#MellowMonday: ZAYN – ‘Let Me’


   

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Probably one of the most musically diverse artists to come out of One Direction, Zayn is back with the follow-up to 2017’s ‘Dusk Till Dawn’ collaboration with Sia with his latest single ‘Let Me’. Undoubtedly, this second single means his sophomore album must be on its way.

The track is beautifully simplistic with its easy-going R&B tempo and electric guitar sample, topped off with Zayn’s powerful falsetto vocals.

It’s a track that shows real maturity and promises an even more diverse set of songs for his second record. Lyrically, it’s about taking care of a partner for the rest of their lives.

The music video was directed by José Padilha and acts as a sequel to the video for ‘Dusk Till Dawn’. Featuring actor Steven Bauer (as a gangster kingpin) and model Sofia Jamora (who plays his girlfriend), Zayn‘s character, Roko tries to escape the kingpin’s henchmen, when it’s discovered that he has slept with the girlfriend, meaning orders on his life are given. It ends on a cliffhanger, suggesting that another video will continue the story where this one left off. It’s fantastic to see a modern artist taking the artistry of a music video seriously, to create something interesting and more complex than a simple performance video…especially across a few videos.

What are your thoughts of Zayn’s latest single? Do you have your own #MellowMonday track to recommend us? Please leave your thoughts or song suggestions in a comment or via social media.

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‘Let Me’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/let-me/1370174624?i=1370174633


#Playlist – re:MIXTAPE

 

 


   

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We felt it was time to create the ultimate remix playlist, to accompany/rival the likes of the latest Now That’s What I Call Remix album, putting all the world’s best remixes into one mammoth playlist.

This playlist has been lovingly crafted to include a variety of remixes we love, as well as suggestions from you guys!

If you already own the songs and want the custom artwork, please feel free to copy/download it below:

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re:MIXTAPE Playlist

This playlist is packed to the brim with some of the best remixes around:

  1. Bazzi – Mine (Jengi Remix)
  2. Maroon 5 – What Lovers Do featuring SZA (A-Trak Remix)
  3. NEIKED – Sexual featuring Dyo (Oliver Nelson Remix)
  4. Shawn Mendes – There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back (NOTD Remix)
  5. Charlie Puth – Attention (Bingo Players Remix)
  6. Avicii – Lonely Together featuring Rita Ora (Alan Walker Remix)
  7. Sigrid – Strangers (TIEKS Remix)
  8. P!nk – What About Us (Tiësto’s AFTR:HRS Remix)
  9. Kesha – Praying (Frank Walker Remix)
  10. Craig David – I Know You featuring Bastille (Sultan + Shepard Remix)
  11. Thirty Seconds To Mars – Walk On Water (R3hab Remix)
  12. Maroon 5 – Wait (Chromeo Remix)
  13. Taylor Swift – …Ready For It? (BloodPop® Remix)
  14. P!nk – Beautiful Trauma (E11even Remix)
  15. Niall Horan – Slow Hands (Basic Tape Remix)
  16. Miley Cyrus – Malibu (Alan Walker Remix)
  17. Rita Ora – Anywhere (R3hab Remix)
  18. Britney Spears – Make Me… featuring G-Eazy (Tom Budin Remix)
  19. Demi Lovato – Sorry Not Sorry (Freedo Remix)
  20. The Chainsmokers – Something Just Like This featuring Coldplay (Alesso Remix)
  21. Sam Smith – Like I Can (Artful Remix)
  22. Zedd – Stay featuring Alessia Cara (The Kemist Remix)
  23. David Guetta & Afrojack – Dirty Sexy Money featuring Charli XCX French Montana (Banx & Ranx Remix)
  24. Charli XCX – Boys (Nevada Remix)
  25. Clean Bandit – I Miss You featuring Julia Michaels (Cahill Remix)
  26. Liam Payne – Bedroom Floor (Cash Cash Remix)
  27. Anne-Marie – Heavy (John Gibbons Remix)
  28. NEIKED – Call Me featuring MIMI (Alex Adair Remix)
  29. Kesha – Learn To Let Go (Feenixpawl Remix)
  30. Mabel – Finders Keepers featuring Kojo Funds (DUSK Remix)
  31. Rita Ora – Your Song (Cheat Codes Remix)
  32. Miley Cyrus – Younger Now (Fred Falke Remix)
  33. ZAYN – LIKE I WOULD (Oliver Nelson Remix)
  34. Busted – Thinking Of You (TAYST Remix)
  35. Charlie Puth – We Don’t Talk Anymore featuring Selena Gomez (Attom Remix)
  36. Julia Michaels – Issues (Alan Walker Remix)
  37. Vance Joy – Lay It On Me (Said The Sky Remix)
  38. Selena Gomez – Wolves (Said The Sky Remix)
  39. James Arthur – Naked (CADE Remix)
  40. Sam Smith – Lay Me Down (Tiësto Remix)

