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.

Music Recommendation – Single – CHVRCHES, Dead Air

If the song is by CHVRCHES, then assume I will post about it. Dead Air will be part of the new Hunger Games soundtrack, Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 1 aka Hunger Games: We’re Splitting This In Half For More Money. Unfortunately, the latter name was too long and honest for the movie industry.

So this is the second new CHVRCHES song in the last month (unless you include a couple recent covers the group did), the other song being on the new Drive re-score, Get Away. On that song, however, I harped on how disappointing the song starts out and my worries about the future of CHVRCHES music. Dead Air either kills those worries or gives me something to take my mind off of them for a while with an excellent combination of synth-pop and pure, unedited vocalization.

Normally I would complain that the effects and bassline makes the song feel a bit excessive, but that is the appeal of CHVRCHES music. However the echo on the hook makes turning up the volume a frequent occurrence. If the chorus was just a bit louder and not submerged in instrumentals and synthesizers, it could easily be the best song on the new Hunger Games soundtrack, which is notable for good synth hits (see Elastic Heart).

So overall I would rate the song at 9/10. The song seriously reminds me of a more low-key Recover, one of my all-time favorite CHVRCHES songs to date. You can go ahead and give the song a listen below:

-Austin Heath