She first came onto our radar providing some sick vocals for Rudimental’s smash hit ‘Waiting All Night’, and since then things have really blown up for Ella Eyre. The 20 year old has now featured with Wiz Khalifa and Tinie Tempah, and impressive with her debut EP Deeper, which stood strong solo and lent itself to some top remixes (check out the Friend Within mix) as well.
After such a strong past year then, it must be said that debut single ‘If I Go is’ a little bit of a letdown. The track is all to generic, with the only thing lifting above the rest of the templated-instrumental beats floating around right now being the artist’s signature, and admittedly splendid, vocals.
While as impressive as always though, the strong, avid singing of Eyre is simply not enough to make this song stand out, with a routine drum beat on the verses and an underwhelming progression to the chorus, which rises to a drum and bass style instrumental beat, proving all too monotonous.
Little Matador – Reasons 3/5
A real stomper of a rock beat guides the latest single from four-piece Brits Little Matador from the second it kicks off. Strong guitar work is seen throughout and a bassline that loops throughout keeps the listener hooked.
The fuzzy vocals in this track dive up and down over a tenacious back beat, giving a raw, rugged feel to the song that compares to early work from Queens of the Stone Age. Frontman Nathan Connolly offers enough differentiation from the rest of the indie-rock and chart-rock work on offer right now to make this track entertaining, although it still would have probably done better in the charts had it been released in 2010.
JproD – We Here Now (So Much Smoke) 3/5
A simple, synthetic and progressive beat moves up and down early on to lay the way for lyrics that take a nice rhythm and hold a nice line over the continual electronic backing.
The lyrics are genuine, taking on more serious, relevant issues than you’ll find in the Flo-Rida school of nonsense that’s been floating around the charts for the past few years, and JproD seems assertive in his work, laying down his words assertively and with a seemingly experienced confidence that grips the listener.
Unfortunately, unnecessary autotune takes away from the solid work of the artist throughout the song. The autotune comes and goes during the three minute plus record, but really only gets in the way of otherwise good work rather than contributing anything of value.
Beyonce – XO (Full Crate Remix) 2/5
A chilled house remix of last year’s release from pop queen Beyonce. A sweet soothing electronic melody starts off this piece before the lyrics of Beyonce step up a notch and the beat turns into a bouncy electronic sounding which is actually rather irritating.
This circulating beat seems intrusive to the song than complimentary, and when the work reverts back to a more casual house rhythm as Beyonce slows it down, the summer-style record proves much more appealing.
Needless to say though, with the bouncing electronic feature recurring throughout the record as Jay-Z’s other half dives into her verses, this song proves more irritable than irresistible and won’t be getting added to the summer playlist.
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