Singles out 31st July:
New Love – Arches feat. Karen Harding
House act Arches have yet to make it big in the dance scene, and as such the duo have enlisted the vocals of Karen Harding, who achieved chart success with her song Say Something back in January. Picking Karen to appear on the track was a smart move; she’s already created waves in both the dance and commercial scene with her impressive vocals. Unfortunately, even with Karen’s vocals the track fails to deliver due to the forgettable production and lack of a catchy chorus. Fans of Gorgon City, MNEK or Katy B might get some enjoyment when hearing New Love, though chances are you’ll wish you were listening to one of their tracks instead.
Get Low – Dillon Francis feat. DJ Snake
American DJ Dillon Francis has apparently decided that being big in the underground dance scene is no longer as fun as it once was, and has now tried his luck at breaking into the mainstream. To do this he has enlisted the DJ-ing talents of DJ Snake, best known for his smash hit Turn Down For What, for the track Get Low, though the name Turn Down For What Part 2 would have been more apt. From the ‘drop’ in the chorus to the Middle Eastern influences, the song is reminiscent to DJ Snake’s hit in almost every way. Whilst the song is undeniably catchy, it fails to live up to its predecessor.
This Summer – Maroon 5
The fourth track to be lifted from Maroon 5’s fifth album V, This Summer hopes to ride on the coat tails of their previous single Sugar and become another gargantuan hit for the LA band. Unfortunately, the track lacks the catchy hook that has become synonymous with the group, and the music video also fails to deliver (apart from a cheeky glimpse at Adam Levine’s bum). This Summer has underperformed in the States and it’s likely to follow that trend here in the UK, though it’ll serve its purpose of fleshing out the album until the next one comes along. Let’s hope it comes sooner, rather than later.
Track of the Week: Run Away With Me – Carly Rae Jepsen
Despite the ever changing pop music scene and the fickleness of the average pop music fan, there are some artists who strike gold every time, no matter what song they release; artists like Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars. With the release of Run Away With Me, Canadian Idol finalist Carly Rae Jepsen has proved that she can compete with the best of them by delivering not only a fantastic pop song, but also her (arguably) best track to date. The wistful melody suits the song’s theme of freedom and escaping reality, and the track successfully manages to be both nostalgic and upbeat. There is no denying that Carly is on a roll at the moment, and the September release of her album E.M.O.T.I.O.N can’t come soon enough.