Tuesday, July 28, 2015

FRESH OUT THE BOX: Robyn, Jill Scott, Austin Mahone, Carly Rae Jepsen, Little Boots & More

L to R: Jill Scott, Tove Styrke, Little Boots, Carly Rae Jepsen

It's official -- New Music Tuesday has officially become New Music Friday here in the US and around the globe. Perhaps this means I'll be more on the stick (so to speak) when it comes to actually putting metaphorical pen to paper when talking about my favorite new cuts of the week, yes? 

With that out of the way, here's what's "new" (or at least "new" since we last chatted "new") that I've been turning all the way up...

TOVE STYRKE - "...Baby One More Time"
Yup, it's a cover of that iconic Britney jam. No, it's nothing you'd expect. Full of futuristic bleep-blurps and a smokey, dark vocal -- Tove is gunning for Charli XCX's position as the new alt-pop princess.

JILL SCOTT - "Coming To You" (no link available -- but just buy the whole album, it's worth it)
Love R&B? Jill Scott is here to slay ya faves. Her latest album, Woman, hit shelves last week and quite literally runs the gamut of great to greater to greatest. Single "Closure" is a fave and so is "Run Run Run" but I'm choosing "Coming To You" as my overall favorite from the set. It's so Motowny.

I wasn't expecting "I kissed a girl and I liked it" from my girl Demi but it is a Max Martin smash whether or not it sounds like Katy Perry. She looks so fab and confident in her skin, and it doesn't get better than that.

You can blame Bruno Mars for igniting this 70's soul swing but I sure ain't fightin' the funk. Austin sounds right in the pocket with his most grown-up jam to date, smartly steering clear of too many vocoders, bells & whistles, and unnecessary rap features (cough::Pitbull::cough) but still staying bubblegum friendly. He needed something to set him apart from Bieber's shadow -- maybe this is it (and by that something, I mean stepping instead into Nick Jonas' shadow. Good choice, Austin. Very good choice.).

Thoughts and opinions about Ms. Hill's road to here, it sure is great to have her vocals back, now isn't it?

CHVRCHES - "Leave A Trace"
Easily stands alongside "The Mother We Share" as a great pop effort.

This might just be a glittery, gay fever dream leftover from last night's bender at da club, but does it get more fab? Hooky, dancy Nervo? Scissor Sisters' Jake Shears searing vocal? Nile Rogers face-melting guitar? KYLIE? YASSSSSSSS COMETHRUUUUUUU.

The former American Idol winner is hands in on this slinky R&B thing and if this jam is any indicator of what's to come from her long-awaited third album, I'm okay with that. If anyone can give Tinashe and Jhene Aiko a run for their money, it's Sparks with her ridiculous vocal capabilities. Jordi -- this sound looks good on ya.

Carly Rae's upcoming record is shaping up to be the straight pop record of 2015 and it's a shame, too, since all thoughts are pointing toward it probably being under-appreciated by the general populace. For those of you are pigeon-holding her as a One Hit Wonder, YOU ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM. Just embrace the goodness! Wanna now how to spell Pop Perfection? It's J-E-P-S-E-N. Now, just let me drift on that sax wail...

Wait wait wait. We got new Kylie and new Robyn in one week? It must be Christmas in July. 

DJ Robin Schulz has a thing for taking familiar back beats and "re-inventing" them. His latest is "Sugar", featuring that up-and-comer Francesco Yates and it heavily features Baby Bash's hit "Suga Suga" (right down to Frankie J's chorus). If you didn't get that reference, you are probably a fetus (not unlike Francesco, who was in single digits when "Suga Suga" was all over the radio back in 2003). 

FLETCHER - "War Paint"
Jersey gal Fletcher has a jam on her hands. "War Paint" is one of those pop corkers that straddles the genre line -- it's a little bit country stomper, little bit pop jangly, little bit dance smash. It's the single Taylor Swift should have done. And I mean that it the best sense.

LB's latest album, also titled Working Girl, has dropped and I'm totally okay with stating its her best to date. "No Pressure" is still getting lots of spins from moi but "Working Girl" is quickly trying to give it a run for its moola. 

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