Krewella is an American electronic dance music (EDM) band out of Chicago, Illinois that consists of members Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf (sisters, vocalists, and songwriters) along with producer and member, Kris “Rain Man” Trindl. The group’s sound is a mix of EDM, Dubstep, Synth Pop, Electro House, and Progressive House.
Play Hard is the first major EP released by Krewella Music LLC on June 18th, 2012 through Beatport followed by iTunes on June 26th. Play Hard rose to number one on Billboard’s Dance Radio Airplay. The album received great reviews from critics, fans, and new listeners all around music genres. Popular hits off of Play Hard include “Alive”, “Play Hard”, “Killin’ It”, “Feel Me”, and “One Minute”.
Play Hard is a short EP, but doesn’t disappoint fans. The tracks consists of electronic beats mixed with dubstep (a treat for all dubstep fans and dancers) with a positive, poppy dance feel made for clubbing, hanging with friends, and late night cursing with the stereo blasting. The lyrics are clear and simple with a sexual twist.
The first track titled after the album, “Play Hard,” starts the EP off with being in a bar drinking, partying, seizing the day, and living life the fullest with no worries. As the night progresses, the drinks increase, the party continues as the climax proceeds. As the night progresses, track number two, “Killin’ It” introduces listeners into hooking up with a random guy and enjoying every bit of sexual dominance involved. Track three, “Can’t Control Myself” takes listeners into a realm of possibly falling for the person they randomly hooked up with in the previous track.
The fourth song, “Alive” is obviously the strongest on the EP with the most positive message. “Alive” is about meeting the right person, finding your significant other, and never wanting to let them go. “Alive” is a hit and extremely relatable to new and devoted couples. Track five, “One Minute” continues the sexual roller coaster. Continuing where “Alive” left off, “One Minute” describes pleasurable, rough sex with the person that you love and not being afraid to let your animal instincts out. The ending track, “Feel Me” leaves listeners on a positive note. The sex continues and the pleasure never ends.
Rating: 5 out of 5 star for originality, simple, straight-to-the-point-lyrics, and not being afraid to describe sexuality in great detail. With the album being sexually explicit with adult themes, conservative listeners should keep this in mind, but don’t shy away from the album.
Author: Savannah Marcha
Savannah is a 2012 graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz. She received her BA in Modern Literature and was the poetry editor for the Red Wheelbarrow Publications on campus. Savannah currently resides in Visalia, CA where she works as a reading tutor helping students K-12. Savannah is an inspiring writer and teacher, loves music, and enjoys dissecting lyrics from her favorite band, Green Day.