Posts tagged ‘Pop’

Neon Light by Cannons

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There is something in Cannon’s music that separates them from the spate of synth pop bands that seem to emerge every twelve minutes or so.  Earlier this summer, we highlighted the R&B laced “Up All Night,” off of Cannon’s debut EP of the same name.  This time around, the focus is on “Neon Light,” a more upbeat track that has massive soft disco elements.  The contrasts between “Up All Night” and “Neon Light” shows the group’s flexibility in embracing various influences, all with the purpose of making danceable grooves.  “Neon Light” moves seamlessly between verse and chorus with sparkling tones and appropriately placed buildups (the hallmark of any great disco track).  Enjoy.

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Illume by Osca

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It wasn’t all that long ago that I posted an article on the UK’s Osca and their impressive debut single, “Blood.”  The foursome returns with “Illume,” an emotional track that sways between intimacy and exhilaration.  “Illume” proves that Osca is the real thing.  The near orchestral nature of their songs coupled with the maturity and openness of the lyrics (Come on love/I hold you closer than my skin) melts together into a song that makes the blood rush through every vein in your body.  Osca is bringing us the beginning of something amazing.  You might as well bask in the glory of being there from the start.  Enjoy.

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Reconsider (Jamie XX remix) by The XX

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I might have been in the minority of people who didn’t love The XX’s second album, Coexist.  However, a remix of one of the bonus tracks, “Reconsider,” produced by band member, Jamie XX, captures the essence of what made the trio’s first album a game changer.  Not as subdued as the whole of Coexist, the “Reconsider” remix has sharper beats, a more aggressive pace, and is a great reminder of what made The XX a dominant force in the indie scene and one of the defining bands of dream pop.  It’s good to have them back.  Enjoy.

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Sweet Emotion by The Kooks

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I’ve never been a huge Kooks fan so I can’t really talk about how their sound has evolved over the past 10 years.  All I can say is that “Sweet Emotion” is the second song I’ve heard off the British rock group’s fourth LP, Listen, released this year, and I can’t get enough.  “Sweet Emotion” showcases an amazing understanding of simple, groovy riffs and catchy hooks that don’t seem painfully commercial or cheesy.  The group embraces but doesn’t overdo their blues influences, keeping mindful of their pop/rock roots.  Nothing like jumping on a bandwagon ten years after it started rollin’.  Enjoy.

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Strange Enough by Verite

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Whenever pop music aspires to be more than just pop music, it’s worthy of our attention.  Such is the case with “Strange Enough,” the second single from the mysterious NY artist, Verite.  “Strange Enough” is darker and delves into more emotional complexity than your average pop fare, making it unique amidst a sea of songs churned out with cheerful electronics and upbeat, lighthearted vocalists.  Verite is off to a pretty impressive start and it will be interesting to see how she continues to stay miles ahead of her peers.  Enjoy.

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Hardest Part by Laura Welsh

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Laura Welsh has a flare for the bittersweet with her soulful “Hardest Part.”  Opening up about emotions we’ve all had to battle, (I keep lying to myself/I don’t need nobody else.  But I do/I need you), Welsh adds a bluesy swagger, owning her weakness for relying on someone else.  The UK artist seems to embrace weighty subjects with a natural ease and with “Hardest Part,” off her self-titled EP as evidence, I dare you to prove me wrong.  Enjoy.

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Up All Night by Cannons

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Any song opening that reminds me of “Cruel Summer” by Bananarama is automatically on my must play list.  “Up All Night” by Los Angeles’ Cannons embraces 80s pop while feeling current and a bit futuristic.  The trio have perfectly honed their self described “future boogie” into an insanely groovy track that is seductive and funky at the same time.  I may be prone to exaggeration but based on the few songs released by Cannons so far, we have a slick new synth pop group that is poised to take the indie world by storm.  Enjoy.

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