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Dandy Licks: Thu 16 January

What's pumping out of GT's speakers this week!

Neon Jungle – Braveheart
Hot new girl group and GT favourites Neon Jungle are back with a blazing new single and its certainly worthy of a good rinsing on the club circuit. Braveheart continues the gals’ furore of electro pop ecstasy with a tight and well-crafted pitch of dance-ified euphoria. The song includes a brief lesson in Japanese numeracy as we are counted in to a life-affirming drop of bass heaviness that cements its ‘on the floor’ credential with considerable ease. Pals Jess, Amira, Asami and Shereen also channel some crazy-girl Spice in the coinciding video as they romp their way around a simplistic set with a fistful of amphetamine-charged ‘tude. Scheduled to drop January 19th, the time to treat your lobes is almost nigh!

X priest X – Dark Sun
What with it being the start of a new year and all, GT HQ is particularly susceptible to the unwavering talent of music’s freshest blood donors. Unsurprisingly, it wasn’t long before we came across the mesmerising goodness of X priest X who team a winning combo of 80s electro synths with a dose of ethereal, soundtrack-ready, raindrops-on-your-window dreaminess. As the love child of singer Madeline Priest and producers Chandler Strang and David Kazyk, “Dark Sun” takes inspiration from Sky Ferreira’s infectious and insanely melodic sleeper-hit “Everything is Embarrassing” despite only being an early demo. If you’re placing bets on the future stars of 2014 then we suggest you holler in this direction if you don’t wanna end up skint.

Salt Ashes - Somebody
A big, fat yes to this portion of fresh alt.pop delight from Salt Ashes - or Veiga Sanchez to her folks. Effortlessly caressing our noise receptors in all the right places, this delightful slice of dark nu disco tingles the senses with some pulsating electronic grooves and a dreamy vocals to match. A seriously sexy tune deserves a hot accompanying video, and in hers, Salt is seen writhing around with a slender fella while tied up by some bits of rope... and managing to look a damn sight more fabulous than we do in similar situations. Although, in fairness, ours wasn't for a music video... Do we spy an unapologetically sexy new pop diva with the tunes to back up her confident image? Gays, set your moods to 'worship'.

Lily Allen – Air Balloon
Readying the release of her forthcoming album, due later this year, everyone’s favourite chanteuse from LDN, Lily Allen, has unleashed yet another track from her vault of hook-savvy tunes. Lead single “Air Balloon” follows somewhat cautiously in the footsteps of Lily’s previous output, ditching the 80s electro sprinklings of “It’s Not Me, It’s You” for a breezy bop-fest of M.I.A.-esque cries and airy piano melodies. Lily herself also spurts some arguable home truths as she delivers a handful of her trademark lyrical quirks, including our current favourite ‘I don’t like dropping names but Kurt Cobain is all in my face/how the hell am I gonna tell him Elvis already took first base?’ And with news that the song was co-written alongside smash hit-maker Shellback, might we expect the succeeding music to be as equally promising? Let’s all bloody hope so!

Raleigh Ritchie - Stronger Than Ever
Some fresh homegrown talent in the form of Bristol-born Raleigh Ritchie. The song starts life as a tender, piano-driven ballad and morphs into a thundering, heartfelt slice of pop/R&B. Ritchie sings about state of mind when he first moved to London at 17, finding the city so alienating that he started yearning for the life he couldn’t wait to escape from. Been there! The video cleverly but simply encapsulates that mood of feeling overwhelmed, as everyone around you seems to be sailing through life - even though their probably not. Real, raw and unapologetic - make sure you check out his previous single Stay Inside, too.

Shakira feat Rihanna - Can't Remember to Forget You
Oh, what have we done to deserve this double diva deliciousness? Well, not very much if the quality of the output is anything to go by. Exotic accents collide (Well, they're exotic if you speak with a common Estuary drawl like your reviewers do) as Shakira and Rihanna join forces for this jaunty reggae-lite-cum-rock-pop number. For two such sassy ladies who rule the charts in their respective territories, and beyond, we have to admit, we expected a little more than something that sounds like it was rejected from the last No Doubt album. Apparently there's a music video coming, which usually livens up any somewhat mediocre single. Maybe it needs a couple more listens. Maybe your reviewers are just getting past it *shakes walking stick at readers*. It's certainly pleasant enough, but we just can't imagine shimmying down to this at G-A-Y of a Saturday night. And if a pop song can't do that, then what's the point?

WORDS: Lee Dalloway (@Leeroydalvin) and Sam Baker (@SamTRBaker)

Raleigh Ritchie image: Ollie Grove

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