May 2016 – M.O.R.


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DCCLXIII – May 2016

Running total Highest chart placing The song and who did it
8143
4
NO MONEY
Galantis
8144
2
THIS IS WHAT YOU CAME FOR
Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna
8145
10
MIDDLE
DJ Snake featuring Bipolar Sunshine
8146
2
CAN’T STOP THE FEELING!
Justin Timberlake
8147
3
TOO GOOD
Drake featuring Rihanna
8148
7
PANDA
Desiigner

May starts off with a quiet week – the only single that climbs into the Top Ten is Prince’s Purple Rain which, following his death, attains its highest ever UK chart position of 6, but I’ve already done that one (way back in 1984, when it originally reached No.8), so on we go…

Galantis are good at providing dance music for schoolkids, so I suppose the natural next step was to have a load of dancing schoolkids in the video. The tune itself is nice, happy and doesn’t outstay its welcome, but it’s definitely one for the school discos rather than my ancient lugholes. Calvin Harris is next, and his latest single begs the question, “What the HELL is this?” This Is What You Came For is all over the bloody shop. Every time it sounds like it’s about to burst into life it pulls right back, and the effects that have been put on Rihanna’s vocals are properly doing my head right in – she sounds like she’s having an attack of the hiccups. No, no, this won’t do at all.

I don’t mind Middle… on the whole. Again, there are some bloomin’ stupid sound effects once the beat kicks in, but the tune is fundamentally sound and that’s the main thing. Not many songs actually earn the exclamation mark in their title, but Can’t Stop The Feeling! most certainly does. It’s an old-school pop song; it doesn’t try to be clever, it’s doesn’t try to sound particularly “now”, it just wants to have a really good time and kudos to Justin Timberlake, it does just that.

Ho hum, another month, another Drake single. Dunno why he always sounds so incredibly bored when he’s singing, but who am I to judge? At the time Too Good climbed into the Top Ten, One Dance was still welded to the Number One position. Besides, this one isn’t terrible so what the hell am I complaining about? Oh heck… I thought Drake sounded bored, but that’s nothing compared to Desiigner, who delivers his lines as though it’s a contractual obligation. According to Wikipedia (yes, I know), Panda is about a car… no, not the British panda cars, but the BMW X6. Pity really, I’d have been far more interested in his take on the 1960s Ford Anglia.