4040 – Turning Around
Games are fun, right? Games are, usually, difficult too. It takes a long time to get good at any of them. There’s a lot of commitment involved. If the particular game is also one that many are interested in, you can trade your knowledge for attention and profit. If that is not the case, you may well find yourself spending a good chunk of your life on something you will later find out to be meaningless.
Creating pop hits is a game. In the present, especially, a great number of people try and seek out the cheat codes for it. Someone that managed to find that sort of formula and has been riding it to great success for a long time is Rob Zombie. His mix of industrial metal, horror shtick and pop hooks strikes a terrific balance.
Bulgarian group’s 4040’s Turning Around looks for that balance and finds it. The tune may resemble Dragula, but the production brings it screaming into the present and the original guitar lines make this a project worth keeping track of.
chillpill – Hate U (feat. Sueco & Lonely God)
Let’s start with some truisms. Waves are for riding. Life is for living. You need to take your chances when you get them. These all sound like trivial sayings that you may find an uninventive corporate message peddling. However, with so much to do and so many things to plan out for, it is important to remember living in the moment.
Many of the great rock bands in history succeeded because of the fact that they were able to take advantage of a particular moment in time. Nirvana, the Sex Pistols, Guns n’ Roses, or Buddy Holly may have had distinctly different careers had their greatest musical works been released at a different moment in time.
Chillpill understand which way the wind is blowing and they let their sails be pushed by it. Pop-punk has made a comeback in a big way. Hate U meets the expectations of the style and infuses it with modern production tricks to create a record that is entirely of its time. Sometimes living in the present is the best thing one can do.