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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ZAYN: “Still Got Time” – REVIEW (& ANNOUNCEMENT!)

Hello everyone! Welcome to MikeyMix, for today’s blog post I will be reviewing ‘Still Got Time’ the new single from British pop-star and ex-one direction band member ZAYN.

I also have an announcement that will be discussed after the review (it’s not particularly “huge” but I am very excited).

The track, which is the singers first solo release since the release of his debut album last year, features rap-artist PARTYNEXTDOOR.

The first thing the listener discovers upon first play of the track is the chilled beat: the slowed down, relaxing instrumental stays prominent throughout the song giving it a Bob Marley, reggae feeling to the song.

The vocals provided by ZAYN and PARTYNEXTDOOR compliment each other and blend together greatly that at times it feels like there is only one vocalist on the track.

I will be giving this track a 3 out of 5 star rating because although I did enjoy it I can see myself getting bored as it is quite repetitive. I cannot see myself adding this track to my playlist as in my eyes it’s nothing special.

That being said I am excited to see what ZAYN does next and what the remainder of 2017 has in store for him.

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

Now: time for my announcement!…I am very excited to announce that I will be attending this years ‘Insomnia60 Gaming Festival’ in Birmingham!

I reached out to the organisers of the event and they have very kindly invited me down: I will be writing a review of my trip and although I usually specialise on music posts I am excited to try out a new type of blog post.

For anyone interested, the ‘Insomnia60 Gaming Festival’ it will be taking place from April 14-16 and tickets can be purchased via the following link: www.insomniagamingfestival.com

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

-Mikey

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David Guetta: “Light My Body Up” – REVIEW

Good evening readers, welcome to the first of two reviews released on MikeyMix tonight! The first track we will be discussing is the latest release by producer and DJ, David Guetta.

Guetta‘s latest track, entitled ‘Light My Body Up’ was released today and is a collaboration with Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne. This is the fourth time Minaj and Guetta have worked together and this track definitely proves that they are far from finished making hits.

The beat of the track is incredibly bouncy and I can definitely see this song being a hit in the clubs around the world. The bars provided by Minaj give some serious ‘Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded’ vibes (could this potentially be a teaser as to how Minaj‘s upcoming fourth album may sound?), the chorus is also strong as it has given Minaj the opportunity to fully utilise her vocal talents.

Lil Wayne‘s verse on the track however is quite forgettable and I feel like if he wasn’t featured not much would’ve changed with the track as his contribution wasn’t much compared to that of Minaj‘s.

I first heard this track a couple of hours ago but I have to be honest and admit that I have had it on repeat for a while as I do thoroughly enjoy the track: it’s nice to see Minaj return to the rap-pop sound of her second studio album.

My two biggest critiques for the track have got to be: Lil Wayne‘s contribution and the abrupt end of the track, it feels like theres something missing.

With all the above in mind I will be giving this track a 2.5 out of 5 star rating because although the song is good I can already see it being overplayed on the radio and I just know after 100 plays I’m going to get bored of it.

The overall production of the track isn’t anything special either and this is definitely “just another David Guetta track”.

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

What did you think of the track? Let me know in the comments below and I’ll be sure to respond!

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

-Mikey

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Nicki Minaj – NEW SINGLES – Review

Good evening everyone, welcome back to MikeyMix! Today I am bringing you two blog posts the first of which was a review of ‘Number 1 Angel’, the new album by Charli XCX which can be found here.

Earlier today current queen of modern rap/RnB/hip-hop Nicki Minaj surprised fans by releasing three new singles from her upcoming, yet to be named fourth studio album.

The tracks released today are as follows:

  1. Regret In Your Tears
  2. Changed It (feat. Lil Wayne)
  3. No Frauds (feat. Drake & Lil Wayne)

Regret In Your Tears

‘Regret In Your Tears’ is a 3 minute 50 second track and the only solo track Minaj opted to release today. The soft beat combined with the equally soft vocals provided by Minaj (as opposed to the usual harsh rap bars that we are used to) make the song a pleasuring listening experience.

However if I was Minaj I wouldn’t have chosen to release this song as one of the main singles of the new album as the track is quite boring compared to the music we are used to hearing from Minaj.

That being said, the song did remind me a lot of Minaj‘s previous releases ‘Marilyn Monroe’ and ‘Save Me’ and it was nice to see her once again showcase her vocal abilities as she definitely can sing.

Changed It (feat. Lil Wayne)

‘Changed It’ is a 4 minute 56 second track and the first of two tracks which feature Lil Wayne. One thing that I did love about this track was the distinct beat as it definitely complimented that bars greatly.

However I do have to say that I feel Lil Wayne did steal the show on this track and if someone didn’t know any better they could easily mistake this track as “Lil Wayne feat. Nicki Minaj” track.

I also believe this track is a little too long and the whole vibe of it can get quite tedious and on several occasions I did zone out and found myself just waiting for it to be over.

No Frauds (feat. Drake & Lil Wayne)

‘No Frauds’ is arguably the strongest of all the tracks released today: with a length of 4 minute and 32 seconds and two collaborations from two respected rappers ‘No Fraud’ is a great track.

The beat (which sounds a little like the beat for ‘Changed it’ or the early track ‘Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe’ by Kendrick Lamar) isn’t too harsh and works well with the bars provided by the three veteran rappers of the “Young Money” record label.

