It's Tuesday! Time for another round of "5 Must-Hear Pop Songs of the Week!"
This week's roundup features a purely golden, dream-pop offering from a twin-sister act, a helpful dose of encouragement from a dance-floor legend, and not one, but TWO fresh slices of girl-group goodness. Dig in!
1.) Say Lou Lou, "Everything We Touch"
Like a Christina Aguilera career retrospective, Say Lou Lou -- better known as Slay Lou Lou -- just keep getting better. After dishing out their lush, major-label debut, "Better In The Dark," late last year, the gorgeous Aussie-Swedish sisters are back with a brand-new dose of ethereal magic.
"Everything We Touch" sounds as sparkling and whimsical as a Fleetwood Mac classic, and the lyrics are the stuff of "Game Of Thrones" fanfic. Dragons? Ashes? Honestly, everything these two touch really DOES turn to gold.
+ Listen to Say Lou Lou's "Everything We Touch."
2.) Kylie Minogue, "Fine"
Like a glittery angel sent from above to deliver us from evil ("evil" = "basic pop music"), the divine Miss Kylie Minogue is back with her twelfth studio album, Kiss Me Once. Per usual, the diva's latest set is packed with disco-friendly, dance-floor anthems and flirty come-ons -- as well as some motivational words of wisdom.
"Fine," the album's throbbing closer, sees Kylie sitting her gold-lamé hot pants down in a therapist's chair to assuage all of our fears. "You're gonna be fine," she endlessly coos. And you know what? She's got a point. After all, if we're going to take advice on life from anyone, it ought to be Queen Kylie.
+ Listen to Kylie Minogue's "Fine."
3.) Cash Cash, "Take Me Home (Patrick Hagenaar Colour Code Remix)" featuring Bebe Rexha
The Cash Cash boys are up to very big things lately: After the breakout, radio success of "Take Me Home" with rising singer-songwriter Bebe Rexha (who also penned Eminem and Rihanna's "The Monster," FYI), the New Jersey-based DJ trio is about to head out on a major tour across the country.
Before that happens, though, they're dropping their Lightning EP next week, which includes the killer Patrick Hagenaar remix of their aforementioned EDM smash. The song's already solid, but this mix provides the smash with a warmer pulse, just in time for Cash Cash's set at MTV's Spring Break.
4.) G.R.L., "Ugly Heart"
The girls -- sorry, G.R.L.s -- have finally hit their stride! After a quiet start on "The Smurfs 2"'s soundtrack and a recent Pitbull feature, the lovely ladies of Robin Antin's latest girl group have just churned out a certifiable, Dr. Luke-produced smash.
"Ugly Heart" stomps along with the Mumford & Sons-like folk appeal of One Direction's latest guitar bent, providing a whole lot of chant-along-friendly hooks while calling out a cutie with a nasty personality: "It's such a pity, a boy so pretty with an ugly heart," they chant above the infectious stomping beat. Resistance is futile.
+ Listen to G.R.L.'s "Ugly Heart."
5.) Neon Jungle, "Welcome To The Jungle"
The ladies of G.R.L. aren't the only blossoming girl group launching new material this month: Neon Jungle, the rowdy U.K. foursome responsible for last year's über-promising "Trouble" and club-shaking"Braveheart," have returned with an almighty rallying cry.
"Welcome To The Jungle" is a genre-blurring thumper that shifts between scorching dance beats, spitfire rap, catchy gibberish ("la-dee-da-dee, hands on mah bodeh!"), and an arena-sized, pulse-raising, Iron Maiden-like chant. If this is any indication of what's to come, the girls are seriously about to take over in 2014.
Bradley Stern is a writer from New york. In his spare time, he enjoys organizing his Britney Spears CD collection in reverse chronological order and writing impassioned letters to Congress urging that Madonnalogy be taught in all public schools. But most of all, he spends his time tweeting musing daily about pop music on his blog, MuuMuse.
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