I know we still have a while left in 2013, but this is going to be my song of the year. Snakehips absolutely shuts it down with this soulful, innocent but sexy track. The production is subtle and complex and the hook hits just right with bubbly arcade sounds under a glittery vocal track. It legitimately does not get better than this. It can’t. It would kill me.
You’ve got to love this new video from Major Lazer. Eric Wareheim made it, so you already know it’s going to be tight, and probably hilarious. Those three girls at the beginning, pre butt-injection, we all know them. Also, Bruno Mars singing “bubble-butt” over and over? That’s his role in this? Brilliant move by Major Lazer. No nonsense straight down to business sort of attitude with these guys. How big are butts going to be 2020 if this doesn’t end?
Normally I find irony in music pretty exhausting, especially when coupled with ironic visual media. However, Charli XCX treads on the thin line of irony and it’s perfect. This wild haired songstress with an affinity for choker necklaces and other 90s styles is creative and refreshing even with recycled elements. The video looks like clueless from a parallel universe. The song is undeniably catchy.
Check out the version with Danny Brown.
There is something infectious about the dated and glittery synth-pop of Kisses that retains an ora of modern sunniness. “The Hardest Part” is the first single off of the duo’s new LP. The band has already garnered some attention for their track “Bermuda.” That was two years ago, and their sound has clearly evolved.
There is something nostalgic about the decidedly contemporary Haim sisters’ sound. They have been described as nu-folk-meets-90s R&B. Perfect. They have garnered some serious acclaim across the pond, but their hyphenated sound has yet to permeate the American music scene. The young trio is signed to Polydor records.