A reminder that the song exists.
A reminder that the song exists.
With a guest list including Skepta, Lil Uzi Vert, Tyler The Creator, Juicy J and heaps more.
Here at the interns we give our ears and proper workout so we thought we would give our eyes a chance to prove their worth. Here are the best threads worn this week by people in the music biz.
Solange hosting Kiehl’s Pioneers By Nature Party in London
Get out. Where is the praised hands emoji on the keyboard when you need it?? Looking pretty as a peach (on the top), pairing a full length bronzed pleated skirt and yellowy green metallic shoes isn’t something most people would even think of assembling. But (I’m sure) without even second guessing it, Solange does. Fashion statement indeed.
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This old-school debonair newcomer is becoming known just as much for his approach to fashion as he is for his music. Admitting he dresses nearly exclusively in vintage, his sound and flair is a throwback to a soulful era. Sharp indeed, there’s still a smoothness and a relaxed attitude evoked in Bridges’ sense of style. I dig his vibe.
Whilst a lot of people will be hating on this, I don’t mind it. Charli XCX can be pretty ballsy with her fashion but this cute overly girly is still something different for her. Attending the Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb 10th Anniversary party she choose to wear a head to toe look from their Spring 2015 Couture Collection. Very few, however, can pull off a look straight from the runway. If she had personalised this with different shoes it could been a lot more impressive. Also she totally should have kept it off the shoulder as they did on the runway.
Tori Amos at Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Anniversary Party
The art meets fashion, avant garde designer duo Viktor & Rolf are all about the theatrics. So they appropriately choose long time collaborator, Tori Amos, to be the soundtrack of the night. The simple yet dramatic outfit she wore accessorised with bold and quirky glasses, suited the brands aesthetic as well as the spectacular backdrop of the Parisian La Trianon theatre.
A$AP Rocky featured on GQ’s instagram
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As he puts it, “fashion is almost like a religion”. Amen. The kid know how to dress and after numerous features, interviews and appearances on their best dressed list it’s not surprising GQ is a HUGE fan. The recent instagram post showcases A$AP’s experimental and varied style. No doubt with with his extensive fashion knowledge and natural sense of style, he had a lot of input in this outfit choice.
Before she was an actress and everyone’s choice for “who I’d turn for”, Ruby Rose was a DJ and recording artist. DJing at Pacha nightclub in New York, her silver vest and shorts combo went perfectly with her colourful tattoos covering her body. Even though she looks amazing in full length dress, I don’t think anyone rocks the masculine tomboy style better than her.
Lauryn Hill Performing at Tory Burch’s Party in Paris
Apparently it was the biggest party of the year and the main contributor was Lauryn Hill’s performance. The Moroccan themed garden party held in a 17th century mansion’s courtyard was an exquisite setting but it was Lauryn’s appearance that captured everyone’s attention. The “inspiring, brilliant, divine” (as the designer described her) looked just that. Wearing white mini dress, long sleeveless overcoat, and thigh-high gladiator sandals, Hill’s outfit emulated the party’s theme beautifully.
Jay Sharrock, Alex Turner, Miles Kane and Jeff Wootton
If anyone going to make the cut for best-dressed lists, it’s English rockers. Seen at the Serpentine Gallery Summer Party in London looking a little weird but cool because they couldn’t care less.
Lily Allen at Wireless Festival
She seems happy. This is probably before she got rejected from the VIP area. Looking very trendy in her pink MCM backpack, midriff, sneakers and mirror sunglasses, my eyes were still drawn initially to her chest. I know she’s not wearing a bra…but she should.
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 Robyn, Selena Gomez, Thundercat and more.
