New Hits Friday…uh, Saturday: 23rd August 2019

There were five new hits in the chart yesterday.

Sam Feldt and Rani – Post Malone

It’s a nice summery tune, but it’s pretty generic. I’m sure Post Malone appreciates the namecheck though!

I quite like the video, which is all colourful backdrops and partying with drag queens. I have to dock it a couple of points for the car-standing, though.

Normani – Motivation

Good danceable pop beat. I find the tune a little forgettable though.

The video-within-a-video has some serious ’90s vibes, and not just because Normani has her birth year emblazoned across her top half the time.

Taylor Swift – Lover

A bit acoustic-y, which is kind of a throwback to her early work. It’s a little slow for me, but it’s nicely put together.

The video IS A CHRISTMAS VIDEO EEK. A little girl sits under a Christmas tree, holding a snowglobe which turns out to contain Taylor, her eponymous lover and their weird magical house, where at one point they have a New Year party. Nice video, but released at the wrong time of year!

Headie One – Both

That Ultra Nate sample OMG! Takes me right back to 1997. The generic rap over the top is not my thing though.

The video features an extravagant mansion, a dog, a bag of cash, a retro ’70s TV and the ubiquitous car-standing. It’s a bit of a surreal one, more imagery than storyline.

Jorja Smith and Burna Boy – Be Honest

I like the summery beat, and it’s an okay tune if not a standout.

The video is about people in an urban setting trying to keep cool in a heatwave. It makes me feel a bit claustrophobic and glad that it’s not been too warm here this summer!

More new hits next week.

New Hits Friday: 9th-16th August 2019

Double New Hits today as I was too busy travelling last week.

There were four new hits in the chart on the 9th of August.

Dermot Kennedy – Outnumbered

Singer-songwriter type track, a bit saccharine for me. At least it’s got a tune though!

Lots of calming wide shots and nature settings in the video, which makes me feel wintry for some reason.

Jax Jones and Bebe Rexha – Harder

Boring tune, irritating flourishes on the synth line. Pretty forgettable overall.

The video is a slightly tacky wedding story about Bebe Rexha marrying a man she probably shouldn’t, while Jax Jones is the underdressed wedding entertainment!

Aitch – Taste (Make It Shake)

More free advertising for Gucci. Nothing that stands out about this track at all.

On the second listen, Geth pointed out the unusual feature of Aitch rapping in a Northern accent, which has made the whole thing a lot better.

The video is a fairly typical slightly NSFW mashup of twerking girls, cars, and designer labels.

Ariana Grande and Social House – Boyfriend

I don’t like the weird discordant stuff going on in the intro, and the song’s pretty generic on the whole.

The video is a surreal but fun affair where Ariana is at a party in a lavish mansion, having various violent fantasies about other women. As ever, it’s the costumes that are the highlight here!

Just one new hit today.

Megan Thee Stallion, Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla Sign – Hot Girl Summer

There’s a nice synth hook in the background, but in general the track’s pretty dull. Not worth the related meme that’s been going on all summer, certainly.

There’s no video for this one, and might not be for a while, seeing as the video shoot got shut down by the police yesterday!

More new hits next Friday.

And out they go

One job application (for a magazine copy-editing position) and four submissions (for my working-on-it-since-2011 pirate novel) sent out today! I’m glad that’s the last of the batch done and I can start concentrating on getting some other projects finished at long last.

No New Hits Friday post today because…there weren’t any new hits in the chart, which is unusual.

Still appreciating having the internet back. Lots of listening to music this evening as a result!

OOTD 2nd August 2019
OOTD: back in the garden on a rare non-damp day. T-shirt Stella Stanley for Beauty Of Gemina (2014), jeans Vivid (2018), trainers Reebok (2013).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Sigala and Becky Hill – Wish You Well
Duran Duran – Ordinary World
Duran Duran – Secret Oktober
Duran Duran – Electric Barbarella
Howard Jones – Things Can Only Get Better
Peter Hames – Ordinary Man

New Hits Friday: 26th July 2019

Four new hits in the chart today.

Lil’ Tecca – Ransom

I quite like the steel drums in the background, but it’s a bit generic.

The video is a surreal, NSFW mashup of crude animation and gym-going strippers, with some bonus car-standing in front of a golf buggy. Not my thing.

Joel Corry – Sorry

It’s got a ’90s feel, which as I’ve said before is standard for dance music nowadays. As such, it doesn’t really stand out.

The video is about someone finding some old camera footage during a house move. Other than that, the context is pretty much unexplained.

Ellie Goulding and Juice Wrld – Hate Me

It’s got a good atmosphere, but the tune’s pretty boring.

The video is an unsettlingly surreal affair about voodoo dolls, punching mirrors and deleting pictures off your phone without backing them up first.

Sam Smith – How Do You Sleep?

There are some interesting tinkly sounds going on with the backing track, but on the whole it’s a bit slow for me.

The video is atmospheric and artistic, with Sam Smith trying out a lot of dance moves you wouldn’t expect.

More new hits next Friday!

