Top 5 songs of the week!
I have returned with my top 5 songs for this week. Since putting out the last top five I have added another seven hours worth of music to my iTunes so bare with me.
Jumping straight into this, there’s no need to brief you on who she is and what she’s about, you should already know.
‘Lights On’ had already been a favourite off the album since I listened to it however since her show at Camden Roundhouse, I’ve listened to the song a lot more, at least three times on the way to work alone.
The song that hears her breathy vocals whispering “…we can do it with the lights on” over the chorus, isn’t purely about how she likes to set the scene for sex. Instead the song sets up almost a deep and personal conversation between herself and her lover. The song is a metaphor, Twigs says “the man that you are is defined by the way you act in the light…” As we know anything done in darkness is generally to hide, and here she is saying that a person shows their true self in the light. She wants to open up to him, but first she needs to be able to trust him, and then they can do it with the lights on. The production remains quite chilling, with synths, and patterned beats when the chorus kicks in.
If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
Amidst the Lil Wayne Vs. Birdman drama, Drake unexpectedly dropped a new album entitled ‘If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late’ with no prior warning. Allegedly this album has only been released so that Drake fulfills his contract of four studio albums, under Cash Money records, as Lil Wayne has said that he wants to take his Young Money artists off the label too. This would make sense, because Drake fans have been anticipating ‘Views From the 6’, since it was mentioned last summer and let’s be real Drake has more than enough music to put out a full length LP and still have leftovers. Even the way this “album” has been put together, seems as though a mixtape would be a better fitting title. I think girls would find this less appealing as it shares similarities to his mixtape days, where he raps quality verses without much emotion. In short, Aubrey does NOT appear on this tape. Selling half a million copies in its’ opening week, even with an album full of spare tracks, Drake is still unstoppable.
This song is a strong opening to the album/mixtape or whatever it is you want to call it. Drake tells us, “If I die I’m a motherf*****g legend,” in this Ode to himself. Proclaiming that despite claims and people suggesting that he fell off after previous album spawned pop hit ‘Hold On We’re Going Home’; he will die a legend because he is that great. His music continues to go platinum and he sells out shows across the globe. Admittedly I love the cockiness because as an artist he knows what he is doing, and while he may not be a gritty raw rapper, he continues to succeed, heading towards that legendary status. I like this one because I can relate.
If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
‘Views from the 6’ could actually go on hold for a minute. Drake needs to allow us to live in the moment, to enjoy this little tie over until then. He continuously creates anthems for the clubs and makes enough phrases to caption Instagram posts for the next year. Between him and Kanye, they intend on getting the conspiracy theorists clocking overtime. Have you seen the way the letter ‘O’ is stylized on Drakes artwork? Now turn it upside down….
Anyway, leading into this song straight after ‘Legend’, continues the strong opening. With a spoken intro by a Dancehall DJ, Drake chimes in over the dark piano chords produced by Boi-1da, letting us know that he has people trying to bring him down. From friends to family, he is faced with these enemies trying to rain on his parade, but they won’t stop him. No stranger to industry “beef”, Drake has had his fair share of run-ins with others such as Meek Mill, Chris Brown, Tyga and even Sean Coombs (or whatever he calls himself these days.). I love this song because it’s relatable. I don’t have enemies (I think…) or haters but I do feel as though sometimes people go out their way to spoil my day.
I Know (feat. Jhene Aiko)
Dark Sky Paradise
Big Sean has been quiet for the most part, but he has steadily gained respect in the industry with his quick, slick verses. Signed to G.O.O.D. Music, Big Sean serves up his third studio album ‘Dark Sky Paradise’, earning him his first number one album. Off the bat this has been one of raps’ most anticipated releases for this year, especially since the success of lead single ‘IDFWU’.
From the start of the song the heavy synthesizers come in, and I could predict what was about to come next… “Mustard-on-the-beat, hoe!” The DJ Mustard production continues with rhythmic clicks, while Big Sean raps his laid back verse on top. As we approach the chorus the hand-clap rhythm comes in, as does Jhene Aiko. With all that’s going on, Mustard makes this a laid back song, with trap influences. Jhene being the little songbird that she is, brings the right balance. Not the first time these two have worked together, I was keen to hear this one because I think they work very well together, as does Jhene and J. Cole. Which is great because both Sean and Jhene will be special guests on J. Coles ‘Forest Hills Drive’ tour. The song is about relieving each other of their stresses, as they are going through things in their relationships. Jhene continues to drop quick puns and innuendos, and Sean has his quick flow. I love on the final verse when the pairs voice overlaps one another.
All Day (feat. Allan Kingdom, Paul McCartney & Theophilus London)
So God Help Me
I’ve said it here enough Yeezy Season is here. Following up to his Brit Award performance Kanye West dropped the studio version of ‘All Day’.
The opening is reminiscent of the intro on ‘Monster’ from his fifth studio album, ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’. Once the track actually starts though, it reminds me of ‘Black Skinhead’ from his sixth studio album, ‘Yeezus’. Ye raps an angry verse over a drill inspired production. Synthesizers and a heavy drum machine create a dark and grim sound, with trap influences. No flamethrowers in sight, but you can’t help but think of the Brit performance where he debuted the song, and I’m sure it’s the same for many others. With a catchy chorus from Allan Kingdom, almost haunting, this is definitely a favourite. Toward the end we get Paul McCartney strumming and whistling a guitar interlude which comes from his very own songs, ‘Two Finger Chord” and “Whistle”.
– Stephen Paul