Hear It First – The Singles, “Candy”

the-singles-candyEver wonder what it would sound like if Scarlet Johannson made music with Este Haim and a few other noted artists, including Kendra Morris, Holly Miranda, and Julia Hatigan? Me neither, but I guess this is worth hearing anyways. If you were ever unsure how many times the phrase “Candy to my heart” could be uttered before it got way old, this song will help you find out.

Johansson added on the song, “I love Grimes. And I love the Bangles. And I love the Go-Go’s. I wanted it to be like those bands: ultra pop but also a little ironic, a little in on the joke.”

The song is highly repetitive and the vocals crack a bit. The song is not of the highest quality, but I can see the sound progressing and evolving into something a bit more solid. You can check out the new song by following the link below and see what you think:

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Music Recommendation – Single – Charli XCX ft. Rita Ora, “Doing It”

charli-xcx-rita-oraI have been covering Charlie XCX a lot recently as she released music previewing her sophomore album Sucker, but these were only “Hear It First” articles. You guys know my policy towards those and how I usually feel about them (impartial). However, Doing It (Please no dirty jokes, just listen to the song) might be the first Charli XCX song that I really enjoy listening to, as well as the first by Rita Ora in a long while. The song has a classic 80’s synth feel similar to Madonna but stays modern like Bastille, or more accurately, HAIM.

Either I am going soft or Pop music has put its best foot forward so far in 2015. So fact alert: this track technically belongs to Charli, whose voice I prefer hearing throughout. Rita Ora just sounds a bit like she is forcing herself to sound outstanding and above Charlie XCX, who relies on her own natural and original voice and flows well with the beat. The two singers take turns in their own stanzas, then team up to finish off the bridge before the last chorus.

I can go through endless comparisons as to whose sound this song resembles, which is really great; However, it also means that the song has a bit of an unoriginal nature. It just feels like something that I have heard before, though clearly I have not, simply because it compares to so many previous songs and artists’ tones. While I enjoy it a lot, I am afraid it may not stick with me for more than a couple of weeks judging by how songs of this vice last.

Regardless, I love the direction these two artists are going with Doing It. Nope, still feel weird typing that out. Overall, I would rate this new release at:


This song is a huge movement for Charli XCX and she found an excellent addition by adding Rita Ora. I would expect this song to be rather big in the coming couple of weeks, so I recommend hearing it first and checking it out for listening pleasure below:

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Music Recommendation – Single – Bastille & HAIM, Bite Down

bastille-haimBite Down was just released a couple of days ago, but it has already become my favorite song. Don’t get me wrong, the sound of Bite Down has its ups and downs, but if you have followed this blog for more than a week, you may know that I have a soft spot for Bastille.

Bastille and HAIM met in a bar and ended up in the studio, creating this track and adding it to the mixtape Bastille is currently working on. This was one of my first encounters with the group HAIM, and I do want to hear more. The song sounds similar to Bad Blood in its style, but with a heavier synth tone.

Overall, I would rate the song at 8.75/10. I really like this song, but the editing over the vocals can be excessive, and the lines are executed a bit roughly. I still recommend a listen, both HAIM and Bastille contribute to this song in a way where if it was without one, it would not feel the same.

You can check out the song below:

-Austin Heath

Hear It First – Stromae ft. Lorde, Pusha T, HAIM, and Q-Tip, Meltdown

Another song from the upcoming Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Pt. 1 aka Hunger Games Mockingjay: Let’s split thi – wait, I think I already made that joke. Meltdown features a diverse sound combination of Hip-Hop and Pop.

The song is actually decent, though the sound is a bit chaotic (Hunger Games songs are good at that). Pusha T has a solid early verse, despite being brief. The hook is solid but untranslatable. The song is not as awkward as you would assume despite the names. I’ll spare details so you can listen to it quicker.

Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Pt. 1 soundtrack releases November 17. In the meantime check it out below and hear it first:


-Austin Heath

EDIT: Video is removed for whatever reason, so to listen you will have to go over to HotNewHipHop.com.