Friday, March 22nd, 2019

Wiley, Sean Paul & Stefflon Don ft. Idris Elba – Boasty (Remix)

Wait, when did Wiley win Sexiest Man Alive?


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Kat Stevens: Totally here for the Ace of Base ragga piano, the clumsy air horns, Wiley’s 2nd hand Gameboy-bleeps, Steff saying “physically fit,” Sean Paul saying “is it???” but not in response to a question, and Idris Elba…well, sure. All this stuff is my jam, including the half-arsed manner in which it is being done! But that BIM-de-boop-berp-berp is so close to the Swedish chef BORK-de-bork-bong in General Levy’s entirely whole-arsed “Champagne Body” that I am disappointed every time the borks fail to materialise properly.
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David Moore: Plenty of fun, a generous track where everyone’s having a good time getting an easy check, and there’s no reason that Idris Elba should elevate things since he sure sounds like he’s moonlighting, but my god — I can see him, I can see him. 
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Joshua Minsoo Kim: A perfectly decent song that doesn’t feature anything particularly noteworthy beyond the mere existence of its collaboration.
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Joshua Copperman: The video for “Boasty” is brilliant, the energy and momentum of a one-take video but with cuts as precise as Henry Schholfield’s previous videos for Dua Lipa and others. Stefflon Don emulates Nicki Minaj’s flow down to the stutter effects at 1:05, Sean Paul remains Sean Paul, and Idris Elba’s verse is unexpectedly goofy (“I write for myself, no ghosty”). There isn’t much else to say about this, but it makes me miss uptempo music and I want this to be as big as possible.
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Edward Okulicz: Idris Elba! God, he’s prolific. I even like those Spike Jonze-directed Squarespace ads he’s on at the moment. And I quite like his verse on this, it’s good-natured and silly, though it misses an obvious and great joke — in the middle of it, you can hear the Street Fighter II “Perfect!” voice, or something that sounds like it, but despite Elba saying he’ll make a girl melt like a toasty, there is no Mortal Kombat “Toasty!” interjection. Not that this matters at all. This is the best Sean Paul appearance in a while, Stefflon Don’s best appearance ever and as if that weren’t enough, Wiley too. Come for the guest star, and I bet lots of people are, but there’s no reason to leave.
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Alfred Soto: Star power is a helluva thing, and if the beat and Sean Paul exceed the limits of patience, then Idris Elba insists on proving us wrong. Stars do this.
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Katherine St Asaph: I don’t know what’s weirder: hearing Idris Elba on a fun pop-rap song in 2019, or fun pop-rap songs (by people other than Cardi B) being hard to come by in 2019. Stefflon in particular sounds energized for the first time in what already seems like forever.
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Scott Mildenhall: A miraculous collective with a lot to shout about, even before the addition of Detective John Philbert. Their travelator glide is almost irrepressible, an unspectacular but assured tag team effort that is only once punctured by the belief that DJing at a royal wedding warrants any boasting at all.
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Ramzi Awn: “Boasty” succeeds in rare ways. The production is simple and the repetition manages to avoid being annoying by a thin margin. The single doesn’t boom, but it’s perfectly frothy and fit for a playlist. 
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Jibril Yassin: The real hero of this remix is Sean Paul who sounds like he’s actually having fun here. 
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Iris Xie: This song makes me impatient for summer and want it now! The buoyant but heavy beats swim between each of the features, who all sound strong and just like themselves and pass along a super fun hook that doesn’t lack for casual swag. I love casual party songs that are not too taxing, but not boring, for 100+ degree weather, and this definitely ticks that marker.
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Reader average: [7.5] (4 votes)

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