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Dandy Licks: Thu 24 Oct

Some of the freshest slabs of pop perfection the interweb has to offer

Cults – The High Road
Since announcing their forthcoming LP ‘Static’, the New York based couplet have been busy releasing a few cheeky teasers and this one is sure to tickle the fancies of indie pop fans across the blogosphere. Drenched in a coat of lyrical nostalgia, this particular offering shines with a slick retro 60s vibe and bittersweet vocal style delivered to perfection. The video takes on an artsy black and white aesthetic complete with blazing Cadillacs and wandering shadows to cement the track’s murky undertones. An ideal contribution to your autumn-winter playlists.

Allison Iraheta & Halo Circus – Gone
After gaining initial fame on the eighth season of ‘American Idol’ four years ago, Allison Iraheta is finally ready to step back into the limelight and she’s brought her own band along for the ride. ‘Gone’ demonstrates just how much the Cali-born chanteuse has grown as she twins her husky vocal tricks over a sophisticated ensemble of sultry guitars. With a style far more mature than her twenty one years, could the singer finally be poised to snatch P!nk’s wig as the world’s number one rock chick? According to some of music’s finest, including Duran Duran's John Taylor and the Sex Pistols' Steve Jones, similar chart success may indeed follow – which can only be good news for the singer’s undying penchant for cherry hued hair dye. Damn, gurl!

Elliphant – Could It Be
Certainly riding the wave of Sweden’s recent flux for trendy pop acts, Elliphant is fast becoming the one to watch as a brand new year in music draws ever closer. Comfortably nestled under the wing of hit maker Dr. Luke’s label Kemosabe Records, the Stockholm based babe’s sound has been described as a cross between MIA and Diplo with a bit of MC stylin’ thrown in for good measure. New single ‘Could It Be’ certainly lives up to the furore with a mix of crazed lyricism, stuttered hooks and urban drums over a cool, mid-tempo beat. The video also sees a paranoid Elliphant hallucinating in several different rooms wearing what we assume are discarded pieces from Miley Cyrus’ last video shoot. If one things for sure, a wrecking ball would sure as hell come in handy in sorting out that mess of a wallpaper!

Bonnie McKee – Sleepwalker
The LA based singer/songwriter is currently taking a break from writing international chart smashes for the likes of Katy Perry (see “Roar”) in pursuit of her own pop stardom, and she sure isn’t disappointing! Buzz single “Sleepwalker” pairs a crispy, electro-inspired production with Bonnie’s undeniable knack for a good lyric or two, including one of our current favourites: ‘when I watched The Hills, I felt nothing/I swallowed some pills, I felt nothing.’ Just in time for Halloween, the music video takes on the classic 80s horror flick aesthetic as a houseful of young hotties are terrorised by a plague of bloodcurdling zombies. We won’t spoil the ending, but it doesn’t exactly come without its thrills if you catch our drift…

MAUSI – Body Language
If you’re a fan of jubilant synth pop then we absolutely suggest you make MAUSI your go-to band of the moment. New track “Body Language” soars with an infectious chorus of intermittent synths and playful chants whilst effortlessly blending a mix of French-house synths and coastal-inspired realness straight from the Riviera. The song’s middle 8 also samples some frank tips on how to spot sexual attraction over which we are, sadly, most grateful. Though even if you’re a singleton there’s something to smile about – the song is available as free download on the band’s Facebook page, so get to it people!

M.I.A – Y.A.L.A
Its business as usual for Britain’s definitive Bad Girl as M.I.A offers up another sure-fire club banger to satisfy your musical cravings. New single “Y.A.L.A”, an abbreviation for ‘You Always Live Again’, reeks of the creative rapper’s trademark swag as we are served up a riveting feast of quirky beats and bolshie rhymes. Taken from her forthcoming album “Matangi”, we think this unmistakable, YOLO-snubbing smash needs to hit the clubs pronto before any more time is wasted. Who’s with us?

Words: Sam Baker (@SamTRBaker)

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