April 2014 – What Difference Does It Make?


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DCCXXXVIII – April 2014

Running total Highest chart placing The song and who did it
7906
7
WIZARD
Martin Garrix and Jay Hardway
7907
3
CHANGES
Faul and Wad Ad vs Pnau
7908
1
SHE LOOKS SO PERFECT
5 Days of Summer
7909
7
ANYWHERE FOR YOU
John Martin
7910
1
THE MAN
Aloe Blacc
7911
5
FANCY
Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX
7912
2
LAST NIGHT
Vamps
7913
1
NOBODY TO LOVE
Sigma
7914
6
STAY HIGH
Tove Lo featuring Hippie Sabotage
7915
3
TOUCH
Shift K3y
7916
1
HIDEAWAY
Kiesza

 

Wizard’s not bad, you know. Of course, it’ll never top The Wizard by Paul Hardcastle, but then so few songs with the word “wizard” in the title do. Must admit, when I saw the artist credit for Changes I was sure there must be at least fifteen letters missing, but no, that really is it. Turns out this is the really annoying song from the Mercedes advert. Great. She Looks So Perfect sounds like an out-of-touch record company executive’s idea of what hard rockshould sound like and fell from Number One to No.10 on its second week of release – I doubt I need add to that.

Anywhere For You’s OK. That’s all. “I’m the man, I’m the man, I’m the man,” croons Aloe “Modesty Is My Middle Name” Blacc, and to be honest, if the song wasn’t this good there’d be a few people wanting to dispute that. He makes it work, and that’s the main thing.

You know how some songs sound better when they’re remixed? Well, you can add Fancy to that list – there’s bugger all in the way of melody so it must be the nearest thing a remixer would get to a blank slate. According to the text at the beginning of the video for Last Night, the Vamps were given their video budget to spend on anything, so they spent it on hiring a funfair to pitch up in the studio. Say what you like about their music (and I will), but that’s a staggeringly wise decision by the Vamps. Fame can disappear as quickly as it arrives, so good on them; if someone’s going to give you a bucketload of cash to spend on your video there are much worse things to spend it on.

Stay High is a remix of a song called Habits, but aside from me just telling you this, if you didn’t know that before hearing it you’d never know – it’s a proper, downtempo number with verses and choruses and everything. What’s more, it’s really good. Touch isn’t really good, but it’s not bad, even if it does sound like a refugee from the early 2000s. I like Hideaway, but it’d be a lot better without all the oohs and aahs; sounds like she’s having a vigorous massage when she isn’t singing. The video’s impressive too; she dances and wiggles around the streets of Brooklyn (says Wikipedia) for the entire video, all shot in a single take.