DREAMER - MARTIN GARRIX, MIKE YUNG
‘Dreamer’ is the perfect song for the upcoming holiday season because of the warm feeling that surrounds the entire track. The perfect synergy between the powerful vocals of former NY street performer Mike Yung and Garrix’s innovative production makes the track shine brightly amongst the new releases.
HARD PLACE - H.E.R.
The guitar-driven instrumentation of ‘Hard Place’ adds a new layer to the word ‘sassy’. However, you can easily read the singer’s vulnerability a few lines into the chorus. The song sounds like a hit from the past decade produced in line with the current trends, and then mixed with a flavour of the singer’s personal touch.
NOW THAT I THINK ABOUT IT - ALEX VARGAS
The new single of Alex Vargas is a compelling and convincing story that progresses naturally within the rather straightforward production. Although the final result is a pop song, you can clearly hear the singer’s ambition to be more than just your regular top 40 artist.
CLOSE TO ME - ELLIE GOULDING, DIPLO, SWAE LEE
The sentimental feeling of the song is powered by Goulding’s warm voice and the storytelling-style lyrics of this song. Diplo has seemingly developed his production style while Swae Lee’s part fits perfectly to the whole project - definitely a hit in the making.
FEELS LIKE THIS - MAISIE PETERS
Yet another slow-tempo track, ‘Feels Like This’ paints a cinematic landscape using the singer’s haunting lyrics and beautiful tonality. You might be led to believe that there is something bleak about this landscape; however, make no mistake - there is an undeniable positivity in the dark instrumentation of this track.
IN MY HAND - BROHUG
‘In My Hand’ evokes 90s deep house in its base - a trend so peculiarly abused in 2018. Nevertheless, Brohug spins the track in ways so unexpected that you start to wonder why the 90s ever left us. The vocals supporting this rather meant-to-be an instrumental track contribute favourably to the end result.