Macklemore & Lil Yachty’s Marmalade: swallow your pride – this is actually good

Also this week: Kesha fails to address the real problems of modern life and Jessie J is oh-so-very loud indeed

Watch the vide for Marmalade.


Macklemore ft Lil Yachty: Marmalade

Listen, I’m as loth as you are to encourage Macklemore, but we’re all going to have to swallow our pride about this one and admit Marmalade is a good song. It’s 2017 now and that means every track has to have high piano plinks and a Lil Yachty verse, and Marmalade is no different. No idea why it’s called Marmalade, though. It’s about driving. Just call it Driving.

2 Chainz: Door Swangin

Watch the video for Door Swangin.

This is 2 Chainz’s ode to his hustling days, when the door of his house was very literally swinging open and closed thanks to the sheer volume of his gettin’ it. That he’s managed to turn that into a tight, gloomy 3:08 trap banger is truly a testament to how far he’s come.

Stockholm Noir: Island

Always hard to tell with faceless Scandinavian house-leaning electronic bands: will they go supernova, proper “one million dollars to appear at Roman Abramovich’s next wedding, 15-minute slot” sort of thing, or will they fade away to nothing, never to be seen again outside of an immaculately curated viral Spotify playlist? Until we find out, here’s Island: the dark, pulsating soundtrack to your next nervous nightclub toilet cubicle queue.

Kesha: Hymn

Listen to Hymn by Kesha.

“This is a hymn for the hymnless,” says Kesha. Which I think we are to read as: this one’s for you, the lonely, the scared, the confused. This one’s for you, teenagers with fringes who hate their stepdads. Where is the hymn for the rest of us, though, Kesha? “This is a hymn for whoever just locked their car keys in their Focus the day after their AA membership expired,” for instance. “This one’s a hymn for those transitioning to soy milk from actual milk.” Those people need hymns, too. Spread it out a little bit.

Jessie J: Real Deal

Listen to Real Deal by Jessie J.

Been quiet round here lately, hasn’t it? Almost … too quiet. I can tell you that is over now: within five seconds of her comeback single, Jessie “loudest-person-at-your-aunt’s-already-quite-raucous-wedding” J has said both “Hey” and let out a primal “WOO!” She is back. Real Deal is exactly what you’d expect from a Jessie J track – ie the unshakeable feeling that she’s been copying homework from every other girl at Female Solo Artist School; oddly charmless, immaculately produced. There are even air horn sounds in it, in case Jessie J wasn’t loud enough. No thanks.


Joel Golby

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