Pop is kind of a double-edged sword. While the vast majority of it is empty, shallow and not the least bit intriguing, it can be an incredibly impactful sound with the right creative approach. I’ve always veered toward the darker, richer end of the pop spectrum (Marina & The Diamonds, Ellie Goulding), and this new track from upcoming singer Annabel Jones fits in nicely. The daughter of The Monkees icon Davy Jones, she’s taking the opposite approach from her father’s group and attempting to create something fresh and meaningful. “IOU” accomplishes this quite nicely, managing to remain both understated and aggressive while undeniably infectious. Her debut EP Libelle, produced in part by Dntel’s Jimmy Tamborello, is forthcoming on Atlantic Records.
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There’s just something about Scandinavian pop artists, isn’t there? It’s hard to throw a rock without hitting a solid track from one of these singers, so it takes a little extra to stand out from the crowd. Kill J manages to do this with outstanding electronic production and smooth, catchy R&B hooks. The others are good but, this is better.
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Sabzi and Kelsey Burkin are set to take over the world as Made In Heights, who are about to release their sophomore full length Without My Enemy What Would I Do, on May 26th. I’ve written about them before, and there’s not a whole lot more to add other than beefing up my endorsement even a few more notches. It isn’t often that you encounter new artists who can’t seem to do any wrong. Their first album, the self-titled Made In Heights, is nearly flawless from start to finish and everything they’ve put out ahead of this new one pushes them even further. Don’t take my word for it, just pick anything from their SoundCloud page and you’ll see what I mean. Enjoy, and don’t sleep on them.
Most of the time, the best pop music floating around is stuff you’re not going to hear on the radio (yet). I could spend a lot of time trying to deconstruct every little element of this song that puts it ahead its radio counterparts, but that would go against the ethos of the track. It’s just… really nice to listen to. And like FRANKIE sings, everybody’s got problems so there’s a little something for everyone to relate to. She only has a couple songs out right now but “Problems Problems” definitely puts her on the watch list.
Okay so that caption is a complete and utter lie, but Rubblebucket is a five-piece set from Brooklyn that’s been around for a few years now. While their name and the dude in dreadlocks might lead you to believe this lies somewhere in the spectrum between Dispatch and Slightly Stoopid, they’re actually a pretty sweet genre-bending indie band with hip hop and electronic sonic influences. Dig the new “Carousel Ride” off their upcoming Survival Sounds album.