Dandy Licks: Fri 7 Feb
From dreamy electropop to bootyshaking club thumpers. This is what Team GT musically adores this week
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Angel Haze ft. Sia: 'Battle Cry' (MK remix)
This is the one. This is the fucking one, sweetie! Shake off those weekday shackles and strap on those dancing shoes for this seriously crunkalicious, hi-octane slice of soulful house. With MK providing the deliciously dutty bass, Angel Haze spitting some serious rhymes and Sia providing her trademark quirky lyrics for the chorus, this is one of our favourite pop remixes for some time. Literals gurning at our desk. Is it poppers o'clock already?
Kiesza – Hideaway
We’re completely love drunk over Kiesza and her new electropop corker, which already has the blogosphere alight with its impellent danceability. Current single “Hideaway” offers up a more than reputable beat feast of body jerking propulsion that easily embodies everything that was good about pure 90s house. Fans of alt-pop scene queens should prepare themselves for a new muse as the Canadian native and ex army sniper’s future EP looks set impact to with equal promise. Dropping March 24, we suggest you mark that Channing Tatum calendar pronto and join us in anticipation!
Zak Waters – Over You
Imbuing a trophy case of talents in the coinciding territories of singing, songwriting and producing, LA ‘lad’ Zak Waters boasts tons of potential as a self-sufficient juggernaut of pop stardom. With a hybridizing sound of electronic dance and soulful funk its no wonder he’s also racked up his fair share of demand among the DJing elite, pitching remixes alongside such greats as Benny Benassi, R3hab and the one and only Pharrel ‘Happy’ Williams. Taken as the new single from debut album Lip Service, Over You continues the bearded artiste’s knack for well-crafted synth-pop symphonies with considerable ease. Sa-woon!
The 1975 - Settle Down
More electropop gorgeousness coming through the speaker, this time courtesy of Manchester four-piece The 1975. We're big fans of these boys and have been clucking like old hens about them here at Menopausal Towers. And not just because they've got that chiseled, handsome but slightly scruffy alt.pop sexiness a gwan, but because they can seriously knock out a sunny indiepop tune or two. This track in particular has a bizarre but most welcoming blend of M83, Passion Pit and 80s alternative pop - we love it! Come and play guitar on nana's knee...
Years & Years – Real
Certified hipster triad and blog favourites Years & Years are continuing their onslaught on the indie pop plain by giving us another brand-spanking new tune to have our friskily excitable way with. Supposedly written in a secluded beach house overlooking the Sussex coast, new single “Real” shows yet another side to the band’s increasingly expansive sound with a quick dabble in the darker depths of the production board. Perfectly accommodating frontman Olly Alexander’s charismatic vocal, of which we can’t get enough, the song’s selling point is undoubtedly cemented in it’s heavy and wildly infectious bassline. Love, love, love.
My Sad Captains - Say Goodbye
Ooh, now we love this! A dreamy lil' slice of guitar pop from this intriguing foursome. An at once retro yet thoroughly modern tune, this track is a masterclass in restraint; with light vocals, floaty keyboards (can keyboards float? They can now!) and a truly atmospheric accompanying video. Featuring drag diva Lavinia Co-Op (No relation to Lidl Kim), we're a sucker for night time cityscapes on film. Couple that with a mini-movie that can surely be described as 'avant garde' and we have one of the loveliest pop surprises we've had pop into our (sh)e-mail for some time. Bravo.
Words: Lee Dalloway (@leeroydalvin) and Sam Baker (@SamTRBaker)