Single Review: Calvin Harris- “Slide” [ft. Frank Ocean & Migos]

Review by Matt MacKenzie

Grade: A

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Calvin Harris is very individualistic when it comes to the music he makes. Frank Ocean and Migos also fall into this category, leading their fields with the work they put in, but they all apply to different genres. The three coming together and collaborating to make one single makes me have high hopes. “Slide” met all of these expectations and more. In fact, I found myself listening to this on repeat for a long time.

From a slow intro mixed with piano to an excellent intro, chorus and verse from Frank Ocean, this song is an instant hit. A great beat to move to makes this song even better. Throwing Migos in there for two verses with a tempo faster than the others was a genius move. This song has elements that mix perfectly well together. The tempo, vocals, and talent are the best of the year so far.

If there are more collaborations between these three, then I’ll be bouncing off the walls. This is worth the listen. Trust me.

Single Review: The Chainsmokers & Coldplay- “Something Just Like This”

Review by Matt MacKenzie

Grade: A

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If you follow The Chainsmokers’ activity, then you had the knowledge that they were collaborating with Coldplay for the longest time. Well, our wait is over and their work has been officially released. It is everything that we love about The Chainsmokers and Coldplay mixed together–passionate vocal work from Coldplay with an amazing beat produced by The Chainsmokers to back it up.

With seven Top 10 hits combined from the two groups, this is a powerhouse combination on their parts. The Chainsmokers are known best for their beats that take their fans by storm, and with all the new material they have been releasing since 2016, they have been on fire with the public. As for Coldplay, who doesn’t love them? Songs like “Viva la Vida,” “A Sky Full of Stars,” and “Adventure of a Lifetime” captivate their audience, making them the hits that they are. Chris Martin does it all again.

“Something Just Like This” is honestly a really powerful song that can appeal to the emotions of others if you listen closely to the lyrics. Don’t overlook this. Listen to it. Embrace its message.

Parquet Courts – Captive of the Sun

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RIYL: Parquet Courts, UGK

Grade: B+

Review By: Sean Lynch

Parquet Courts released a single via Rough Trade in collaboration with Bun B of UGK. The single is a remix of “Captive of the Sun” off of Parquet Courts’ 2016 album Human Performance. The B-side features a remix of the track from Houston based producers DJ Candlestick and OG Ron C. Guitarist Austin Brown also released a playlist of rap music to go along with the release of the single.

The collaboration between Parquet Courts and Bun B is peculiar, but captivating.  Austin Brown carries the same style of off-kilter vocals that the band usually uses, but incorporates a Beck-esque concept of abstract hip hop in his vocals. The song carries the same instrumentation as the original, but gains new interpretation of the song through Bun B’s rapping.

Bun B says it best when he raps “You ain’t know I do rock records/I do it all.” The combination of indie and hip hop has not been utilized as much as with other collaborations like hip hop and pop.While unconventional, this single invites the potential for future collaboration between indie and hip hop artists.