I know this year’s been kind of exhausting music-wise. It’s been exhausting everything-wise, but stopping to think about how music felt just dredged up nothing but malaise: Post Malone going all Individual-1 about “fake news”, grotesque Soundcloud rappers turning out to be all-problematic/no-faves, the final demise of anything resembling … More »
Stevie Wonder threw a party in Los Angeles at The Peppermint Club last night in his honor (dubbed “The Stevie Wonder Song Party: A Celebration Of Life, Love, And Music”) and he performed for two hours. Donald Glover was in attendance, and he took the stage alongside Kelly Rowland, Jessie J, and some other background … More »
One-hit wonders are a common phenomenon in the music business, and most of them have a fan base that insists their other songs are just as good. It’s rarer, though, to see a well established band break through with a surprise pop hit more than a decade into its career, “She Don’t Use Jelly” style. More »
Song of the week:
Gabrielle Aplin — ‘Waking Up Slow’
For over half a century music critics have searched for new and innovative ways to describe how much they like songs. They’ve deployed metaphor and hyperbole; they’ve attempted to capture in words the sounds they’re hearing and the emotions they’re feeling. And after all this time, the best music journalists still find fresh and exciting ways to bring music to life through text, which is usually a waste of time considering everyone can hear everything anyway, but let’s gloss over that. The point is, on hearing ‘Waking Up Slow’ we willingly subjected ourselves to an hour of transcribing, which is to say the song sounded so brilliant that we got Gabrielle on the phone to talk about it. If you’ve never had to transcribe an interview just take it from us that there really cannot be any higher praise. You can read the interview here, it’s quite good fun.
Wrong of the week:
Jessie J — ‘Real Deal’
Jessie J’s latest career move involves teaming up with M&Ms for the release of ‘Real Deal’. If she really is so hell-bent on marrying music and food she should at least have held out for a supermarket lunch-based campaign and called it ‘Meal Deal’.
Related: It’s Time For Jessie J To Sack Whoever’s Making Awful Decisions (2015)
- easyJet have released a single that consists of nothing but two CFM56 twin spool high bypass turbo fan engines. It’s better than the Jessie J song.
- The Rita Ora track is the best of the bunch on an otherwise pretty dated-sounding Avicii EP.
- It really would be absolutely ideal if Dagny could make it without having to dilute her talents via a slew of features on dance tracks. Can someone try to make that happen please, thanks.
- The Stefflon Don and French Montana single is a bit of a superstar moment, right?
- Look we don’t know what’s happening here but the Tori Amos single is really interesting.
- The Sara Diamond single is quite magical in a pleasantly unassuming kind of way.
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“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 »