5 at 5 // 20 August 2014

This morning I discovered a cover I’ve never heard before and it’s the only thing I care about, so everything else here is filler.

THE NEIGHBOURHOOD – ‘SAY MY NAME/CRY ME A RIVER’

I literally never knew The Neighbourhood covered Destiny’s Child ‘Say My Name’ mashed up with ‘Cry Me A River’ by Justin Timberlake, but in my defence at the time they covered it for Radio 1’s “Late” Live Lounge, the only song of their’s that I truly cared about was ‘Sweater Weather’. It appeared on my tumblr dashboard this morning and now I’m obsessed with it. Another great cover that doesn’t diminish the originals by being avant-garde wankery. ★★★★★

CHARLI XCX – ‘BREAK THE RULES’

Look, I just don’t get Charli XCX and I have tried but she’s basically one of those artists that happens and it’s not my thing and I don’t really care unless she’s breaking up the flow of award shows. Whatever. This song is aight, objectively – dead Tammy-punk, pop music for girls who pierce their own ears with ice cubes and needles instead of sitting in the fucking chair at Claire’s like a sensible person – but subjectively I feel nothing. And indifference to a popstar is worse than hatred. ★★★☆☆

TOVE LO – ‘NOT ON DRUGS’

Tove “it’s pronounced too-va-loo” Lo put out a great EP a little while ago and ‘Not On Drugs’ is the best track from it. I almost feel that this kind of song is what people wanted from the Britney Jean album? Love the really thudding verses and slight elevation into the chorus so that the structure breaks up, but still maintains that slowly dizzy pace. ★★★★★

SOHODOLLS – ‘TALK OF THE TOWN’

Sohodolls as a band marked a point in my life when I had just moved to London for the first time. Their album came out in literally the first week I lived in the capital city and it was kind of pivotal to my development as an adult human being. Anyway, then they did nothing and then randomly out of nowhere they’re back on iTunes again and apparently I missed the memo ’cause this has been on iTunes for ages. One for those who like their pop super electro. ★★★★☆

TROYE SIVAN – ‘HAPPY LITTLE PILL’

If you’ve ever heard any of the music that came from the personality YouTuber stable, you would understand how astounding it is that a song this good exists, because it’s mostly twee bollocks on a ukelele. ‘Happy Little Pill’, despite its peppy title, is really sizzurpy and mellow. Like a marshmallow Frank Ocean. ★★★★☆

 

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