#Review: Alan Walker – Different World ūüĆć


   

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Alan Walker¬†is a young, Norwegian DJ and record producer who burst onto the scene with his¬†2015 single,¬†‘Faded’ (featuring uncredited vocals by Iselin Solheim) –¬†now platinum certified in over 10 countries and as of December 2018, the music video has received well over 2 billion views! Since then, he has had many successful singles which have received tons of attention online, through countless YouTube views and Spotify streams. Alan has also collaborated with and remixed music for likes of Noah Cyrus, Sia, Bruno Mars, Avicii, Coldplay, Miley Cyrus, Kygo, Charli XCX, Julia Michaels and more. Now, December 2018 sees the release of his debut album,¬†Different World. Here’s what we have to say about it…

Alan Walker - Different World

Alan Walker‘s debut album makes an atmospheric opening with the haunting use of synths and wordless vocal melodies, building continuously, however, just as you think it’s reaching a crescendo that will surely lead into the first track…it goes quiet! Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for atmospheric album tracks that build into the next but the 3 tracks on the album (out of 15), that are intended to prelude something bigger, just drop off like this, leaving a lot to be desired in this respect – they should flow right into the next track, seamlessly!

Some of the best tracks on the record include: ‘I Don‚Äôt Wanna Go’ (featuring Julie Bergan) with its really interesting, low vocals throughout the verses before breaking out into a wonderfully powerful chorus yet it’s obviously very Alan Walker in style, with the almost bubbly synths. Then you’ve got ‘Lily’ (featuring K-391 & Emelie Hollow), an almost story-like track, with a rather dark undertone to it. The high-pitched vocals contrast incredibly with somewhat sinister-sounding electronic elements to the instruments.

‘Do It All For You’ (featuring Trevor Guthrie) begins with a haunting, nursery rhyme vibe to the instrumental; its warbling chime sounds and hip-hop-style beat bring something fresh to the ears. It isn’t an instantly or obviously catchy track yet it’s very well written and you quite easily find yourself singing it several hours later. ‘Sing Me to Sleep’ (also featuring uncredited vocals by Iselin Solheim) is a very powerful song containing shakingly beautiful vocals (somewhat like Ellie Goulding), accompanied by the haunting sounds of children playing throughout the start and verse. Meanwhile, the synths a like a blend of some well-know Chicane and Owl City instrumentals.

However, possibly the best, most commercial-sounding song on the album, is single, ‘All Falls Down’ (featuring Noah Cyrus, Digital Farm Animals & Juliander). It’s just catchy, fun and despite the slightly down-hearted subject matter, is strangely uplifting.

It’s actually an album that depicts a rarely heard, somewhat dark and edgy side of EDM and it’s brilliant!

Both ‘Lost Control’ (featuring Sorana) and ‘Lonely’ (featuring Steve Aoki, IS√ĀK & Omar Noir) have an urban/Indian edge to them, mashed up with a gritty, broken quality to the synth sounds. Whilst, ‘Darkside’ (featuring Au/Ra & Tomine Harket) sounds a lot like ‘I’d Do Anything’ from the musical, Oliver! in the chorus – it has sensational production with a lot of subtle flourishes underlying the main melodies and ‘Diamond Heart’ (featuring Sophia Somajo) makes good use of rain sounds to add to the atmosphere, topped off with a strong vocal like Dua Lipa meets Sia.

Unfortunately, ‘Alone’ is nothing more than a solid album track, that I am certain fans will love, but it’s not the most memorable track, by far, despite the typical Alan Walker-style synth breaks.

Of course, it wouldn’t be right not to mention ‘Faded’; the track that really launched the producer and songwriter into the limelight – as with a couple of my favourite debut albums released by fellow EDM producers this year, it’s a really touching way to end a debut album; bringing it all back round full-circle to where their career began. A great little touch!

It’s clear that Walker likes to use real sounds to enhance the soundscapes he creates, which really add to the ambience throughout the record – it might just be one of the saving graces of the record, making him stand out from so many other EDM producers.

All in all, it’s actually an album that depicts a rarely heard, somewhat dark and edgy side of EDM and it’s brilliant! As I’ve previously stated, if Sigala‘s album was the soundtrack to the party and Jonas Blue‘s was the soundtrack to the after party, then Alan Walker‘s debut album is the soundtrack to the gritty underground club after that!

Whilst I think there are several things lacking in this record, he has certainly spent a long time crafting a production-perfect debut with some interesting sounds or synth choices here and there that add just enough variety to delight your ears and make it stand out.

After the success of ‘Faded’ and the loyal online following he’s built up, I’m sure Alan Walker will have an illustrious career ahead within the genre…it’ll be interesting to see how he develops and grows from here.

Rating


‘Different World’¬†is out now and can be downloaded from iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/different-world/1445140820


Different World on Spotify

Faded (Official Video)

All Falls Down featuring Noah Cyrus, Digital Farm Animals and Juliander (Official Video)

Darkside featuring Au/Ra and Tomine Harket (Official Video)

Diamond Heart featuring Sophia Somajo (Official Video)


We hope you’ve enjoyed our review of Alan Walker’s debut album, Different World! What do you make of it? Are you as much of a fan as us? What would you rate it out of 5? Please leave your thoughts in a comment or hit us up via our social media.


