Camila Cabello stuck the landing so emphatically that it’s easy to forget she leapt in the first place. This time last year the 20-year-old Cuban-Mexican singer from Miami was fresh out of Fifth Harmony, her generation’s most popular girl group, assembled by Simon Cowell from an array of teenage strangers on the short-lived American edition … More »
“It would honestly be bullshit for us to put out something that we didn’t think was our very, very fucking best work,” Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz told the crowd at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena during the first night of the band’s M A N I A tour. The bassist was referring to the fact … More »
There comes a time in every adult human’s life, should they be lucky enough to live that long, when they must conclude that youth culture is trash — or at least it has become entirely indecipherable to anyone old enough to exist outside its bubble. From my vantage point out here, I’m pretty sure what’s … More »
“I could fight forever, but life’s too short.” Every lyric on Rainbow — Kesha’s first album in five years and the first since initiating a messy legal battle against former producer and label head Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald — is loaded, but those words in particular stand out. They’re among the first lines on album … More »
Willco is best known for his lowbrow, yet highly-meticulous “Literally Fuck Genres” mixes, in which he blends deeply incongruous songs together to create absurd final products. Though the Australian producer went viral because of his brand of musical trolling, his legitimate skill for production shouldn’t be discounted; over the past several years, he’s shown an impressive acuity for producing well-honed bass and future bass music.
The artist’s newest remix (or, his newest “Fuck,” as he so charmingly deems it) sees him take on Fall Out Boy – perhaps the band most synonymous with the emo genre that is so loathsome to much of the American populace. Though, by many accounts, it wouldn’t be inaccurate to say that Fall Out Boy is “grating” or “borderline” unlistenable,” Willco uses his rare talent for molecularly shifting songs for good in his revision of the track.
By layering the vocals of “I Don’t Care” on top of his original future bass production, the producer turns Patrick Stump into Michael Bublé, creating a smooth, sedate song from the Fall Out Boy’s less-desirable hit. It takes a legitimately talented artist to change a listener’s attitude toward a song or genre entirely through a remix – and Willco just managed to make one of emo’s most recognizable songs sound good.
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Song of the week:
Katy Perry feat Migos ‘Bon Appétit’
With the world’s social and political problems now solved purposeful pop takes a back seat on the new Katy single. ‘Bon Appétit’ (or ‘Ciao Adios’, as Anne-Marie sang it) is a strange single: when the chorus properly gets going (at 2:16) you’ve got a really interesting electronic pop single that definitely puts ‘Bon Appétit’ in Song Of The Week territory, but it’s a frustrating listen: the song takes too long to get to the big reveal and it loses momentum every time Migos pop up. Strange that there wasn’t the confidence to launch the single with a 100%-Pezza version before dropping the Migos remix four weeks later, if indeed at all.
Wrong of the week:
Afrojack, David Guetta and Ester Dean ‘Another Life’
This week’s playlist is fury-inducing, should-know-better nonsense from Kygo down but this effort really takes the shit-covered biscuit. Remember: there was a point in the studio where at least one person said: “Yes. This is good enough to release. Our work here is done.”
- The new, Louisa Johnson-abetted version of AJR‘s ‘Weak’ actually works really well.
- Blenda‘s ‘Chill’ is probably the nicest surprise of the week, but Fall Out Boy get a gold star for referencing Britney and chucking in a big “HEY!” on their new song.
- You know you’re in trouble when OneRepublic have Gone Tropical.
- Rebecca & Fiona and Dolores Haze have both released better Charli XCX songs than the new Charli XCX song.
- Good news Men Of A Certain Age: you get a Gorillaz album AND a Phoenix single today.
- Something solid to cling to in a world gone mad: Aston Merrygold is still going.
- Similarly if you were worried that seven days might have passed without new music from Dua Lipa, fear not: she’s guesting on a Wale, Major Lazer and WizKid song.
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