Single Review – ZHU feat. Tame Impala – My Life

The psychedelic tones of Tame Impala dip into the EDM scene in a link-up with ZHU, producing the bouncing yet atmospheric My Life. With repetitive lyrics and repetitive riffs, the track is nothing astounding, but brings the best of each artists’ genres to form something somewhat soothing and cleverly curated, with an electronic orchestra to liven up the echoic synths. The track jumps with bass and builds with Parker’s pleading to let him live his life to the tune of aggressive synth, before crashing with the strength of a small wave to close off a mediocre single; one that doesn’t really do anything much for either artists’ repertoire.

Ellie Chivers

Single Review – Huntar – Autumn/Sk1n Review

Autumn

A new talent has popped up in the music industry and his name is Huntar. He’s 21, from South London and that’s pretty much all that’s on the internet about him since he’s a relatively new act. One thing that’s a given, however, is that this guy is going places. He’s already played the BBC introducing stage at Radio 1’s big weekend and his song “Autumn” is a favourite with Annie Mac and Sian Anderson, both Radio 1 DJ’s. “Autumn” is definitely a layered track, there is so much going on with regards to instrumentation but for some reason none of this takes away from his vocals which hold everything together. By far a song with depth, It’s electronic but in a style that hasn’t quite been done before, and this is what’s so exciting about Huntar in general.
Sk1n
The beat of this song is very similar to that of Autumn, and I would be inclined to say that the persistent percussion was his trademark if the rest of the music he’s created followed the same pattern, but it really doesn’t. Rather than adhering to certain rules of production, it seems to me Huntar just goes wherever the music takes him and this is such a refreshing concept. The best music is created this way, and it’s clear in his “Bittar” mixtape that some tracks focus on vocals more than anything else. With “Autumn” A lot of the focus is on that harp melody, whereas the vocals of “Sk1n” are far more prevalent than the rest of the instrumentation. “Sk1n” is quite a slow track, and is super atmospheric which is a consistency I can link with all of his songs. I can’t fault any of the music he’s put out there so far. Huntar is definitely a one to watch.
Hannah Crowe

Single of the Week – Bloody Beetroots feat. Paul McCartney & Youth

This song has to be heard to be believed. It really does. It’s causing a pretty big fuss with the music press at the moment. Those like the NME think it’s pretty bad while others like MTV and Rolling Stone think it’s amazing and perhaps a masterstroke from the 71 year old to engage with another generation which will be around his fifth time of doing so. Bloody Beetroots is Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo who is an Italian Dance-Punk and Electro-House DJ and producer and Youth is Martin Glover who is a skillful producer from the post-punk band Killing Joke who first worked with McCartney in 1993. The song features an echoed and anthemic guitar riff that alternatively explodes with dubstep-like blasts on the chorus and back to the melodic and edgy ballad like piano and blasts back again. McCartney’s strained vocals seem to work quite well with the format of the song which sort of shreds across it. Technically the song is well made and pretty sound. Dubstep; when used in the right way can be effective and it’s been emphasised here. Its really worked well around McCartney’s 2008 original version. The problem people will have is the idea of McCartney trying to be gritty and edgy at 71 which I admit, did take me a while to comprehend but at least he isn’t going out quietly and is taking some risks and experimenting which he has always done in his career if not so much recently. The track is out June 18th (Today) which is also McCartney’s 71st birthday! Word of warning though – I’d make sure you are sitting down before you listen to this track.

http://youtu.be/Wc14_JaqOsA 

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