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First Impressions: Britney Spears, Kehlani, Justice And More

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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 Snakehips, A.G. Cook, Justice, Dreller, Britney Spears and Kehlani.

Snakehips
Cruel (Feat. ZAYN)

Courtney: Is it just me or is anyone else getting Mura Masa vibes in this beat? I actually think this is better than “All My Friends” and as much as I love Anderson Paak I also think it’s better than Money On Me but what can I say I am a sucker for a pop banger and for anything Zayn touches. Snakehips production is just out of this world on this track, they rarely ever put a foot wrong 4

Sam: Snakehips have tasted a hit with All My Friends and now it seems they’re hungry for more. Cruel is probably the most straightforward production they have ever presented but that said it’s a whole lot more interesting that most of the stuff circulating the radio right now. This is actually exactly the vibe that ZAYN should’ve gone for his on debut solo effort. It’s funky, woozy and dark without sounding like try-hard The Weeknd cut. Good job everyone involved. 4

Harrison: I don’t like this as much as All My Friends, but it’s definitely got massive commercial appeal. I feel like this is pretty dance music, that sure as hell caters for some, but not for me. I think having Zayn on this track really saves it, because overall the sound design feels kind of weak. 3

Average Score: 3.6

A.G. Cook
Superstar

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Courtney: I am so not a fan of PC music. Whenever I listen to it I feel trapped in a horrible Japanese video game with seizure inducing visuals that I will never escape. It’s all just so sickeningly sweet but this track is actually bearable. The section from 1:40 to 2:45 is probably the highlight. I like how he contrasts super upbeat bridges/choruses with a kind of dark and ominous section 2

Sam: Somehow this is both the most accessible and over-the-top thing A.G. Cook has ever done. It’s kitsch as hell and if you already don’t like PC Music there’s absolutely no way this is going to change your mind. It’s the musical equivalent of a durian and if it’s not to your taste it may make you gag. As a fan of Cook, I like this but it really doesn’t hook me until about the one minute 40 mark. Parts of it feel like he’s simplified his production for the masses so I hope that’s just a one-off because he’s definitely a key visionary in the electronic scene right now. 3.5

Harrison: Cue the PC Music hate. Straight up, this does not do a lot for someone who virtually lives on SoundCloud, where PC Music thrives. Maybe I haven’t delved enough into scene in a while, but the upbeat parts of the song don’t work for me. It’s got some Porter Robinson Worlds which I half vibe. This is probably sitting on a seesaw for me. 2.5

Average Score: 2.6

Justice
Safe And Sound

Courtney: To quote a fabulous Youtube commenter “The BASS!!!!! THE BASS THE BASSSSSS!!!!!!” When I listen to this I am instantly thrown into a Disco roller rink and I am totally ok with that. I do think the disco throw back is kind of cliched now, Daft Punk, Bruno Mars have all been there and done that (and they did it well) but let’s be honest Justice had been doing it long before them and with this track they are still in fine form. Studio 54 here I come! 4

Sam: I feel like this track has had its release date pushed further and further back because the disco resurgence was three of four years ago now. There’s nothing wrong with it at all really. It’s grandiose, groovy and charming but Justice were forward-thinkers back in the day and this just doesn’t really do much for my excitement levels. Good fun but it would barely even get a Shazam from me if I was listening to it without knowing what it was. 3

Harrison: Ok, as much as I am all about wanting artists to try new things and like Sam has said Justice were forward thinkers back in the day, I am biased to the fact I love Justice. They are an act I attribute to helping me fall in love with electronic music and it’s just been far too long since i’ve had some booming disco in my life. This comeback has all the hallmarks that make Justice royalty of electronic music. It’s funky, it’s got the classic symphonic flair and it’s got some KILLER BASS. Caress me, as Safe And Sound is one hell of a comeback. 4.5 Harrison's Pick

