First Impressions: Broods, Twenty88, Snakehips And More

Written By the interns on 04/05/2016

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First Impressions is an interns roundtable review of songs on their first (or second) listen. Each week we review six new songs from the past week, each giving them a score out of five and awarding our pick of the week. This week we pick apart tracks by Broods, Snakehips, Big Wild, A$AP Ferg, Twenty88 and Flamingo.

Broods
Free

James: I'm getting big time Lorde (Ya, Ya, Ya, I am Lorde) vibes, though Broods' Georgia Nott sets her vocals apart from Lorde with her harmonising, plus she sounds a little less… gruff? I dig the Matrix beat. 3

Zanda: A bit darker than most of the super chill stuff (Marijuana). Possibly an indication that their next record will have a bit more bite. The chorus gives me harmonised CHVRCHES/Lauren Mayberry vibes, just the way the chorus melody melody teases a resolution but doesn’t is as captivating as it is catchy. Georgia Nott is a revelation.
4.5 Zanda’s Pick

Sam: First time I heard this I thought “dammit, yes”. It’s not breaking any breaking any boundaries or exploring any really new territory but when you’ve got a hook this big and a voice this anthemic who cares. It’s like Broods have transformed into popstars overnight and Georgia Nott is like a budding Ellie Goulding. I’m not really sure what’s going on in the video but she’s delivering some excellent popstar moves so I’ll just be satisfied with that. Their confidence has shot through the roof on this one and if it’s a sign of things to come, then we may have a new festival headliner on our hands. 4

Snakehips
Money On Me (Feat. Anderson .Paak)

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James: This is my pick for the song that's going to blow up next. Snakehips are buzzing from All My Friends, this is the year of Anderson .Paak and it's just a damn good song. Heat-seeker! 4.5 James' Pick

Zanda: Snakehips are also moving away from the chiller vibes of their earlier years, but are also showing some insane versatility. How the hell are these the same guys who did All My Friends last year, which is basically a radio-hit.. Oh and as for Anderson .Paak, I’ll leave it to Lido to summarise…


4

Sam: If I was a producer and could choose any vocalist in the world right now to feature on my track I would chose Anderson .Paak. He’s got one of the most instantly recognisable vocals right now and makes anything instantly classic. I imagine Snakehips were in that position after All My Friends and this whole thing works. It’s back to the cruiser vibes of their earlier R&B-flavoured stuff and doesn’t even attempt for another radio hit which is a good move. It won’t sell half as many copies as All My Friends but it’s great in a very different way. 3.5

Big Wild
Aftergold (Feat. Tove Styrke)

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James: Indulge thyself, take yourself to the jungle - then to the beaches of the West Indies. Let Big Wild do you like Enya and then get you dancing. This is nice! 4

Zanda: Super interesting stuff here from Big Wild, just thinking about the amount of different beats, effects and sounds that are jammed into this one. It’s overflowing, trading clinking countermelodies with off-the-beat syncopated beats, and then coming through with on-the-beat accompaniment in chorus sections that emphasise some of Tove Styrke’s most passionate notes.
4

Sam: The song was good before Tove Styrke jumped on it but now it’s transformed from being a perky, enjoyable jam to an epic pop song. Styrke’s feel for melody, which she showed time and time again on her 2015 debut record, is so rad and the vibe she brings to this is spot-on. She combats those big brassy synths like a warrior, bring heaps of ‘tude to the beat and then lightening the mood when the song calls for it. 4

A$AP Ferg
World Is Mine (Feat. Big Sean)

James: I love Ferg as an artist. He's just as likely to give you a buck wild party anthem as he is to give you a trippy, introspective track. See above for the latter. 4

Zanda: I appreciate that A$AP Ferg can sometimes be more about finding a chiller beat and sticking with it, but this takes that idea to a new level. The production is honestly pretty boring, and although the rhymes go some way to making up for it I’m just craving for just a tiny differentiation in the beat at some point. I switched off after hearing the line ‘thing to lose’ repeated 6 times consecutively.
2.5

Sam: I had to listen to this three time because I kept getting distracted admiring the cover. Now that I’m concentrating, this may be the most delectable thing Ferg has ever done. The Big Sean hook is so smooth and the beat is unobtrusive while still being effective. I don’t know if I’m going to run out on the streets and rave about this to my neighbours but it’s super nice. 3.5

Twenty88 (Jhene Aiko + Big Sean)
Selfish

James: I had high hopes for this album, but as I wrote in my review, Aiko and Sean seemed to force chemistry on a lot of songs instead of letting their natural chemistry carry them. This song’s a pretty perfect example of that for me. 2.5

Zanda: A pretty decent track, the production is awesome and the flow is so so good from the start of Big Sean’s rap. Jhene Aiko is so good too, but her interplay with Sean could definitely use some work. Although perhaps the Tidal version is better and this is just the result of being live on stage.
3

Sam: The beat of this track is so great and so suited to Big Sean and Jhene Aiko, it’s like someone concocted it in a lab using their DNA. Big Sean slips right into his verse with groovy-ease and then Jhene Aiko runs in behind him with an impeccable harmony before tag-teaming with him for her verse. The way they intertwine vocally is genius and I honestly couldn’t think of a better rapper/singer team out there right now (actually maybe Drake and Rihanna). 4.5 Sam’s Pick

Flamingo
Hypnotised

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James: I kind of feel as though this is pretty generic musically - that is to say that it doesn't strike me as being unique, or even particularly good. Kind of meh! 1.5

Zanda: I really enjoy the bassline behind this - sounds like something from Modest Mouse but behind some Kilter-esque guitar samples rather than a live band. As in, I know the guitar here is not a sample, but it, and the rest of the instrumentation seem weirdly too far in the background to have any melodic effect. It almost sounds like the EQ’ing isn’t quite complete, and as a result it sounds a bit same-same throughout. There’s lots of instruments played well, they just don’t feature properly.
3.5

Sam: I’ve spent like five years aching for the vibe that Sparkadia brought on The Great Impression and this may be the first time I’ve had any relief. It combines that really standard Aussie indie-pop sound with a beat that’s really slick and danceable giving us something a little different. There are definitely Last Dinosaurs vibes in the chorus but it’s the verses that are particularly hypnotising. 3.5

Time for your vote: 

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