FIVE SONGS YOU NEED TO CHECK OUT.
1 – Basement Jaxx – Back 2 The Wild
Kicking things off this week is the long-awaited return of bonkers dance group, Basement Jaxx, with their first release since their 2009 album Scars. This pulls out all your favourite Jaxx quirks and outrage, reminiscent of classics like ‘Bingo Bango’ and ‘Jump N Shout’ from their early years. Nobody does the all-out shouty carnival sound quite like Basement Jaxx, and it’s great to see them sticking to what they do best with an equally nutty video to match.
2 – Daft Punk ft. Pharrell Williams – Get Lucky
It seems there’s a return for all the big 90s dance acts this week. I’m just waiting for new music from Groove Armada, Faithless and Prodigy and we’ll really be transported to the good ol’ days. This track has gained lots of attention this week for breaking all records, shooting straight to #1 on iTunes and gaining the most plays for a new song in one day ever on streaming site Spotify. But is it just hype or does the song have some merits? The track pays homage to the late 70s and early 80s sounds of disco, with a feel of Sister Sledge’s classic ‘He’s The Greatest Dancer’. Pharrell’s silky voice is a brave, but successful attempt at recreating the soulful vocalists of an era of Earth, Wind & Fire and Chic. There’s still enough electronic twiddling going on to give that classic Daft Punk feel to ‘Get Lucky’ to…
3 – Icona Pop – We Got The World
Swedish electro-pop Icona Pop return this week with the second single from their forthcoming debut album. This shouty party track makes a night with Ke$ha sound like a tea-party. The girls blend catchy sing-a-long verses with a happy-go-lucky electro beat, pulling out influences from the huge Swedish House scene that’s been pretty much laying down the blueprint for dance music in the last couple of years.
4 – Chris Brown – Fine China
Regardless of my thoughts of him as a person, it’s difficult to deny Chris Brown’s talent as a musician as he throws out successful hit records almost as quick-fire as his ex-girlfriend, Rihanna. What’s wonderful about this track is the sidestep from the dance music he’s been (albeit quite nicely) lending his hand to lately, and returning to his roots as an R&B performer. Usher and Ne-Yo may have to up their game with their next releases as ‘Fine China’ is the nearest thing we’ve had to a great Michael Jackson single since the Dangerous album. It’s sexy, soulful and funky, perhaps the greatest and most authentic R&B single I’ve heard this year.
5 – Disclosure ft. Eliza Doolittle – You & Me
Gearing up to the release of their promising debut album, Disclosure release their follow up to the surprise hit of the year ‘White Noise’ this week. ‘You & Me’ is another great club record with a much more mellow feel than its predecessor, making it perfect for bar, club or lounge. It sees a return for Eliza Doolittle who had hits with ‘Pack Up’ and ‘Skinny Genes’ a couple of years back. She adds a nice vocal to a distorted beat that is a shoe-in for their first #1 hit.