This week’s roundup features a powerhouse belter from the U.K., an up-and-coming producer’s step out into the artist world, and a super dose of “SuperLove” from one of our favorite alt-pop princesses.
1.) Charli XCX, “SuperLove”
At 21, alt-pop princess Charli XCX has had a fabulous year, beginning with the release of her phenomenally gorgeous debut album (True Romance), the smashing success of the song she scribed for Icona Pop (“I Love It“), and a major tour with Marina And The Diamonds.
But why stop there? The goth-pop diva is already strutting her platform Buffalo boots into the second era of her career, beginning with the swirling new single, “SuperLove.” It’s one of her brightest, most lovey-dovey productions to date. “I used to think that the power of love was just a song, but now it’s got hold in me,” she confesses above the chugging guitar strum.
Charli even has a total “Mean Girls” lyrical moment: “I think your hair looks much better pushed over to one side, how do you feel about me?” Ugh. Amazing times infinity. Your heart will never want it to stop. Please save me!
+ Listen to CHARLI XCX’S “SUPERLOVE.”
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2.) Peter Thomas, “All Of You” featuring Betty Who
Peter Thomas, rising L.A.-based songwriter-producer-wunderkind, is best known on the pop scene as the man behind Betty Who‘s sparkling debut, The Movement EP. And now, he’s stepping out for a bit on his own — with Miss Who, of course.
“All Of You” is Thomas’ first single as a solo artist. An absolutely massive, euphoric slice of synth-pop, the song features some wicked beat breakdowns and a swooping, “Teenage Dream“-like chorus that makes you feel all the feelings. It’s a massive way to kick-start his own career as an artist, and hopefully just the start of things to come from these two in 2014.
+ Listen to PETER THOMAS’ “ALL OF YOU” FEATURING BETTY WHO.
3.) Toni Braxton and Babyface, “Hurt You” (Bootleg Remix)
The thing about Toni Braxton and Babyface‘s “Hurt You” is that it’s, like, one of the best R&B songs of 2013. Easily. More people need to know about that, which is why this bootleg (i.e., unofficial!) remix by KoKo might help to get the word out even more.
It’s sort of like an early ’00s House re-rub (I’m thinking Thunderpuss-esque?), speeding up the vocals and giving the emotional track a little ummph for the dance floor. The track’s already perfect as is, so if you want to hit up da clurrb (or the treadmill), this mix’ll do the trick.
4.) Rebecca Ferguson, “Bridges” featuring John Legend
Back in 2010, the U.K.’s ridiculously superstar-studded seventh season of “The X Factor” squeezed out massive successes like Cher Lloyd, Aiden, One Direction, and, of course, Rebecca Ferguson. After making a massive international splash with her debut album, Heaven, the gorgeously soulful chanteuse is back with her 2013 follow-up, Freedom — and the results are even richer.
“Bridges,” a somber duet with John Legend, is but one of the album’s many impressive offerings. The piano-led ballad sees the singer sadly reflecting on a relationship gone bad. “I see bridges burning, crashing down in the fire fight,” she sadly quivers. Soon, John joins in on the anguish with Rebecca, and as the strings take the song to new heights, you’ll be reaching for the tissues in no time.
5.) Tensnake, “Love Sublime” featuring Nile Rodgers and Fiora
German DJ Tensnake is currently prepping his major label debut, Glow, which is due out in mid-March. After dropping his fantastic, Fiora-assisted “58 BPM” a few months ago, he’s returned with a super-sleek slice of straight-up disco revival: “Love Sublime,” featuring Chic legend Nile Rodgers, as well as Fiora once again.
Having just supplied Daft Punk with their dazzling, Grammy-nominated “Get Lucky,” Rodgers works his magic yet again on the purely ’70s-leaning production. “Can’t understand what you’ve done to me, a love sublime,” Fiora confidently croons, taking us straight back to Studio 54, disco balls and all.
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.
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