First, Justin Bieber asked: “Where Are ü Now?” Now, Biebs is asking: “What Do You Mean?”
After seeing celebrity after celebrity (everyone from Kevin Hart to Britney Spears) post photos and videos of themselves counting down to the release of Bieber’s “What Do You Mean?”, the Biebs has finally released his new single produced by Skrillex. Biebs and Skrillex have previously worked together on Jack U’s track “Where Are ü Now?” (this summer’s banger based solely off of its constant airtime).
The song is EDM-inspired with a tropical house beat while Bieber croons: “What do you mean?/ When you nod your head yes/ But you wanna say no/ What do you mean?”
It pains me a bit to say that I actually really like the song and can even (am I really about to say this?) relate to it. In the song, Biebs is confused because a girl is being flip-floppy and says one thing but means another. So basically, he’s like “What the hell do you want?” — a question I have definitely wanted to scream in peoples’ faces who seem to be hot and cold, in and out. Although I understand the song completely now, I didn’t feel right about the lyrics when I first skimmed through the track. Initially, it felt like a “no means yes” controversy, and to be honest, it didn’t really surprise me at the time because, well, Justin Bieber (enough said).
The Biebs is officially back (not sure how to feel about this).
It’s a tiny bit disheartening that when you Google search “How Deep is Your Love,” the Bee Gees only made it to one result on the first page while a majority of the pages link to Calvin Harris.
In mid-July when Calvin Harris released his and the Disciples’ new deep house track “How Deep is Your Love,” it was expected to be a summer banger. With its funky bass and repetitive chorus, I can understand why people would consider the song one of their summer jams (I’m looking at you, bros).
The same can’t be said for Frenchman DJ Snake’s remix of “How Deep is Your Love.”
As has been probably mentioned in several previous blog posts, I’m a fan of DJ Snake. I’ve seen him six or more times already (including one time when my phone got stolen by a boy wearing a cardigan in a club, which in all realness, should have been a red flag to begin with), and have enjoyed every single performance. He’s even been dominating the radio this summer between his version of AlunaGeorge’s “You Know You Like It” and “Lean On” with Major Lazer and MØ. Despite all of that, I really dislike his remix of Harris’ “How Deep is Your Love.” The remix had so much potential until the beat dropped and some God-awful, annoying horn starts ringing like crazy. In comparison to DJ Snake’s other work, this remix falls short, which is why I dislike it so much. So basically, like a parent to a teenager, I’m disappointed in DJ Snake. I would be interested to hear what a purely trap remix of the song would sound like. If Ookay had remixed “How Deep is Your Love,” I imagine it would be all the trappy ratchetness I was expecting from DJ Snake. I also think Oliver Heldens could really add to the song with his signature bouncy bass.
My love for DJ Snake’s remix of the song is not deep at all.