11 July 2016

Summer Jam 2016 Week 9: Meet Me, Justin, and Drake Halfway to the Wonder

Damn straight. We're sitting smack dab at the Summer's midpoint, and it's been a pretty damn wild ride. Well, musically it's been a little sub-par to be frank. I haven't really jizzed my pants over any of these tracks and what's looking to take over is totally indistinctive pop jibberish. Summer, babyyy!!! Let's dig in:

Hot Jam of the Week: "Madness" by Lucius

This dropped a while ago, but as a tiny-ass indie track is only catching on now with their album Good Grief released a few months ago. This is a really cool jam, a bit of a slow burn that unwinds more and more to show its true colors. I don't think it has any serious shot at a Summer Throne run, but it's a rad song to wake up to this week.

Beach Boobs: "All In My Head" by Fifth Harmony ft. Fetty Wap

I sincerely love that Fetty's first big song since his breakthrough last summer is this track. Fifth Harmony rules, you know it, we all know it. They're a supremely insane group, who makes these decently catchy songs that are also the most lyrically unsophisticated you'll ever hear. It's so damn manufactured, to the point of parody. They're also all real super hot and real super young. Have fun!

Sending Our Love Down the Well: "Send My Love" by Adele

You really should never break-up with Adele. Or Taylor Swift. Or anyone who writes songs for a living. I always finish the hook "down the well" obviously. This video really freaks me out, too. I do find myself really enjoying sassy finger-snapping Adele. This song has been kind of up and down, but I was feeling a surge this week.

Is It? "This Is What You Came For" by Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna

I'm curious if Rihanna's Star Trek Beyond (2016) will take off in anticipation of that film's release, but it's also really bad, so I'm not sure. Still, we have this, which is also pretty awful. I'm sort of surprised that Rihanna is in this video so much, because it really feels like such a phoned-in job, but Rihanna's also the kind of artist that goes hardcore dedicated in all her collabos, no matter how goofy they might be. Anti showed a lot of her potential, and this ends up being sort of disappointing, but whatever. It's sort of listenable.

Installation 04: "Ophelia" by The Lumineers

I feel like we kind of forgot about this track for a bit there, but it's back, baby! Or at least people seemed to be talking about it and listening to it again. It's good to remember how chill, yet driven this jam is and most things about it just work. I think it's a little bit stale to be a serious contender at this point, but in absence of anything else cool, it works.

Starring Ted Danson: "Bored to Death" by Blink 182

These descriptions are getting more and more esoteric. That's just the way we like it! It is decently weird to be listening to Blink and playing Pokémon to really feel like I'm in Seventh Grade again. That's not to say how weird it is to both see Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker look old as shit and Tom DeLonge no where to be found (obviously he's out fighting aliens). The song is probably as good as anything they did in their hey day, although looking back, it's all kind of crap anyway.

More Crap: "Can't Stop the Feeling" by JT

I don't really have any more words for this. This is assuredly an energetic and confident jam, but it's so much like every other song I've ever heard in my life. Listen to this and just picture the beat. Would you still listen to it. Is it really jammable? Or is it just JT's sleepwalking lyrics? I simply think we ought to expect more from our pop. This is no "Get Lucky" for sure. The celeb dancing cameos also somehow come off really pretentious. I don't know why. Maybe because they're all enjoying it too much. Damn I've soured on this.

Once More: "One Dance" by Drake ft. Wizkid and Kyla

For the record, I am starting to get into the melodic smoothness of this jam, even if I find myself singing more the "Babyyyy / I like your style" way more often than whatever Drizzy is doing here. It is a sexy song and somewhat deserving of Summer Jamhood status, although it's clearly lacking in the ubiquity to really be that song that breaks out. Maybe that's just the era we live in now.

Next week...

I was thinking about Ariana Grande but ultimately left her off again this week. Same deal with The Chainsmokers and Desiigner. I want to get more into Twenty88 but "On the Way" hasn't set fire like I'd hoped. On the twenty note, I also was considering some twenty one pilots "Ride" but that's just not doing it for me. Stay tuned for more great coverage!

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