New Hits Friday: 19th July 2019

Four new hits in the chart today.

Tiesto, Jonas Blue and Rita Ora – Ritual

Nice summery dance beat, but the tune’s not that inspired.

The video is all about Rita Ora leading a group contemporary dance routine in a neon-lit studio.

Remedee, Notes and Young Adz – Love Of My Life

Some interesting synthy things going on with the backing track, but there’s no tune to speak of.

The video features lots of shuffling around a London tower block and, of course, some standing around in front of cars.

Krept & Konan, Headie One and K-Trap – I Spy

Annoying squeaky voices on the backing track, repetitive rap. Not my thing.

Some interesting bits in the (NSFW-due-to-close-up-twerking-towards-the-end) video – there’s a chat show host involved and some random flamenco outfits – but it’s mostly a fairly generic haze of bling, exotic mansions and car-standing.

Ed Sheeran and Stormzy – Take Me Back To London

Great atmosphere, good beat. Quite like this one.

There’s no video yet.

More new hits next Friday!

New Hits Friday: 12th July 2019

Lizzo – Truth Hurts

It’s a bit repetitive for me, but it’s got a great rhythm.

In the video, Lizzo gets married…or possibly not? There are a lot of people not forever holding their peace. Either way, it looks like a great wedding disco.

Dave and AJ Tracey – Thiago Silva

2016 track, never a hit till now but has entered the charts because of Dave fan Alex who got pulled up onstage to rap at Glastonbury. Not melodious enough for my liking but the beat’s very noddable.

The video is the two artists plus mates hanging around the streets of London and Paris, which is a nice showcase for the two cities.

Freya Ridings – Castles

Freya Ridings benefiting from the Love Island soundtrack effect again. This one’s a lot more upbeat than Lost Without You – I quite like the singalong chorus but on the whole it’s a bit saccharine for me.

The video is all about wandering the streets in floaty dresses and playing fancy pianos. There’s a bit of a rooftop dance routine as well!

D Block Europe – Home

I like the atmospheric piano on the backing track.

The video takes place in a flat (rather thematically), filled with gold discs, drugs and dogs.

Mist and Fredo – So High

It’s got a good atmosphere, and I like the ’90s-sounding female vocals that are interspersed throughout the track.

The video is a shady drug-smuggling (I think? it’s not clear) story involving swimming in pools with dollar bills floating in them, Jeep chases through the jungle, and expensive-looking mansions and helicopters.

Post Malone and Young Thug – Goodbyes

Another good atmospheric backing track.

The video is NSFW but worth watching! In 1950s small-town America, Post Malone gets stabbed to death in a knife fight and then comes back as a zombie. I expected him to take brains-eating vengeance on the gang who killed him but instead he just wanders into a bar where a pompadour-clad Young Thug is performing and scares everyone away except his grieving girlfriend. So it’s a zombie love story…I suppose?

More new hits next Friday!

New Hits Friday: 5th July 2019

Three new hits in the chart this week!

Kygo and Whitney Houston – Higher Love

Kygo has created a house track from this Whitney Houston cover of the Steve Winwood classic; the cover was originally released in 1990 but only as a bonus track on a Japanese release. It sounds wonderfully ’80s and thus I am all about it. Hope this will stay in the chart for a while!

There’s no video for this track, but I really hope they make one.

Chris Brown, Justin Bieber and Ink – Don’t Check On Me

Slow and acoustic-y, which is not what I expected from these artists! I find the vocal melody a bit dull, but the guitar is lovely.

Again, there’s no video yet.

Ed Sheeran and Khalid – Beautiful People

I like the atmosphere on this one, but the tune isn’t doing anything for me.

The video is great though – it’s about a normal, dorky-looking couple who find themselves in a celebrity music video world full of beautiful people, yachts, fashion shows, great dancers, and private planes. Nice to see Ed Sheeran going back to his roots with a couple of blink-and-you-miss-it cameos here as well!

More new hits next weekend!

New Hits Friday: 28th June 2019

A good level of singles chart turnover today, with eight new hits.

Mark Ronson and Camila Cabello – Find U Again

Glad to see this in the charts! I enjoyed it when I reviewed the Late Night Feelings album earlier this week.

There’s no video for the track yet.

Nicki Minaj – Megatron

Nicki Minaj has been AWOL from the charts for a while and I’ve missed her daft rap style. The tune is a bit soulless but the lyrics are fun (well, I thought so until I heard all the uncensored ones when I watched the video).

The video, similarly, is too NSFW for my taste – it does have some nice colours and neon lights, though.

Digga D and Russ – Mr Sheeen

Great title! It’s fairly standard London grime otherwise though, nothing about it really stands out.

The video is mostly about cleaning stuff, as befits the title (and there’s a launderette sequence, which I always appreciate).

Lil’ Nas X – Panini

The chorus is nice, but on the whole I find the tune a bit dull.

There’s no official video yet, but this stylish CGI robot animation has been released that is fun to watch in the meantime.

Bugzy Malone and Aitch – Kilos

I like the Spanish guitar in the background.

