Today and all of today we will be found SMILING and nothing else.
KATY PERRY / SMILE
‘Smile’ has been sitting in the vault for a while but now, along with one of the best album covers of the year, the missile of positive proportions has been unleashed. Perry has been through a lot over the years and yet, luckily for us, the material since has been amongst her best yet. A healthy mix between ‘Last Friday Night’/’Birthday’ and ‘This is How We Do’, this is the Katy that the world needs. Now more than ever.
ZARA LARSSON / LOVE ME LAND
A somewhat divisively short one here at a brisk two and a half minutes not including the gorgeous little opening, but Zara has that unrivalled ability to make things sound so sensually cool. ‘Love Me Land’ is exactly what you’d expect from Zara Larsson but also it manages to inject an icy coolness you’d see in the likes of Tove Lo’s ‘Cool Girl’ or Lovato’s ‘Cool for the Summer’. Somehow managing to sound like a hit and a risk, it’s an exciting one for sure.
ELLYSSE MASON / I DON’T WANNA DANCE
Click above if you’re craving a hefty slice of dreamy 80s synth-pop with a husky songstress at the helm of it all. Yes it’s a completely packed soundscape, it even has that trademark switch up low pass middle-8, but it’s so damn good that I demand it slots right into those wistful playlists you’ve got going.
RAYE / NATALIE DON’T
Natalie joins Jolene in writing scathing fictional victim pieces for waiting room magazines as Raye decries her lost man at her hands. It’s another interesting departure of strings and emotion for Raye, who the public will know for barely-anonymous dance bangers. God, can we give this wonderful woman her deserved classic solo hit now please?
LIGHTS / DEAD END
I’m still trying to figure out whether this was released ten years ago and it’s just found its way to a re-release now, but either way the icy cold passive delivery of the ‘Dead end, dead end, dead end’ at odds with the desperate rock-ish chorus is so good it damn well knocked my speakers over.
REMEMBER TO KEEP SMILING!