Daily Archives: January 12, 2018

Review: Camila Cabello Eschews Bangers on Personal, Low-Key Solo Album

Only 20, Camila Cabello is already a seasoned veteran of the pop-star wars. Born in Havana, raised in Miami, she blew up with the girl group Fifth Harmony, who formed on The X Factor before scoring superb hits like “Reflection” and “Work From Home.” Although Cabello was the most high-profile member of Fifth Harmony, this group wasn’t built to last, and Cabello broke away in one of the messiest, most shade-intensive pop splits of recent years. This was not exactly a love-and-kisses farewell: When Fifth Harmony performed at the VMAs last fall, they took the stage with an anonymous fifth member, then abruptly launched her offstage before they removed their hoods to sing “Angel.”

Cabello’s long-awaited solo debut is a personal statement, low-key and mellow even when it’s infused with the rhythms of her Cuban-Mexican heritage. Her massive 2017 radio smash “Havana” is the centerpiece, as she rides a steamy piano groove with Young Thug. Camila is sleek pop that gets straight to the point, just 10 songs around the three-minute mark, eschewing celebrity guests or big-name producers. Given the hit collabos she’s done with stars like Pitbull (“Hey Ma”), Shawn Mendes (“I Know What You Did Last Summer”) and Machine Gun Kelly (“Bad Things”), it’s a surprise is that Camila is so stripped down, always focusing on her voice. She leaves out some of the songs she’s already dropped, like the brooding “I Have Questions” or “Crying in the Club.” She also scrapped the awesomely melodramatic original title she announced: The Hurting. The Healing. The Loving.

Cabello doesn’t go for club bangers here – “Havana” is the nearest Camila comes to a dance track, yet even that song is a bittersweet reverie of diaspora romance. She gets intimate in the reggaeton lilt of “She Loves Control” or the light tropical steel-drum breeze of “Inside Out,” where she swerves between English and Spanish. Although she told Rolling Stone she aims for “a good balance of the emo and the happy,” this girl definitely puts more of her heart into the emo. Cabello has a real flair for melancholy piano break-up ballads, as in “Something’s Gotta Give” (“your November rain could set the night on fire”) or “Consequences,” where she ponders the high price of love: “Dirty tissues, trust issues.” She also goes for the Ed Sheeran-style acoustic-guitar lament “All These Years” and the sultry “Into It,” where she announces, “I’m not a psychic but I see myself all over you.” 

Cabello really hits her stride in “Never Be the Same,” which sounds like Brian Eno’s alien-prog masterwork Another Green World souped up intosputtering glitz-pop, with producer Frank Dukes (fresh from his work on Lorde’sMelodrama and Drake’s More Life). Cabello whispers about howlove messes with the chemicals in her brain, over those ominously droningsynths. It’s Camila Cabello at her best – even at her most tormented, shesounds totally confident and totally herself.

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Hear Marshmello's Vibrant Lil Peep Collaboration 'Spotlight'

Marshmello released a new single, “Spotlight,” featuring Lil Peep, a song the pair started working on but didn’t complete prior to the rapper’s death.

“Peep brought an excitement to music that was unparalleled to anybody I’ve ever met,” Marshmello said in a statement. “We started an idea together, that unfortunately we were never able to officially finish together. When I listen to this track now I get chills wishing he could hear it. This record is dedicated to Peep’s mother, family, friends and his fans. [Peep] will live forever through his music and that is something we should all be extremely thankful for.”

Along with the release of “Spotlight,” Peep’s mother Liza Womack also shared a portion of a 2013 high school essay written by Peep, “In my life I find [cultural resistance] very important and vital to me growing as a person, because my art will always grow with me. If someone were to limit the growth of my art and ideas, I wouldn’t be able to express who I am the way I want to.”

Womack added that she was appreciative that Marshmello released “Spotlight” since it continued “to allow Peep’s voice to be heard through his art.”

Lil Peep, born Gustav Åhr died November 15th at the age of 21 in Tucson, Arizona, where the rising rapper died of a drug overdose aboard his tour bus. Police have since launched an investigation in Peep’s “suspicious” and accidental death from a drug cocktail that included marijuana, cocaine, the painkiller Tramadol, hydrocodone, generic Dilauded, oxycodone and oxymorphone.

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Watch Dua Lipa Dance Battle Herself in Kinetic 'IDGAF' Video

Dua Lipa dance-battles herself in the vibrant new “IDGAF” video. The clip embodies her dueling voices – the vulnerable romantic and the empowered independent spirit – that follow a breakup.

Henry Scholfield, who helmed the video with Mosaert (Paul Van Haver and Luc Junior Tam), said the creative team aimed to capture this “internal struggle, showing the two sides of Dua’s emotive state, like an argument with someone you love. The strong Dua at first berating then eventually persuading her weaker alter ego that they both don’t give a fuck.”

Lipa added that the visual, which took 22 hours to film, is “about your stronger and weaker side fighting with each other, only to realize that self-love is what will help you overcome any negativity that comes your way.”

“IDGAF” is the seventh single from Lipa’s self-titled 2017 LP. The album also features the double-platinum hit “New Rules,” which cracked Rolling Stone critic Rob Sheffield’s personal Top 25 Songs of 2017 list; the singer’s collaborative track with Miguel, “Lost in Your Light,” made our run-down of the year’s 50 Best Songs and Dua Lipa came in at Number Nine on our 20 Best Pop Albums of 2017

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Hear Lana Del Rey on BORNS' New Electro-Soul Song 'Blue Madonna'

Lana Del Rey layers her silky croon into the electro-soul of BØRNS’ “Blue Madonna,” the title-track from his second LP. Del Rey appears toward the end, singing of a new lover, “Blue madonna in my bed now, blue madonna in my head now” over throbbing synth-bass, ticking programmed drums and a guitar solo. 

Del Rey also appears on Blue Madonna single “God Save Our Young Blood.” The singer – who released her fifth LP, Lust for Life, last year – recently claimed on Twitter that Radiohead are prepping a lawsuit over similarities between her track “Get Free” and the band’s 1993 classic “Creep.”

“Although I know my song wasn’t inspired by Creep, Radiohead feel it was and want 100 percent of the publishing – I offered up to 40 over the last few months but they will only accept 100,” she wrote. “Their lawyers have been relentless, so we will deal with it in court.” She then reiterated that Radiohead demanded “100 percent of [her] publishing” during a Denver concert.

However, a rep for Radiohead’s publisher, Warner/Chappell, disputed that claim, saying no legal action had been initiated. “As Radiohead’s music publisher, it’s true that we’ve been in discussions since August of last year with Lana Del Rey’s representatives,” they wrote in a statement. “It’s clear that the verses of ‘Get Free’ use musical elements found in the verses of ‘Creep’ and we’ve requested that this be acknowledged in favor of all writers of ‘Creep.’ To set the record straight, no lawsuit has been issued and Radiohead have not said they ‘will only accept 100 percent’ of the publishing of ‘Get Free.'”

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