The Chainsmokers: “Memories…Do Not Open” – REVIEW

Good evening readers, welcome back to MikeyMix! For tonight’s late night blog post I will be reviewing ‘Memories…Do Not Open’, the debut studio album by electronic pop-duo The Chainsmokers. This is not my first post on material released by the duo so I thought it would make sense to review their new album.

If you’d like to see my previous reviews on The Chainsmokers then I will link them here: ‘Paris‘, ‘Something Just Like This‘ and ‘The One‘.

Ever since the pair announced the album shortly after their performance at the 2017 Brit Awards I have been so excited to hear it in full: although their music all sounds quite the same and is definitely made for a generic radio-friendly audience, I have enjoyed all of the tracks they have released thus far.

The track-list for the album is as follows:

  1. The One
  2. Break Up Every Night
  3. Bloodstream
  4. Don’t Say (feat. Emily Warren)
  5. Something Just Like This
  6. My Tape (feat. Emily Warren)
  7. It Won’t Kill Ya (feat. Louane)
  8. Paris
  9. Honest
  10. Wake Up Alone (feat. Jhené Aiko)
  11. Young
  12. Last Day Alive (feat. Florida Georgia Line)

Throughout the album the electronic, auto-tuned vocals provided by the duo themselves are prominent in several songs. However there are some moments that you can tell they’ve really tried to experiment with production style, a clear example would be the pop-punk/rock inspired second track ‘Break Up Every Night’.

In true Chainsmoker style, the duo have opted to collaborate with several underground (almost indie) pop artists: there is no doubt in my mind that these artists will receive “The Chainsmokers effect”: a phenomenon that has occurred lately that whomever appears on a Chainsmokers track immediately earns worldwide acclaim and promotion.

Overall: I did thoroughly enjoy this album and it will be added to my music list, it pains me to say but I don’t think the album will be a contender for any prestigious awards (such as the Grammy’s). This is solely because the competition is far too strong and this album is literally just “another Chainsmokers” project.

I’ll be giving this album a disappointing 2 out of 5 star rating because honestly I enjoyed it but I didn’t love it. I expected so much more from this album and I feel The Chainsmokers have fallen victim to their own fame as the end product didn’t live up to the hype.

The album ‘Memories…Do Not Open’ is available for purchase on iTunes and can be streamed on all music streaming platforms: Apple Music, Spotify and Tidal.

Until next time: stay safe, be happy and keep on jamming!!

-Mikey

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Calvin Harris: “Heatstroke” – REVIEW

Good afternoon readers! Welcome to MikeyMix, for today’s review we will be discussing the latest release from Scottish DJ and producer, Calvin Harris.

The track, entitled ‘Heatstroke’ which was released earlier today is a collaboration with Young ThugPharrell Williams and Ariana Grande.

One thing that I picked up on is the overuse of auto-tune (especially for the parts featuring Young Thug), the beat is okay but nothing special, there is a lot of competition on the market and this time I don’t believe Harris delivered.

I can see this track being well received by the general public and wouldn’t be surprised if it was classed as a “summer anthem” (it’ll definitely be given its fair share of airtime on the radio and in night clubs).

The only thing I like (and I use that term loosely) about this track is the vocals provided by Ariana Grande. This is because it’s nice to see this newer, chilled side to Grande. However, Grande‘s vocals do not save this track and I am very much underwhelmed: when I first saw it announced I was so excited but the overall execution did not live up to the hype.

I will be giving this track a disappointing 2 out of 5 star rating as I did not like it and just know that Harris can do so much better.

The track is available for purchase on iTunes and can be streamed on all streaming platforms: Apple Music, Tidal and Spotify.

Until next time: stay safe, be happy and keep on jamming!!

-Mikey

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The Chainsmokers: “The One” – REVIEW

Good evening readers, welcome back to MikeyMix! The second blog post of today will be a review of the new single by electric-pop duo The Chainsmokers. The song, entitled ‘The One’ is the second single from their upcoming debut album: ‘Memories… Do Not Open’.

The 2 minute 59 second track was released today (March 27) and is one of the only songs, behind ‘Paris’ (a review of their highly successful song ‘Paris’ can be found here) that feature vocals from the pair.

One thing I don’t like about the track is the overuse of autotune and voice enhancer, I understand that the pair aren’t vocalists by definition but in this track they sound far too robotic.

The track is short enough to leave listeners wanting more and I for one am very excited for the release of their album, ‘Memories… Do Not Open’ will be released April 7. My favourite part of the track as a whole has got to be the final twenty seconds as the beat is just genuinely enjoyable: the sound is the type of sound that one comes to expect from a The Chainsmokers song.

Overall: I will be giving this track a 3 out of 5 star rating as in my opinion it is far too short but I just know the radio and general public are gonna love it and it’ll receive lots of airtime in the coming weeks.

Until next time: stay safe, be happy and keep on jamming!!

-Mikey

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Artist of The Week: Week 2

Good evening readers, welcome to MikeyMix! This evening’s blog post will mark the return of a series that I almost retired: the “Artist of The Week” series.

