Festival season has sprung itself upon us and we’re reaping the bounty of all the pop-bangers which are being released in preparation.
Katy Perry – Never Really Over
While previous album, Witness, split the fans, no one can deny that Katy Perry can write a banger, with Chained To The Rhythm one of the highlights of her Glastonbury 2017 set. Never Really Over returns to poppier roots, with synth loops that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Hot Chip track.
Herve Pagez – Spicy (with Charli XCX & Diplo)
In the midst of Spice Girls’ stadium tour, and almost 23 years since the release of Wannabe, Herve Pagez is joined by Spice Girls superfan Charli XCX and producer extraordinaire Diplo for this dancehall flavoured reworking of Ginger, Sporty, Scary, Baby and Posh’s debut release.
Mark Ronson – Find You Again (feat. Camila Cabello)
The fourth sneak peak of Ronson’s collection of “sad bangers” is perhaps the one that sums up the phrase he’s been using to describe the album best. Part 80s power ballad — all shiny synth chords and the sort of percussion you’d expect from a Lionel Richie track — but led by droning R’n’B bass, this one bops and tugs at the heartstrings in equal measure.
Liimo – Pink In Heaven
The first track the trio wrote as Liimo, Pink In Heaven continues their knack for tracks that merge layers of textured effects with relatable, sun-kissed lyrics. Synth-led, tropical pop poetry at it’s very best.
Geowullf – I See Red
Following their salt air infused debut album, Australia born, London based dream pop duo Geowulf deliver the first taste of their next album, with a powerful anthem that sounds like an angsty, female-fronted track from the 90s (Alanis Morissette, Tori Amos…) for a new generation.
JC Stewart – Have You Had Enough Wine?
He co-wrote a track on Lewis Capaldi’s debut and has supported Freya Ridings, but now it’s time for JC Stewart to take the spotlight for himself, and with finely crafted, bite-sized, big ballads like this (think Hozier meets James Arthur) it’s inevitable.
Metronomy – Lately
Taking a detour from their previous best-served-chilled summer vibes, Metronomy sets pulses racing as fast as the rhythm before taking a sharp, hairpin-bend, leaving us uncertain what direction they’ll be heading in but intrigued all the same.
Kidsmoke – She Takes You Under
Delightful, uplifting melodies which perfectly soundtracks the coming summer months which sits well with the likes of Bombay Bicycle Club and an ice cold lemonade.
Kim Petras – Do Me
Smokey, sultry and suggestive is the intention of this track where a blend of simmering synths mixes in with an urban beat which has seen Petras support Rita Ora on tour. No blushes are spared.
Be The Bear – Mermaid
A magical offering from the Sweden based pop star, allow your imagination to run away with the ethereal vocals as they wrap themselves away twinkling melodies.
Skinny Living – Let Go
A rhythmic indie-bop complete with a soaring sing-a-long chorus which deserves to be added to all road trip playlists.
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