EP REVIEW: ALMA – Heavy Rules Mixtape
ALMA is a newcomer that everyone needs to get more excited over. “Chasing Highs” was one of the most underrated pop songs of 2017 and deserved absolute chart domination. Instead what she got was viral streaming success but she’s not complaining because with a string of singles, a Martin Solveig collaboration, a Charli XCX feature and a sold out tour she’s on route to become unstoppable. Her new EP “Heavy Rules Mixtape” is a strong collection of six incredibly produced dance-pop bangers. Some are polished pop gems and others are gritty, club ready tracks. The Finnish songstress kicks off the EP with the beat heavy “Legend” which is a RNB injected self empowerment track that is about no matter how much you feel like you’re failing that you are actually doing fine. The guitar shredding in the chorus along with the electronic production is just a small glimpse to the versatility she prides herself on and will have you bopping instantly. She then teams up with Danish pop hitmaker MO for the infectious and electric “Dance For Me” which showcases a sexier side to the songstress which we haven’t really heard before. But it’s “Good Vibes” that steals the show with the bittersweet feeling of wanting one last intimate moment with someone before a break up. “Just tell me your sweet lies, sweet lies and then look at my sad eyes, sad eyes. Let’s pretend this one last time before we go and kill all the good vibes”. Swedish songstress Tove Styrke features on this track and adds a layer of emotion to her delivery. It’s probably the most intimate we’ve heard ALMA and I’m loving this vibe. “Fake Gucci” and “BACK2U” reintroduce the gritty sound with less of a pop polish and just delivers good songs and some low key raw moments. Closing the EP with the Kiiara assisted “Chit Chat” this funky dance moment will have you dancing instantly and wanting to press replay. This collection perfectly reiterates why ALMA is the newcomer that everyone needs to be talking about. From the intimate songwriting to the funky and fresh production to the big hooks there is no denying that this is a very cool and energetic EP.