Average Score: 3.83

Dreller
A Signal That Comes Back

Courtney: For some reason when I listen to this I hear it as a sort of new age James Bond theme. I think it’s the lingering synth in the background and syncopated lead guitar riff which totally sounds like a spin off the main James Bond theme. Personally I feel like a James Bond movie with this as its theme instantly sounds more interesting than anything that’s been done so far. 3

Sam: This is very good and I’m very happy that this is coming out of Australia. A Signal That Comes Back sounds like a roughed-up CHVRCHES to me, like the gloss has been scratched and run through the dirt. It’s flawlessly produced with every detail shining through as another sonic treat along the way. Dreller’s vocal is impassioned but not forced and the final two minutes or so are pure bliss. A beautifully put together song that provides reasons for everyone of its many levels. Very impressed. 4

Harrison: Oh so smooth. Everything on this track works extremely well together. The beat is smooth and Dreller’s vocal flows naturally and sounds really great. This is the track of the week that will make its way into my playlist, and thank heavens for its place in this week’s First Impressions. 4

Average Score: 3.6

Britney Spears
Make Me (Feat. G-Eazy)

Courtney: Ahhhh Britney, I love you, I really do. You will always hold a special place in my heart but let’s be honest you haven’t released anything that will stand the test of time since Toxic. You were close with Till The World Ends and Work B**ch but alas no. This track is no different. You can recruit as many it-rappers as you want but it won’t make it ‘lit’ as the kids say. 2

Sam: This is very exciting because for the first time in about ten years we can actually hear that flirtatious, sultry tone in Britney’s voice that made her such a star in the first place. It’s still produced but it’s the least produced her voice has been in a while and it’s infinitely better than Work Bitch, the lead-single of her deserved flop of a last record. It’s just nice to hear Britney deliver the key melody instead of a synth or a silly British accent. It’s her best single in I don’t know how long and I just feel like flying to Vegas and giving her a high-five. She’s finally back and it’s ABOUT BLOODY TIME. 4

Harrison: If it wasn’t going to be Britney, then it would have been Katy Perry. Is Britney really back though? I don’t know, this isn’t really grabbing my attention like I wanted it too. It’s not a “It’s Britney Bitch!” comeback, but I can understand what all the fuss is about. My love for Britney will forever stay entrenched in the late ‘90s and really early ‘00’s. Because those were some damn good times for pop music. 3

Average Score: 3

Kehlani
CRZY

Courtney: Saving the best for last I see 😉 Following up the massive trap jam that was Did I and the heartfelt fan track 24:7 with this just feels so right, you get the feeling that the album is going to be so cohesive. The amazing thing about Kehlani is her unfailing ability to, as Aaliyah would say, “dust it all off and try again”, working through an emotional suicide attempt to come out with CRZY and lyrics like “If I gotta be a bitch Imma be a bad one”,  “I’m just counting counting blessings” and “all the shit I’ve been through only made me more of an assassin, I kill em I kill em I kill em with compassion”. Her optimism and determination is never-ending. The perfect role model for girls nowadays, if we could all only try to be 1/10th of what Kehlani is the world would be a better place. This track gave me my new life motto, “Live for the challenge, only makes me stronger, one more reason to turn up on em”. 5 Courtney’s Pick ?

Sam: It’s been a pretty difficult year for Kehlani and Kehlani fans, despite starting off with a Grammy nomination. The good news is Kehlani always delivers and this is no different. Taking the fierceness of Rihanna’s Bitch Better Have My Money, she delivers a fire flow, using every piece of instrumental to inject her charismatic, attitude-filled vocal. “If I gotta be a bitch Imma be a bad one,” is a t-shirt waiting to happen and potentially the line that will make this a hit for her. After all the drama, she’s kept quiet and decided to speak through the music and it’s so potent. 4 Sam's Pick

Harrison: Every 10 seconds I have to tell myself that this isn’t Rihanna, with Kehlani really really bringing it on this. Hot damn, my playlist just got another addition. Although this has CRZY massive commercial appeal, everything about it cancels this thought out. The beat is tight and the lyrics speak volumes. Kehlani: bra-f*cking-vo! 4

Average Score: 4.3

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10 Songs You Need To Hear This Week: Britney Spears, Tame Impala, Shamir + More

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While we started the week with The Script performing at the Logies and celebrities somewhat distastefully referencing Chinese fashion at the Met Gala, things seem to have only gotten better. These 10 songs could be the best collection we've had this year to date and it manages to put Britney Spears in the same article as Tame Impala, so there are wins all round.

