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From a electro-house reworking of a punk anthem to a potential Christmas classic, here’s a look at five of the best new tracks to have been unveiled over the past seven days.
Katy Perry – “Unconditional”
Rumoured to be the second official single from Prism, this emotionally-charged blend of tumbling percussion and punchy melodies certainly won’t do Katy Perry’s bid to challenge Gaga and Rihanna as the new Queen of Pop any harm.
Tove Lo – “Out Of Mind”
Having previously penned songs for the likes of Icona Pop and Girls Aloud, Tove Lo certainly knows her way around an irresistible hook and this cinematic slice of scandi-pop heartbreak suggests she may soon be following in the former’s chart-conquering footsteps.
Duck Sauce – “Radio Stereo”
After giving ’70s disco classics from Boney M and Final Edition a 21st Century makeover, Duck Sauce now randomly switch their attention to the early ’80s British post-punk scene with this typically playful and pulsing reworking of The Members’ chant-led hit.
Tegan & Sara – “Shudder To Think”
Appearing on the soundtrack to the Oscar-tipped drama The Dallas Buyers Club, Tegan & Sara pick up where their brilliant recent album, Heartthrob, left off with another irresistibly buoyant ’80s synth-pop pastiche.
Kelly Clarkson – “Underneath The Tree”
It’s perhaps a little too early to be playing this lead single from Kelly Clarkson’s first festive album on repeat. But its joyous mix of sleigh bells, saxophone and Motown pop beats is possibly the most immediately uplifting yuletide tune since Mariah Carey’s classic “All I Want For Christmas Is You.”