This week’s roundup includes a rave o’clock arena anthem from the U.K., a gorgeous ballad from one of my favorite up-and-coming U.K. songstresses, a brokenhearted disco anthem from an Australian goddess–and yes, even a little ditty from a member of the Cyrus clan that isn’t Miley, y’all.
1.) Example, “Say Nothing”
When Example isn’t too busy writing global smash hits for The Wanted (“Chasing The Sun”) or hopping on tracks with the prolific Calvin Harris (“We’ll Be Coming Back”), the hitmaker is unleashing amazing new music from his forthcoming fourth studio album. “Say Nothing,” the lead single from the record, sees the British singer-songwriter and rapper merging ’80s new wave with arena-size EDM beats, resulting in something that plays like Tears for Fears meets The Wanted meets Lady Gaga‘s “The Edge of Glory” meets a whole lot of awesome. Throw in a howling, Coldplay-esque “oh-whoaaa” chant as the song nears its crashing ending, and you’ve got one of the biggest, most instantly anthemic EDM tracks of the year.
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2.) Frank + Derol, “Barely Love You Too”
So, here’s the thing: Miley and Billy Ray ain’t the only ones in the Cyrus family that know how to make a hit or two. Meet Frank + Derol, the Interscope duo made up of Codi Caraco and Miley’s older half-sister, Brandi Cyrus. “Barely Love You Too” is the group’s dreamy debut single — and it’s also one of the best new songs of the year, hands down. A little bit The xx and a little bit Lykke Li, the indie-pop track dreamily floats with ghostly croons and a hypnotic guitar strum. “Stop these games/ you got me feeling like I’m so insane,” Caraco croons. It may not be Top 40 radio material, but I believe Miley would agree — it’s pretty cool.
3.) Delta Goodrem, “Dancing With A Broken Heart”
Robyn‘s dancing on her own. Ke$ha‘s dancing with tears in her eyes. And now, Delta Goodrem‘s dancing with a broken heart. For the second single from her upcoming fourth studio album, the stunning Australian chanteuse has opted to step onto the dance floor in spite of a bout of sorrow for her gorgeous, tears-at-the-disco anthem. “I won’t look back tonight/ this is the time of my life/ Underneath these stars/ dancing with a broken heart,” she defiantly sings above the song’s hypnotic dance beats. And while this may be a synth-filled uptempo jam, fear not: Delta’s not succumbing to dirty disco! The heaven-sent vocals and gorgeous strings in the distance provide pure class to the dance floor.
4.) Jess Mills, “For My Sins”
While the past few releases from rising U.K. singer-songwriter Jess Mills have found her dabbling in drum ‘n’ bass and dubstep influences, her latest single has her belting it out like never before. “For my sins, I’m here without you/Don’t you know that my heart is breaking too,” Mills cries out on “For My Sins,” her stunning new mega-ballad due out in September. Set above slow-breaking beats and a soaring string section, the heartbreaking number evokes pure Annie Lennox and Sinéad O’Connor. It’s a gorgeous track, proving that not only can the talented songstress handle a dirty wobbling rhythm, but almighty balladry too. Keep your eyes peeled for her debut!
5.) Apster featuring Eva Simons, “I Need More”
A week without a throbbing new house anthem by our beloved Eva Simons is sort of like a year without rain — it simply won’t do! Luckily, the talented dance-floor chanteuse is giving us all life with yet another club cut, this time at the hands of Dutch DJ Apster. “I Need More,” her latest EDM smash-to-be, finds the chanteuse working up ‘n’ down against a massive beat breakdown, sizzling electronica and wobbling synthesizers. “I need more,” Simons whines against a wickedly filthy beat. It’s a big, bouncy and bold production — just like Eva’s fabulous hair! Get into it.
Bradley Stern is a writer from Connecticut. In his spare time, he enjoys organizing his Britney Spears CD collection in reverse chronological order and arguing with basics regarding the cultural importance of Dannii Minogue. But most of all, he spends his time tweeting musing daily about pop music on his blog, MuuMuse.
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