Best Tracks 2015: Drake - "Hotline Bling"
Thu, 31 Dec 2015 09:01:45
Drake's "Hotline Bling", released in the summer of 2015, hit the imaginations of listening audiences when they most needed it. Produced by frequent collaborator nineteen85, the track relies greatly on Timmy Thomas' song "Why Can't We Live Together" from 1972. Not as musically polished as some tracks from the Canadian rapper, "Hotline Bling" gives center stage to Drake's emotional outpouring rather than his instrumental prowess. It's the raw energy, and oddly subdued showmanship that leads to a instrumental track that demands volume and inclusion in any dance club setlist. This is a classic tale of betrayed trust, exotic nocturnal activities, jealousy, and a good old-fashioned jilting.
Inspiring a range of cover versions from a number of artists, including Mila J, Alessia Cara, Erykah Badu, Yuna, Keyshia Cole, Charlie Puth and Kehlani, Sam Smith, Disclosure, and Sondre Lerche the track has been called 'the most over-covered song of the year'.
With an accompanying video that centers around some oddly goofy dancing from Drake, there's also footage of phone sex line operators in a sleek, simple and straightforward treatment of lyrical content which has left the track wide open to a wealth of inspired parodies, whilst also receiving the critical charge of sexism.
Hitting the Top Ten singles charts of countless countries around the world, and turning multi-platinum in sales there is something compelling in the appeal in Drake's parred down approach to craft. His emotional button-pushing had never reach the heights of 2015's "Hotline Bling."
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