FIVE SONGS YOU NEED TO CHECK OUT.
1- Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Wanz – Thrift Shop
Steamrollering all the competition this week is one of the future biggest hits of the year from Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. ‘Thrift Shop’ has already topped the charts in Australia, New Zealand and the US and looks set to do the same here as it fires its way up the downloads chart. It’s unashamedly old skool, happily ignoring what every other Urban act are doing right now. This somewhat pairs with the lyrical content, a humorous song which gives props to second hand old clothing over designer overpriced labels, all over an incredibly catchy horn rift.
2- Busta Rhymes ft. Reek Da Villain & Chanel Nicole – Doin’ It Again
While we’re on the classic Hip Hop theme, this week sees the return of Brooklyn rapper, Busta Rhymes with the latest release from his current album, Year Of The Dragon. Although Busta’s finest hour is probably over, it’s nice to see the guy that gave us ‘Turn It Up/Fire It Up’ in the 90s and ‘Touch It’ in the 00s has still got the talent to create something special 24 years into his career. I’ve always found his music and videos much more fun and camp than his contemporaries, and that’s continued with a track that takes it back to a heyday of hip hop, sampling a classic in Hi-Tek’s 2001 single ‘Round & Round’.
3- Wiley ft. Chip & Ms D – Reload
King of UK Grime, Wiley has just released the video for the third track from his upcoming album, The Ascent. It continues much in the style of previous singles ‘Heatwave’ and ‘Can You Hear Me’ (both also featuring Ms D). With a very catchy chorus, it’s radio-friendly enough to make it a third big hit in a row, though its frantic rave production will bring it through to clubs too. It also marks the return of Tottenham rapper, Chipmunk (now just Chip) for his first assault on the charts in a couple of years.
4 – A$AP Rocky, Skrillex & Birdy Nam Nam – Wild For The Night
‘Wild For The Night’ is an extraordinary collaboration, pushing the boundaries in today’s music scene. It is the creation of American Producer, Skrillex, French DJ quartet, Birdy Nam Nam (don’t ask!) and a big name to watch for this year, New York rapper, A$AP Rocky. The track surely pulls influence from acts on the 90s rave scene like Prodigy as well as Hip Hop collectives Public Enemy and NWA. When that’s all mixed together in 2013, the result is loud, proud and ferocious.
5 – Ellie Goulding – Explosions
My top 5 may seem somewhat Hip Hop heavy this week, so it’s polished off with the delightful voice of Ellie Goulding. ‘Explosions’ has had quite a high profile start with its use on the ITV Drama adverts. This has helped it to become the much needed follow up hit to last year’s ‘Anything Could Happen’. Sometimes just a simple production and a remarkable voice is all it takes, and Ellie has become a master of that craft without heading into a drearier Dido territory.