Miguel
Coffee (Fucking)

This week it came out that Miguel was getting sued for that incident in which he kicked someone in the head a few years ago accidentally but the release of his new track Coffee (Fucking) still managed to outshine that news. The track is rumoured to be the first taste of his third LP Wild Heart and is an extended version of the same track that originally appeared on his late 2014 EP. This version features an added verse from Wale but it's still all about Miguel's ridiculously smooth vocal. This track stacks up to anything that was on his last record Kaleidoscope Heart and just has us hanging out for the next track.

Tame Impala
Eventually

Eventually is the forth song we've heard off Tame Impala's forthcoming third album Currents and we tend to agree with frontman Kevin Parker that it's one of the best. Apparently he dreamt it up on the back of a scooter and it's essentially a break-up song. It's not your standard break-up tale filled with bitterness though, it's a sweet tune about moving on so both parties can be happier. That sentiment is delivered in the form of a sprawling, synth-driven chorus which elevate's Parker's voice up amongst the angels. Stunning stuff once again from the Perth boys.

Hot Chip
Why Make Sense?

What better time to release a song titled Why Make Sense? than on the same day as a particularly convoluted British election. This is the title track off Hot Chip's forthcoming sixth album and it also closes the album. To listen to it you have to head to an unbelievably confusing British election news website because, well, why make sense? It's one of Hot Chip's more organic tracks, driven by a crushing drum-line that's complimented by flighty synths.

Head here to listen to the new track.

Shamir
Darker

We're used to hearing toy-like, colourful tunes from Las Vegas native Shamir but this week he slowed it down, delivering the soaring ballad Darker. It's from his debut album Ratchet which drops next week and showcases the singer really opening his lungs and letting it rip. "It doesn't get darker, unless you expect it to," Shamir sings being both melancholic and uplifting at the same time. It's good to hear another different side of Shamir, who's becoming an impressively multi-faceted artist.

Giorgio Moroder
Diamonds (Feat. Charli XCX)

Giorgio Moroder mostly released tunes when piracy wasn't an issue but he's really having a shit of a time keeping the tunes from his forthcoming record Deja Vu under-wraps. Diamonds his track with Charli XCX leaked this week and while it's bad news for Moroder, it's fantastic news for us as we get to hear another heavenly slice of disco-perfection with added XCX. It encapsulates Charli's rebellious energy and Moroder's disco-tinged melodies perfectly and has the potential to be his big hit from the album. Apparenly Charli wrote it when she was 15 years-old, on the same trip that she wrote Icona Pop's mega-hit I Love It on. Charli was asked how she felt about the track leaking and she responded, "I don't care that much." Great, let's dig in then.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ep2pPd9K7HM

Little Boots
Better In The Morning

British songstress Little Boots' tracks have often found a home in the clubs but on her new tracks she's telling everbody that things are Better In The Morning. It's the first single to come from her forthcoming album Working Girl and it's produced by Ariel Rechtshaid who's basically penned and produced every alternative hit in the past few years (HAIM, Sky Ferreira, Tobias Jesso Jr.). Boots' sweet voice sits atop a perky instrumental that stands up on its own but is also begging for some killer remixes. It's a quirky pop song but its has a subtle charm to it that begs for repeat listens. We're excited to see where Little Boots is going with this LP.

Britney Spears & Iggy Azalea
Pretty Girls

This song has seemingly been teased for longer than Britney's marriage with K-Fed lasted but it's finally here and it was probably worth the wait. Over the week Pretty Girls shot up the iTunes charts, particularly in the US and looks like it's about to give Britney her biggest hit in a little while. And that's because Britney sounds the most relevant she has in about five years. We could take or leave Iggy's parts but Britney actually really kills it alongside a hip-hop beat. This coupled with her track with Giorgio Morder, Tom's Diner, mean that 2015 is shaping up to be a pretty stellar year for the fallen popstar.

