FIVE SONGS YOU NEED TO CHECK OUT.
1- DJ Sammy ft. The Jackie Boyz – Shut Up And Kiss Me
My ones to watch this week starts off with an unexpected comeback from former chart-topping Spanish dance producer, DJ Sammy, who this time hits hard without the need to turn up the bass on ‘Boys Of Summer’, ‘Heaven’ or any other cheesy driving anthem of yesterday. ‘Shut Up And Kiss Me’ is a breezy Summer jam featuring American R&B vocalists, The Jackie Boyz who have themselves worked with the likes of David Guetta, Madonna, Justin Bieber and Chris Brown. This should be the perfect soundtrack to any day on the beach at your favourite holiday destination.
2- Le Youth – C.O.O.L.
Expected to be one of the breakthrough acts of the Summer, producer and DJ Le Youth launches debut single, ‘C.O.O.L’ onto all the download sites this week with heaps of remixes to boot (If you need one, I’d go for the ColeCo remix). It freshens up a mid 00’s R&B anthem in Cassie’s ‘Me & You’, if possible adding even more sass and sexiness to the original. Perfect for the beach, bar or bedroom, making it the ideal multi-tasker tune!
3- Ciara ft. Nicki Minaj – I’m Out
Experiencing something of a resurgence of popularity back over in the States, this week Ciara releases her self-titled 5th studio album backed by second single, ‘I’m Out’. Backed with still-popular, Nicki Minaj, the girls thrust against each other in the video and throw in more lesbo-eroticism than an episode of Bad Girls. The track itself is a bass-heavy club banger, with possibly the most quick-fire rap from Nicki we’ve heard to date, while Ciara switches between a spot of rapping herself and her signature monotone vocals.
4- Empire Of The Sun – Alive
Masters of electro-camp, Australian duo, Empire Of The Sun return this week with the lead single from their new album, Ice On The Dune, which gives us something reminiscent of the much-missed, MGMT, with heavy use of synths and multi-layered vocals. While electro-pop may just about be on the way out, EOTS still manage to keep this fresh and interesting enough to give them one more hit.
5- Amplify Dot ft. Busta Rhymes – I’m Good
British rapper, Amplify Dot may cite Bob Marley and Salt N’Pepa as her main influences, but on her upcoming single ‘I’m Good’ it’s every bit a Missy Elliott track, with her humorous lyrics, laid heavy with wit and previously unheard metaphors, “Kinda like a fucking apple mac, I never PC, can you handle that?”. Busta also proves that even in his 40s he’s still one of the quickest, cleverest and most sought after rappers in the game.
Shane’s Retro Pick:
Each week I’ll be re-winding to much loved songs of yesterday, perhaps something you’d forgotten all about or maybe missed out on altogether.
Jungle Brothers – Because I Got It Like That
From the late 80s, American hip hop duo, Jungle Brothers, spent the best part of 2 decades bridging the gap between hip hop, funk and house music with hits like ‘Jungle Brother’, ‘VIP’ and ‘What U Waitin 4’. This one though is my favourite, thanks to its laid back style. Originally a hit in the late 80s, the group themselves saw further success in the late 90s when a bunch of their tracks, including this one and huge Ibiza anthem ‘I’ll House You’ got the remix treatment. They paved the way for the more recent genre-fusing hits for the likes of LMFAO, David Guetta and Will.I.Am.