Robyn & La Bagatelle Magique
Love Is Free
Zanda: This is just dripping funkiness. The bass oozes out over a bunch of fun and funky samples and sound effects in a way that will make you want to boogie. Again, another track from Robyn that has a typical rawness about it, not that there’s anything missing from the production. The rhythms, bass and beat are just raw in such an organic way, it feels natural from start to finish. 4
Sam: Well this is one way to make people dance their sweaty arses off. Robyn has always made killer bangers. She had Don’t Fucking Tell Me What To Do and We Dance To The Beat and this is in the same kind of vein as that. It’s so dirty and commanding yet the production is so pure and clean. Robyn has literally not made one bad thing for a decade and this is no exception. 4.5 Sam’s Pick
Zanda: This feels like it should be part of a Hollywood blockbuster in that mandatory scene where they go and do peyote or shrooms in the desert and one of them has a bad trip. My main gripe with this track lies in that it’s more than half over before that dope bassline kicks in. Up until this point there’s nothing that really makes it stand out for me, but in saying that the rap verse in the second half is, as they say; straight fire. 3
Sam: I don’t know if I’m fully on board with what Raury is doing yet. It’s kind of like Mumford & Sons cross Vic Mensa and that’s not really my thing. I do appreciate that he’s a passionate musician and he’s trying to do something different so props for that. In saying that, the latter half of this track is killer. His raps have this really organic darkness to them and he injects so much rhythm into the song in just those final seconds. More of that please. 3
face the sun (Feat. Lenny Kravitz)
Zanda: Miguel is about to be a much bigger name in the near future if he keeps writing stuff like this. Everything he does is just the definition of smooth, and this track really compliments his uber-smooth vocals with its up-beat, almost pop/rock style instrumentation. The intensity builds nicely throughout the track, however I get a bit of a murky vibe towards the end where if anything there are a few too many elements crammed on top of each other. 3
Sam: Cliche alert- Miguel could sing the phonebook and I’d be entertained. His voice is just a cut-above the rest and this kind of song allows it to shine unobtrusively. The Lenny Kravitz feature is pretty unnecessary but other than that it’s a blazer. It’s sensual and yet rough and raw. Miguel slowly builds and builds it until its soaring at the end. It’s not as modern or innovative as Kaleidoscope Dream but it’s the mark of an artist who’s discovered his voice’s best pockets and is using them. 4
Good For You (Feat. A$AP Rocky)
Zanda: Selena Gomez’s voice is clearly heavily edited on this track, but I actually don’t mind it too much. The production is decent without being anything special, and A$AP Rocky is undeniable in his delivery as always. Definitely listenable. 2.5
Sam: Shit. I hadn’t heard this before now and I thought it would be a bit of a laugh to listen to but goddammit, I think I actually really like it. Gomez hasn’t done anything of significance in her career to this point, but this one actually makes a stamp on her artistry. Everything from her slightly twisted accent to her reluctance to explicitly create a climax shows that she’s actually trying to forge a career as an artist who’s capable of making interesting music. I’m so entranced by Gomez’s verses that by the time Rocky comes in, I’m unphased. Look, if liking a Selena Gomez track is the worst thing that happens to me this week it’s going to be an excellent week. 3.5
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Zanda: The first thing that comes to mind when listening to this is, ‘holy crap Dustin Tebbutt’s voice is epic on this’. The Aussie producer/singer is really killing it right now, and suits Japanese Wallpaper’s style of delicate melodic production perfectly. This track contains some glassy smooth melodies and the interplay between layers brings joy to my eargasm. 4.5 Zanda’s Pick
Sam: Japanese Wallpaper is absolutely creaming it at the moment. He’s reached that point where triple j worships the ground he stands on and tickets fly out the door like free candy. I’m not sure this really sets me alight with excitement but it’s definitely a sweet, nuanced listen. I had to go back and listen to where this sits on the EP to really understand it and in that context it shines. As a standalone though it wafts in and wafts out for me barely even leaving dust in its tracks. 3
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Zanda: There’s so much to like in this it’s hard to separate some of it. The interplay between synthetic sounds and organic instrumentation gives it a really real and raw feel, and I love the use of both piano and sax sporadically underneath the dominant guitars and bass. The vocals are complimentary to all of the above as well, allowing each aspect of the complex instrumentation to have its own space and shine on its own. 4
Sam: Thundercat is the go-to guy for funk right now. He was a winning inclusion on Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly and seems to have a new shot of career-momentum. Teaming up with Flying Lotus is a choice-move as the two operate in the same musical spectrum. It shows on Them Changes as it all seems so damn right. There’s so much of this funk stuff floating around at the moment and so much of it is imitation. The effortless vocal and floating bassline on this show that it’s the real deal – no imitation here. 4
A$AP Rocky‘s At.Long.Last.A$AP wasn’t meant to drop in Australia until 5th June but it seems the rapper has become impatient and decided to just drop it all over the internet today. Details have been pretty scarce in the lead up to the album but we have had the singles M’$, Everyday and L$D. There’s 18 tracks on the album and it features the likes of Kanye West, M.I.A., Scoolboy Q and Future. It looks like the rumours that Lykke Li and FKA twigs would feature on the LP aren’t true.
