Single Review: John Newman – Olé

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John Newman and Calvin Harris work together on new single ‘Olé’
Over the past week rumours started that Calvin Harris and John Newman would release another collaboration and now it is all confirmed and out there. John Newman’s new track is called ‘Olé’ and it is co-written and produced by Calvin Harris. It is not the first time the two pop forces work together. They had a huge hit in 2014 with the track ‘Blame’. Newman explained in an interview that the song would sound different with a reggae vibe and that Harris thinks it is one of the best things he has ever done. That’s quite something isn’t it!? Although the song will officially be premiered and released on friday, it is already leaked and out there. Let’s hear if it is actually that good.

Newman was totally right when he described the song as having a reggae vibe, as the track is way more laidback and chill than most of both Harris’ and Newman’s discography. It’s a breezy catchy little tune, with some quite sharp lyrics. Gossip news websites are already speculating about this track being Calvin Harris’ answer to Taylor Swift’s alleged cheating with Tom Hiddleston. It is actually written from the perspective of the second guy, Hiddleston! “I see online that you’ve begun to be a good girl and take trips with your boyfriend. Being attentive, continue to pretend. But no, cause there is no telling how far you can go. You’ve hidden my name on your phone so you can call me to tell me you’ve been going through hell. Left him alone and you booked in a hotel”, Newman sings with attitude. These are some brilliantly feisty lyrics, but it is a pity the oléééhéééé’ chorus is quite a non event. I understand the reggae vibe and all, but this song should have received a way more firy chorus. A+ for the lyrics, guitar riff and vibe, just don’t forget about the hook next time guys!

Update: John Newman and Calvin Harris travelled to Mexico to record a sunny video for ‘Olé’. The dance moves look a bit awkward at times, but it is a serviceable, sunny visual.

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