Focus – Ariana Grande
After a short break of only one year, twenty-two year old American singer Ariana Grande returns with Focus – the lead single for her third studio album Moonlight, and unfortunately the song fails to deliver the pop perfection that we’ve come to expect from the former Nickelodeon star. Despite the track’s relatively catchy chorus and the influx of sassy ‘yeahs’ permeated throughout the track, Focus ultimately feels like an inferior version of last year’s smash hit Problem, and it’s unlikely to be remembered in a few weeks time. Fingers crossed single number two will see a return to form.
Touch – Pia Mia
Often hailed as Ariana Grande’s vocal double, actress/model/singer Pia Mia releases her follow up track to her hugely successful single Do It Again this week. Touch takes a leaf out Justin Bieber’s book by implementing a tropical beach sound with classic pop, and just like in his hit What Do You Mean, it works very well. Pia is rapidly creating a name for herself as a credible singer with a genuinely impressive voice, and the release of Touch will do nothing to impede this reputation.
Dude – Lethal Bizzle x Stormzy
London rapper Lethal Bizzle has teamed up with up-and-coming MC artist Stormzy for his new track Dude, and the resulting effort sounds pretty similar to everything else the rapper has released. Fans of Lethal Bizzle, in particular Fester Skank, are sure to love its aggressive lyrics and heavy grime-dance chorus, but it’s likely to sound like a din for everyone else.
Track of the Week: Army – Ellie Goulding
Ellie’s back with a brand new song, and she once again delivers yet another perfect pop song that is just as easy to listen to as it is to bop your head to the beat. Like her previous singles, Army showcases Ellie’s unique vocals over an addictive melody and easy to remember lyrics, and the result is a classic pop track that rivals the giants of the genre such as Taylor Swift and Katy Perry. With upcoming album Delirium just around the corner, the wait for a new Ellie Goulding LP has never been as unbearable.