Stream the album via Spotify below.
If you needed any more proof that 2015 is a massive year for music then this week was just that. We had blockbuster video premieres, huge tracks leak by the dozen and many drop more tracks of some of the year’s most anticipated albums. Here’s another jam-packed 10 Songs You Need To Hear This Week.
Indian Steps (Feat. Antony Hegarty) & Scud Books
We’re just patiently hanging out for HudMo‘s Lanterns but he’s not making it easier because every time he releases a new track it’s better than the last. Today, we have two new tracks from the producer. The first, Scud Books, is trademark HudMo with brassy synths and crushing bass. Indian Steps, however, is a slightly different sound than we’re used to. It features Antony and the Johnson’s’ Antony Hegarty. It’s a melancholic, emotional track that flourishes into a battlefield of bursting beats and swelling instrumentation.
I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times) (Feat. Young Thug and Popcaan)
This was also in 10 Songs last week but this version is the proper album version featuring Popcaan. Instrumentally there’s not a lot of difference but vocally now we have Popcaan interjecting Young Thug on the verses. That sample still sounds as triumphant as last week and the steel drums are euphoric as ever. Jamie xx told Pitchfork this week, “You can make it [the steel drum] sound quite melancholy but at the same time it reminds me of paradise.” That’s certainly the most apt way to describe this song.
Nina Las Vegas & Swick
Nina Las Vegas and Swick dropped their second EP Cool Sports this week via Fool’s Gold records. All three songs are excellent but Birthday is the one that has really stuck with us. It bursts colour with through these abrasive, blood-rushing synths that sit alongside candy-coated beats. The vocal sample holds the same kind of monotone excitement that Hannah Diamond has become so known for, using the instrumental to really build its personality. Hold on for the last minute when things really get down and dirty.
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We raved a about Danish newcomer Kwamie Liv last year but then she disappeared off the radar. This week, however, she re-emerged with this beautiful cut Higher. It’s built off lushes synths that allow Liv’s vocal to just sink in. “I wanna trust you tonight, I’m sick and tired of running,” she sings with the utmost sincerity, creating this wonderfully warm atmosphere. Hopefully this is a sign of more things to come.
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We’re just a fortnight away from hearing A$AP Rocky‘s new album A.L.L.A and so far he’s kept us on our toes about what to expect. LSD (Love x Sex x Dreams) is a hazy, spaced-out number that sees A$AP sing more than rap. It’s something completely different from him and proves once again that his versatility is one of his most impressive qualities. It changes tack towards the end and introduces back into A$AP-rap territory, complimenting that woozy, unfamiliar instrumental with something that feels much more familiar.
Antony & Cleopatra
You may not have heard of Antony & Cleoptra but you would’ve definitely heard some of the work of Alex Burnett. Burnett has written and collaborated on tracks for George Maple, Hayden James and Flight Facilities but now he’s turning his attention to his own project. Take Me is a stellar track with its feat planted heavily in the British club scene. The vocals of Anita Blay howl through the track with an airy vitality while the instrumental echoes like steel coming together.
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Florence + The Machine
So far all the tracks from How Big How Blue How Beautiful have shown a slightly more reserved side to Florence Welch but now we’ve got Delilah. Delilah is a classic Florence + The Machine track with bluesy undertones and a big, soaring chorus ready-made for Welch’s massive voice. The melodic detour at the end of the track is the cherry on the top, adding an extra bit of sweetness to what could’ve been a slightly overwhelming track. Our bodies are now ready for this album.
