DON’T LEAVE

Artist: Snakehips and MØ

Genre: Electronic 

Notable lyrics: 

But I’m not just a fuck-up, I’m the fuck-up you need
I don’t hear nobody when you focus on me
Perfectly imperfect, yeah, I hope that you see
Tell me you see
‘Cause I know that you’ve been thinking ’bout it

Don’t leave
Shut your mind off and let your heart breathe
You don’t need to be worried
I may not ever get my shit together
But ain’t nobody gonna love you better

I know a lot of us music snobs have prejudices against pop music, but there’s a few that are inevitably on all our playlists, and not just as guilty pleasures. The quality is remarkable, and it’s almost as good as your sworn-by collection of classic rock music; well, at least in its own state of being.

Karen Marie Aagaard Ørsted Andersen, known professionally as MØ, is a Danish singer, songwriter and record producer, signed to Sony Music Entertainment. Snakehips are a British electronic music duo. The line-up consists of Oliver Lee and James Carter. This “dream-team” were once the famous composers of the 2015 hit ‘Lean On’. While this 2017 single has failed to garner as much popularity as the former, (it did stay at the top of the charts for a few days) it’s achieved a whole new level of sophistication.

‘Don’t leave’ is a heartbreak song which talks about a dysfunctional couple clinging on to each other desperately, even with all the troubles and the sorrows. The singer begs her lover to stay, even when she hasn’t been the best partner while a video of their racy and intimate moments plays. That’s one way to describe this song: racy, intimate and heartfelt. There’s an optimum usage of electronic music, which is always a good thing. The music doesn’t drown out the singer’s voice, and adds a much-needed charisma to the song. Essentially, no other genre would’ve done this song justice. The lyrics are raw and raunchy, unraveling like a frustrating rant being yelled at someone, in the face. That further highlights how personal and well-drawn it is; it practically sets the entire scene. ‘s earthy voice, with the cracks and the trembles, further amplifies the pain, bringing more meaning to the song. As a whole, this song has definitely impressed me enough to persuade me to write about it. I’m not claiming to be a qualified song critic, but I’m a musical cynic, and I think this song is rather excellent, which is saying something.

The dude in the music video has caught your eyes, you say? That’s the Italian model, Francesco Cuizza. Thank me by following me 😉

LOVE ME

Artist: Shiloh Dynasty

Genre: EDM

Lyrics: 

Won’t you be me baby ?
If I had the money, love.
Would that make you love me ?
Oh..
I can’t, I can’t love.

I’ve never been a firm believer of love at first sight, sound or anything as such, but this voice has dipped me into the shallows of heaven and brought me back, wanting for more. Shiloh Dynasty as he calls himself, happens to be a mysterious musician who’s active on Soundcloud and YouTube, with the voice of an angel who sings the world to sleep. If anything could come to being as beautiful as his voice, I’d have a hard time buying it.

Shiloh only uploads snippets of covers or originals. This is a good marketing strategy, especially when you’ve got such a mellifluous voice. This aroused curiosity among many indie music fans and hence, led to collaborations with various EDM artists. Now, I’m not a walking EDM encyclopedia, but if there’s any song I could listen for a whole day, I’d choose this without hesitation. The beautiful guitar tune, the mesmerizing voice, the beats, as it’s called, and your own nostalgia make the perfect combination for a rainy day playlist. For the first time, I don’t find the necessity to elaborate about the beauty of a song, since it speaks for itself.

Also, here’s a really cute pink panther edit:

 

 

MUSIC SOUNDS BETTER WITH YOU

Artist: Stardust

Genre: French house (Disco)

Notable lyrics: (these are the only lyrics, might I add)

I feel like

The music sounds better with you

Love might

Bring us back together

I feel so good

Pardon me for my lack of expertise in the genre of Electronic music. I’ve been meaning to write about an EDM song for very long now and a groovy disco track WITH lyrics is as far as I could extend my flexibility.

Allegedly, ‘music sounds better with you’ is a cult classic and was one of the highest-selling singles of 1998, in the UK. It was also called ‘one of the most irresistible, sublime dance singles of the decade’ by the critiques and received an average overall of 4.5 for 5. Not too clumsy for a 90’s disco song, eh?                                                                                      Stardust were a one-time musical collaborative effort consisting of producers Thomas Bangalter, Alan Braxe, and vocalist Benjamin Diamond. That’s unfortunate because producing a number of tasteful Electronic Dance songs would’ve hurt nobody.

Evidently, producing a Disco song wasn’t as easy as pressing a couple of buttons on your computer. These old-timey DJ’s knew their way around the DJ mixer and could account for the credibility of their music being genuine. The song is indeed very enthusiastic and almost psychedelic (that’s dream trance for you), there’s just something about it that’s so catchy and fabulous. The absence of a ‘drop’ makes it all the more appealing; the band goes easy on the excessive use of computer-generated bass beats and resorts to mellower, pleasant music that simultaneously makes it akin to mainstream music and a million times more superb. I mean, it’s been 20 years. Surely, hoping for progress in the quality of music isn’t unintelligible.

The video is oh-so-peculiar and screams the 90’s craze for experimenting with other-worldly visuals. It revolves around an aerophile little boy who’s hard-set on building his first toy plane and here’s the insane part: the music video might seem irrelevant at first but the band has been genius-ly incorporated into it, with no room for talking. And hey, what’s a better song you can think of than this, to play while constructing a model aero plane?