Musical Discovery: ‘The Man’ by The Killers

Bass-heavy alternative is sweeping the genre at the moment, whether it’s full-on funk or something a little bit more inventive, everyone seems to be jumping on the musical bandwagon. Now, with a song that sounds like the lovechild of Jamiroquai and Two Door Cinema Club, Mr Brightside singers The Killers return from a five-year absence with The Man.

Although far from an anthemic rock single, the fluid drum beats and groovy guitars apparent in Battle Born and Hot Fuss still linger underneath Brandon Flower’s falsetto vocals. The Man (taken from the band’s upcoming album, Wonderful Wonderful) debuted as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record on BBC Radio 1, and certainly hints at a record which strikes a balance between funky alternative and hard-hitting rock.

However similar it may sound compared to other alternative bands in the industry at the moment, we can all be thankful that The Killers are back after a lengthy absence.

The Man is available to stream on Spotify and iTunes now.

Musical Discovery: ‘The Man’ by Aloe Blacc

OK, so I may be a bit late to comment on this song, what with the music video being uploaded to YouTube at the start of March, and the song itself being released at the end of March. But, nonetheless, I’m still going to talk about it!

Now, a lot of people reviewing the song on iTunes, as well as others, have commented on how similar the chorus is to Elton John/Ellie Goulding’s Your Song. However, I don’t particularly like that song (either version) that much, so it doesn’t bother me on those grounds.

Also, songs have similar melodies all the time! Recently, I couldn’t help but notice how similar Imagine Dragons’ song, Demons is to Cover Drive’s Sparks.

If I’m right, Aloe Blacc also credited Elton John when it came to the song itself. But anyway, the song itself!

Like Aloe Blacc’s previous chart successes with I Need a Dollar and the great collaboration with Avicii on Wake Me Up, this single sees more soul from the musician.

Overall, Aloe’s powerful, soulful vocals combined with funky instrumental is what made this track a number one single.

Liam