BOSCO
Boy

'90s RnB has probably been the most referenced genre this year and newcomer BOSCO is further proof of that. She's just been signed to Fool's Gold and this track Boy places her in the same spectrum as artists like Kelela and Tink. It's an incredibly confident, slinky track that she owns with her breathy harmonies. It may be an overcrowded genre but that just makes it easier to truly spot brilliance when it comes along and it looks like Fool's Gold have literally struck gold with BOSCO. Her Boy EP is out soon.

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Nocturnal Sunshine
Believe (Feat. Chelou)

Maya Jane Cole, acting under her alter-ego Nocturnal Sunshine, is gearing up to release her LP on 22 May. Believe is the second single from that album and it features the vocal talents of up-and-coming singer Chelou. Cole is working on Chelou's debut album so it's fitting that he return the favour on one of her tracks. Believe is a dark, woozy track haunted by circling vocal samples over mind-bending keys. It's shows yet another dimension to Cole and has us hanging out for the record.

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Hopium
Right Now

People have been mumbling Hopium's name under their breath for a while now but this should be the track that has them shouting. Right Now is the third release from the Melbourne duo and is arguably their best to date. It's a silken, angular track that's immaculately produced. What's even better is that the video shows a band that really knows their aesthetic and how to achieve it visually as well as sonically. Take these guys overseas stat, they're about to blow up.

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First Impressions: Britney Spears, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Lido + More

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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 Britney Spears, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Lido + More. 

Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Can’t Keep Checking My Phone

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Sam: I love that UMO have really expanded their sound. I loved II but at times it felt a little insular and restricted. Both this and Multi-Love have been a huge step forward and the album will most likely also continue this way. Can’t Keep Checking My Phone sounds like it would be right at home on a Blood Orange record - It’s got that minimal percussion loop with the funky guitars on top. As always though it’s the textured falsetto of Ruban Nielson that wins me over. 4

Bianca: The beginning transports me to a ‘70s crime detective TV show, which usually isn’t a good place to be, but in this circumstance sets the scene for a funky, hip-shaking, joyous tune. UMO keep offering multi-layered, instantaneously-enjoyable experiences and judging by Multi-Love and now Can’t Keep Checking My Phone, no detective work is required to realise that their upcoming album is going to deliver the goods. 4.5 Bianca's Pick 

Zanda: So much to unpack here that it’s hard to know where to start. The catchy vocal melodies are complimented superbly by that bass riff which sounds it has its origins in some seriously old school funk, and the sparing use of synth throughout is tasteful. The best aspect for me though, has to be that crazy percussion line; some sort of weird and wonderful mixture of clapping, sound effects, tambourine, and so much more. An absolute cracker. 4.5 Zanda’s Pick

Ta-Ku
Love Again

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Sam: Ta-Ku has always had a few gospel flavours in his tracks but on this one he’s really gone all out and it works. JMSN’s vocal is an absolute killer throughout and Ta-Ku’s minimal production creates plenty of space for JMSN to work his magic. Personally, I would’ve enjoyed if Ta-Ku built the climax a little more, perhaps worked in some chords on an organ, Lido-style but there’s also a certain subtlety in not doing that which feels dignified. With or without, it’s a beautiful, flourishing production. 3

Bianca: *prayer hands emoji* The choir, combined with the piano and strings appearances, gives Love Again a gospel quality without being garish and over-the-top. The instrumental outro really makes it for me; the thumping kicks giving a taste of what was possibly missing from the rest of the song. Reading through Soundcloud, I found the comment: “This is cool just sent it to my ex who I miss alot (sic)”. Usually I wouldn’t recommend that but maybe this track might just give him a shot at redemption. 3

