This weeks music reviews
Mr Probz - Waves (Robin Schulz Remix)
Mr Probz is a dutch hip-hop artist and has had his track Waves remixed by Robin Schulz. The track has already reached #1 in Germany and looks set to do the same here in the U.K this week, with already 60,000+ copies being sold at the midweek point.
I first came across Waves a few months ago and upon first listen then I didn't really get it. It has grown on me a little since then, though. The chilled out production teamed with the raspy vocals would sound fantastic in the summer. For me though, it doesn't really go anywhere until around after the second chorus when the instrumental kicks in. There are gorgeous moments throughout the song though, I just think it's the type of track that for now is alright, but will sound great after a lot more listens - in the same vein that Chris Malinchak - So Good to Me was (that is, a relaxing and understated track that turned out to be a gem.)
DJ Cassidy ft. Jessie J & Robin Thicke - Calling All Hearts
Discovered by P Diddy, DJ Cassidy from New York is set to release the first single from his first album Paradise Royale. He's teamed up with two artists who aren't strangers to chart success - as Jessie has scored two U.K. #1 singles with Price Tag and Domino and Robin Thicke's track Blurred Lines was recently announced as the most downloaded song in the U.K. ever!
As soon as the track kicks in, you can already hear the disco vibes, not too dissimilar to last year's smash hit Daft Punk's Get Lucky. Calling All Hearts is for me one of those tracks that you want to dislike but ultimately get swept away with. The production is funky and the 'yeah yeah yeah's surprisingly carry the song along really well. However, it is rather cheesy and the ad-libs towards the end were not needed! Definitely a feel-good guilty pleasure, though.
Cash Cash ft. Bebe Rexha - Take Me Home
Cash Cash are a trio from New York, who have teamed up with singer/songwriter Bebe Rexha from Brooklyn, New York and look to make their chart debut this week with Take Me Home.
Take Me Home is a rather uplifting little dance-pop track. The production isn't exactly the strongest in my opinion, but what really carries the song along is the lyrical content and vocals - just a fun track not to be taken too seriously that'd get everyone going at a party.
Neon Jungle - Welcome to the Jungle
Girlband Neon Jungle are back with their 3rd single Welcome to the Jungle. It's predecessor Braveheart scored the girls their highest charting single to date after it peaked at #4 in February.
The girls have clearly found their sound already and it definitely seems to be working for them. The track is a chaotic and wild explosion much like the two singles prior to it. For me it's a decent enough follow-up, but isn't quite as strong as Trouble or Braveheart. I sense it may be a grower, though.
Indiana - Solo Dancing
24 year old singer/producer/writer Indiana from Nottingham looks set to make her U.K. chart debut with Solo Dancing - as it was already as high as #09 in the midweeks.
Solo Dancing is utterly sublime. The throbbing electronic backing, strong beat and hypnotic vocals all compliment each other so well, and considering there is no distinct chorus, it still makes a statement. So subtle yet so memorable.
Joel Compass - Forgive Me
Singer/Songwriter/Producer Joel Compass from London is about to make his first dent on the U.K. chart with Forgive Me, that is taken from his forthcoming debut album Science. He has previously written for Rita Ora, Nicola Roberts and John Legend and opened for Pharrell and Kanye West at Wireless, as well as performing at NCS Live with other acts including Neon Jungle and Nina Nesbitt.
Compass makes a promising debut with the very soulful Forgive Me. His vocals are very unique and the percussion and house (A genre proving very popular at the moment) synths work together really well on production that really compliments his voice. Definitely one to watch in the future.