FIVE SONGS YOU NEED TO CHECK OUT.
1 – Icona Pop ft. Charlie XCX – I Love It
This week’s top 5 is led by Swedish duo, Icona Pop who have been racing up the charts across Europe and the US and look set to do the same here in the coming weeks with their debut single ‘I Love It’. It’s a larger than life blend of rave, punk and electro, with heavy synths, shouty vocals and a pumping baseline. This track simply won’t stand for being ignored. Pulling in the sounds of our own Brit, Luciana as well as the likes of Tegan & Sara, New Young Pony Club and The Knife, thanks somewhat to vocals by Essex born, Charlie XCX.
2 – Starkillers, Dmitry KO & Amba Shepherd – Let The Love
Starkillers is an American DJ who has slowly been building up a portfolio of his own dance anthems and remixes over the last couple of years. For me, this has been the strongest of them so far, due to the vibrant drop, which fits in with current trends in house music. There’s a nice vocal from Amba Shepherd who has already provided vocals on tracks for Porter Robinson and Hardwell as well as extra production from up and coming Amsterdam based DJ, Dmitry KO.
3 – The 1975 – Chocolate
Manchester indie group, The 1975, formed in 2002 a full 11 years before they got the big break and released their first single through Little Comets’ Dirty Hits records this month. It’s right towards the high end of the fun scale in indie music, which has really set them apart from some of the more dirgey offerings from other Brit bands in recent years. They have a bouncy happy-go-lucky structure probably taking influence from 80s bands like Deacon Blue and Talking Heads.
4 – Ayah Marar – Unstoppable
Ayah Marar is a half Jordanian singer to a Czech-Bulgarian Mother who immigrated to the UK at the age of 18 and has since provided vocals to some of the biggest names in dance music, such as Calvin Harris, Baseline Smith and DJ Fresh as well as providing backing vocals for Jack Penate and Cheryl Cole. Now she’s set to launch her solo career with the release of her album, The Real, and this being the lead single from it. It’s an unashamed old skool Drum & Bass track which plays great tribute to some of the more favourable tracks from the genre around the turn of the Millennium. On the other hand it still sounds fresh and current enough to fit in alongside recent hits like Matrix & Futurebound’s ‘Magnetic Eyes’ and DJ Fresh’s ‘Gold Dust’.
5 – Jakwob ft. Maiday – Fade
British producer, Jakwob has been threatening to breakthrough for time, but his mostly Drum & Bass offerings so far, have been a little lacking, or perhaps not unique enough to capture radio’s attention enough to score him any real mainstream success. However, possibly thanks to working with mellower acts like Ellie Goulding, Katie Melua and Lana Del Rey, Jakwob has gone for a much more stripped back sound on this release which is starting to show some hope on the iTunes top 100. It’s a chilling and yet understated track, with vocals delivered beautifully from Maiday who has previously provided vocals for the less credible Girls Aloud and Leona Lewis.