If you’ve been paying attention over the last ten years you would’ve noticed the name Benny Blanco popping up in the production credits of some of your favourite pop songs like ‘Teenage Dream’, ‘Tik Tok’, ‘Moves Like Jagger’, ‘Castle On The Hill’, ‘Cold Water’ and ‘Now Or Never’. But the American producer has never released his own material, until now. His debut single ‘Eastside’ is a slightly disappointing affair that leaves you feeling really underwhelmed. With some of the biggest pop songs under his belt I did expect something a little punchier and a little more impactful but instead we got a monotonous pop meets RNB track. He strategically teamed up with Halsey and Khalid who are two of the most buzzed about pop newcomers so there is no excuse why this shouldn’t be more impressive than it is. Sadly its just really predictable as he fuses their two sounds together and delivers a ‘SIlence 2.0’ inspired prodcution. Yawn. But lyrically the storyline is very engaging and will have you slightly interested and will eventually grow on you with a couple of listens. “She used to meet me on the Eastside in the city where the sun don’t set”. But not even that can save it from still being a little boring.