Tracks of the week Reviewed : Billie Eilish, ROSALÍA, Kota The Friend and Wale

Billie Eilish, ROSALÍA - Lo Vas A Olvidar

“Lo Vas A Olvidar” sees Billie Eilish and ROSALÍA team up to put out their first respective singles of 2021. This song is part of the soundtrack of Euphoria, and features in a special episode dedicated to the character Jules which aired on January 22nd on the American television network, HBO.

The song features a blend of English and Spanish that moves to discuss the intricacies of Love ; and how elements such as forgiveness and distance can complicate the purity of what was once such an innocent entity. This is evident within the subsequent lines “I needed to go 'cause I needed to know you don't need me / You reap what you sow, but it seems like you don't even see me”. The chorus reiterates this idea as a partner's ability to move on is questioned throughout “Are you going to forget it? Can you let it go? Can you let it go? / Are you going to forget it? Can you let it go? Are you going to forget it?”

FINNEAS displays great versatility with the production as the dramatic wide spaced drums, soft white noise and the reverb laden piano riffs perfectly depict the eerie and ominous themes set out within the lyrics.

Kota The Friend - Emotionally Dumb

“Emotionally Dumb” is a song that features on Kota the Friends new project ‘Lyrics To GO Vol. 2’ which is a smooth and condensed collection of 10 tracks that are no more than 2 minutes long a piece. This cements the relentless production cycle Kota The Friend has been on within the last year which has seen him release 3 projects within this time period.

“Emotionally Dumb” carefully articulates Kota The Friend’s struggles with communication as he addresses how this inability has made song writing the only safe medium he has available to convey his emotions. These ideas are most prominent within the following words “I'm emotionally dumb / I hop on every song bearin' soul, spilling guts / 'Cause this the only place that I don't feel like I be judged / If I tell you how I'm feelin' over samples and drums / Boy, I fuck up everyday hurtin' people that I love / 'Cause I can't communicate, it's the way that I came up”.

The song's production hinges on themes of nostalgia, it begins with a distorted high-pitched guitar solo and then delves into its foundational elements which feature a lowly repeated piano melody and muted drums.

Wale - Good Vibes (Za)

“Good Vibes” represents the 2nd of the 3 singles Wale has already released in a productive start to 2021. This single joins “The Hurt Business” and the remix to the same song as early demonstrations of Wale’s lyrical exploits.

“Good Vibe” provides a detailed account of the atrocities that riddled much of 2020 and intersects these recounts with a calling for cleansing in the shape of good vibes. These sentiments are seen to be evident within the following lyrics “Rest in peace Ermias and Pop Smoke / I pray you keep some fire and some Palo Santo / The capital, the city was made of chocolate / I seen the Capitol building full of a bunch of rioters” where Wale speaks on the deaths of Nipsey Hussle and Pop Smoke and also details the storming of the Capitol Building.

There is a very laid back and sentimental feel to the production which is perfectly captured by the use of a drowned out guitar, drums and double bass.