I feel like this track really showcased a good mixture of the old Minaj and her maturer sound from her third studio ‘The Pinkprint’ and it definitely worked because the element of familiarity is bound to go down well with the general public.

Overall: my favourite track has to be ‘No Frauds’ as the song is good, an easy listen with strong lyrics that become cleverer with every listen.

I am very excited to see what this new era brings for Minaj and if these tracks are anything to go by I expect that it’ll be good: maybe not every track she’s going to release is going to be my cup of tea but as not the biggest fan of rap I expected this to be the case.

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

-Mikey

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Charli XCX – “Number 1 Angel” – REVIEW

Good afternoon readers! Welcome back to MikeyMix, earlier this morning alternative-pop princess Charli XCX released her third studio album (or mixtape as it has been advertised) ‘Number 1 Angel’.

This is XCX‘s first release of 2017 following the release of her 2016 single ‘After The Party’ and her 2016 EP ‘Vroom Vroom’.

I feel like the ‘Vroom Vroom’ EP was a teaser of XCX‘s new sound as this album definitely gives me some ‘Vroom Vroom’ vibes.

The ten track album sounds fresh yet familiar and XCX has opted to collaborate with fellow alternative artists on a number of tracks.

The track listing for the project is as follows:

  1. Dreamer [feat. Starrah & RAYE]
  2. 3AM (Pull Up) [feat. MØ]
  3. Blame It On You
  4. Roll With Me
  5. Emotional
  6. ILY2
  7. White Roses
  8. Babygirl [feat. Uffie]
  9. Drugs [feat. Abra]
  10. Lipgloss [feat. CupcakKe]

I love that the majority of artists that XCX has chosen to work with are alternative rap artists as I believe they bring a diverse sound to the tracks in which they are on.

The mix of rap and pop within the album is an excellent mix and the track list compliments each other so that, when played in full: the album sounds like a story of a girl who deals with a breakup, goes to the club and forgets about her past lover with a mix of sex and drugs.

I honestly cannot pick a favourite track on this album and my critiques are non existent as she has catered to my every need with this album. However if I did have to list my favourite tracks from the album they would be (in no particular order):

  • Dreamer [feat. Starrah & RAYE]
  • 3AM (Pull Up) [feat. MØ]
  • Blame It On You
  • Emotional
  • White Roses
  • Drugs [feat. Abra]
  • Lipgloss [feat. CupcakKe]

Overall I will be giving this album a 5 out of 5 star rating as I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this album and have had it on repeat all morning.

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

-Mikey

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Lorde: “Green Light” – REVIEW

Good evening readers, welcome back to MikeyMix! Minutes ago teen-queen of alternative music Lorde released the first track ‘Green Light’ from her highly anticipated sophomore album ‘Melodrama’.

I haven’t been this excited for a track release since Lady Gaga released ‘Perfect Illusion’ back in August so the minute the clock struck 7 (UK time) I quickly opened up Apple Music and played the track as soon as I can.

As promised the 3 minute 54 second track is different to anything Lorde has ever released and this risk has definitely worked in her favour!

Everything about this track is perfect in my opinion: the beat sounds fresh and has a good balance of fast and slow, the lyrics are clever (in true Lorde fashion) and the voice acts as the icing on the cake and truly compliments the beat and lyrics.

Although it’s only been released for about fifteen minutes I’ve had this song on repeat as I am enjoying it so much, the song was definitely worth the wait and I am so excited to see what this new era brings as if this song is anything to go by it’s going to be good!

I’ll be giving this track a 5 out of 5 star rating as the minute it began I fell in love and can tell I will be listening to it non-stop for the next few days.

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

The music video for the track was also released at the same time as the song and can be found below:

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

-Mikey

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Bart Baker: “Celebritease” – REVIEW

Good evening readers, welcome back to MikeyMix! I understand it’s been a couple of days since my last blog post and for that I am sorry (university assignments have taken up a lot of my time these past few weeks).

Minor absence aside lets begin the review! Tonight’s review will be on the album ‘Celebritease’ by YouTube parody artist and musician Bart Baker.

The album which was released today (March 1st) consists of 8 tracks all of which reference a celebrity in some way or another.

The track listing is as follows:

  1. Taylor Swift
  2. Calvin Harris
  3. Kimye
  4. Justin Bieber
  5. Ariana Grande
  6. Drake
  7. Future
  8. #DWBD (Don’t Worry Bout Dat)

Baker provides all the vocals for the tracks and the album definitely stays true to his style: parody and comical.

I would definitely consider this album a form of parody/satire as throughout Baker shades (makes fun of, disrespects, jokes about) the artists: whether it be via lyrics or imitating their generic style.

My favourite track from this album has got to be either the tracks ‘Ariana Grande’ or ‘Calvin Harris’ but that is only because I like the beats of both tracks (the lyrics aren’t very smart and definitely not worth praising).

Overall thoughts: I am not the biggest fan of this album, I had low expectations (I’m never usually the biggest fan of YouTuber projects) and I was still quite disappointed.

I have been a big fan of Baker‘s parodies for many years and so I expected more from him as I know he can do much better.

I will be giving this album a 1 out of 5 star rating.

‘Celebritease’ is available to buy 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 smiling!!

-Mikey

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