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by Zedd & Alessia Cara

What a fantastic vocoder-like sound they’ve achieved here! And by using it as the backdrop for the lead vocal, the consonant impact remains good, side-stepping the common problem that synth-generated carrier signals usually have too little upper-spectrum energy to generate clear ‘s’, ‘t’ and ‘k’ sounds. All’s not totally peachy on the lyric intelligibility front, though, as Alessia’s line “the clock is ticking” has such a weak ‘l’ that the accompanying clockwork Foley seems like all that’s saving it from a Tipper sticker!