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#Two4Tunesday: Galantis – ‘No Money’ & Snakehips – ‘Falling’ featuring Malika


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Galantis – ‘No Money’

Swedish electronic duo, Galantis dropped their latest song,¬†‘No Money’ recently and it’s the first new material since their album¬†Pharmacy was released in 2015.

The song is co-produced by Digital Farm Animals and sees the duo’s continued use of almost digital female-sounding vocals which work so well with their sound.

I have a feeling that this song could be just as big as¬†‘Peanut Butter Jelly’…here’s to hoping!


‘No Money’¬†is¬†on¬†iTunes for downloading now! –¬†https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/no-money/id1093377456?i=1093377466



Snakehips – ‘Falling’ featuring Malika

Snakehips have had success with their recent single, All My Friends and have just put out a three-track EP called Money On Me.

One of the tracks from the EP is¬†‘Falling’¬†featuring Malika and it’s incredible! The use of brass instruments and intricate drums makes for a hypnotic and brilliant sound. The vocals ascend to awesome heights too; it’s a real journey just to hear this song!

If Snakehips can keep releasing interesting and diverse music like this, I think they’ll have a long, bright future ahead of them!


‘Falling’¬†is¬†on¬†iTunes for downloading now! –¬†https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/falling-feat.-malika/id1098624307?i=1098624375


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#Two4Tunesday: Muzik Speaks’ 1st Birthday Playlist

Here’s a playlist of all the #Two4Tunesday songs we’ve featured during our first year…enjoy!


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Muzik Speaks¬†is 1 year old this week and to celebrate this milestone, we’re giving you a themed playlist, for each day this¬†week. The playlist will contain all of the songs we’ve featured on our blog during the past year, all themed around the corresponding day.

Today, it’s¬†#Two4Tunesday and our playlist includes:

  1. Dappy  РBeautiful Me
  2. Frankmusik – Stabilizher
  3. Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do
  4. Taylor Swift – Blank Space
  5. Conor Maynard – Talking About
  6. Marlon Roudette – When The Beat Drops Out
  7. Years & Years  РKing
  8. Angels & Airwaves – Bullets In The Wind
  9. Jason Derulo – Want To Want Me
  10. Lucy Spraggan – Unsinkable
  11. Nick Jonas – Jealous
  12. Luke Friend – Hole In The Heart
  13. TEAM* – I Like It
  14. New City Kings – Change
  15. Omi – Cheerleader
  16. Deorro РFive More Hours featuring Chris Brown
  17. Taio Cruz – Do What You Like
  18. Life Of Dillon – Overload
  19. Britney Spears – Pretty Girls featuring Iggy Azalea
  20. Prides – Higher Love
  21. Maroon 5 РThis Summer
  22. Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance
  23. Ryn Weaver – The Fool
  24. Ella Eyre – Together
  25. Aston Merrygold – Get Stupid
  26. Little Mix – Black Magic
  27. Passion Pit – Lifted Up (1985)
  28. Owl City – Verge featuring Aloe Blacc
  29. LunchMoney Lewis – Bills
  30. Dappy – 100 (Built For This)
  31. Frankmusik – This
  32. Years & Years – Shine
  33. Blonde – All Cried Out featuring Alex Newell
  34. Sigma – Glitterball featuring Ella Henderson
  35. Conrad Sewell – Hold Me Up
  36. Tinie Tempah – Not Letting Go featuring Jess Glynne
  37. Trevor Guthrie – Summertime
  38. Jerry Orbach & Angela Lansbury – Be Our Guest (Beauty & The Beast)
  39. Robin Williams РFriend Like Me (Aladdin)
  40. Adriana Castelotti – With A Smile And A Song (Snow White)
  41. Tommy Luske & Bobby Driscoll РYou Can Fly! You Can Fly! You Can Fly! (Peter Pan)
  42. John Newman – Come And Get It
  43. Stefano Pain & Maury Lobina – Take Me Back
  44. Flo Rida – I Don’t Like It, I Love It featuring Robin Thicke & Verdine White
  45. Cash Cash – Take Me Home featuring Bebe Rexha
  46. Prince Royce – Back It Up featuring Jennifer Lopez & Pitbull
  47. The Score – Oh My Love
  48. Prides – Little Danger
  49. Digital Farm Animals РTrue
  50. Robin Thicke – Back Together featuring Nicki Minaj
  51. Pia Mia – Do It Again featuring Chris Brown
  52. MOKS – Otherwise featuring James Arthur
  53. Dappy – Money Can’t Buy
  54. Ellie Goulding – On My Mind
  55. Pentatonix – Can’t Sleep Love
  56. Major Lazer – Lean On featuring M√ė & DJ Snake
  57. Philip George – Alone No More
  58. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Downtown featuring Melle Mel, Grandmaster Caz, Kool Moe Dee & Eric Nally
  59. KStewart – Ain’t Nobody
  60. Melissa Steel – You Love Me? featuring Wretch 32
  61. Aquilo – Good Girl
  62. Olly Murs – Kiss Me
  63. Sia – Alive
  64. Justin Bieber – Sorry
  65. Ben Haenow – Second Hand Heart featuring Kelly Clarkson
  66. David Guetta – Bang My Head featuring Sia & Fetty Wap
  67. L√ČON – Treasure
  68. Good Charlotte – Makeshift Love
  69. Tinashe – Player featuring Chris Brown
  70. Fleur East – Sax
  71. St Lucia – Dancing On Glass
  72. Hailee Steinfield – Love Myself
  73. Craig David x Big Narstie РWhen The Bassline Drops
  74. Coldplay – Adventure Of A Lifetime
  75. The Vamps – Wake Up
  76. The 1975 – UGH!
  77. Coasts – You
  78. Matoma¬†–¬†Running Out featuring Astrid S
  79. Zara Larsson – Lush Life
  80. MKTO¬†–¬†Classic
  81. Walking On Cars РTwo Stones
  82. Elle King¬†– Ex’s & Oh’s
  83. Izzy Bizu – White Tiger
  84. ZAYN РPILLOWTALK
  85. NAO РBad Blood
  86. Greyson Chance РAfterlife
  87. Fleur East РMore And More
  88. KStewart РBe Without You
  89. Sigala РSay You Do featuring Imani & DJ Fresh
  90. Beyoncé РFormation
  91. Rihanna – Work featuring Drake
  92. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis РKevin featuring Leon Bridges
  93. Halsey РColors

