Tracks of the week Reviewed : Ghetts, Lava La Rue and Ariana Grande

Ghetts ft Dave, Hamzaa and Wretch 32 - Little Bo Peep

Little Bo Peep” is a new track from Ghetts’ 3rd studio album “Conflicts of Interest”. Ghetts borrowed on the vocal talents of Stormzy, Ed Sheeran, Emeli Sandé, Dave, Giggs, Skepta and many more to create a succinct project that moved to detail varying accounts from different parts of his life.

In an Apple Music Ghetts said the following about Little Bo Peep “The track’s about being led astray. You might be addicted to something and that’s your Little Bo Peep. You’re a sheep to that, whatever it is”. The song reflects this sentiment perfectly by leaning on two great storytellers in the shape of Dave and Wretch 32 to help Ghetts detail the many pitfalls attributed to being a follower. Dave offered particularly thought provoking remarks when he spoke about pushing against being a follower and provided an equally pensive series of rhetorical questions that questioned different elements that have been deemed almost culturally acceptable “When you don't follow the program you get Kano and Wretch / You get Skepta and Wiley, you get Dave and Ghetts / Women on the guestlist, relatives respectin' / Thirty year stretches, bodies in the trenches / What I wouldn't do today, who said I wouldn't do tomorrow? / The problem ain't followin', it's what you choose to follow / What if we chose to follow all the things we used to follow? / Spoke about sex less, normalised death less / Obsessed less over capital and exes / Took drugs less, frowned on love less

The instrumental is a beautiful body of work that leans heavily on an underlying violin, faint drum pattern, and carefully dispersed piano melodies to flawlessly mirror the ruminative theme present within the lyricism.

Lava La Rue ft Karma Kid - Lift You Up

Lift You Up” features on Lava La Rue’s newly released and highly anticipated "Butter-Fly" EP. It includes the incredible single “Angel” ft. Deb Never and “G.O.Y.D.” ft. Clairo, alongside production from the likes of Isom Innis (Foster The People) and Vegyn (Frank Ocean).

Speaking on the project, Lava states:“The whole project was made in a transitional time where I felt like I had finally found my wings and settled into a place where I was able to practice a lot of the things I believed in. I musically had pushed myself further than I had done before, to capture a dreamy emotion of falling in love, entering my 20s, shrugging of the insecurities you carry through your teens and recognising the kind of person I want to be in this world."

The track “Lift You Up” offers an introspective look back into Lava’s life and the many experiences that have culminated to her current state of being. Comparative speech is also used throughout to hone down on the stark polarities present within her life. The following words “I jump from class A flights to packet ramen / Scrumpy nights back to open bars” provide evidence of one of the many examples of Lava La Rue’s use of juxtaposing speech to shed light on past pastures. The second verse of the song centers on specific trials and tribulations Lava La Rue had to overcome to attain her current levels of success “Riches to rags couldn’t keep me down / It’s billionaires with the biggest frown / Misogyny couldn’t keep me down / This world is for me, it’s my lavatowm / Rags to riches couldn’t keep me bound / Grew up fast and hard and proud / Foster care couldn’t keep me down

Sonically the track lies somewhere in-between British Hip-Hop and Psychedelic Pop and this mesh created the perfect canvas for Lava La Rue’s distinct diction to be adjoined by a wispy and reverb laden chorus delivered by Karma Kid.

Ariana Grande - Worst Behaviour

“Worst Behaviour” features as a bonus track on the deluxe version of Ariana Grande’s album "Positions".

In just over 2 minutes of airtime “Worst Behaviour” manages to explore strong ideas of secrecy in romance and the importance of maintaining this sanctity. These ideas are apparent throughout the track where lines such as “This ain't no game won't play with you / This time I know I'll stay with you / Just promise you won't say nothin' / Don't you be actin' like that, don't you be actin' like that, babe” and “We don't really need to talk too much / Show each other what we know / I got other ways to catch you up / Couldn't do it on the phone / So can you keep it secret?” provide strong confirmation of Ariana’s intentions to maintain an intense and passionate relationship out of the public eye.There has been much speculation about the actual meaning behind the track and the early stages of her relationship with her now fiance (Dalton Gomez) provideS the clearest answer to these questions.

The song features upbeat melodies with subtle funk elements; it begins with a groove infused piano progression and is later accompanied by clicks. The track then reaches its crescendo when the bass guitar riff is later included to help create an infectious sound that requires relistening to almost from the offset.