This weeks music REVIEWS
5 Seconds of Summer - She Looks So Perfect
She Looks So Perfect looks set to top the U.K. Singles Chart this week - with 70,000+ copies already being sold at the mid-week point. The band met when they were sixteen and rose to fame after they supported One Direction on the Australian leg of their tour.
I was apprehensive before listening, as the title sounded like an uber-cringefest, but I was somehow willing to be convinced otherwise. As the track begins, the first thing I notice is that the vocals are actually pretty good and I was enjoying the first verse, so I was wondering whether I actually would be convinced. Unfortunately, the chorus came around and my initial thoughts came back, as the lyrics are rather cringe indeed. It also made me feel like a very uncool sixteen year old as I failed to recognise what "I'm so down" meant. Still, I think it could end up being a guilty-pleasure grower due to the catchiness. Not something I'd go back to in a hurry, but I can definitely see why this would appeal to the intended target audience.
Faul and Wad Ad vs. Pnau - Changes
Changes is a track by electronic duo Faul and Wad Ad from Paris who specialise in deep house. The track samples Baby by Pnau and recently went to #1 in Germany.
Changes is completely sublime. The saxophone riff is outstanding throughout and the beat compliments it so well. Such a brilliant choice of sample too - the lyrics and vocals completely gave me chills. Another thought I had was that it wasn't dissimilar to last years summer smash Sonnentanz (Sun Don't Shine) by Klangkarussell ft. Will Heard.
Martin Garrix & Jay Hardway - Wizard
Fresh off the back of #1 smash Animals, recently-turned-18 year old Martin Garrix is back with follow-up Wizard, this time teaming up with Jay Hardway.
For me, this is a HUGE step up from Animals. Although taking certain elements from Animals such as the hand-clapping build-up, I find this track far more interesting (even though being completely instrumental) with fantastic production and intense drops - especially the second one. The opening synths draw you in straight away - and the track goes by so quickly that I end up with it on repeat.
Tujamo ft. Plastik Funk & Sneakbo - Dr. Who!
Chart newcomers Tujamo and Plastik Funk team-up with Sneakbo - who scored a top 40 hit with Ring-A-Ling in the summer - for latest track Dr. Who!
The title of the song to me was really quite different, it drew me in alone as I wanted to know how exactly Dr. Who! would be incorporated into it. Unfortunately this completely didn't live up to my expectations, as it's a bit too repetitive and even quite generic. Pretty uninteresting really.
Dansson and Marlon Hoffstadt - Shake That
Dansson and Marlon Hoffstadt are 18 year old producers from Berlin. Shake That proved to be very popular in Ibiza over the summer.
This style of music has been making quite the impact recently, not sounding too dissimilar to house smash Storm Queen's Look Right Through. While I don't think this is quite as good as Look Right Through, the Nate Dogg sampling Shake That sounds like a grower and is certainly catchy.