#Two4Tunesday: Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey – ‘The Middle’ & Lil Dicky – ‘Freaky Friday’ featuring Chris Brown


   

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Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey – ‘The Middle’

Zedd‘s latest track, ‘The Middle’ features the American electronic music duo, Grey (aka brothers Kyle Trewarth and Michael Trewartha) and vocals by American country singer, Maren Morris.

This track may well have come out at the start of 2018 but 10 weeks later, it’s still at Number 10 in the UK charts, following the success of 2017’s Stay with Alessia Cara, however this track performed even better than that.

It’s a fun, uplifting track which has a very similar feel to ‘Stay’ with it’s combination of raw, powerful and digitised/vocoder vocals, atop a blend of 90s pop sensibilities and modern EDM vibes, making for a very distinctive sound.

The video is great fun too, with it’s stunning set and extravagant use of visual lighting. All-round this is just a fantastic piece of modern pop that will undoubtedly get stuck in everyone’s head; a true favourite of mine right now!


‘The Middle’ is on iTunes for downloading now! – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/the-middle/1336771022?i=1336771388



Lil Dicky – ‘Freaky Friday’ featuring Chris Brown

The second track this week is Lil Dicky‘s Number 1, smash hit, ‘Freaky Friday’, featuring guest vocals from Chris Brown.

The track itself is a combination of  hip hop, pop and comedy (think similar to The Lonely Island), centring on the film(s) of the same name and continually references Chris Brown himself, throughout.

Whilst this track is intentionally comedic and works hilariously with its accompanying music video, there’s no doubt about it that this is one heck of a catchy tune too; it’s easy to see how it’s managed to top the UK Charts!

The music video itself parodies the 2003 film Freaky Friday (starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan) and features cameos from Jimmy TatroEd SheeranDJ Khaled and Kendall Jenner. It’s a must-watch video but also, I defy anyone not to end up singing along to this earworm of a track!


‘Freaky Friday’ can also be downloaded from iTunes now! – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/freaky-friday-feat-chris-brown/1351005381?i=1351005400


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#Two4Tunesday: Marshmello x Lil Peep – ‘Spotlight’ & Cadell – ‘Create A Career’


   

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Marshmallow x Lil Peep – ‘Spotlight’

Electronic dance music producer Marshmello has released a new song titled ‘Spotlight’, featuring vocals from the recently deceased rapper and singer, Lil Peep, who passed away late last year (2017). The pair had been previously working on the track before the rapper passed.

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Marshmello has previously done music collaborations with Omar LinX and Ookay, as well as remixing popular songs by Jack Ü and Zedd. His song ‘Alone’, made it onto the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in January 2017.

“Gus will live forever through his music and that is something we should all be extremely thankful for.” – Marshmello

This song oozes a rap-grunge vibe with Lil Peep admitting his feelings for someone, accompanied by dark chords. The use of light guitar riffs, paired with the melancholy dark vibe of the beat is a sweet juxtaposition, which is extremely satisfying to listen to. Although there is no official music video with either of the individuals in it, so to speak, the image of Peep with a flickering spotlight on him, is haunting yet also artistic. Paying homage to the rapper in this way, regarding the song’s cover art, in my opinion, is a nice gesture.


‘Spotlight’ is on iTunes for downloading now! – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/spotlight/1332776796?i=1332776955



Cadell – ‘Create A Career’

Rapper Cadell, is a UK Grime MC from Bow located in East London who was born 17 January 1997. His first mixtape was released back in 2016, titled Hotline, as well as his first debut album, 3 Is The New 6. The rapper is most commonly known for being the younger brother of one of the “godfathers” of grime; Wiley.

‘Create A Career’ (which was originally titled ‘Do It’) is currently his most listened to song on his Spotify reaching over 36,000 listens, with the album it is featured on, L.O.N.D.O.N (Lots Of N****s Don’t Observe Nature), being released at the start of this year (2018).

The song opens with a slightly electronica feel to it and jumping, jittering vocals which are swiftly followed up with a deep bass line. The lyrics are used as a tool for the rapper as he expresses his thoughts and feelings about the growth of his career. The fast-paced rhythm, accompanied with the continual bass and synth backing, makes for a great blood-pumping grime tune.


‘Create A Career’ can also be downloaded from iTunes now! – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/create-a-career/1330604716?i=1330604722


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#Two4Tunesday: Jay Sean – ‘Do You Love Me’ & Cheat Codes – ‘No Promises’ featuring Demi Lovato


   

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Jay Sean – ‘Do You Love Me’

Having released a single last year that didn’t perform as well as hoped in the USA and after being quiet for a little while since, Jay Sean is sure to burst back onto the scene with this potentially epic hit, ‘Do You Love Me’.

Following the current trends (similar to that of Justin Bieber etc.) the song uses a vocal sample as part of the hook amongst tropical house vibes and has a massive feel-good factor that makes this song too good to ignore.

No music video has been released online yet but when it does, we’ll update you.


‘Do You Love Me’ is on iTunes for downloading now! – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/do-you-love-me/id1217399433?i=1217400277



Cheat Codes – ‘No Promises’ featuring Demi Lovato

Cheat Codes have teamed up with the ex-Disney singer and actress Demi Lovato to create this tropical house-fuelled pop track. It’s an incredibly catchy, fun song with a hugely strong summer vibe to it. It’s got all the makings of a summer smash hit for 2017!

Again, no music video has surfaced yet but we’ll of course keep you posted when one does.