I hope you enjoy this playlist as much as I’ve enjoyed creating it! Please share the link to this post, or the playlist itself and give it a follow on Spotify too – https://open.spotify.com/user/muzik5peaks/playlist/1nN0ylV9EkCnCFOo3b6jW5?si=fFo3ZTQuTfq57o7xBw5Yig. If you’ve got any songs to suggest for us to add to the playlist, please let us know 🙂

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#MuzikSpeaks: An Interview with Cyrus Bolooki from New Found Glory

With the recent release of their 9th studio album, Makes Me Sick, I had the opportunity to catch up with Cyrus Bolooki from one of my favourite pop punk bands, New Found Glory. We caught up about why the band chose the title for their latest album, which current song he’d like the band to cover, who he’d love to work with and which chocolate bar he’d be. It’s all here…


   

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Hey, how’s it going for you guys?
Going great, thanks for asking! We’re currently wrapping up our 20 Year Anniversary Tour here in the US and it’s been nothing short of amazing!

So you’ve just dropped your 9th album, ‘Makes Me Sick’ how exciting! Where did you take inspiration for some of the songs from? What’s the title of the record, in reference to?
As with pretty much all of our albums, the inspirations for our songs, both musically and lyrically, comes from within. Musically with this record we wanted to allow ourselves to explore any idea that had come to mind, which is where the extra layers of guitars and 80s-sounding keys come from, whereas on Resurrection we specifically went for a more stripped down sound and didn’t want to overdo any of the production with additional elements besides the core drums, guitar, bass, and vocals.  There was a lot more freedom this time around, which was a great feeling while writing and recording this album.

Lyrically, inspiration comes from everything around us, and you will notice a theme on this album where the beginning of the record starts out pretty critical of things going on in the world around us and relationships people may have, but by the end of the album the finger is actually pointed at the listener, challenging them to not always just criticize others without remembering to also look at themselves to see if they are guilty of the same things that they are pointing out about others. The title of the album, Makes Me Sick, is nothing more than a play on words, because we knew that it would be funny for people to literally say the phrase ‘New Found Glory Makes Me Sick’ even if they didn’t feel that way at all. It was to serve as a talking point, which is exactly what happened here!

What music have you been listening to most recently?
I honestly had been listening to a bunch of our old NFG material just before this tour, as on this tour we’re playing over 77 different songs from our first 6 full-length albums and quite a few that we had never played live before, so there was a fair amount of “refreshing” needed in order for us to pull all of this off!

Now you guys are no stranger to a cover, so if you had to cover a recent chart song, which song would it be and why?
I’m sure this answer will get me in trouble because it’s bound to come back and haunt me at a later time, but I personally would love to put our own spin on ‘I Don’t Wanna Live Forever’ by Taylor Swift & Zayn. I think that song would have the heaviest chorus, especially if we sped it up in the verses and then slowed it down in the choruses, typical NFG style. Plus, Jordan’s voice is high enough to hit those notes in the chorus, right? But honestly I’m sure no one else in the band would agree with me on this, so don’t expect a cover of this anytime soon!

