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Hello and welcome! Ooooooh, we’re nearing the end of the year, eh? Remember how we felt at the end of last year? All optimistic about “what was to come” and full of “good 2021, can’t it be so bad? Well ……. Anyway, welcome to V’s New Music Round-Up (I’m avoiding it, can you tell?), Where we give you some of the biggest and best releases of the week, which he either singles or albums. And believe me, I need it whether you need it or not.
Here are this week’s top picks:
LIVE THE LIFE FAST by Roddy Ricch
With the exception of “late night” (which I really don’t like, with a vengeance, mind you), every track on this album, you can tell, has an intention. Each production choice measured, each text thought out. Admittedly, not all of them work, at least in an ensemble where they end up being too similar to each other (and to some of his contemporaries). But there are times when you really hit the unexpected, like the gospel chorus in “slow it down” or the entirety of “bibi’s interlude” that make Ricch’s second effort at least generally “right”. .
“Poison” by Aaliyah and The Weeknd
After FINALLY getting Aaliyah’s full catalog on streaming services earlier this year, it’s absolutely no surprise that this posthumous track featuring unreleased verses is worth waiting for. And it features the man no one can get enough of this year (although I’m on the verge of overloading) the Weeknd, serving as a supporting act able to match his voice that sort of floats in space on this hyper-spatial pop song. Although I do wonder why Aaliyah’s voice sounds so distorted, if it was a production decision or just how they were available to producers.
“Tears In The Club” by FKA Twigs ft. The Weeknd
… Okay, after two back-to-back tracks this week with Abel Tesfaye, let me say that her ability to stay in one lane and embrace the different paths she can take is impressive. “Tears In The Club” is a moody and atmospheric FKA bop that embraces the sensuality and dance of it all, it will have you slowly vibrate and grind in the club while inevitably kissing the tears that fall… okay, now I understand this song.
“Read My Mind” by Rebecca Black and Slayyyter
When it comes to love songs, “Read My Mind” is a fair amount of kitsch and sexual. But the synth-rock melodies of Digital Dreamscape really take it to a whole different place, it’s like listening (and bear with me, that’s as weird as it sounds) to a sex jam themed jam. the 22nd century arcade? Look, I know my credentials are getting weirder and stranger, but this is all expressly for encouraging you to listen to it and develop a feel for it on your own. Black and Slayyyter are a perfect match on this track, you can’t tell them apart, a testament to their combined skill.
“The best part of life” by SAINt JHN
This week’s list is full of sincerity, and this track is no different. Dedication to its fans and supporters, “The Best Part of Life” might just as well function as a standard love song. But I chose to go with the first one (and JHN too) because it adds a bit more complexity to the song, and it adds a thought of not just being grateful, but a desire to keep things in. this state of fear that everything will degenerate.
“Wrap Me” by Jhene Aiko
A reorientation of her previous version of the song is much more festive and much more grounded in the dream pop space that she has embraced during her recent releases. The chimes, the horns right through, the voice playing in the background, it’s that perfect storm of what an R&B Christmas looks like. You are going to vibrate, sway, tinkle, groove, all the movements that this song involves.
“Call it what I see it” by Big Time Rush
I’m sorry, our first Big Time Rush song in nine years (!!) sounds like nothing has changed, how can we not be obsessed? Listen, let’s call a spade a spade here, this is nothing particularly revolutionary, this is not a floral for spring. But it’s modern, it’s brassy, it’s heavy with horns, it’s bigger than all of our lives, and damn if that’s not fun as hell. This kicks off their reunion as it should, with a look into their past and a foothold in the future, as ABBA did just a few months ago. It is to take advantage of these nostalgic vibrations which bring back the fans, to look into the novelties when they are invested.
“More Than Friends” by 24kGoldn
An interpolation of Biz Markie’s classic song “Just A Friend”, this song is much more of the pop hitmaker that 24kGoldn has transformed into over the past year with its album cycle. Look, I’m not sure how attractive it is to attract someone by saying: “Look I had Kylies, Rileys and Holly too, the only girl I haven’t had yet was you”, But in HIS OWN WAY it’s a crazy little love song that’s a nice addition to your party playlists, at least for that jingle-type production.
“Beautiful” by NCT 2021
After the really crazy energy from last week’s “Let’s Play Ball (Universe)” (which I still can’t get out of my head, dammit), it’s A LOT more traditional and straightforward. If last week was… Tekken (I guess), that’s perfect for the soundtrack to one of those Hallmark Christmas movies that makes you feel. They sound as genuine as all those ’90s boy bands (with much more impeccable production, mind you). It is all very lyrical and larger than life, the way that allows a dynamic band and impeccable harmonies to shine. Now I’m fully invested in NCT 2021 let’s just say that.
“How to love others” by david hugo
The title track of Hugo’s new EP is like that mix of Conan Gray and Ed Sheeran, at least in the musicianship and acoustics of it all. It mostly sticks to a simple guitar melody throughout the verses, cranking up the beat in the chorus and adding some percussion to bring it home at the end. What makes this song work (apart from Hugo’s charming and serious voice like all hellish voices) is that it’s a progression, it feels like you’re moving with it. There is gain, there is a final goal, it sticks to the landing (you see, I can also use a sports metaphor, dad).