Headphones: A Stormzy Is Coming
Nickleback have announced they will be releasing a new album and embarking on a massive summer North American tour. In other release news, vague billboards popped up around London that had different quotes like "You're getting way too big for your boots." The plain white writing on the black billboards are accompanied with the #Merky logo and #GASP24.02. Fan boys everywhere have speculated that Stormzy will release his debut album on Feb. 24 but nothing has been confirmed.
Album Of the Week: Hideout – Parcels: In a change from my usual album of the week choices, we have Parcels: a band from Australia whose music is hard to define by a genre. If you ask google what genre the band is it will tell you they are "Dance/electronic" which isn't wrong; but when I listen to the whole "Hideout" album I can hear funk, disco and some jazz influences in their sound.
The only thing that annoys me about this album is how short it is; with only five tracks being on the album it left me wanting more. "Myenemy" is the opening track to the album, setting the tone and style to follow. This is where you can really hear the funk influence with a guitar being used heavily on the track. The vocals on this song are slick. Usually I do not like when artists mess with vocals on a track but here it works.
The title track is number three on the running order and this is when I realized this album reminds me of Daft Punk. I do believe Parcels have their own identity with this album, but on this track especially they sound like Daft Punk. This track features the best vocals on the whole album.
Closing the album is "Allaround," which has one of the best piano solos I have heard in a while, reminding me of tango song that goes straight to the hips. There are many stand out parts to the song: the piano as mentioned, the chucking guitar and the hypnotic vocals.
What more can I say? This is a great album. The production is good, the songs are brilliant and they have a different sound to most. This is a really trippy album; if you feel like thinking the night away, make this the soundtrack.
Pop: Zayn and Taylor Swift - I Don't Wanna Live Forever: This track is the main song for the new "50 Shades Darker" – the poorly written adult fiction film – meaning this song will be mostly heard by middle-aged housewives. Matching the film's adult themes, there is a sexual "Bump N' Grind" R&B feel to the song. The lyrics are basic but the sound of the song itself is decent. The actual video depicts ... well nothing really just some angsty looks from the two pop stars while they mess up a hotel room.
EDM: Martin Garrix & Dua Lipa - Scared To Be Lonely: Although I am not the biggest fan of EDM in general, I have to say I really like this track. Garrix does what he does best: bring great beats to the table while Lipa puts her incredible vocals to use. A highlight of the track for me is the electric strings at the intro; strings and EDM always seems to work.
Rap: Missy Elliott - I'm Better: Missy is back with her first track since 2015 featuring Lamb. The video is flashy and weird to be frank so for me this is all about the track itself. While I have not listen to a lot of Missy before, I really like the way she raps on this track. Although, at certain points it reminds me of the time Snoop mocked the way current rappers spit but there is still something enjoyable about her style on the track.
Rock: Arcade Fire - I Give You Power: When I saw this on YouTube I wasn't sure if this was the music video for the track or not and to be honest, I am still not sure. But regardless this song is too good not to cover. Starting off with some airy organs you can tell this is going to be a different kind of song. The track jumps straight into it, no messing about with some dark bass and beat. If this is the official video then I have to give props to Arcade Fire. This is a simple idea showing a simplistic version of an engineer's job and when accompanied with the disco lights I really enjoyed it.