This week, there are no returning entries and Jess Glynne gets her second Number One of 2015.
96 – Whiskey Story by Example
Example is a rapper who has always surprised me with his lyrical intelligence and solid flow. Whiskey Story is no exception. The production is good, supporting the whiskey-like haze that the lyrics evoke. Example is also good, with the solid flow and technical skill that I have come to expect. This is definitely another one of Example’s great songs.
82 – The Fix by Nelly ft. Jeremih
79 – Again by Fetty Wap
76 – Feel Good (It’s Alright) by Blonde ft. Karen Harding
74 – Hotline Bling by Drake
Drake returns to an RnB aesthetic for Hotline Bling. This sound worked for him on Take Care with Rihanna in 2012 (which is in my opinion his best single). I also think it works again on Hotline Bling. I have never been a fan of Drake as a rapper, but I think that he could make a very good RnB artist in the vein of someone like The Weeknd. However, while the sound is great, I don’t like the lyrics as much. They are a bit crude and whiney. Some subtler lyrics would have suited the song much better.
70 – Willing and Able by Disclosure ft. Kwabs
This is how I want EDM to sound. Clean, tightly produced with excellent instrumentation and a vocal performance that matches the lyrical content of the song. Disclosure’s orchestration has always been good, but I have never thought that they have got their vocalists right. This time they have teamed up with Kwabs to create in my opinion, their best single to date. Kwabs is an excellent singer, and while the song takes a little too long to get started, once it does, it is a soulful, relaxed track.
44 – Fly Away by 5 Seconds of Summer
40 – This Summer’s Gonna Hurt Like a Motherfucker by Maroon 5
Maroon 5 recently have tried to differ their sound for each song. Their last single, Sugar, was much lighter and more radio friendly. This Summer’s Gonna Hurt Like a Motherfucker is far heavier in the orchestration. However, Adam Levine’s vocals (especially his falsetto) do not match the heavier instrumentation. Coupled with the somewhat messy lyrics, this song feels very disjointed and not one I would recommend.
5 – Intoxicated by Martin Solveig & GTA
New Number One
1 – Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself by Jess Glynne
I am starting to sound like a Jess Glynne fan boy, but I genuinely like all the singles she has so far released. Don’t Be So Hard on Yourself is her newest Number One, but if I am honest, it is my least favourite of the three singles so far (the others being Hold My Hand and Why Me). However, this is still a very good track. The production again doesn’t invade into Glynne’s excellent vocal performance. The chorus is very catchy and has been stuck in my head all week. I would definitely recommend this track.
Best of the Week
Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself by Jess Glynne
Whiskey Story by Example
Worth a Listen
Hotline Bling by Drake
Willing and Able by Disclosure ft. Kwabs
Wouldn’t Turn Off
Again by Fetty Wap
Intoxicated by Martin Solveig & GTA
Would Turn Off
The Fix by Nelly ft. Jeremih
Feel Good (It’s Alright) by Blonde ft. Karen Harding
Fly Away by 5 Seconds of Summer
Worst of the Week
This Summer’s Gonna Hurt Like a Motherfucker by Maroon 5