Single Review: Steve Aoki & Louis Tomlinson – Just Hold On


Louis Tomlinson debuts solo sound with Steve Aoki
One Direction fans must have been devastated when the news reached them their favourite band went on a hiatus. A while after Zayn Malik left the band, Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson announced they were taking a break from recording music together, but the Directioners are still in luck as the boys start solo careers one after another. After Zayn’s successful solo debut with R&B infused ‘Pillowtalk’, Niall Horan followed more recently with guitar pop number ‘This Town’. Louis Tomlinson goes in the direction of dance with his first single being a collaboration with Steve Aoki.

Tomlinson and Aoki debuted their track ‘Just Hold On’ live on final of the X Factor UK last night and although it seems logical for him to return to the stage that made him big, this performance was not at all a given. Louis is going to a very tough time after his mother passed away only a few days before the show. The singer did a brave thing to turn his grief into an emotional performance that he dedicated to his mum.

‘Just Hold On’ could be described as a generic dance song, tailor made for 2016. It has a big hook as pre-chorus and an infectious instrumental breakdown over which Louis Tomlinson repeats the words ‘Darling, just hold on’. Both sonically and lyrically not very original, but it gains a lot of meaning when you consider what the boyband singer is going through at the moment. “What do you do when a chapter ends?‬ ‪Do you close the book and never read it again?‬ ‪Where do you go when your story’s done?”, he asks himself in the verses, only to conclude in the chorus: “The sun goes down and it comes back up‬. ‪The world it turns no matter what‬.” A hopeful message and infectious beat can be all it takes to get a worldwide hit. This sure is about to happen for Aoki and Tomlinson who already reached the number 1 spot on the iTunes charts in numerous countries!

2 thoughts on “Single Review: Steve Aoki & Louis Tomlinson – Just Hold On

  1. What a fucking joke, this guy is the worst singer ever! He’s an insult to all singers out there. The nerve of him to think he can succeed a solo career, he rode the coatails of one direction. When the group ended I hoped he would just go away!

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