- Category: New Music
- Published on Thursday, 20 October 2016 06:00
Bruno Mars - 24K Magic
The words “24K Magic” might not have been familiar, but everything gleaming inside of it — the glittery disco synths, the cheesed-up vocoder flourishes, the popped-collar call-and-responses — certainly was. That doesn’t make Mars’ grand return any less exciting, or “24K Magic” any less impressive: The reference points are just clearer now, more than they’ve ever been, and if a synthesis of some well-worn ideas can stand on its own, what’s to prevent the masses from pressing play
Nothing, it turns out. “24K Magic” is probably going to be a smash hit, just a few months after another piece of superb nostalgia, Stranger Things, dominated pop culture. You know the familiar feeling you got when you first heard the Stranger Things theme music and watched those red letters slowly come together onscreen? Bruno Mars knows that feeling well, and has harnessed it into a killer groove.
Kenny Chesney ft Pink - Setting the world on fire
Latest single from Chesney's upcoming 'Cosmic Hallelujah' album paints a nostalgic picture of California summer
Kenny Chesney has an impressive track record when it comes to duets: his collaborations with Uncle Kracker, the Wailers, Mac McAnally and Grace Potter all stormed the country charts. The star aimed to build on this tradition this week by recruiting Pink to join him for "Setting the World on Fire," an urgent, head-over-heels single that debuted on radio Thursday evening.
"Setting the World on Fire" finds the two singers living on the edge — and loving every minute of it. The easy strum that opens the song is soon joined by heavy, distorted guitar riffs and an increasingly forceful beat, as Pink's combustible vocals spiral upwards to meet Chesney's typically laid-back delivery. "Setting the World on Fire" was written by Ross Copperman, Matt Jenkins and Josh Osborne
Maroon 5 ft Kendrick Lemar - Don't wanna Know
Late Tuesday night, the pop band returned with a new track, "Don't Wanna Know," featuring rapper Kendrick Lamar. The song is available on Amazon, Apple Music, Google Play, iTunes and Spotify.
"Do you think of me? Of what we used to be? / Is it better now that I'm not around? / My friends are actin' strange / They don't bring up your name / Are you happy now? / Are you happy now?" Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine sings. "I don't wanna know, know, know, know / Who's taking you home, home, home, home / I'm loving you so, so, so, so / The way I used to love you, no / I don't wanna know, know, know, know / Who's taking you home, home, home, home / I'm loving you so, so, so, so / The way I used to love you, oh / I don't wanna know."
Capital Cities - Vowels
Words don’t fail synth-pop duo Capital Cities on their new single — it’s just that, as the lyrics go, “words won’t do it justice.” Cue up the simple but effectively catchy chorus to “Vowels,” the pair’s first release since breaking through in 2013 with Top 10 hit “Safe And Sound” and subsequent singles like “Kangaroo Court.”
“Vowels” makes up for Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian’s minimal use of actual words in the lyrics with funky guitar licks and punctuated brass. Is the song gimmicky? Sure. But it’s also good fun.