JST FRNDS will have you up All Night Long (Song Review)

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Have you ever discovered a song that you instantly fell in love with, from the very first syllable, one that you just couldn’t wait to replay? JST FRNDS’ second single ‘All Night Long’ ticked that box for me, a perfect concoction of dark-synth-electro-pop. The song paints an image of vacant New York apartments, of rainy city streets, flickering fluorescent lights and tousled bed sheets; of the black screens of phones reflecting the death of a relationship. For a song that totals at 3:36, it’s quite a feat to do, but the young lovers do so […]

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Panic!’s ‘Pray For The Wicked’ is an abrasive celebration of hedonism (Album Review)

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Reignite your inner emo kid, because Panic! are back with a brand-spanking new album. The album opens with a peaceful arrangement of strings, following on from their latest release ‘Death Of A Bachelor’; taking influence from big-bang swing, infused with Sinatra-like tunes. The song quickly disappates from that trend though, with lead man Brendon Urie declaring “fuck a silver lining” as the record’s opening line, while the production on the track retreats to a what abrasive, manic sound. That’s not to say it isn’t effective – it certainly opens the album up with a bang, […]

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Taylor Swift’s most underrated songs

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We all know Taylor Swift’s smash hits, from the sweet girl-next-door styled ‘Love Story’ to the venom-infused ‘Look What You Made Me Do’, and, unless you were living under a rock in 2014, chances are you were probably humming ‘Shake It Off’ for a solid month. With ‘Lover’ just around the corner, we thought we’d take a look back at Swift’s biggest hits.   Despite the issues with her reputation (see what I did there?), or what you may think of her as a person, Swift is the perfect guilty pleasure for any pop lover. […]

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‘Need You’ makes us want to be more than JST FRNDS (Review)

Reminiscent of The Chainsmokers meets Halsey (wait… that actually happened), JST FRNDS perfectly capture what listeners are looking for in a good pop song, without selling out who they are as a brand. ‘Need You’ is one of those tracks that is a true ear-worm, the infectious chorus wiggles its way into you mind so that you’re singing it for the remainder of the day, attempting to hum the electronic beat along with the poignant hook of the track. Contrary to most catchy pop songs, though, this one doesn’t get tiresome. You’ll find yourself hitting repeat […]

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Sadds’ debut is infused with soul (EP Review)

‘Soulful and Kind’ is the name of the first track on Sadds self-titled EP; and it’s a theme that carries itself across the five songs.   The tracks are a delightful collection of 80s-inspired soul ballads; an intimate display that makes you feel as if you are sat in a smoky bar listening to the singer himself, rather than streaming his dense voice through your headphones. It’s through this sense of intimacy that allows Sadds to create his own unique little niche in the music industry, a rarity against the trend of pumping out catchy […]

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Allie X to release new song ‘Focus’ this Friday

Allie X, real name Alexandra Hughes, dropped a bombshell to fans today by announcing she’s releasing a new track called ‘Focus’, coming this Friday. Eek! The ‘Paper Love’ singer took to Reddit to deliver the news to her ‘favourite’ fans; a rather intimate move by announcing it to the niche forum as opposed to her 50,000 Twitter followers, claiming it’s an “introduction to what might be next”. The singer’s known for her light, indie/electro pop tracks, with her debut single ‘Catch’ being dubbed Katy Perry’s summer jam. Allie X claimed on Reddit that she’s been […]

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Everything we know about Marina and the Diamonds’ upcoming album

Update: The album is out! Check out my review here.   Diamonds, it’s been over three years since Marina dropped her critically acclaimed album ‘FROOT’. Three. Whole. Years. We don’t know about you, but it’s left us practically gagging for new music from the ‘Electra Heart’ songstress. So, to ease the painful gap between albums (this is set to be the longest we’ve been without an entirely new record since her debut!), we’ve scoured the internet for clues about #MATD4. Stick on your fave Marina tunes (‘Homewrecker’ still goes hard), and join us down the […]

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Does ‘Girls’ have a damaging rhetoric on the LGBT community?

When it was announced that Rita Ora, Charli XCX, Cardi B and Bebe Rexha were teaming up on a song called ‘Girls’, you could’ve thought that the British pop powerhouses would pen a fist-pumping feminist anthem for the ages. You may have even thought it would be in a similar vain to Charli’s pop hit ‘Boys’; subverting the typical male gaze again once more and turning the typically sexist music industry on its head. And you’d have been wrong. The infectious chorus: “Sometimes, I just wanna kiss girls, girls, girls/ Red wine, I just wanna […]

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