FIVE SONGS YOU NEED TO CHECK OUT.
1 – Naughty Boy ft. Sam Smith – La La La
My top pick this week comes from UK producer, Naughty Boy who has already worked with chart toppers, Emeli Sande, Wiley and Tinie Tempah. ‘La La La’ features a peculiar female vocal chanting “la la la” throughout the track, which will not be to everyone’s taste (though I find it quite charming). All the while Sam Smith (who previously appeared on Disclosure’s massive hit ‘Latch’ last year) delivers a flawless R&B vocal. I guarantee this one is here to stay for the whole of summer.
2 – Studio Killers – All Men Are Pigs
Former 90s producer Darren Stokes, who had hits under the alias Tin Tin Out, has returned after over a decade to form animated super-band Studio Killers. They’ve already had some success across Europe with debut single, ‘Ode To The Bouncer’, and now they’ve returned with a fun, slightly gimmicky song in ‘All Men Are Pigs’. It has a kind of Mika-like androgyny to the vocal with an electro-inspired production. Definitely a love it-or hate it kind of record. There’s a thin line between catchy and annoying, and for now I’m on team catchy!
3 – Alex Winston – Velvet Elvis
Originally released last year, ‘Velvet Elvis’, by Michigan born singer Alex Winston, has started to show some promise thanks to recent use on the Google Chrome adverts. These make it sound instantly familiar, almost like an old favourite. Her voice and style shows a little glimpse of Marina and The Diamonds and sometimes even a dash of Kate Bush, although there’s still certain individuality to her too. It has an instant impact that’s perfect for advertisement, but easily pleasant enough for anyone’s summer strolling playlist.
4 – Iggy Azalea – Work
I have to say I feel a little slow off the mark with this one as it’s been slowly climbing up the charts over the last month and has finally reached the top 20 this weekend. Izzy is the Australian nemesis of US rent-a-gob rapper, Azealia Banks who lists her influences as 2 Pac and Missy Elliott. ‘Work’ is a fantastic introduction which begins with a slow spoken section which promises something epic ahead. This is all followed by a major baseline and the chants of “I’ve been work-work-work-work-workin’ on my shiiiiiiiit”. Yes she has and here it is.
5 – Swiss Lips – U Got The Power
After recently supporting Bastille on their UK tour, Manchester band, Swiss Lips are looking to score some success of their own with the release of their latest single ‘U Got The Power’. The song only goes to strengthen the promise of an electro-pop revival in 2013 with bands ever-more shying away from the indie rock sounds of the last couple of decades and looking towards catchier uplifting tracks like this.