The first half of the video is a bit confusing – it seems to be a story about drug smuggling, but instead of drugs it’s Bugzy’s clothing line that is contraband? Possibly? Aitch shows up in the second half and it becomes a much more straightforward video about yachts and champagne.

Jay1 – Mocking It

This one was a bit too repetitive for my liking at first, but it gets more lyrically interesting on further listens.

The video contains all my least favourite clichés – twerking girls, people standing around in front of cars, and high-end shopping bags – but I do like the friend who shows up to mime the ‘you’re mocking it’ bit at the end of every verse.

Stormzy – Crown

Great atmospheric tune, love the piano.

There’s no official video yet but Stormzy has released this nice church-set live performance video.

Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello – Señorita

Nice Latin-tinged pop duet. Like this tune.

The video is a fairly plot-light love story where the two singers hook up and then fall out at the end for some reason.

More new hits next Friday.

New Hits Friday…uh, Sunday: 21st June 2019

There were four new hits in the charts this week!

Drake – Omertà

Nice atmosphere on the backing track, but it’s a bit repetitive for my liking otherwise.

There’s no video for this one, which I expected, as Drake rarely makes videos.

Drake and Rick Ross – Money In The Grave

Argh I could basically repeat what I said for the last one! Great atmosphere, but it’s too repetitive for me.

Again, there’s no video.

Little Mix – Bounce Back

Real bit of throwback ’90s pop here! It could have come off a Spice Girls or Destiny’s Child album, and that’s even before you get to the Soul II Soul sample.

The video is colourful and creepy, with Little Mix portrayed as dolls in a child’s dollhouse. I hadn’t thought about those Barbie makeup heads in years!

Taylor Swift – You Need To Calm Down

I’m not hugely keen on this track – the beat’s good but the tune’s a bit forgettable.

The Pride-themed video is set in the world’s most glamorous trailer park, with a ton of celebrity cameos. I’ve been hearing about it on the internet all week because of Katy Perry showing up in a hamburger costume (and hence ending her and Taylor’s alleged feud), but frankly that’s the least interesting part of the video (the lineup of drag queens dressed as contemporary female pop stars just about edges the embroidered Cher quote for me).

Some other chart notes of interest:

  1. I’m a few weeks late in noting that a new video has been released for Lil’ Nas X’s Old Town Road (now with Billy Ray Cyrus on guest vocals). Nas and Billy play cowboys who accidentally time-travel to 2019. Worth watching.
  2. Joy Division got to number five in the album chart just by re-releasing Unknown Pleasures on red vinyl! Again, this is something there’s been a lot of buzz about this last week.
  3. There was a good old-fashioned chart battle for number one album between Bruce Springsteen and Madonna this week, which has warmed my ’80s-loving heart. Springsteen just edged it to get the number one.

More new hits discussion next Friday!

New Hits Friday: 14th June 2019

Eight new hits in the chart today!

Mostack and Fredo – I’m The One

Nice chilled out backing track, but the rap style is a bit harsh for my liking.

There’s no video for this one yet.

Young T, Bugsey and Aitch – Strike A Pose

I like the beat, and it is growing on me after a couple of listens.

The video is very much a ‘does what it says on the tin’ affair, with lots of underwear-clad models all posing away. It gets a point for the use of good old-fashioned film photography, plus another one for the bit at the end where the models turn the cameras on the rappers (hence providing at least a brief nod to equal-opportunity perving…I suppose?).

AJ Tracey – Ladbroke Grove

Nice upbeat backing track, and the rhythm is great.

The street sign for Ladbroke Grove does make an appearance at the start of the video, but this was definitely not filmed in London! Somewhere in north Africa, I’m guessing.

Liam Gallagher – Shockwave

This one is in the charts due to being the biggest seller on vinyl and download this week, two formats that are both in interesting states of increasing/decreasing popularity at the moment. The track is classic rock – it’s a bit generic, but I don’t care because the charts are absolutely starved for rock at the moment.

The video is very filmic and ’90s-does-’70s – in other words, it’s just like an Oasis video from the ’90s. There are flares and crappy ’70s cars everywhere, and I am all about it. Also, Liam burns down a building in a big, dramatic way, although it looks like the building is actually just a beach hut.

Avicii – Heaven

Another posthumous release from Avicii – a bit more chilled than usual. Is that Chris Martin on vocals? It’s got that Glastonbury singalong feel. (Answer: yes, as confirmed by Scott Mills after it was played. Chris Martin is uncredited for some reason.)

There’s no video for this one.

Mostack, Dave and J Hus – Stinking Rich

I like the piano on the backing track.

Again, this one doesn’t have a video at the moment.

Mabel – Mad Love

Great atmosphere on this one – I expect it’ll become a frequent earworm.

The video is a fairly standard pop video with lots of dance routines and pretty costumes. Good stuff.

Chris Brown and Drake – No Guidance

The tune’s a bit generic, but at least there is a tune.

Another one that doesn’t have a video yet.

More new hits next Friday! (Or possibly a day or so later, as Geth is back from his work trip next Friday and so we will be doing belated birthday celebrations.)