It’s been slim pickings for the last month or so but of course this week – the weekend I have a big ol’ fuck-off to-do list!! – there is a BOUNTY, a CORNUCOPIA of great new songs. And also Avril’s new one!
Follow the whole playlist of 2k19 here or use the Spotify player at the bottom.
▶️ Adore You – Jessie Ware
I removed Overtime from my Top 50 singles of 2018 at the LAST MINUTE – and I don’t even remember what I was subbing-in in its place but the decision continues to haunt and appall me.
Adore You is a perfect little Valentine’s Day treat; Joseph Mount’s fingerprints are all over it and the pair of them are making silky, glorious magic together. Let’s give Jessie her things this year!
▶️ Last Night Every Night – Hannah Jane Lewis
It captures that early-days, carefree, we’ll-get-to-the-serious-stuff-later kind of lust, and I’m very much into it. More of this please!
▶️ 365 – Zedd and Katy Perry
Can you believe it’s already two years since Witness? By traditional pop cycle laws, we’d be due a new era from Katy around about now – it feels like that’s not going to happen for a while yet, but in the meantime we have this really-quite-good collaboration with Zedd to keep her busy.
365 is a neat little track: Zedd wisely resists throwing the kitchen sink at the production, and the relatively straightforward topline enables Katy to exercise the softer side of her vocals. I don’t know if I’ll still be spinning this in a few weeks’ time, but for now, I like.
▶️ Valentino – Years & Years, MNEK
The gays have needed a Years & Years x MNEK collaboration for a LONG TIME and an anti-Valentine’s bop with a catchy-as-fuck chorus and production that borrows a lot from the early 2000s is a great fit.
Honestly I don’t think it’s a patch on the work both acts have done individually over the past year, but as a nice little one-off treat it’s very much appreciated.
▶️ Cuz I Love You – Lizzo
Honestly this is going to be Lizzo’s YEAR, I can feel it, and while this isn’t as much of a ~moment as Juice it’s still a certified gem. The DRAMA!!!!
▶️ Have It All – Eden xo
There’s something about the marriage between the topline melody and the slowly bubbling production that really gags me on this, you know? I prefer the verses to the chorus, but this is the first time I’ve encountered Eden xo, and ladies, she has my attention!
▶️ Dumb Blonde – Avril Lavigne feat Nicki Minaj
MAKE NO MISTAKE, this song is a total catastrophe. A parody of the Best Damn Thing era; a send-up of the kind of ‘Disney Channel sweetheart goes pop’ cack we were getting a decade or so ago; an early demo TMS might have offered Little Mix for the DNA era before being told to fuck off and come up with Wings.
Are we really standing for lyrics like “Stand everybody! Get up, say it loud! We’re bombshells raisin’ hell now!” in 2k19? APPARENTLY WE ARE! Avril Ramona Lavigne did not die for Melissa to finally put the nail in the big cover-up by dragging her name through the mud like this*.
And yet!!!!!!!! Here I am! Listening to it! Because I love mess dot jpg??
(*is this whole conspiracy theory thread in bad taste after Avril actually did almost die? Because I feel a twinge of either guilt or indigestion.)