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Dandy Licks: Tue 1st April

It's no April Fools - these are our favourite tracks at GT Towers this week

Klaxons - There is No other Time
Aaaaaaah, yes! We're big Klaxons fans here at GT and they don't disappoint with their first new track for what seems like donkeys years. It's actually been four years, but that's a lifetime in pop land. Thankfully, the boys still certainly know how to whip up a good tune and have effortlessly evolved their sound to suit the 2014 pop landscape. There is No Other Time is a funkalicious slice of nu-disco; space age yet retro, hipster cool yet dancefloor friendly, fresh yet familiar. Instantly connecting with our eager earoles, the foot tappeth merrily.

Anastacia - Stupid Little Things
Now listen here, the voice is back and she's on top of her pop-shaped game once again! After diversifying her sound in recent releases (and why not!) Anastacia returns to that distinct sound of hers, but suitably freshens up proceedings with some vocal gymnastics. This track's got an instantly ear-smacking verse, ridiculously infectious bridge and a killer chorus that just screams 'strut'. Lest we forget how amazing she looks in the gorgeously shot video, with a melee of funky looks and scenery to prance and preen in front of. We want to focus on her musical output rather than the 'Big C' but it's no secret that Anastacia has fought it twice and come back stronger each time. She may be "The Queen of Hen Night Soul" to some but you can't deny she's a fighter with an awesome set of pipes and some great tune. Welcome back, gurl!

The Chain Gang of 1974 - You
Fresh from the golden coasts of Cali, Kamtin Mohage aka luminary of indietronica project The Chain Gang of 1974 is setting our hearts alight with his multitude of effortless musical talent. Newly knighted single You sees the American musician and DJ take flight in an astrological blaze of instrumental free-for-all which, despite its indulgence, still manages to stand its ground most favourably with the Gods of dance. Serving gritty, drum-heavy verses with a dynamic breakdown of a middle 8, its arguable whether or not we could actually lap this song up any more than we already do. Still not enough? Well album ‘Daydream Forever’ has plenty more of the same to sink your perfectly white veneers into. Problem solved!

Allie X – Prime
Hot property and an even hotter tune, Allie X is certainly building up quite an exciting reputation for herself with the release of refreshing new pop nugget ‘Prime.’ Bouncing back after the premiere of the mid-tempo jam fest that was Catch, this track stays true to the LA girl’s roots with an electronic template of chipper CHVRCHES-inspired synthology. Further in keeping with tradition, the song pleases with an onslaught of infectious melody and unclichéd lyricism the likes of which are hard to come by in the gloomy haze of today’s chart-ready pop. Definitely one to keep on your radar, we’re dead certain we’ll be hearing more of this one in the not so distant future.

Betty Who – Heartbreak Dream
In a somewhat delayed response having first premiered back in February, we just couldn’t let another day go by without expressing our immense love for this absolute stunner of an up-tempo. Taking the form of yet another superb gemstone in the ever shimmering crown of pop’s freshest princess, Heartbreak Dream proves why Betty Who has more than enough potential to become one of 2014’s most endearing chart assets. The song satisfies our sweet tooth to perfection with a heavenly sponge of 80s inspired synths generously drizzled in the Ozzie songstress’ charming vocal stylings. All we’re left thinking is: who knew heartbreak could be so fun?

Words: Lee "Mrs" Dalloway *(@Leeroydalvin) and Sam "Cheryl" Baker (@SamTRBaker)

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