Wednesday, 30 April 2014

This weeks music REVIEWS

This weeks music reviews
Calvin Harris - Summer

Calvin returns after scoring a #1 hit with Under Control in December featuring Alesso and Hurts. Summer looks to be the next #1 in his impressive discography as it has already sold 60,000 copies at the midweek point.

Summer sees Calvin not only as a producer, but back as a vocalist again! Frankly I've always been a fan of his vocals, especially as they spawned the sublime Acceptable In the 80's and I'm Not Alone. Summer is yet another impressive track for Calvin and it lives up to it's title as it is very much a song to be heard in the summer with it's feel-good vibes. It slowly draws you in to the euphoric explosion that is yet another memorable synth hook from him.


Paloma Faith - Only Love Like This

The only other new entry in the official top 40 so far at the midweek stage, Only Love Like This is already set to score Paloma the second top 40 hit from her latest album A Perfect Contradition after #10 Pharrell produced hit Can't Rely On You, as it is currently #33 as it stands.

Only Love Like This opens with rather grandeur production that carries on throughout the rest of the song, and ultimately carries it along majestically. This new single from her is quite different to it's predecessor as it's more of an emotional one. It is vocally stunning and although understated, it is still extremely powerful, proving you don't have to shout to get your message across. Although I found it a little grating when she hit the high notes on Can't Rely On You, it's the complete opposite here as each chorus continues to build up the emotion.


Monday, 28 April 2014

Jade's Top 40 | 28.04.14

arrow up.gif 1. Ed Sheeran - Sing [3-2-1]
arrow up.gif 2. Shift K3y - Touch [3-2]
arrow down.gif 3. Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX - Fancy [20-9-3-2-1-3]
arrow right.gif 4. Faul & Wad Ad vs. Pnau - Changes [2-1-1-4-4]
arrow up.gif 5. Kiesza - Hideaway [6-5]
ne.gif 6. Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea - Problem 
arrow down.gif 7. 5 Seconds Of Summer - She Looks So Perfect [20-4-4-5-7]
ne.gif 8. Cash Cash ft. Bebe Rexha - Take Me Home 
arrow right.gif 9. Calvin Harris - Summer [20-6-5-6-7-9-9]
arrow down.gif 10. Coldplay - Magic [12-5-4-2-1-2-5-7-10]

arrow down.gif 11. Tove Lo ft. Hippie Sabotage - Stay High (Habits Remix) [10-3-5-6-8-11]
ne.gif 12. Indiana - Solo Dancing 
ne.gif 13. Joel Compass - Forgive Me 
arrow down.gif 14. The Saturdays - Not Giving Up [8-10-14]
arrow down.gif 15. Duke Dumont ft. Jax Jones - I Got U [12-8-3-1-1-4-7-9-11-15]
arrow down.gif 16. Kaiser Chiefs - Coming Home [10-13-16]
ne.gif 17. Mr Probz - Waves (Robin Schulz Remix)
ne.gif 18. Cher Lloyd - Bind Your Love 
arrow down.gif 19. Lana Del Rey - West Coast [12-19]
arrow down.gif 20. Martin Garrix & Jay Hardway - Wizard [23-27-25-10-6-3-6-8-11-14-20]

arrow down.gif 21. Klaxons - There Is No Other Time [9-12-15-21]
arrow down.gif 22. Gorgon City ft. MNEK - Ready For Your Love [1-1-1-1-1-2-4-7-10-13-16-22]
arrow down.gif 23. Rita Ora - I Will Never Let You Down [12-14-17-23]
arrow down.gif 24. Chase & Status ft. Ed Thomas - Blk & Blu [18-19-24]
arrow down.gif 25. The Pretty Reckless - Heaven Knows [12-10-13-16-21-25]
arrow down.gif 26. The Pierces - Believe In Me [26-29-25-23-26]
arrow down.gif 27. Lady Gaga - G.U.Y. [14-12-15-19-24-27]
arrow down.gif 28. NONONO - Pumpin Blood [16-16-20-25-28]
arrow down.gif 29. DVBBS & Borgeous ft. Tinie Tempah - Tsunami (Jump) [20-22-26-25-33-32-31-27-26-29]
arrow down.gif 30. Arches - There's a Place [35-37-40-34-28-27-30]