Zanda: I find myself pondering how Ta-Ku hasn’t really skyrocketed in popularity in the last few years. I guess part of the charm of his music it’s exactly what he wants to make and doesn’t cater to the masses. This is an incredibly soulful tune featuring some incredible acapella-esque vocals. Tasteful production underpins it, and it’s the sort of minimal but necessary style of production that Ta-Ku is known for. 3.5

Major Lazer
Powerful (Feat. Ellie Goulding/Tarrus Riley)

Sam: I have to preface this with I am going to be bias because I love Ellie Goulding’s voice so much that I would bathe in even her weakest songs. It goes without saying that the my favourite parts of this track is Goulding’s verses. It’s nice to hear her over a reggae-styled beat rather than Calvin Harris’ usual onslaught of synths. For me, this sounds like Major Lazer really trying to slip into the mainstream. First there was the politeness of Lean On and now this and good on them for trying to get on radio while still maintaining their signature aesthetic. Powerful is their strongest to date and the star-power of Goulding along with Riley’s catchy chorus will serve them well. 3.5

Bianca: Gamble on Major Lazer and you’re sure to win. They always manage to make the featured artist shine (hell, they even made me like a song that features Ariana Grande) and this time round is no exception; Ellie’s voice is delightfully chirrupy as usual and Tarrus’ contribution balances it with a bit of grunt. It’s not the most complex of tracks but it is Powerful enough to make you sit up and listen. 3.5

Zanda: Diplo has come out recently and said that he is planning on doing less work as ‘Diplo’, and with a host of other projects under his direction including Major Lazer it’s not too hard to see why. With the recent release of Lean On, and now with this new track, it’s clear that the master producer and collaborator is taking this venture outside the realms of banging dance anthems exclusively and venturing into new areas. Ellie Goulding is typically and undoubtedly brilliant as usual. 3.5

Gosh Pith
Child

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Sam: After hearing so much clean electronic, RnB music in recent years I’m very into the idea of reverb-soaked melodies slipping back into fashion. Gosh Pith are just the start of what I think will be a very big movement of music that sounds like this. As always the original purveyor is the best and Child is excellent. It kind of doesn’t go anywhere but it has this subtle appeal which revolves around the soulful vocal. It’s a vocal that you wouldn’t expect to slot into an instrumental like this. At first I was expecting something more skewed towards Sleigh Bells but was pleasantly surprised. I’m charmed by this. 4

Bianca: Totally read their name as ‘Goth Pit’ at first glance so was expecting a very different song to come out of my headphones. Instead, I was pleasantly surprised to be serenaded by this lullaby-eque, ambling track. It’s subdued though still holds an unfinished grittiness that prevents it from being tedious. The vocal-run, “I said I got out of there sooner now” also shakes things up, almost tripping over itself and waking the track up from its cozy slumber. 4

Zanda: A very relaxed and guitar-riff happy tune from the Detroit-based group. I actually really enjoy the refreshing use of triple time in kind of a shuffle feel, as a nice break from all other music at the moment being in 4/4. Echoey vocals add to this relaxed feel… a great track for a chiller weekend. 3

Jeremih
Planes (Lido and The Social Experiment Remix)

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Sam: Another week, another Chance The Rapper feature or remix that isn’t actually a Chance The Rapper song 🙁 Based off this I would love to see Lido and The Social Experiment working together more often.

Lido’s instrumentals always oscillate between the minimal and the dense and Chance’s vocal always sounds best when it’s given plenty of space to exist in. Together it’s an interesting combination. Anyway, I’m not ignoring the fact that this is actually a Jeremih remix.

