It's Wednesday! Time for another round of "5 Must-Hear Pop Songs of the Week!"
This week's roundup features a U.K. producer's thrilling solo outing, a Romanian babe's beverage-oriented summer anthem, and an Italian classic from an Irish disco goddess.
1.) MNEK, "Every Little Word"
Pop songwriter/producer/superstar MNEK's already made quite a name for himself in a very short amount of time across the pond (and beyond), having penned and produced smashes for the likes of The Saturdays, Little Mix, and Kylie Minogue.
With that impressive resume under his belt, the 19-year-old U.K. superstar is stepping out on his own with "Every Little Word," a funky solo number that pushes the producer's skills to the next level.
Soulfully crooning atop bouncy beats, MNEK throws every little sound into the production, from twinkling bells and early-'90s "WOOP!" noises to insane key changes. Don't worry, it totally works. You'll funk to this, for sure.
+ Listen to MNEK's "Every Little Word."
2.) Inna, "Cola Song"
Romanian goddess Inna, best known for her endless array of fiy-ah dance floor-fillers like "Hot" and "Amazing," has arrived with "Cola Song," another club cut to keep us parched this summer. Not since Britney Spears' Pepsi Generation commercials (or, well, Lana Del Rey's "Cola") has there been such an incredible ode to the fizzy pop.
It's a bottle-poppin' celebration: "We got that Coca Cola bottle shape/ We got that sugar, do you wanna taste?" the songstress taunts above a sizzling Latin groove. Now... Who's thirsty?
3.) Hercules & Love Affair, "Do You Feel The Same?"
Nu-disco NYC pioneer Andy Butler's reliably amazing dance project Hercules & Love Affair is having yet another go on the dance floor in 2014! Following a rush of early-'90s revival acts like Disclosure and Katy B (a sound Andy and his troupe of talented friends were tapping into years before, for the record!), "Do You Feel The Same?" feels right at home in this new era of throwback-ish House sounds.
"If it all ends in ashes, would you still say my name?" Belgian crooner Gustaph urges. Welcome back, Hercules & Love Affair -- the dance floor has never felt better.
+ Listen to Hercules & Love Affair's "Do You Feel The Same?"
4. Mr. Little Jeans, "Good Mistake"
Monica Birkenes, better known as Mr. Little Jeans, dropped her debut LP, Pocketknife, back in March. Even though the Norwegian songstress' album has flown just below the radar, it's absolutely not one to be missed.
The title track is a fuzzy, minimal disco-throbber that threads Mr. Little Jeans' featherlight vocals through dark pulsations, resulting in something both mysterious, angelic, and foot-tap-friendly all at once. In case anyone was curious, yes: Scandi-pop still very much rules.
5.) Róisín Murphy, "Ancora Tu"
Irish disco goddess Róisín Murphy is (mercifully) returning to us in 2014 -- and in a variety of ways: one-off collaborations, a brand-new solo album (YAAAAS!), and, perhaps most oddly of all, an Italian-language disco EP called Mi Senti.
According to the singer, the ambitious project was less about singing in a new language and more about challenging herself as a vocalist. "Ancora Tu" is the lush, emotional first taste of what's to come from the 6-track collection of Italian classics. Even if you don't speak Italian, the tune proves that a solid disco beat is truly universal.
+ Listen to Róisín Murphy's "Ancora Tu."
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.
Photo credit: Virgin EMI, Inna, Love Saves The Day, Sony Music Australia, Eskimo Recordings/N.E.W.S.