arrow down.gif 31. Shakira - Empire [18-22-28-31]
arrow down.gif 32. Showtek & Justin Prime ft. Matthew Koma - Cannonball (Earthquake) [18-32]
arrow down.gif 33. Katy B - Crying For No Reason [12-3-2-2-3-5-8-11-15-20-33]
arrow down.gif 34. Avicii - Addicted to You [9-7-7-11-14-17-22-34]
arrow up.gif 35. Katy Perry - Birthday [40-39-35]
arrow down.gif 36. Chris Malinchak - If U Got It [2-2-4-7-11-11-17-19-23-29-36]
arrow down.gif 37. Clean Bandit ft. Jess Glynne - Rather Be [2-1-2-3-4-3-4-5-9-15-17-21-30-37]
ne.gif 38. Rough Copy - Street Love 
arrow down.gif 39. John Legend - All Of Me [16-15-23-25-28-26-32-39]
arrow down.gif 40. HAIM - If I Could Change Your Mind [14-21-29-33-40]

New entries

#6 - Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea - Problem

#8 - Cash Cash ft. Bebe Rexha - Take Me Home

#12 - Indiana - Solo Dancing

#13 - Joel Compass - Forgive Me

#17 - Mr Probz - Waves

#18 - Cher Lloyd - Bind Your Love

#38 - Rough Copy - Street Love

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

This weeks music REVIEWS

This weeks music reviews
Mr Probz - Waves (Robin Schulz Remix)

Mr Probz is a dutch hip-hop artist and has had his track Waves remixed by Robin Schulz. The track has already reached #1 in Germany and looks set to do the same here in the U.K this week, with already 60,000+ copies being sold at the midweek point. 

I first came across Waves a few months ago and upon first listen then I didn't really get it. It has grown on me a little since then, though. The chilled out production teamed with the raspy vocals would sound fantastic in the summer. For me though, it doesn't really go anywhere until around after the second chorus when the instrumental kicks in. There are gorgeous moments throughout the song though, I just think it's the type of track that for now is alright, but will sound great after a lot more listens - in the same vein that Chris Malinchak - So Good to Me was (that is, a relaxing and understated track that turned out to be a gem.)


DJ Cassidy ft. Jessie J & Robin Thicke - Calling All Hearts

Discovered by P Diddy, DJ Cassidy from New York is set to release the first single from his first album Paradise Royale. He's teamed up with two artists who aren't strangers to chart success - as Jessie has scored two U.K. #1 singles with Price Tag and Domino and Robin Thicke's track Blurred Lines was recently announced as the most downloaded song in the U.K. ever!

As soon as the track kicks in, you can already hear the disco vibes, not too dissimilar to last year's smash hit Daft Punk's Get Lucky. Calling All Hearts is for me one of those tracks that you want to dislike but ultimately get swept away with. The production is funky and the 'yeah yeah yeah's surprisingly carry the song along really well. However, it is rather cheesy and the ad-libs towards the end were not needed! Definitely a feel-good guilty pleasure, though.


Cash Cash ft. Bebe Rexha - Take Me Home

Cash Cash are a trio from New York, who have teamed up with singer/songwriter Bebe Rexha from Brooklyn, New York and look to make their chart debut this week with Take Me Home.

Take Me Home is a rather uplifting little dance-pop track. The production isn't exactly the strongest in my opinion, but what really carries the song along is the lyrical content and vocals - just a fun track not to be taken too seriously that'd get everyone going at a party.


Neon Jungle - Welcome to the Jungle

Girlband Neon Jungle are back with their 3rd single Welcome to the Jungle. It's predecessor Braveheart scored the girls their highest charting single to date after it peaked at #4 in February.

The girls have clearly found their sound already and it definitely seems to be working for them. The track is a chaotic and wild explosion much like the two singles prior to it. For me it's a decent enough follow-up, but isn't quite as strong as Trouble or Braveheart. I sense it may be a grower, though.


Indiana - Solo Dancing

24 year old singer/producer/writer Indiana from Nottingham looks set to make her U.K. chart debut with Solo Dancing - as it was already as high as #09 in the midweeks.

Solo Dancing is utterly sublime. The throbbing electronic backing, strong beat and hypnotic vocals all compliment each other so well, and considering there is no distinct chorus, it still makes a statement. So subtle yet so memorable.


