Good Times (Kim Dotcom album)

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Good Times
Good Times Kim Dotcom.jpg
Studio album by
Released20 January 2014 (2014-01-20)
RecordedRoundhead Studios, Auckland
GenreElectronic dance music
Length60:45
LabelKimpire Music
ProducerKim Dotcom

Good Times is a debut studio album recorded by Finnish–German entrepreneur Kim Dotcom. It reached No. 8 in the Recorded Music NZ Top 40 album chart.

Background and recording[edit]

Good Times was recorded at Roundhead Studios in Auckland, New Zealand, and was begun in 2011.[1] Dotcom said that he played the album to American hip hop producer Swizz Beatz, who enjoyed it.[2]

Composition[edit]

Good Times is an electronic dance music (EDM) album, exploring a variety of subgenres, including trance and drum and bass, and features hip hop influences and synth sounds.[3][4] It contains completely positive themes.[5] Vicki Anderson of The Press compared Dotcom's vocals on the album to those of German electronic music band Kraftwerk.[6]

Release and promotion[edit]

Good Times was released worldwide by his independent record label Kimpire Music on 20 January 2014.[1] Dotcom performed at Rhythm & Vines on 31 December 2013; the set was filmed, and music videos for "Amazing", "Party Amplifier" and "Change Your Life" have been released.[2][6]

Reception[edit]

Chris Schulz of The New Zealand Herald called the album "a musical mess" and rated it one star out of five.[3] Gizmodo's Jack Tomlin criticised the album for being overproduced; he wrote that if it is meant by Dotcom to be a satirical take on contemporary EDM, then it is excellent.[4] David Farrier from 3 News described the album as "not as bad as you'd expect".[5]

Good Times entered the New Zealand Albums Chart dated 27 January 2014 at number twenty. The following week it moved up to number seventeen.[7] The week after that, it reached number eight, its peak position.[8]

Track listing[edit]

Good Times
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Amazing" (featuring Laughton Kora)
  • Printz Board
  • Deryk Mitchell
  • Laughton Kora
  • Kim Dotcom
3:39
2."Good Times" (featuring Ilati)
  • Jazelle Paris
  • Deryk Mitchell
  • Gerrell King
  • Kim Dotcom
  • Kim Dotcom
  • Deryk Mitchell
3:19
3."Dance Dance Dance"
  • Kim Dotcom
  • Printz Board
  • Deryk Mitchell
  • Kim Dotcom
  • Printz Board
  • Deryk Mitchell
3:45
4."Keeps Getting Better" (featuring Ilati)
  • Jazelle Paris
  • Deryk Mitchell
  • Kim Dotcom
  • Kim Dotcom
  • Deryk Mitchell
  • Rellevant
  • J.D. Walker
3:30
5."Change Your Life" (featuring Laughton Kora)
  • Deryk Mitchell
  • Jazelle Paris
  • Kim Dotcom
  • Deryk Mitchell
3:15
6."Universe" (featuring Amari)
  • Jazelle Paris
  • Gerrell King
  • Kim Dotcom
  • Rellevant
3:35
7."Little Bit of Me" (featuring Tiki Taane)
  • Jazelle Paris
  • Deryk Mitchell
  • Tiki Taane
  • Kim Dotcom
  • Kim Dotcom
  • Deryk Mitchell
  • Rellevant
  • J.D. Walker
3:27
8."Party Electricity" (featuring Amari)
  • Jazelle Paris
  • Gerrell King
  • Kim Dotcom
  • Kim Dotcom
  • J.D. Walker
3:33
9."Wunderbar" (Interlude)
  • Kim Dotcom
  • Kim Dotcom
  • J.D. Walker
  • Deryk Mitchell
  • Rellevant
1:25
10."To Be With You" (featuring Ilati)
  • Deryk Mitchell
  • Jazelle Paris
  • Kim Dotcom
  • Joshua Walker
  • Kim Dotcom
  • J.D. Walker
  • Deryk Mitchell
4:32
11."Good Life" (featuring Printz Board)
  • Printz Board
  • Deryk Mitchell
  • Kim Dotcom
  • Kim Dotcom
  • Printz Board
  • Deryk Mitchell
4:32
12."Party Amplifier" (featuring Printz Board)
  • Printz Board
  • Deryk Mitchell
  • Kim Dotcom
  • Kim Dotcom
  • Printz Board
  • Deryk Mitchell
3:49
13."Take Me Away" (featuring Mona Dotcom)
  • Printz Board
  • Deryk Mitchell
  • Kim Dotcom
  • Kim Dotcom
  • Printz Board
  • Deryk Mitchell
3:34
14."Beathoven" (Interlude)  2:13
15."Fireworks" (featuring Ilati)
  • Jazelle Paris
  • Gerrell King
  • Joshua Walker
  • Kim Dotcom
  • J.D. Walker
  • Rellevant
6:36
16."Live My Life"
  • Printz Board
  • Kim Dotcom
  • Kim Dotcom
  • Printz Board
3:27
17."Beathoven Slow"  3:11
Total length:01:00:45

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Dotcom, Kim (20 January 2014). "Kim Dotcom. – Good Times Out Worldwide" (Press release). Retrieved 24 January 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Kim Dotcom 'Change Your Life' video premiere". 3 News. MediaWorks New Zealand. 20 January 2013. Retrieved 24 January 2014.
  3. ^ a b Schulz, Chris (23 January 2014). "Album review: Kim Dotcom, Good Times". The New Zealand Herald. APN News & Media. Retrieved 24 January 2014.
  4. ^ a b Tomlin, Jack (21 January 2014). "Kim Dotcom Good Times Album Review: What A Mess". Gizmodo. Retrieved 24 January 2014.
  5. ^ a b "Kim Dotcom's Good Times – is it any good?". 3 News. MediaWorks New Zealand. 21 January 2014. Retrieved 24 January 2014.
  6. ^ a b Anderson, Vicki (24 January 2014). "Kim Dotcom, the party starter". The Press. Fairfax New Zealand. Archived from the original on 24 January 2014.
  7. ^ "NZ Top 40 Albums". Recorded Music NZ. 3 February 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  8. ^ "NZ Top 40 Albums". Recorded Music NZ. 10 February 2014. Retrieved 31 March 2014.