Famous (Brenmar Remix)
Charli XCX‘s Famous is almost six months old now so it’s about time that it go a fresh-coat of paint. Jersey producer Brenmar is the best man for the job as he has a knack at taking already energetic songs and turning them up one more level. Brenmar centres the whole remix around Charli’s infectious hook using it to build the track up to a mighty drop complete with horn-synths. We’re big fans of Charli when she’s operating in the club-world so this remix is understandably up our alley.
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Bad Blood (Feat. Kendrick Lamar)
We’ve seen Kendrick and Tay Tay go back and forth about how much they love each other and we knew that Kendrick was going to appear in the Bad Blood video but never could’ve we expected two verses on the radio edit. The track benefits from a beefed-up, hip-hop remix and while Kendrick’s verses are super impressive it’s Swift’s final chorus that brings it home with an effortless strength. This is a genius marketing tactic and is sure to breathe some new life into 1989. Somewhere Katy Perry is breaking her teeth on candy-canes working out how to one-up Taylor.
Chains (Feat. Stormzy)
If Kendrick Lamar and Taylor Swift was unexpected then this collaboration is basically unbelievable. Grime newcomer Stormzy has jumped on Nick Jonas‘ Chains adding some distinctively British verses to the track alongside Jonas’ soulful verse. Speaking to Radio 1 the former Jonas Brother (meaning the band, not the family) said he was inspired by Kanye West’s performance at the Brits where he shared the stage with a number of big grime names. A weird collaboration, yes, but it actually works.
So now everybody has successfully become overweight alcoholics, it’s time to get back into the swing of things. While you had your eyes on a bottle of champagne or your head up a turkey, you may have missed these songs. Let’s catch up…
This one was the big one. Yeezy ushered in the New Year with a new song- one that is a big departure from the industrial, raw Yeezus. Only One featuring largely unknown new artist, Paul McCartney, takes cues from 808s and Heartbreaks more than any of his other albums. It’s a heartfelt ballad. It’s auto-tuned, soulful and actually quite humble. As much as it is a different direction we think this track might be an outlier on his forthcoming record.
We had the pleasure of having this British producer down-under last year, and he just continues to churn out bass-heavy gold. Let Down comes courtesy of British radio presenter Annie Mac and it’s a soulful flavoured, deep-house track.
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Oooooh, we feel a new A$AP Rocky album on the way. Following last years Multiply, it’s clear that A$AP is going back to his roots, ditching pop-heavy hooks for dark hip-hop beats and fierce flows. Let’s hope this his sophomore album goes a little harder than his debut which barely scratched the surface of what this man can do.
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MØ had a pretty awesome 2014, finishing it up with a guest spot on the new Iggy Azalea single, Beg For It, and an Australian tour. She’s released New Years Eve to signal the very event its title alludes to. It’s a somewhat melancholic tracks featuring an introspective MO in ballad mode which is something we haven’t heard much from her before.
PC Music ruled 2014, on Soundcloud at least. The head of the internet label, A.G. Cook has carefully curated a label that is kitsch, melodic and modern. What I Mean came as a welcome end of year surprise. It’s one of the more tame tracks to have come from Cook but it’s no less sugary sweet.
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If 2014 proved anything it’s that Usher does indeed still have it. Good Kisser was great, I Don’t Mind was better and for the first time since 2001 we find ourselves excited about an Usher record. This one probably won’t appear on huge album, but it will tie us over for now. He takes on the role of a rapper matching Migos, who is an actual rapper FYI.
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This song sucks as much shit as Sublime’s Santaria, but Saint Pepsi has proved himself, once again, to be a saint tastefully remixing it. The reggae is gone and in its place is a beat reminiscent of Beyonce’s Partition. It’s far more bearable and Saint Pepsi deserves a medal.
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Melbourne label, IOhYou have a great roster of artists now with the addition of DMAs and Montgomery last year. Young upcoming producer, Japanese Wallpaper, has taken on Montgomery’s Piñata, leaving much of the vocal melody intact but adding a layered, dimly-lit instrumental that makes the song even more delectable.