The original of Planes was good but this is just so much more interesting. In fact I actually completely forgot Planes existed until now. I have a feeling I won’t be forgetting this one though. 4

Bianca: This version makes for a much more exciting event in comparison to the original. You can immediately hear Lido's contribution to the track, in all of its flickering, blossoming goodness. Chance's appearance, with all his Willy Wonka references, is almost humorous and kinda strange, but after listening to it a couple of times I understand its necessity. 3.75 

Zanda: Jeremih and Chance The Rapper are typically smooth in this, but the real star for me is Lido and his unique style of production. He brings his own brand of melodic synths to everything he does, and this track has that typical Lido polish to it. He uses space and sparse textures to captivate his audience and leave you wondering what’s coming next after moments of almost complete silence. 4

Giorgio Moroder 
Tom’s Diner (Feat. Britney Spears)

Sam: I actually think Britney Spears can be really brilliant when she strays away from regular pop. There was a song on her Circus record called Unusual You which I still listen to know because it was so irregular for her but also had some really interesting production on her voice. Tom’s Diner sounds nothing like that but it does go with something more interesting than your regular Britney. The production here brings out the best in her usually paper-thin voice.

The whole idea of Giorgio Moroder and Britney Spears doing a Suzanne Vega cover is utterly ridiculous but for some equally ridiculous reason it works. The Sia song was just way too cheesy. This one is cheesy but it’s also got a sleek quality in the way it carefully treads between disco and the club. Who would have thought that a 70-something year-old could bring out the best in Brit. I can’t get enough of this. Ditch Iggy Azalea and create a whole album with Moroder please Britney. 4.5 Sam’s Pick

Bianca: This track oscillates delightfully between 'lol' and head bopping acceptance. At first listen, the 'doo doo' intro was almost laughable, but soon Giorgio's brilliant production shined through and Britney-fuelled nostalgia took over, making me kinda...like it. The lyrics are so damn literal, by no fault of Britney or Giorgio, but I suppose that adds to its charm. It's all very odd that this was the song of choice for their collaboration but I'm glad they did it. 

Zanda: It’s weird how Giorgio Moroder’s work as part of Daft Punk’s latest LP seems to have thrust him back into the spotlight, or at least reclaimed the attention of popular music’s biggest stars. This track doesn’t do much for me to be honest, although the production value is undoubtedly high. I can’t quite pinpoint what aspects of it I don’t particularly like, maybe if Britney attempted less pronounced humming and there was more actual lyrical material. 1.5

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Digging for Mixtapes - 7 Playlists From My Past

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Location: CD stack in my childhood bedroom

The site of my childhood bedroom, located about 5km North of the Brisbane City, contains relics of a time between the dates of ‘95 & ‘10. On the weekend dating 21/22 June, armed with CD cleaner and my trusty box of Telfast, I decided to excavate this site in the hopes of discovering long-lost musical artefacts.

Amongst the red herrings consisting of blank CDs, photo CDs, a Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego game, the Big Brother CD single & Peter Combes’ Christmas Carols, there were some fruitful discoveries which can tell us a lot about my musical past.

Unfortunately, with the approximate lifespan of CDs ranging 10-15 years, some results came back inconclusive. A report of my successful findings can be found below (dated in chronological order):

Item #1

Approximate Date: 1999/2000 AD

I almost ejected the CD upon hearing the first song, thinking it was one of my parents’ Spanish-themed dinner party CDs. Turned out to be the next best thing - Enrique Iglesias. Ranging from soppy pop songs to tracks about weed and 'jacking off', this playlist is just as confused as the fashion at the turn of the Millennium.

1. Enrique Iglesias & Whitney Houston - Could I Have This Kiss Forever 

2. Afroman - Because I Got High

I'm not sure I even knew what 'getting high' exactly was in 1999.

3. Destiny’s Child - Bootylicious

4. Westlife - Uptown Girl

5. Joanne - So Damn Fine

6. Jessica Simpson - I Think I’m In Love With You

7. M2M - Mirror Mirror

8. M2M - Don’t say you love me

9. Mandy Moore - I Wanna Be With You

10. Jessica Simpson - Irresistible

11. Nikki Webster - Strawberry Kisses

12. The Offspring - Pretty Fly For A White Guy

13. Lou Bega - Mambo No . 5  (Don't try and tell me you weren't disappointed that your name wasn't mentioned in this song.)

14. Aaron Carter - Crush On You

Nick Carter features in this video with some pretty sound brotherly advice.

