After years of waiting we’ve finally got the debut single from Roc Nation signee Rita Ora, who just dropped new track “Party And Bullsh*t” fresh off her DJ Fresh (I swear that was non-intentional) collaboration hitting number 1.
Jay-Z and Rita popped into Z100 on impulse hours ago, to debut the song which is set to be the Albanian-British singer’s first release in the US as opposed to the Tinie Tempah collaboration “RIP”, which is set to be Rita’s first UK solo release.
The track is a fun uptempo number, which is a lot more poppy than I was expecting. With a catchy sing a long chorus over a breezy guitar beat and rumbling synths, “Party And Bullsh*t” has that addictive quality which made the likes of “Price Tag” and “Last Friday Night” so good. It’s not what I was expecting from Rita, but it’s a fun pop track which makes good use of instruments to help it stand out against the Dr Luke productions it resembles.
That 80s drums beat is the best part about the song, serving as the song’s structural backbone, while providing a bit of nostalgia to the fun party track. There’s some fun chanting as well, which adds to the carefree vibes which Rita gives on her debut. I can’t say I’m not more excited for the Chase & Status produced and Nneka sampling “RIP”, which should be a more risky release for British radio - but “Party And Bullsh*t” is nevertheless a great song which panders to US pop radio’s limited tastes, while still retaining some of Rita’s personal style.
After releasing the brilliant “Radioactive”, Marina is prepping to release “Primadonna” as the ‘first’ single off her “Electra Heart” album. Yes, you heard it - she’s calling it the first single from her new album. Does that mean that “Radioactive” won’t make the album? I hope not, but Marina seemed pretty disappointed that it didn’t do as well as she was expecting. Nevertheless, while the track was untypical from Marina, it no doubt deserves a place on her new album.
But that’s enough about that whole mess, we’re here to talk about a new Marina song which she’s giving away for free on her official website in order to stir up some buzz before she drops the new single. I was expecting “Homewrecker” to not click with me immediately, like it happened with “Fear And Loathing” - but “Homewrecker” is a whole different kettle of fish that I loved from the first listen.
Bridging the gap between commercial and alternative Marina, “Homewrecker” is a great pop song with spoken verses and a massive chorus. With sun drenched lashes of guitar against hard hitting synths and pounding drums, “Homewrecker” manages to be in your face in the subtlest of ways. I know that’s an oxymoron, but this song is like Jackal & Hyde, being half 80s laidback driving song and half pulsating Eurodance anthem.
With clever, witty lyrics that seem to play on Marina’s idea of hating society despite acknowledging that she is everything she loathes in society, “Homewrecker” sees her take the role of a heartbreaker in a particularly fun way. This is a great song in every way, and if it is any indication of what’s to come then “Electra Heart” should be a lot better than I originally thought. Use the password “ELECTRASHEART” to get the song for free from here.