This blog post will be dedicated to the latest recipient of the title: Cody Vavrik. I only discovered the music of Vavrik very recently but I have to say that one thing is clear, he has talent.

One thing that I immediately picked up on was his very distinct image, if I had to describe it I’d say: Miley Cyrus meets Natalia Kills with a dash of Lady Gaga and a sprinkle of Years and Years for added likability.

Vavrik‘s music style cannot be put into one box and that in my opinion is definitely a good thing. His two most popular tracks ‘F*CK YOU WANT’ and ‘Now You Know’ both showcase great genre versatility by combining electro-pop with soul to create a pleasant (almost psychedelic) experience for the listener.

His music videos are definitely something I haven’t seen before: being a devote Lady Gaga fan that is something that I don’t get to say often. His music video styles can easily be described as an acid trip in which we somehow ended up in a Japanese sex party.

Vavrik is definitely an artist to watch and a must listen if your a fan of musicians that aren’t afraid to think outside the box and experiment with styles.

I will embed the official music video for Vavrik‘s track ‘Now You Know’ below so do feel free to give it a watch.

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Don’t forget to follow Vavrik on social media to keep up to date with his career:

Twitter – @CodyVavrik

Facebook – Cody Vavrik Music

Soundcloud – Cody-Vavrik

Instagram – CodyVavrik

Until next time: stay safe, be happy and keep on jamming!!

-Mikey

Zedd & Alessia Cara – “Stay” – REVIEW

Good afternoon readers, welcome back to MikeyMix! Earlier today EDM (Electronic Dance Music) legend DJ Zedd released his latest single: a collaboration with Alessia Cara entitled ‘Stay’.

From the second the 3 minute 32 second track opens you can tell that you’re listening to a Zedd produced song: the initial beat is soft and the vocals provided by Cara waste no time in arriving.

As much as it pains me to say I am not a fan of this song, personally I believe Zedd has been lazy with this track: the track as a whole sounds too much like ‘Closer’ by The Chainsmokers and Halsey.

The vocals do not compliment the harsh beat of the song and the lyrics are also lazy (as soon as I saw that the track was called ‘Stay’ I immediately knew the lyrics would sound like Taylor Swift‘s song ‘All You Had To Do Was Stay’ and I wasn’t wrong).

Overall I’ll be giving this track a 2 out of 5 star rating: mainly because this track isn’t Zedd‘s best work but it isZedd song so I shouldn’t have been surprised by how little of a risk he chose to take.

The track is available for purchase on iTunes and available for streaming on all streaming sites: Apple Music, Spotify and Tidal.

Until next time: stay safe, be happy and keep on jamming!!

-Mikey

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Dylan Smith – “Spaces” – REVIEW

Hello readers, welcome back to MikeyMix! For today’s post I will be reviewing the track ‘Spaces’ by Irish producer/DJ, Dylan Smith.

I only came across Smith‘s work recently and I can already tell he’s well on his way to becoming one of the biggest names in EDM (Electronic Dance Music) as his work is already at a quality that surpasses many of his competitors.

‘Spaces’ was released late January and the arrangement cannot be faulted and the ratio of beat to backing vocal works perfectly making the track a genuinely pleasuring experience for the listener.

The name of the track ‘Spaces’ also fits in perfectly with the vibe of the song as its laid back enough to truly enjoy but also fast enough that you can envision yourself travelling through space.

If you would like to listen to the track feel free to click the link below.

Smith is definitely an artist to watch out for and I expect 2017 will bring many great things fro him.

I will be giving this track a 4 out of 5 star rating.

Until next time: stay safe, be happy and keep on jamming!

-Mikey

Robert Falcon & Shaan – “Mirage” – REVIEW

Hello readers! Welcome back to MikeyMix! I’m back tonight with another blog post, this time I will reviewing ‘Mirage’, one of the latest offerings from Belgian producer and DJ Robert Falcon and Indian singer Shaan.

The track, which was released in December 2016, is the first collaboration between the two artists and upon first play I was immediately hooked. I only discovered the music of Falcon recently but I can already tell that he is well on his way to dominate the music business.

The indian-style, EDM (Electronic Dance Music) inspired beat work perfectly with the vocals and I could definitely see this track becoming an instant club hit globally.

What I specifically liked about the track is the beat drop during the chorus, mainly because it’s not too overpowering.

To summarise: the track is fast enough to dance to and enjoy but chilled enough to fully appreciate, the track would be best played at times when you want to go out and have fun but don’t want to feel obliged to overdo it with the dance moves.

I’ll be giving this track a 3.5 out of 5 star rating as I respect Falcon‘s bravery to not follow the trends of the music business and do his own thing, that being said the track is a little bit tedious but nonetheless I did enjoy and have replayed it several times.

The track is available for purchase on iTunes and is also available on all music streaming sites: Apple Music, Spotify and Tidal.

Until next time: stay safe, be happy and keep on jamming!!

-Mikey