Afrojack ft. Wrabel – Ten Feet Tall 2/5
Former-EDM favourite Afrojack returns with a progressive build up that starts off with some promising vocals with Wrabel. A fairly energetic drop follows on to the end of the artist’s introduction that promises more than the producer has been delivering with his recent material, but while the enjoyable kick in will no doubt make a big impression during festival season, the vocals do become repetitive and drain interest from the track.
Foxes – Holding onto Heaven 3/5
A slow, intricate start highlights the real vocal impression that Foxes can make when she doesn’t hide behind a big beat. The Southampton singer bursts into action with a quick drum beat and a couple of fast paced violins to get the song really going, and along with a little bit of piano holding it together, this new release is a pretty nice track. Nothing innovative but a catchy tune that will grow on many.
Lana Del Rey – West Coast 3/5
Lana is back with a smooth, subdued effort that starts off by putting some fuzzy instrumental work ahead of the artist’s vocals before slowing it down to bring that famous voice to the forefront. The transition between these two sections shouldn’t really work but actually flows nicely, although the song does leave you longing for a little bit more of that classic Lana twang that sends tingles down the spine. Good. Could be better.
Ed Sheeran – SING 2/5
The start of Sheeran’s latest effort calls back some early, funky Justin Timberlake in an instrumental introduction. In fact, with the high pitched range taking over at the chorus, this song could well have been taken from a pile of unreleased material from the man in the suit and tie. To be honest, with fast-pace and continental guitar work in the background, it would have been better if sung by JT. Go back to being Ed, Ed. It’s what you’re good at.
DJ Fresh vs. TC – Make U Bounce 1/5
The producer behind Gold Dust and Louder returns with a poor effort. The build up here feels like a computer is breaking down and with the mute button not working, you’ve been left to listen to the resulting death. After the turn, it’s a little bit more enjoyable. Some funky work attempts to make up for the previous irritation but moves to quickly to do so, and before you know it, you’re left smashing on the mute button once again.
★ RECORD OF THE WEEK ★
Clean Bandit – Extraordinary feat. Sharna Bass 4/5
A calm, organic opening sees some piano work set a chilled mood which picks up pace when the impressive vocals of Sharna Bass arrive. Violin work contributes to natural vibes, and although additional clapping removes from the progressive piano, the following kick works well to take on a Mediterranean summer feel. Things are kept fresh after the first chorus with an extra touch of bass and a change in melody. Summer time success.