New Music We Love: The Chainsmokers become good, Mabel is a star and we snub Timberlake (again)
We take you on a guided tour of the best, the good, and the quite good's of the week
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We’ve been in 2018 for 3 weeks and there’s already a new single from The Chainsmokers. Often those words would be accompanied with “Apocalypse is coming”, but the new hit from the duo gives us hope that this year might not be the end of the world after all.
Featured Track: The Chainsmokers – Sick Boy
The thing about The Chainsmokers is that you could walk past them on the street without realising you were passing a Grammy Award-winning act. But, in new single ‘Sick Boy’ the band present a new variation on the sound which is essentially all their other songs (a welcome change) and they sing about narcissism, as if psychoanalysis has been a-miss lately in pop music.
The self-reflective tune is relatable and honest and presents both moments of ‘hmmm good point’ and ‘wow get me to the club NOW’ (as if anyone even says that anymore?)… anyway, the point is, we like it.
Other Good Ones
Troye Sivan - The Good Ones: After last week’s breathtaking ‘My My My, we hope Troye isn’t about to rush-release his album, this campaign needs TIME! The new song is sad and reflective but presents a side of Troye which we haven’t seen before, but we would like to see more of.
Mabel - Fine Line (with Not3s): Mabel is about to break out in a very big way, and this single is just another example as to why she deserves global recognition. Her chemistry with Not3s on this track is envious and makes for a smash.
Rudimental - These Days (feat. Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen: Featuring three artists is a bit greedy, but in ‘These Days’, Rudimental have brought together three powerful voices on one track. Although, to be honest, it sounds more like a Macklemore track than a Rudimental song, so we don’t know where they were during this…
Cashmere Cat - Miss You (with Major Lazer & Tory Lanez): THIS is how you do the whole ‘producer plus features’ thing. Cashmere Cat has a recognisable sound and this collaboration with two other distinctive artists makes for a treat which you can’t help but dance to.
Tom Grennan - Sober: It has taken us some time to warm-up to Tom Grennan, but on ‘Sober’ he officially wins us over. The pounding drums and his powerful vocals make this the perfect track to play before Fall Out Boy come on stage (just an idea?).
Also Good, But Maybe Not Quite Good Enough For So Many Words
SG Lewis - Aura (feat. J Warner): We’re still wrapping our heads round this, but our feet are tapping along so it can’t be bad.
Tinashe - No Drama (feat. Offset): There was a ‘scrrr scrr’ in the first 10 seconds (winning formula).
The Wombats - Cheetah Tongue: It’s classic Wombats… but is that a good thing or a bad thing?
To listen to all of our favourite new releases, check out the New Music We Love playlist on Spotify, below.