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If you haven’t heard the original of this yet, you probably will very soon. It’s completely ridiculous but it’s found a runaway following in the US. London producer, Dark0, has remixed the track given it an even darker base of chiming and cascading percussion.
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Ryan Hemsworth is continuing on with his Secret Songs giveaways and the latest is a super kawaii offering from Toby Gale. Of the song Hemsowrth says “I have trouble finding songs at this pace, that give me the feeling Hawaii Wifi Tiger Moves does”. Don’t we all, Hemsworth. Don’t we all.
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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. Today we pick apart tracks by Tei Shei, Nina Las Vegas, Swick, Cold Clinical Love, Charli XCX, BC Kingdom & A$AP Rocky.
Sam: This is unbelievably smooth. I feel like Tei Shi has been doing cool things but this is her absolute standout moment. The moment when people actually look up from what they’re doing. It’s a thundering, late-night pop track with Shi slinkily winding her voice around the instrumentation like some sort of velvet scarf. 4 Sam’s Tied Pick
Hannah: I love the running, pulsating, synth laden bass line that quivers effortlessly below Tei Shi’s simultaneously sickly sweet yet totally seductive vocals. If this doesn’t get you in the mood for all kinds of debauchery, I don’t know what will. 4
Lizzie: This utterly seductive track does not need all the bells and whistles to capture my attention. It is soft and sensitive, yet punchy and interesting, plus there’s a healthy amount of bass and synth – all at the same time. Basically, what I am trying to say is that this is 100% my kinda jam. 4 Lizzie’s Pick
Bianca: This is so immediately affecting. Launching straight into a throbbing bass, further intensified with the help of Tei Shei’s dreamy vocals, it had me in a state of reverie that made me not realise that perhaps my speakers were up a little too loud for my neighbours’ liking. One extra point for the pun in the song title. 4
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Sam: Oh lord. That PC Music-esque vocal sample on this just kills me every time. And then those string-like synths follow. And then the beat marches towards you. And I die. Ignore what Nina & Swick say! Send. Send to everyone you know. 4 Sam’s Pick
Hannah: I love everything about this collision. It’s drum, bass, *insert requisite PC music mention here,* jungle music, house music and all out synthy, bangers perfection. Perfect party starter, perfect party finisher. Wait, no. If this song is on, it’s all party, all of the time. Nina for da win. 4
Lizzie: Nina brings that same relatable PC sound which Porter Robinson does on his Worlds album – I cannot get enough of it. At the 1:50min mark I am truly booty hypnotised if that is even a thing. Wait, it’s called twerking. Killer track by Nina. 4
Bianca: Don’t Send has everything: throbbing bass, strings, dreamy, computerised vocals, drum n bass-inspired beat and, most importantly, horns. My word, those horns! Oscillating carelessly between the internet depths of PC Music territory and a full-on club-thumping beat, this track ebbs and flows with confidence. I was hooked at first listen but hearing this banger played at Nina’s own NLV: Presents show on the weekend further sealed the deal for me. 4 Bianca’s Pick
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Sam: Some super impressive, melodramatic production on this. It feels very cold and isolated but at the same time his delicately auto-tuned voice is quite warm. The good/bad thing about Soundcloud is you can see exactly when the drop is coming and I was expecting a big one for this. I wasn’t disappointed, it detours into this CHVRCHES-esque state of euphoria. 3.5
Hannah: This is a mixed bag of goodies and like any pick’n’mix, and their promise of overindulgence, I’m just left with a sugar headache and sore teeth. While individually pieces of this production work, as a whole I feel Cold Clinical Love have cast their net too wide and tried to appeal everyone without really appealing to anyone. Less is more. 3
Lizzie: While it only clocks in at around 2 ½ minutes, there is a lot of layers crammed in to create this universally appealing track. The confident warm vocals and pluck of the guitar are effortlessly indie-cool. If you haven’t already had CCL on your radar, after listening to Bullet Youth you will sure to have your ears pricked with curiosity – as this is the only their 2nd release. 4
