KAMILLE – Sad Party (feat. Ivorian Doll and Haile)
Kamille delivers an irresistibly catchy party track called “Sad Party” with the aid of Ivorian Doll (we’ve missed her!) and the easily blending Haile. It’s a party alright, and not sad at all!
Celeste – Stop This Flame (MK Remix)
Now this is how you do a club remix. Unlike certain unnecessary remixes that result in awkwardly messy dance tracks (Amber Mark and Snakehips we’re looking at you), this redo by producer MK captures the spirit of the original “Stop The Flame” as perfectly as Cinderella fits the glass shoes, while adding his own chutzpah into the mix.
Zella Day – Golden
Who says disco revival is so 2020? Zella Day pulls this trend right into 2021 with a shimmeringly confident and sexy song. The artist scarily resembles Kylie Minogue in her voice as she declares “I don’t wanna be a man. I don’t wanna be a woman. I just wanna be golden.” It’s great to see Zella settle into a sound that fabulously compliments her after she dabbled with the lesser fitting genre of dark pop à la Cruel Youth in her 2015 album ‘Kicker’.
Joy Crookes – Feet Don’t Fail Me Now (Paul Woolford Remix)
Another commendable remix released this week, Paul Woolford‘s dance version of Crookes’ socially empowering anthem sounds questionable on paper, but excels in practice.
Dominique Kidjo – Free & Equal (feat. Sampa The Great)
Another heart soaring anthem. The almost Tiwa Savage-like singing and ferocity by Kidjo elevates what could have been another emotionally naïve global anthem into
something of real substance. Australian-Zambian rapper Sampa The Great (who’s been missing in the scene for far too long) makes a surprise cameo.
Maisie Peters – Psycho (Acoustic)
The acoustic version of Maisie’s viral pop song “Psycho” is amazingly well done and, in fact, makes the original version sound like a remix. The stripped back instrumentation here provides Maisie’s distinct voice a space to breathe and thrive, something that she could not do in the original.
Alice Longyu Gao – Underrated Popstar
The underground artist brings the energy of hyperpop personality Dorian Electra, with their industrial noise sound. Gao’s lyrics are unabashedly arrogant here as she tells her listeners to “shut up and stream my music” and to not dare call her an “underrated popstar”. And it somehow works.
Jungle – Truth
The music collective is back with an energetically motivating track – sporting just a hint of NoMBe-esque sexiness – that will make fans get on their feet and move their bodies.
Natasha Beddingfield – Adorable
The 00’s pop queen is back with a whimsical British pop flavour, à la Lily Allen and Eliza Doolittle, in the form of the syrupy sweet song “Adorable”.
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