From a talent show winner’s comeback to an inspired interpretation of a Whitney Houston classic, here’s a look at five of the best tracks to have been unveiled over the past seven days.
Little Mix – “Move”
After conquering the world with their self-empowering brand of girl power pop, 2011 X-Factor UK winners Little Mix veer more into R&B territory with this surprisingly daring blend of tongue-clacking, slick funk beats and crunching guitars which recalls both Snoop Dogg‘s “Drop It Like It’s Hot” and Robin Thicke‘s “Blurred Lines.”
Charli XCX – “SuperLove”
Despite co-penning Icona Pop’s summer anthem, “I Love It,” Charli XCX’s own debut album, True Romance, has so far been cruelly ignored on the charts. Just six months after its release, the electro-pop starlet has now unveiled the first taster of its follow-up, an instantly addictive neon lit new wave tale of a toxic relationship which should surely make people take sit up and notice this time around.
Sky Ferreira – “You’re Not The One”
Stuck in ‘record label hell’ for several years, Sky Ferreira will finally release her first studio effort, Night Time, My Time, next month. A stylish slice of hipster indie-pop featuring a hypnotic hook reminiscent of The Cure at their ’80s peak, this lead single suggests the much-hyped model/singer may be soon be remembered for more than her recent embarrassing drugs bust.
CHVRCHES – “It’s Not Right But It’s Okay”
Seemingly unable to put a foot wrong at the moment, Scottish trio CHVRCHES celebrated the release of their exceptional debut, The Bones Of What You Believe, this week by paying tribute to arguably Whitney Houston‘s finest hour with this inventive but respectful electro-pop reinvention recorded especially for Radio 1.
Samsaya – “Stereotype”
Co-written with A*M*E, the voice behind Duke Dumont’s recent chart-topping classic house pastiche, “100%,” Norwegian-Indian vocalist Samsaya channels the likes of M.I.A. and Nelly Furtado on this exuberant mix of kick-drums and swirling organs. An extremely late contender for the sassiest summery track of the year.