Tim: Right, so I don’t want to ask for things to be boring or anything, but can we come to an agreement about having multiple artists? ‘Feat.’ is fine, and so is ‘&’, because there’s justifiable difference between those two. But seriously, just ‘x’? Like, what’s the point?
Tom: Hey, at least it’s not “vs”. I’m choosing to believe that “x” means “they’re kissing”, like adding an x at the end of a text message. ANYWAY.
Tim: In this case, Hilda did the words and vocal melody, apparently as a tribute to Avicii, and Don Diablo built the dance music around it. And surely an & would do for that, no?
Tom: Fun fact: Hollywood credits differentiate between “and” and “&”.
Tim: Indeed – which gave us, amongst other things, the unusual writing credit of Ant-Man of “Edgar Wright & Joe Cornish and Adam McKay & Paul Rudd”.
Tim: I don’t want to turn this into a post about mental health, and the toll that day after day after day performing high intensity shows with no break or let up can take on a person, because more relevant and qualified people have done that elsewhere, but I do like the message here: it’s okay to say no once in a while, if you need to.
Tom: I’m all for songs with non-standard but positive messages, and this definitely fits that.
Tim: I particularly like the reversal of the lyrics the second time round – there are people who’ll understand, and they’re the people to be with. But back to our usual: it’s also okay, if you don’t want to say no, to dance to this like no-one’s business, because this is a damn good dance track.
Tom: Is it, though? There are long sections in here with nothing but a vocoder (although admittedly “wake me when it’s quiet” is good for that). I’ll admit that once I stopped hearing the synths as clown nose-honks, it started getting a lot better, though.
Tim: I’m aware you put that clown noise comment in to annoy me; you’ll be pleased to know that actually I’m fine with it. I don’t hear that – just a strong beat, strong melody, strong everything. I like it a lot. A big lot.