Song of the Day: Aiden – Virtually Married

Aiden Grimshaw Virtually Married

Aiden Grimshaw is back with new single ‘Virtually Married’
Followers of this blog already know that I am a loyal supporter of British electronic pop singer-songwriter Aiden Grimshaw and his consistently awesome tunes. The singer launched his debut album Misty EYe in 2012 and returned at the end of 2013 with five new tracks on the Aiden EP. On this EP he developed a more electronic sound that fits his voice perfectly and he keeps following this path on his comeback single ‘Virtually Married’, that was just released on SoundCloud today.

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Album Review: Aiden – Aiden EP / Better Man

Aiden Aiden EP Better Man cover

Aiden launches impressive four track EP

A few weeks ago, Aiden Grimshaw surprised with a new stage name, a new image and a new musical style, when he released the track ‘Satisfy Me’. He has been premiering a new song every week ever since that day and those four new tracks are now compiled on his new Aiden EP. The singer posted the EP tracks on his Soundcloud page, but it is not yet known when or how it will be available to purchase. For now, let’s take a look at four impressive pieces of synthpop!

‘Satisfy Me’ was the first track to premiere, alongside with Aiden’s new look and Twitter page. As I already described in my review on this song, ‘Satisfy Me’ is somewhat rawer and more aggressive than we are used to from Aiden. The lyrics are feisty and the singer shows a different side to his music with his convincing and powerful delivery of the track. The song is more heavily influenced by synthesizers and electronic sounds than his earlier material and this is something that could be said about the whole EP.

‘The Cleaner’ is a somewhat lighter track, but still drenched in electronic sounds. Aiden experimented with effects on his own vocals here and it makes for an interesting track. The great production and beats make the song, but they never overshadow Aiden’s voice or lyrics. Above all, ‘The Cleaner’ has a strong and memorable chorus that definitely makes you want to listen to the song again. The beat on the verses of ‘Fire & Ice’ is not miles away from the sound that Aiden used on free download ‘The Way We Are’, that did not make the cut for the EP in the end. At the beginning of the chorus of ‘Fire & Ice’, we hear Aiden using the higher registers of his vocals while he sings/raps at a fast pace. The second part of this chorus has a great hook, where Aiden sings: ‘You and I go together like fire and ice’. He delivered another great pop track!

The standout song on this EP is probably ‘Better Man’. On this track, Aiden fully released his inner pop star with the catchiest thing he has done so far. There is definitely some hit potential in this song. ‘Better Man’ is a full on banger that could easily get the hands in the air in the clubs. The chorus where Aiden sings ‘I just wanna be close to you’ is insanely catchy and the swinging production with pumping beats and drums takes it to another level. The great thing is, that although this song absolutely sounds like a hit, it still has Aiden’s identity all over it. This EP is a cohesive set of songs on which Aiden shows diversity and growth. There are some great pop choruses here, packaged in cool and fresh electro- and synthpop productions. Well done Aiden!

Single Review: Aiden – Satisfy Me

Aiden Satisfy Me

Aiden is back with a fresh new image and single

A few weeks ago, I wrote a piece about the music and career of Aiden Grimshaw. He announced the release of an EP and put a free download for ‘The Way We Are’ online. Shortly after this, his Twitter account was deleted and it was not really clear what was going on. Today Aiden announced his new plans. He dropped his last name and started a new Twitter account on only his first name. At the same time he premiered the interesting new song ‘Satisfy Me’.

Aiden’s new name and Twitter go hand in hand with a change of image, which is visible in the cover for his upcoming release. We see the singer with a new style and haircut, shirtless with a snake around his neck. It is an interesting and fascinating visual that creates high hopes for his new music. Before the changes, the singer already announced the release of an EP and this is still the plan. The new song ‘Satisfy Me’ will definitely be a part of this. The song both marks a different direction for the young singer, but at the same time it sounds recognizable as an Aiden track.

On ‘Satisfy Me’, Aiden sounds more aggressive and powerful than ever. ‘The Way We Are’ sounded somewhat lighter than most of his material, but ‘Satisfy Me’ has a heavier and rawer style than this. The song is based on electronic sounds, but in a different way than the previous song, due to the raw character of the lyrics and the instrumentation. ‘Satisfy Me’ has a strong chorus that is preceded by a short rap verse. Aiden shows his distinctive vocals work really well with this kind of song as well. I am excited to see what he will put out next!


Aiden is terug met een frisse stijl en een nieuwe single

Enkele weken geleden schreef ik een artikeltje over de muziek en carrière van Aiden Grimshaw. Hij kondigde de release van een EP aan en plaatste het lied ‘The Way We Are’ als een gratis download online. Vlak hierna werd zijn Twitter account verwijderd wat vragen opriep. Vandaag maakte Aiden echter zijn nieuwe plannen bekend. Hij laat vanaf nu zijn achternaam achterwege en is met enkel zijn voornaam een nieuw Twitter account begonnen. Tegelijkertijd liet hij een nieuwe song, ‘Satisfy Me’, in première gaan.

Aiden’s nieuwe artiestennaam gaat gepaard met een verandering in zijn image, wat meteen duidelijk te zien is op de cover van zijn aankomende release. We zien de zanger met een nieuwe stijl en een nieuw kapsel. Hij heeft geen shirt aan en er hangt een slang om zijn nek. Het is een interessante en fascinerende foto, die veel belooft voor de nieuwe muziek van Grimshaw. Voor de veranderingen kondigde de zanger een EP aan en dit is nu nog steeds het plan. De nieuwe track ‘Satisfy Me’ zal hier zeker een onderdeel van zijn. Het lied laat weer een andere kant van Aiden horen, maar is tegelijkertijd ook vertrouwd en herkenbaar.

Op ‘Satisfy Me’ klinkt Aiden agressiever en krachtiger dan ooit. ‘The Way We Are’ had een wat lichter geluid dan het grootste gedeelte van zijn materiaal, maar ‘Satisfy Me’ klinkt juist weer steviger en zwaarder. De song is wel gebaseerd op elektronische geluiden, maar op een geheel andere manier. De tekst en instrumentatie hebben beide een ruwer karakter, wat past bij de stevigere sound. ‘Satisfy Me’ heeft een sterk refrein dat vooraf wordt gegaan door een stukje rap, wat goed bij het lied past. Aiden’s opvallende stemgeluid werkt ook prima op dit soort liedjes. Ik ben heel benieuwd wat we nog meer van dit grote talent kunnen verwachten!