Bop un­til the bit­ter end

Sunday Star-Times - - Escape Entertainment - Kate Robert­son kate.robert­[email protected]

It’s the sea­son for thin tem­pers and toy aisle tantrums. Adults are tired, kids are tired, and a strange push/pull be­tween Christmas cheer and pure ex­haus­tion emerges.

The long-awaited an­nual leave is in sight, and the de­sire to throw the towel in on ab­so­lutely ev­ery­thing is very real.

For times when you’re tempted to ir­ra­tionally snap in the heat of the mo­ment – at a col­league, loved one, friend or foe – hold in the rage and hit play on one of these bops in­stead.

If you’re fed up with an ex­ter­nal con­tact, Kiwi group LA Women’s new sin­gle Don’t Call Me Back has barely been out a week, and it has al­ready topped the New Zealand Sin­gles Chart.

This seems a clear sign that no­body’s ring­ing any­body back.

The moody, brush-it-off R&B num­ber can eas­ily be trans­lated to any per­son caus­ing you bother. Make like LA Women – if they are ‘‘bad for your health’’ say thank you, next.

If you just need to get through, the end feels too far away and you’re swim­ming in dead­lines, rap­per Meek Mill’s tri­umphant new al­bum Cham­pi­onships will put things in per­spec­tive.

Mill rises above a very pub­lic pe­riod of per­sonal hard­ship and strug­gle on a multi-lay­ered, au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal al­bum that’ll kick your A into G faster than any TEDx talk or self-help book.

Man­agers take note: The per­pet­ual ur­gency in his voice could hype up even the most stag­nant, unin­spired em­ployee.

If you’re fight­ing the urge to be petty, Lit­tle Mix are the queens of ris­ing above other peo­ple’s non­sense.

They know when to hold their tongues and when to de­liver a mic drop re­tal­i­a­tion.

LM5 is so loaded with em­pow­er­ment it would make any nor­mal per­son woozy in any other month, but in De­cem­ber it hits the spot.

Walk away from drama then shake it out in your own time.

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