‘No Promises’ can also be downloaded from iTunes now! – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/no-promises-feat-demi-lovato-single/id1219424646


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#Two4Tunesday: The Weeknd – ‘I Feel It Coming’ featuring Daft Punk & Bebe Rexha – ‘I Got You’


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The Weeknd – ‘I Feel It Coming’ featuring Daft Punk

I’m often hit or miss with The Weeknd‘s songs but recently, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed his collaborations with Daft Punk.

Having released his single ‘Starboy’ to huge success, his album (of the same title) has followed suit.

This particular track is less ominous than ‘Starboy’ and steps up the funk factor; it’s a great song and looks set to be a new single since it’s being featured on BBC Radio 1 at the moment.

No official video has been released yet, but as always, we’ll keep you up to date with this.


‘I Feel It Coming’ is on iTunes for downloading now! – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/i-feel-it-coming-feat.-daft/id1156443286?i=1156443908



Bebe Rexha – ‘I Got You’

‘I Got You’ is the second single to be taken from Bebe Rexha‘s upcoming, debut album All Your Fault.

Bebe has been hard at work writing songs for others and being a featured artist on many others’ tracks but now she’s stepping up to the centre stage.

This song continues in a similar vein of pop but stands out in its own right. Sadly, it hasn’t seen as much success her single with Martin Garrix‘In The Name of Love’ but I’m sure her album will be a huge hit with fans.

No official video has been released for this yet either, but we’ll keep you posted.


‘I Got You’ can also be downloaded from iTunes now! – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/i-got-you/id1168315039?i=1168315046


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#Two4Tunesday: Sia – ‘The Greatest’ featuring Kendrick Lamar & Busted – ‘Coming Home’


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Sia – ‘The Greatest’ featuring Kendrick Lamar

Sia is back again with another incredible new track, just months after her album, This Is Acting and it’s not taken from it. Could this be another new album in the making?

The song is passionate, powerful and pure pop…it’s everything a contemporary pop song should be and more!

The addition of Kendrick Lamar‘s verse, further adds to the dynamics to the song and of course, as we’ve come to expect, the music video is a masterpiece; a marvel to behold!


‘The Greatest’ is on iTunes for downloading now! – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/greatest-feat.-kendrick-lamar/id1149503804?i=1149503816



Busted – ‘Coming Home’

After 12 years away from the band, Busted are finally back with their new single, ‘Coming Home’, taken from their upcoming, third album, Night Driver.

The song sounds a lot more mature than their previous, pop rock antics, with its synth-heavy and subtle tones, however it still has the iconic vocals and feel to the band. I’m intrigued to hear what the rest of their new album will hold…will there be some of their fun-filled, guitar-heavy, power-pop anthems? Or will they have carried the maturity of this song, throughout the album?

Either way, we sure are excited to have the band back together and kickin’ it like they never went away! Welcome back guys!


‘Coming Home’ can also be downloaded from iTunes now! – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/coming-home/id1148088304?i=1148088358


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#Two4Tunesday: Britney Spears – ‘Make Me…’ featuring G-Eazy & Nelly Furtado – ‘Behind Your Back’


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Britney Spears – ‘Make Me…’ featuring G-Eazy

Britney Spears has just dropped her first new single from her upcoming ninth studio album, ‘Make Me…’

The song is seductive and an interesting new direction for Britney; it’s a blend of R&B and dub, using high-pitched vocal samples (similar to Justin Bieber‘s sound) and her breathy vocals. She is also joined by G-Eazy for a verse.

I am incredibly in love with this track and desperate to hear her new album!

No official video has been released as yet, but we’ll keep you updated on this. *UPDATE* The official video has now been released and can be viewed below – what are your thoughts?

What do you think of this new Britney track? Are you a fan? Are you eagerly anticipating her new album?


‘Make Me…’ is on iTunes for downloading now! – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/make-me…-feat.-g-eazy-single/id1134710305



Nelly Furtado – ‘Behind Your Back’

Nelly Furtado is now gearing up to release her sixth studio album with the first new single since 2012, ‘Behind Your Back’.

The song has an interesting guitar riff throughout and heavy bass lines in the chorus as well as some distorted effects on her vocals. It’s an interesting new sound for her and sounds more like a soft release than a hard-hitting lead single from the album.

Nevertheless, it’s a great sound and left me wanting more! Again, no official video has been released as yet, but we’ll keep you updated on this.

Would you like to hear more of the album? Is this going to become your new favourite Nelly Furtado track? What are your thoughts?

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#Two4Tunesday: Shawn Mendes – ‘Treat You Better’ & LewRey – ‘Never’


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Shawn Mendes – ‘Treat You Better’

Shawn Mendes burst onto the pop scene with his incredibly catchy song, Stitches, which went straight to Number 1 in the UK.

Since then (which was only a few months ago), he has had a couple of other single releases and an album, but now he is gearing up for a follow-up album, led by brand new single, ‘Treat You Better’.

Still capturing his trademark acoustic sound, the guitar has almost been used like a synth to hook the listener in. This pop song is everything you want it to be, and more.


‘Treat You Better’ is on iTunes for downloading now! – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/treat-you-better-single/id1118547684



LewRey – ‘Never’

LewRey are a genre-blending electro-pop duo consisting of Lewis Reynold and Ian Walker. The pair are incredible at marrying soul-pop melodies with club-like anthemic choruses alongside indie vibes, creating one heck of a unique sound.

Having already supported the likes of PendulumExampleProfessor GreenThe Japanese House and Aquilo, their latest song, ‘Never’, looks set to help them soar to even higher heights. It’s honestly, a brilliant song!

Please go out and support these guys!


‘Never’ can also be downloaded from iTunes now! – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/never-single/id1110236337


What do you think of these two awesome new tracks? What would your #Two4Tunesday song choices be? Get in touch in a comment below or via our social media accounts.

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