Joel Compass - Forgive Me

Singer/Songwriter/Producer Joel Compass from London is about to make his first dent on the U.K. chart with Forgive Me, that is taken from his forthcoming debut album Science. He has previously written for Rita Ora, Nicola Roberts and John Legend and opened for Pharrell and Kanye West at Wireless, as well as performing at NCS Live with other acts including Neon Jungle and Nina Nesbitt.

Compass makes a promising debut with the very soulful Forgive Me. His vocals are very unique and the percussion and house (A genre proving very popular at the moment) synths work together really well on production that really compliments his voice. Definitely one to watch in the future.


Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Jade's Top 40 | 14.04.14

arrow up.gif 1. Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX - Fancy [20-9-3-2-1]
arrow up.gif 2. Ed Sheeran - Sing [3-2]
ne.gif 3. Shift K3y - Touch 
arrow down.gif 4. Faul & Wad Ad vs. Pnau - Changes [2-1-1-4]
arrow down.gif 5. 5 Seconds Of Summer - She Looks So Perfect [20-4-4-5]
ne.gif 6. Kiesza - Hideaway 
arrow down.gif 7. Coldplay - Magic [12-5-4-2-1-2-5-7]
arrow down.gif 8. Tove Lo ft. Hippie Sabotage - Stay High (Habits Remix) [10-3-5-6-8]
arrow down.gif 9. Calvin Harris - Summer [20-6-5-6-7-9]
arrow down.gif 10. The Saturdays - Not Giving Up [8-10]

arrow down.gif 11. Duke Dumont ft. Jax Jones - I Got U [12-8-3-1-1-4-7-9-11]
ne.gif 12. Lana Del Rey - West Coast 
arrow down.gif 13. Kaiser Chiefs - Coming Home [10-13]
arrow down.gif 14. Martin Garrix & Jay Hardway - Wizard [23-27-25-10-6-3-6-8-11-14]
arrow down.gif 15. Klaxons - There Is No Other Time [9-12-15]
arrow down.gif 16. Gorgon City ft. MNEK - Ready For Your Love [1-1-1-1-1-2-4-7-10-13-16]
arrow down.gif 17. Rita Ora - I Will Never Let You Down [12-14-17]
ne.gif 18. Showtek & Justin Prime ft. Matthew Koma - Cannonball (Earthquake) 
arrow down.gif 19. Chase & Status ft. Ed Thomas - Blk & Blu [18-19]
arrow down.gif 20. Katy B - Crying For No Reason [12-3-2-2-3-5-8-11-15-20]

arrow down.gif 21. The Pretty Reckless - Heaven Knows [12-10-13-16-21]
arrow down.gif 22. Avicii - Addicted to You [9-7-7-11-14-17-22]
arrow up.gif 23. The Pierces - Believe In Me [26-29-25-23]
arrow down.gif 24. Lady Gaga - G.U.Y. [14-12-15-19-24]
arrow down.gif 25. NONONO - Pumpin Blood [16-16-20-25]
arrow up.gif 26. DVBBS & Borgeous ft. Tinie Tempah - Tsunami (Jump) [20-22-26-25-33-32-31-27-26]
arrow up.gif 27. Arches - There's a Place [35-37-40-34-28-27]
arrow down.gif 28. Shakira - Empire [18-22-28]
arrow down.gif 29. Chris Malinchak - If U Got It [2-2-4-7-11-11-17-19-23-29]
arrow down.gif 30. Clean Bandit ft. Jess Glynne - Rather Be [2-1-2-3-4-3-4-5-9-15-17-21-30]

arrow down.gif 31. Karmin - Drifter [16-18-20-24-31]
arrow down.gif 32. John Legend - All Of Me [16-15-23-25-28-26-32]
arrow down.gif 33. HAIM - If I Could Change Your Mind [14-21-29-33]
arrow down.gif 34. Vance Joy - Riptide [19-9-6-6-8-15-23-26-30-34]
arrow down.gif 35. Glee Cast - Toxic (Season 5) [18-19-22-31-35]
arrow down.gif 36. James Arthur - Get Down [16-13-21-23-32-36]
arrow down.gif 37. Ellie Goulding - Goodness Gracious [10-11-13-17-22-24-33-37]
arrow down.gif 38. Foxes - Let Go For Tonight [7-13-14-19-24-27-34-38]
arrow up.gif 39. Katy Perry - Birthday [40-39]
arrow down.gif 40. Sigma - Nobody to Love [30-36-40]