’ have had a shot of covering Sade’s 2000 hit ‘By Your Side’. A cover in which they were determined to make their own. Miles away from the original, it is teaming with the experimental nature that The 1975 feed from. Created by an excessive use of machinery and backed by a soft, synthesised percussion, Healy’s distorted vocals make the song heavily atmospheric.
Words by Hayley Millross
Lana Del Rey – ‘Love’
With its dramatic instrumentation and wistful vocals, it seems that we’ve heard, ‘Love’, the lead single from Lana Del Rey’s upcoming fifth studio album, before in ‘Young And Beautiful’ and ‘Dark Paradise’. The melancholy sound is juxtaposed with the vintage cinematography in the music video that shows young lovers floating through the solar system: this warms the lines, “Look at you kids, you know you’re the coolest. The world is yours and you can’t refuse it.” Like the majority of Rey’s repertoire, ‘Love’ wouldn’t sound out of place on a glamorous 60’s film soundtrack.
Words by Charlotte Miles
Boston Manor- ‘Burn You Up’
Taken from their debut full-length record ‘Be Nothing.’, Blackpool’s Boston Manor comes in fast and heavy with Burn You Up. Vocalist Henry Cox does not disappoint with his unique, passionate voice which completely fits the image for the pop punk scene, belting out lyrics and making you instantly feel the angst that he’s describing. The typical sound of Boston Manor follows – heavy guitars and underrated drum beats which only grow faster when Cox reaches the bridge, his vocals a raw scream. Burn You Up is a perfect indicator of how energetic and emotional the album is.
Words by Emily Young @emilyjadewrites