BloodPop® – ‘Newman’
Truth be told, not a day goes by where I don’t seriously consider packing in this music lark to retire to a cabin in the forest and start blogging about gastropods instead, and – as if our interview with architect to the slugs (and sometime very good music person) Alice Merton wasn’t quite enough for one week – here’s a lanky pop bloke and Bieber producer extraordinaire using his new single cover to show off the most chromatic snail you’ll see this side of a dearly concerning hallucinogenic trip. If you notice a significant lull in Carly Rae Jepsen’s streaming numbers and a mildly slimy trail leading away from my desk anytime soon, you can probably guess why.
In all seriousness, BloodPop® (aka BloodPop) (aka Blood) (aka Blood Diamonds) (aka Michael Diamond) (aka Michael Tucker) has been bothering pop parts rather tidily for a good few years now – see these very complimentary words I apparently wrote about Purpose – and he’s dipped his toe into the frontline by remixing everyone from Taylor Swift to Haim and Grimes. There was also ‘Friends’ – an out-and-out 2017 Bieber collab – amongst a few other examples of him asking famous friends to spare five minutes for a generic joint billing, though the less said about ‘Capital Letters’ the better.
His latest effort – and first properly on his tod – is far more my cup of tea, thankfully. ‘Newman’ (or ‘New Man’ if you want to follow its more logical title, as seen on iTunes) is a largely instrumental blob of wickedly sticky future goof that may well have you squirming limbs in the sort of wholesome way that passers by could feasibly construe as dancing. If this is a sign of things to come – whether through the songwriting and production credits he’ll inevitably gather in droves this year or through some concerted effort at making this solo thing work, a la Benny Blanco – then colour me very much intrigued.