Item #2

Approximate Date: 2002 AD

Hip Hop and dirty pop reign supreme in this playlist. i.e. I was pretty hardcore at the tender age of 12.

1. Ashanti ft. Ja Rule - Happy

2. Britney Spears - Slave 4 U

Britney did Good Girl Gone Bad way before RiRi.

3. Destiny’s Child - Nasty Girl

4. Alicia Keys - Girlfriend

5. Kelis - Good Stuff

6. Modjo - Chillin’

7. Missy Elliott - Work It

Nothing better than Missy discussing elephants and the shaving of her 'cho cha'.

8. J Lo - Jenny From The Block

9. S Club 7 - S Club Party

There really ain't no party like an S Club party anymore.

10. Wu-tang clan - Gravel Pit

11. Craig David - What’s Your Flava?

12. Britney Spears - Boys

13. Bob Marley vs Funkstar De Luxe - Sun Is Shining

14. Tenacious D - Tribute

Item #3

Approximate Date: 2004 AD

Not sure what I was trying to achieve with this CD - so many highs and lows! I call it my Bipolar Playlist.

1. Sean Paul + Blu Cantrell - Breathe

Anyone able to detect what he is saying deserves a medal.

2. OutKast feat. Sleepy Brown - The Way You Move

3. Spiderbait - Calypso

Some of you may remember this ditty from 10 Thing I Hate About You. 

4. Britney Spears - Everytime

:'(

5. Enrique Iglesias feat. Kelis - Not In Love

6. Blink 182 - Miss you

Another :'(

7. OutKast - Ms Jackson

8. Beyonce - Naughty Girl

9. Christina Aguilera ft. Lil Kim - Can’t hold us down

10. Kelis - Trick me

11. Obie Trice - Got some teeth

12. Missy Elliott - Gossip Folks

13. JoJo - Leave (Get Out)

Item #4

Approximate Date: 2005 AD

1. Ashlee Simpson - Boyfriend

2. Pharrell feat. Gwen Stefani - Can I have it like that

3. Stupidisco - Junior Jack

4. Mylo vs Miami Sound Machine - Doctor Pressure

5. Franz Ferdinand - Do you want to

6. Planet Funk - Chase The Sun

The CD broke soon after that 🙁 First world noughtie problems.

 

Item #5

Approximate Date: 2005 AD

Ashlee Simpson on the same playlist as Kanye West and 50 Cent?

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1. Kanye West - Diamonds Are Forever

2. Ashlee Simpson - L.O.V.E

3. NERD - Rockstar (Jason Nevins Remix) 

4. Ciara feat. Missy Elliott - 1, 2 Step

5. Kanye West feat. Jamie FoxxGold Digger

6. 50 Cent feat. Olivia - Candy Shop

7. Missy Elliott feat. Ciara and Fatman Scoop - Lose Control

8. Usher - Caught Up

 

Item #6

Approximate Date: 2005 AD

It seems things turned a little techno when I was 15, coincidentally coinciding with my new-found penchant for Smirnoff Double Blacks.

1. Max graham vs Yes - Owner of a lonely heart

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2. Sander Leinenberg - The Fruit

3. Freestylers - Push Up

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4. Narcotic Thrust - When The Dawn Breaks (Original Dub Mix)

5. Cabin Crew - Star to fall

6. Live Element - Something About You (Club Mix)

7. Mylo - In my arms

8. Studio B - I See Girls (Tom Nevillle Remix)

Dear God, I still know all the lyrics.

Item #7

Approximate Date: 2006 AD

Part of the ’bring a burned CD to every party you attend and take over the sound system’ era. These findings are comparable to the current ‘plug in your own iPhone and take over the sound system' era we live in today. It seems some things never change.

1. Supermode - Tell me why  (Pretty sure this bad boy was my Myspace song)

2. Nelly Furtado - Maneater

3. David Guetta vs The Egg - Love don’t let me go

4. Pussycat Dolls - Buttons

5. Justin Timberlake - SexyBack

6. Quesh - Candy Girl

7. Fergie - London Bridge (Oh Snap)

8. Studio B- C’mon get it on

9. LL Cool J feat. Jennifer Lopez - Control Myself

10. Nelly Furtado - Promiscuous Girl

11. Pussycat Dolls - Beep

12. The Similou - All this love

13. Paris Hilton - Stars Are Blind

This one must have been a mistake...right? RIGHT? 