That’s hilarious! So, you have probably had the chance to work with many people over the years, but is there anyone you haven’t collaborated with that you’d really love to work with?
As a band as a whole, I think Green Day is the one band that we all collectively looked up to and took inspiration from at one point or another in our career, so an actually collaboration with them would be sick. I’d also love to see what would happen if we were to work with some of the huge producers of the 80’s and 90’s, like Mutt Lange (who produced Shania Twain and Def Leppard amongst others) or Bob Rock (Metallica’s Black album) or even Rick Rubin (who’s done everything from The Beastie Boys to System of a Down to The Dixie Chicks and plenty of others).

Other than music, is there anything else you guys are passionate about?
We all have various interests outside of this band. Jordan is a tattoo artist when he’s not on the road with us, Ian is probably one of the biggest baseball/sports fans and collectors out there, and Chad’s a huge movie buff. My passions vary from music production to even selling real estate, but I’m also very passionate about being a dad when I’m not on the road. Most of us in the band have wives and children, and we try as hard as we can to balance between family life and tour life, and although it’s one of the hardest things to deal with while in this industry, it’s also one of the reasons why we’re all able to still be doing this 20 years later, because we all understand and appreciate each other, both professionally and personally.

What really grinds your gears?
I’m a perfectionist, so that’s a good and bad thing, and I don’t like it when things don’t work out as I expect or want them to. Lots of [the] time that just puts extra pressure on me for no reason, but in the end I think it makes me better at what I do and I’d rather spend my life trying to be the best I can be rather than just letting everything coast by without caring if it’s good or not.

What’s the best film you’ve seen lately?
I’ll answer this on behalf of everyone else. I didn’t see it but pretty much everyone else in the band recently saw “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” and said it was amazing.

If a film was made about your lives, who would you want to play you?
That’s a hard question to answer, because you can go different ways with it…would I go for an actor who’s well-known for being able to perfectly translate any role they’re given (like Johnny Depp or Leonardo DiCaprio)? Or would I just settle for someone that looks like me (might be a stretch, but how about Robert Downey Jr.?). Actually, now that I’ve let my facial hair grow out in the past few years, I think Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Negan from The Walking Dead) would be a great person to cast for me…

If you could be any chocolate bar, which one would you be?
Butterfinger all the way. Snickers a close second.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
I don’t remember where I first heard it, but I have always followed the ideology that you should take chances and go for it if you think it’s right for you, because nothing’s worse than living with regret. I’ve been guilty of not only following that, but also ignoring that a few times, and it’s true that to this day I still regret certain things that I either did or didn’t do when now looking back I realize I should have given them a chance. Also, that’s how I ended up being in NFG. Not too long after we all got together, we were presented with a choice — do we continue to play shows and write music as a hobby, or do we put our “normal” lives on hold and really give this a chance to see what could happen? For me, that choice meant giving up scholarships and dropping out of school, much to my parents’ dismay, but obviously I made the right choice, and I remember telling myself that the opportunities we were going to have would probably never come to me again, so at that time it was “now or never,” and if I turned it down I would probably regret it for the rest of my life.


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#Two4Tunesday: Harry Styles – ‘Sign Of The Times’ and Anton Powers & Pixie Lott – ‘Baby’ featuring Pixie Lott


   

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Harry Styles – ‘Sign Of The Times’

Last week, Harry Styles released his first solo single since the hiatus of One Direction and it’s very different to their sound or indeed any of the boys’ solo efforts.

This track takes on a very epic sound – it’s very evocative of brit pop bands like Oasis and in other ways, even like The Beatles. It’s a song that builds to a huge climax.

Undoubtedly this will signal an album to come, but no music video has even been released yet so it’ll probably be a little way off yet. We’ll be sure to post the video when it’s released.


