This week’s roundup features some tasty freebies from the Boy Robot, a leading U.K. girl group’s deliriously good club banger, and a twerk-friendly take on Miley’s devastation anthem.
1.) Simon Curtis, “Do I Have To Dance”
Two years after his second studio album, the Boy Robot himself, Simon Curtis, has returned with a brand-new set of tunes. But wait, don’t call it a comeback just yet! While he works on an upcoming (still-TBA) project, the dance-pop divo’s decided to give out a free collection of tracks that he’s been working on for other artists since the release of RA.
Of all the songs, “Do I Have To Dance” might just be the most left-of-center. The 6-minute trance opus sees the singer tenderly crooning across heavy electronic pulsations, all leading up to an explosive wail: “How long do I have to dance?!” It’s a fresh, edgier cut in the collection — and the sonic equivalent of hitting the wall at 3 a.m. in a gross, sweaty club.
+ Listen to SIMON CURTIS’ “DO I HAVE TO DANCE.”
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2.) The Saturdays, “Not Giving Up”
If The Saturdays are known for serving up anything, it’s nuts o’clock club-pop #bangerz. Luckily, they’ve got another one hiding in their upcoming studio album, Living For The Weekend (out later this month in the US).
Much like the U.K. girl group’s pristine “All Fired Up,” as well as tongue-tying, pulse-raising tracks like “Notorious” and “Get Ready, Get Set,” “Not Giving Up” is a thrilling bout of pop persistence. “Hit me so hard outta nowhere/ Still stuck up in the air,” the girls declare — an accurate assessment of the flawless chorus, to be sure. Get ready to re-pe-pe-peat this one to infinity.
+ Listen to THE SATURDAYS’ “NOT GIVING UP.”
3.) Miley Cyrus, “Wrecking Ball (Caked Up Remix)”
I know, I know: You’re probably feeling a bit of Bangerz fatigue at this point. Who could blame you? But listen up, because this remix of Miley Cyrus‘ sledgehammer lickin’ #1 single is seriously the business. Even though the heartbreaking original doesn’t exactly inspire a twerking sensation, the Caked Up “Wrecking Ball” remix will have you drowning your heartbreak sorrows in a whole new way — namely, hair-flipping and booty-dropping. Now get to work!
+ Listen to MILEY CYRUS’ “WRECKING BALL (CAKED UP REMIX).”
4.) Keljet, “Together” featuring AVAN LAVA
“Together” serves up some kind of 22nd-century flower child deliciousness on the dance floor. “It’s you and me together forever,” the group happily croons above lush, synthesized vibrations. It’s a gorgeous merger of soulful disco revival and modern synth-pop sound, proving concretely that we’re better off together.
+ Listen to KELJET’s “TOGETHER” FEATURING AVAN LAVA.
5.) NINA, “We Are The Wild Ones”
German electro-pop up-and-comer NINA is serving up some serious “Drive” soundtrack realness with her luscious new synth-pop single, “We Are The Wild Ones.”
The throbbing, spacey number sees the songstress navigating the same chilly synths as College & Electric Youth’s ever-incredible “A Real Hero,” delivering a Ladytron-like vocal while doing so: “We are the wild ones, there is no hope for us now,” she coos above the shimmering beat. It’s both romantic and depressing all at the same time — moody disco at its finest.
+ Listen to NINA’S “WE ARE THE WILD ONES.”
Bradley Stern is a writer from New York. In his spare time, he enjoys organizing his Britney Spears CD collection in reverse chronological order and writing impassioned letters to Congress urging that Madonnalogy be taught in all public schools. But most of all, he spends his time tweeting and musing daily about pop music on his blog, MuuMuse.
Photo credit: BoyRobot Records, Polydor, RCA, Keljet’s Facebook, Aztec Records Ltd.