Have you uncovered a nostalgia-ridden playlist lately? Let us know in the comments or tweet me: @bianca_interns.

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Why you need to be friends with Pharrell

Kermit Cintron vs Walter Mathysse

Turning 41 just last week, Pharrell Williams is a multi-Grammy award-winning, Oscar-nominated, TIME’s most influential people, chart topping superstar producer, singer and songwriter and the most popular guy in school music. Showing no signs of slowing down, this mega-producer is hot property and if it is not already hideously obvious, here a few reasons why we all need to get chummy with Pharrell.

He has seen Daft Punk without their helmets.

Actually, let us rephrase that. He has seen Daft Punk, period. Which is more than most of us will be able to say in our lifetime. Plus he has bragging rights to some of the French duo’s best new hits, “Lose Yourself to Dance” and that relatively minor sensation, 'Get Lucky'.

Kermit Cintron vs Walter Mathysse

His fashion sense is out of this world.

With his own signature Vivienne Westwood hat, Pharrell’s style evolution has been fearless and effortlessly trendsetting (and adorably goofy) over the years. He is also the co-founder of two clothing brands, and has his own Louis Vuitton jewellery line.

You can’t say the guy hasn’t got game, wearing this to the Oscars.

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He is 41 years old, and we are totally cool with that.

This Benjamin Button of the music world truly gets better with age. No really, this guy is immortal. He doesn’t look a day past 25.

Kermit Cintron vs Walter Mathysse

If he had a party, everyone would come.

Pharrell has worked with literally everyone in the industry, whether it is singing for Daft Punk or Robin Thicke, or producing for Shakira, Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé, Kelis, Britney, Lupe Fiasco, Justin Timberlake, Usher or Frank Ocean.

Coachella 2014 saw Pharrell bring the largest posse on stage, both weekends. Gwen Stefani, Nelly, Snoop Dogg, Diplo, Tyler the Creator, Usher, Busta Rhymes, Rapper T.I, Pusher T and Jay-Z! Heck, even Lorde and Haim were up there dancing at one point with Beyoncé cheering fiercely on the sidelines.

As it seems his peers, just like his fans, genuinely admire and adore him.

He probably owned most of your high school iTunes library.

Recognise any of these babies? Pharrell produced, wrote, co-wrote or featured in all of them.… and they were fricken' awesome.

I’m a slave 4 U (Britney Spears), Rockstar (N.E.R.D), Work it out (Beyoncé), Senorita (Justin Timberlake), Hot in Herre (Nelly), Milkshake (Kelis), Hollaback Girl (Gwen Stefani), Drop it like it’s hot (Snoop Dog)…..the list goes on.

His second solo album, 'Girl' was released this year. His first in eight years!

Kermit Cintron vs Walter Mathysse

“Women are a phenomenal force in my life and in my career" and "the cornerstone of existence",  Pharrell spoke in media conference earlier this year. He went on to envisage a future world in which "75% of it is run by women … and I want to be on the right side of it."

So the general consensus is that Pharrell has a perfectly healthy, un-creepy appreciation for girls.

Whether it's the charming jungle beat of 'Lost Queen', the cheeky disco groove of 'Hunter' or the punchy opener 'Marilyn Monroe', this album definitely offers up a little somethin’ somethin’ for everyone. He has even enlisted friends (more friends!!), Miley Cyrus, Kelly Osbourne, Hollywood’s hottest composer Hans Zimmer, Justin Timberlake, Timberland and vocals from Daft Punk to lend a hand, just because he can - marking an exciting step forward for the producer in 2014.

And I dare you not to dance to this.

Then there’s this…

Oprah. Pharrell crying. It’s all too much.

What a guy.

 Oh, and this…

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