‘Sign Of The Times’ is on iTunes for downloading now! – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/sign-of-the-times/id1223248595?i=1223248816



Anton Powers and Pixie Lott – ‘Baby’

You may remember Anton Powers for his hit, Alone No More with Philip George back in 2015. Well now he’s back and this time, he’s teamed up with British pop superstar Pixie Lott.

‘Baby’ is a collaboration between the singer and producer and it’s got all the makings of a modern-day disco track; funky string hits, EDM beats, synths, good vocals and a vocal sample chorus.

I predict that this could be a big hit in the lead up to the summer this year. It’s great to see Pixie Lott back – hopefully this signals some more music to come from her soon.

The music video has just been released and it’s very tropical, just like the track. See it below.


‘Baby’ can also be downloaded from iTunes now! – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/baby-single/id1215719814


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#Two4Tunesday: ZAYN & Taylor Swift – ‘I Don’t Wanna Live Forever’ & Jonas Blue – ‘By Your Side’ featuring RAYE


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ZAYN & Taylor Swift – ‘I Don’t Wanna Live Forever’

ZAYN has teamed up with pop sensation Taylor Swift for the first track to be released from the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack, ‘I Don’t Wanna Live Forever’.

The song is pop through and through, with some beautiful falsetto vocals from both singers. There’s little more than to say; great track from two fantastic vocalists.

No video has arisen yet but we’ll keep you posted on this!


‘I Don’t Wanna Live Forever’ is on iTunes for downloading now! – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/i-dont-wanna-live-forever/id1184762720



Jonas Blue – ‘By Your Side’ featuring RAYE

Jonas Blue enjoyed massive success with his previous singles, ‘Fast Car’ and ‘Perfect Strangers’ and he’s returned with a monster of a track, ‘By Your Side’ featuring vocals from RAYE.

This track has a massive tropical house sound to it and it’s been picking up excellent radio airplay too.

Check out the music video below too!


‘By Your Side’ can also be downloaded from iTunes now! – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/by-your-side-feat.-raye/id1165158049?i=1165158056


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#Two4Tunesday: Maroon 5 – ‘Don’t Wanna Know’ featuring Kendrick Lamar & Little Mix – ‘Shout Out To My Ex’


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Maroon 5 – ‘Don’t Wanna Know’ featuring Kendrick Lamar

Maroon 5 have made a huge comeback with this fantastic new track, ‘Don’t Wanna Know’. The song is heavily influenced by current tropical house trends and features guest vocals from Kendrick Lamar.

The video is hilarious too as it features various people dressed in Pokemon-style outfits and sees people trying to catch them.

A great song, from a great band, with a great video!


‘Don’t Wanna Know’ is on iTunes for downloading now! – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/dont-wanna-know-feat.-kendrick/id1163369446?i=1163369683



Little Mix – ‘Shout Out To My Ex’

Little Mix have also just released their first track from their new album, ‘Shout Out To My Ex’.

The group first performed their new song on X Factor with a brilliant reception! The song has possible underlying connections to Zayn Malik‘s relationship to Perrie? Either way, it’s a monstrous new song from the band!

No video has been released as of yet, but we’ll update you on this – for now, watch their awesome X Factor performance below.


‘Shout Out To My Ex’ can also be downloaded from iTunes now! – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/shout-out-to-my-ex/id1163867793?i=1163867939


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#WildCardWednesday: Snakehips – ‘Cruel’ featuring ZAYN


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Snakehips are back with a follow-up to All My Friends, this time featuring the unstoppable force that is ZAYN.

The track is very current but is my #WildCardWednesday just because ZAYN is not everyone’s cup of tea, however I predict this track is going to make some big waves in the charts!

No official video has been released yet, but we’ll keep you updated on this.

Are you a ZAYN fan? Do you like this collaboration? Want to hear more from Snakehips? Could this be the start of Zayn’s follow-up to his debut album? Leave us a comment below or via our social media and tell us your #WildCardWednesday track for this week.

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‘Cruel’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/cruel-feat.-zayn/id1130475249?i=1130475367