Electronic trio Cheat Codes have been making a splash in the EDM scene, and with recent collaborations with artists like U2 and Demi Lovato, it looks like they’re well poised to take over the mainstream pop charts as well. Their latest collab, titled “Only You,” features British girl group Little Mix. With a driving beat behind the verses curiously accented by acoustic guitar melodies in the chorus, it’s a great summer club banger without feeling overproduced or too similar to what’s already out. Time for The Chainsmokers to move over.
“The Stigma (Boys Don’t Cry),” the newest release from English pop-punk band AS IT IS tackles, well, exactly what the song title says: the view that boys aren’t supposed to cry or show any emotion that might be construed as “weak.” It starts off slow and controlled, before building into something that feels frenetic and wild, even barely contained at times—much like emotions can. It’s catchy, but the lyrics stick with you longer after the song has risen, crested, and then screeched to a halt.
Panic! At The Disco released their sixth studio album, Pray For The Wicked, last Friday. I’ve highlighted “High Hopes” in an earlier edition of Weekend Replay, and a full review of the album will be coming later in the month, but an early standout upon the first listen is “Roaring 20s.” The entire song feels like an ode to the 20s, from the robust brass section and piano riffs reminiscent of ragtime to the lyrics, which could almost capture the wild revelry of a Jay Gatsby party.