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by Years & Years

I found this track’s chorus texture rather bland, but I did appreciate some of the entertaining percussion touches elsewhere in the production. First prize (sponsored by the Spanish Tourist Board — the bottle of sherry’s in the post) goes to that fun little castanet fill between verse and prechorus at 0:31 and 1:35, but there’s also some intelligent programming (or at least loop selection) going on. For example, the triangle part we hear straight from the outset is much more engaging by virtue of the complicated pattern of damped and undamped hits, and the prechorus hi-hat part enlivens the usual off-beat genre cliché with open hat on the first off-beat and a skipping ghost note on the third.