Best and Worst New Music

We’re only a few weeks away from the end of summer but that doesn’t mean there’s not time to fall in love with some brand new summer tunes from the likes of Olly Murs, Felix Jaehn and Kesha. However, the best song from last week comes from Camila Cabello:

Havana- Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug.

Ex Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello continues to prove that she’s better suited to being a solo artist.  Havana is a dark, warm and mellow song all at once yet still manages to sound upbeat and cheerful. Compared to her other solo releases, this song has more of a grown up R&B feel and is miles away from the cheesy pop genre. Consciously or not, Cabello appears to have embraced her Cuban heritage with the backing track, which is a more sultry sounding Latin dance style. It’s tropical and mature and the anthem to accompany any warm, summer evening. Lyrically, it’s a simple song. There are no complex verses but this isn’t a problem as too much singing would take away from the glorious music. The art to go with the single shows a more cultured Cabello, making a real feature of her jet black hair and traditional Cuban style earrings. Havana is a great summer track that needs to be on everyone’s summer playlist.

 

The worst song to come from last week is Wretch 32’s Whistle, featuring Donae’o and Kojo Funds.

To be fair to Kojo, his feature is actually quite good. The backing track is alright too although it could be confused with any other rap/grime song. The problem is Wretch 32. Of course, this is just a personal opinion, but I find Wretch 32 is very hit and miss with his music. It’s either really good or really awful and unfortunately, this song was a disaster. First and foremost, when you think of all of the hundreds of rappers out there, Wretch 32’s voice is subpar and has nothing on the likes of JME or Stormzy in terms of being tuneful and skillful. The biggest issue is the lyrics.

“F*ck that sh*t, go glisten on ‘em

Just go Chris, gold finger on ‘em

If they’re offside, blow the whistle on ‘em

Black Lives Matter, go n*gga on ‘em”

Black Lives Matter is a serious and just movement that started as a result of the unlawful killing of black people in the US. To trivialise the movement and use its name just for the sake of forcing it into the song takes away from the gravity of the effect of what the words ‘Black Lives Matter’ should have on us when we hear them. Wretch 32 may feel different, but the name of such a relevant movement shouldn’t be thrown around in any mediocre rap song without a meaningful verse about how important BLM is.