FIVE SONGS YOU NEED TO CHECK OUT NOW.
1 – Stafford Brothers ft. Christina Milian & Lil’ Wayne – Hello
Heading up my list to watch this week is Australian production and DJ duo, Stafford Brothers with their new single, ‘Hello’. Over in Oz, these guys have toured with the Prodigy and The Chemical Brothers and released more than 2 dozen singles, as well as remixed massive dance hits for Robbie Rivera, T2, Dan Le Sac and Princess Superstar. However, it’s thanks to their chosen vocalists for this latest house track, that my ears have pricked up. It’s the first single release from R&B star, Christina Milian, since 2006’s ‘Say I’ and her vocals remain on point. Added to that is the inexplicably popular, Lil’ Wayne (Hip Hop’s answer to Jackie Stallone) and a euphoric drop happily gliding along in the spirit of a trance revival. All signs point to a massive club hit.
2 – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Mary Lambert – Same Love
Jay-Z and Kanye West may have shown their support to the LGBT community in interviews in recent years, but it’s not until now that we’ve had a Hip Hop track released to a mainstream audience showing direct support towards same-sex marriage. What’s more is that it’s by straight rapper, Seattle’s Macklemore who name-checks a gay uncle in the track. It is produced by Ryan Lewis and features a beautiful chorus from Mary Lambert. This track has been making waves worldwide and has every chance to succeed here too, especially since the accompanying video has been going viral across social networks.
3 – Dot Rotten – Karmageddon
Fresh from the success of last year’s ‘Overload’ and features with Cher Lloyd, Ed Sheeran and Tyler James, the latest single from London born rapper, Dot Rotten is a cool mix of British Hip Hop and sleek uplifting electro-pop. It’s another sign that what used to be only acceptable as camp disco floor-filling beats is finding itself more and more integrated in the grittier sound of Rap.
4 – Candi Staton – Hallelujah Anyway (Larse Vocal Mix)
She may now be 72 years old, but somehow, gospel singer, Candi Staton continues to be a big name in the world of disco. So far she’s best known for her megahit ‘Young Hearts Run Free’, and 90s anthem, and original to Florence & The Machine’s cover, ‘You’ve Got The Love’. This track has been picking up interest since last Summer but finally looks set to hit dance floors thanks to a new set of remixes in the coming weeks. German DJ Larse has created the best in my opinion, with a glossy polished feel to sit against the real grit of Candi’s remarkable voice.
5 – Bingo Players ft. Far East Movement – Get Up (Rattle)
We finish this week with a track that’s been doing the rounds for a while as an instrumental, but thanks to new vocals from Far East Movement and a sampling on a new Alexis Jordan single, it seems set to be one of the biggest dance hits of the first quarter of 2013. Starting life as ‘The Rattle’, it seems an additional rap was required to turn their records into gold, just like last single ‘Cry (Just A Little)’ required Flo Rida to take hold of it and turn it into ‘I Cry’. Now this looks set to make the move out of the clubs and onto the radio and TV since the video’s worth a look too. Be warned though, you may never look at ducks in quite the same way again.