Bianca: Unexpected twists and turns make this track continuously intriguing. The doleful, yet beguiling vocals in the beginning tricked me into expecting a very different point B but I was overall pleased with the end destination. There is nostalgia aplenty with the gradual build-up of glittery synths, brooding guitar and a thumping backbeat spicing up its life. Looking forward to hearing more from Cold Clinical Love. 3.75
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Sam: I love that Charli finally finds mainstream success and then she rolls out two singles inspired by Scandinavian punk. She’s in her own world and it’s probably going to give her much more longevity than her peers. This one just bundles through like a runaway train. It’s Charli XCX down to the ground. 3.5
Hannah: I skipped through a lot of this song. Charlie XCX never really did it for me and as much as I want to like this song purely because at times I feel like I am a London queen myself, she’s continued to not do it for me. I find it all horribly derivative and well… Boring. 2
Lizzie: Definitely a “wake up in the morning, got lots of things to do” kinda song. I also feel like this track was produced in your neighbour’s back garage. This is not suggesting it is an ameteur prodution, it is just exudes ’90s Clueless youthfulness – with its fast beat, claps and “ois”. I feel like I need to get a perm to fully appreciate the track. 3
Bianca: Isn’t this song in the bar scene from 10 Things I Hate About You when Heath Ledger *sigh* meets up with Julia Stiles? Whilst I’m more than happy to watch that ’90s classic over and over again, London Queen is a bit too ’90s alternative rock for my liking and I won’t be re-listening to this one in a hurry. Now where’s my local Blockbuster… 1.5
Sam: This one is such a creeper. It really didn’t smack me in the face during the first verse but throughout the five minutes it really took grey. The chorus sounds pretty iconic in a very unaggressive way. Tucked in between tracks on an album, I think this song will really get its moment. Particularly with that preaching outro. A track with this much presence is too good to be by a fleeting hype-artist. 3.5
Hannah: Proving once again men are slightly colourblind, I’m pretty sure grey is technically a shade not a colour… Other than that I don’t really have an issue with this song but I don’t really like it either. He clearly has some stand out vocal moments that the misbehaving hairs on the back of my neck can’t help but raise to, and I do find it difficult to speak ill of anything featuring steel drums, or Moby for that matter, so I’m just going to evoke the age old saying “if you don’t have anything nice to say….” 2
Lizzie: I am ok with this song, the nice little Moby insert at around 3 minute mark was a weirdly welcome surprise. However, the robotic style siren that pops in every 3 seconds is just way too familiar – it’s the same sound they use on the Magic Mike soundtrack and that makes me think of all the wrong inappropriate things when really I should appreciating the track. It’s distracting. 3
Bianca: This is brooding, soulful and smooth; it’s like a box of chocolate all wrapped up with a tidy, velvet bow. The confident backbeat and feathering of steel drums are the heroes this track deserves, and also the ones it needs. Also, dat Moby sample and gospel sermon outro…Preach! 3.75
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Sam: I love this video so much that I almost forgot to listen to the song. It feels like the real A$AP is back on this one. It felt like his debut album was very much made to appease a wider audience and this ones back to the mixtape Rocky we loved. The hook may not be as melodic as, say his Santigold track Hell, but I feel like it has more of a long-lasting effect. Exciting stuff. 4
Hannah: Sam, be honest… You like the video clip so much because he dances just like to you. You can’t help but like A$AP Rocky. His songs are infinitely rappable and come laden with hefty serve of get low. Guarantee everyone will be preaching along to “when the really niggas die, fake niggas going to multiple,” while they sip on their vodka, fresh lime, sodas come the weekend. 3
Lizzie: This song falls incredibly flat for me. I find myself cruising in slowwwww motion so much that I almost fall asleep. Especially around the 1 minute mark, as the sound falls that bit lower I struggle to keep the motion going. 2.5
Bianca: The first half kinda treks along but 2:37 is really where this track gets going for me. The dramatic switch-up to the menacing, pulsating backbeat, introduced by the high-pitched siren, was enough to give me chills. It’s heavy and I like it. 4