If you want to download the songs and use a custom cover for them, here’s one we’ve made for you ūüôā

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#Playlist: August 2015

Willkommen ‘Speakerz’!

So sorry it’s late but after a short break, here’s¬†August’s¬†monthly YouTube and Spotify playlist!

August brought you some great throwbacks by HelloGoodbye, Jaimeson and Shanice; mellowed some Mondays with Etta James, Lost Frequencies and Hayley Kiyoko and brought you a whole range of new music from Digital Farm Animals, Sigala, Prince Royce and Pia Mia.

More than anything, we¬†hope that you enjoyed the songs we brought you throughout August 2015’s posts and we thank you for your continued views and support! – Our¬†apologies¬†if any¬†of the tracks are missing from the Spotify playlist – some of them may not have been¬†released yet or some may have been removed from¬†Spotify by the artist/band.

Note:¬†You can view the whole YouTube playlist by using the dropdown menu at the top corner of the video, or skip a song using the ‘next’ button.

NEXT MONTH:

Next month, we’ve definitely got¬†another Skype interview¬†and of course we’ll be bringing you many more epic tunes!


OUR CONTINUED AIM

We’d like to ask you, to go ahead and ‘like’ our¬†Facebook¬†page (www.facebook.com/muzikspeaks) and ‘follow’ us on¬†Twitter¬†(www.twitter.com/muzik_speaks).¬†Then if you could please post a status or send a tweet to your followers and friends to ask them to check us out, we’d be¬†really¬†grateful! We want to grow this community and we honestly can’t do it without¬†your¬†support!

Lastly, please, please respond to our posts on Facebook or leave comments on each of our blog posts with your own tracks for each of the daily themes – we want you to share¬†what you’re listening to because we love music as much as you, and we really enjoy finding out about new tunes. Thanks so much!


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#Two4Tunesday: Prides – ‘Little Danger’ & Digital Farm Animals – ‘True’

This is the second time we’ve featured¬†Prides… maybe that’s because they’re so damn good! Plus we’ve just discovered Digital Farm Animals and they’re definitely worth a share too!

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Prides are back and getting ready to release their new single,¬†‘Little Danger’ and it’s a real corker! I got the deluxe version of the album the day of its release and this track was an instant favourite of mine…I’m not surprised that it’s being released as a single!

The video is stunning too…so random, yet so cool! The singer of the band is a waiter in a cafe and takes a fancy to this girl who comes in, only to find she’s accompanied by members of a mob! Cool concept for a video and this song just cements my love of them!


‘Little Danger’¬†is available from their album (The Way Back Up) on iTunes right now –¬†https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/little-danger/id994558077?i=994558407


Prides¬†– ‘Little Danger’


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I don’t know much about¬†Digital Farm Animals as there is not much you can find out about him online, but what I do know is that he’s a London-based producer and artist and he’s making his mark with this new single,¬†‘True’.

I discovered the song both on Spotify and Vevo and I can see why they featured them. This song is the perfect blend of pop, dance and synth-funk and I think you’ll love it!


‘True’ can be downloaded now –¬†https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/true-single/id1014737405


Digital Farm Animals¬†– ‘True’

What a #Two4Tunesday! Have you got a different couple of songs you’re¬†loving right now? Please leave them in a comment below.

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