At the moment, we are right in the middle of a hot summer, and musicians will be quick to release singles or albums in an attempt to become 2015’s “summer anthem” or number 1. With that in mind, today’s Musical Discovery will take a look at some potential contenders that I’ve happened to stumble across recently…
Come and Get It by John Newman
When comparing John Newman’s latest track to his debut song Love Me Again, it’s clear that the artist is exploring a new style. Instead of a fast-paced drum beat, the rhythm feels more laid-back. However, that doesn’t stop the track from being a huge summer track this year.
With a groovy, plucky and slightly off-beat guitar riff, the style of riff is very similar to that of The 1975 (particularly tracks such as Girls, Settle Down and Chocolate). But aside from that, John Newman’s new brand of soulful vocals for this track see the singer take his music in a new direction.
However, that is not to say that Newman has completely abandoned his old style. Especially in the chorus, there’s the traditional fanfare of trumpets combined with simplistic but catchy lyrics that will remind fans of his first album.
Whilst I do like the song, the potential for it to be a summer track is likely. But the track, in my opinion, brings nothing new to what would be a very competitive summer of music.
T-Shirt Weather by Circa Waves
Despite the song being released in March this year, there is a slight possibility that this song could resurface and become a summer track for 2015.
I’ve heard this way back in March, then again when I saw Circa Waves at this year’s Glastonbury. Since then, the song has been growing on me…
Straight away, the catchy guitar riff definitely implies that this track has an upbeat and vibrant feel to it. As well as that, the chorus itself continues with the catchy and memorable aspect of the song, containing easy-to-remember lyrics and a ‘bouncy’ drum rhythm. Lastly, the singer’s vocals, also create a style and idea that this song is a perfect summer track to listen to this year.
How Deep is Your Love by Calvin Harris and Disciples
Immediately, the deep house style wouldn’t strike listeners as belonging to Calvin Harris (instead it belongs to dance group Disciples). However, this low bass tone quickly mixes with Harris’ catchy piano stabs, implying that this is a fairly balanced collaboration between Calvin Harris and Disciples.
Additionally, a variety of melodies, along with a driving drum beat create a busy but exciting chorus. Later on in the track, the last verse uses synthesised vocals to create a style similar to Daft Punk. Whilst this is something unexpected for Harris’ listeners, it works well with this track which appears to be a mixture of different melodies and styles.
With soulful vocals, this song has all the fundamental styles required for a memorable summer dance anthem. With the piano stabs being mimetic of Harris’ 2014 summer hit Summer (one of the biggest summer tracks of last year), I think this track may follow suit and create another successful summer track for the DJ.
What do you think will be this year’s summer track/anthem? Comment below!