June 2016 – I Don’t Want Your Love


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DCCLXIV – June 2016

Running total Highest chart placing The song and who did it
8149
2
THIS GIRL
Kungs vs Cookin’ On 3 Burners
8150
7
I HATE U, I LOVE U
Gnash featuring Olivia O’Brien
8151
5
TEARS
Clean Bandit featuring Louisa Johnson
8152
9
SEX
Cheat Codes featuring Kris Kross Amsterdam
8153
9
GIVE ME YOUR LOVE
Sigala featuring John Newman and Nile Rodgers

June means summer (except for viewers in the United Kingdom), so that means summery tunes, yeah? That’s the theory, anyway. This Girl is a summery tune, and very nearly a really good one – the only thing stopping it is that it sounds to me like a seven minute remix that’s been chopped down to three to keep the radio stations happy. It’s a hell of a lot better than I Hate U, I Love U, which never gets going at all. There’s a fine line between “slow, but engaging” and “slow and deeply boring” and this one doesn’t just cross that line, it successfully circumnavigates the world so it can cross it again. What’s more, the addition of four-letter words, softly crooned as they are, really jars against the gentle tune. Blimey… three of June’s five Top Ten entries are turning up in one week… what the hell is going on with the singles chart these days? Anyway, Clean Bandit’s new one picks up nicely once it wakes up, and it’s reliably forgettable; this is not a tune that’ll get stuck in my head, no danger of that.

Sex features Kris Kross Amsterdam, who are not the Kris Kross who did Jump, and it uses the chorus from Salt ‘n’ Pepa’s Let’s Talk About Sex. When people say “Sex is nothing special”, from this point onwards it might be worth asking if they mean the activity or the song.

Not been a great month so far, has it? Well, at least it ends on a relative high. There’s some incredibly annoying yapping that starts Give Me Your Love and then pops up again in a few places afterwards, and if Sigala had taken the yapping off of the song they’d have been onto a real winner here.