• Karlee Smith

Review: "Barricades" - Netsky and Rita Ora





Rita Ora is back with a catchy song, and this time she has teamed up with prolific music producer, Netsky. In their new single, “Barricades”, they tell the story of a rocky romance. It is clear the two lovers have been fighting. The reason is unknown, but it is clear hurtful words have been said. Ora sings an apology in the first verse before breaking out into the powerful chorus. She sings about the barricades that surround the two lovers, preventing them from loving one another. She sings a promise that she will fight for them and not let the relationship go down in flames. She wants to work together to tear down the walls before she loses the one person she loves. This is a very emotional song with incredibly deep lyrics. The passion can be heard in Ora’s voice. It is rare for an upbeat, electro-pop song to have such emotions, yet Netsky and Ora successfully manage it with “Barricades”. The song is an instant hit that will be topping the charts.









“Barricades” is a versatile song that shows off the talent of both Netsky and Rita Ora. Netsky’s electro-pop, drum, and bass production compliments Ora’s powerful vocals. The song starts with a slow tempo paired with piano and violins. It allows for the artists to build the emotion behind the song, just in time for the intense beat drop at the end of the chorus. From then on, the song’s tempo increases. The production is distinctively different from many electro-pop songs, showcasing Netsky’s unique talent. He stands out from the crowd by using intense instruments and sounds that many others may omit from their songs. Ora’s raspy voice supports the intensity of the music, tying in the unique qualities of the song. Together, Netsky and Ora make an incredible team that will not disappoint listeners.




Netsky is a drum’n’bass producer from Belgium. He is known for his liquid funk style music. After receiving chart success in the UK, he was signed to Hospital Records in late 2009. His debut album, Netsky, was released in 2010. Since then, Netsky has made a name for himself in the pop music scene. He has several collaborations under his belt including remixes to songs by Ed Sheeran, Dua Lipa, and Jessie J. Rita Ora is one of the UK’s most successful modern pop singer-songwriters. Her debut album, Ora, was released in 2012. This album topped the UK charts and included two #1 UK singles. She has collaborations with artists such as Cardi B, Bebe Rexha, Charli XCX, Kygo, and Iggy Azalea. She has also dabbled in acting, taking on projects such as Fast & Furious 6, the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, and Southpaw. She has made a huge name for herself in both the music and film industries.


Written By Karlee Smith



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