It’s Tuesday! Time for another round of “5 Must-Hear Pop Songs of the Week!”
This week’s roundup features a special Record Store Day side dish from a U.K. pop princess, a Danish anti-drug club anthem, and some slinky electro-R&B from a card-carrying member of the Moulin Rouge.
1.) Kylie Minogue, “Golden Boy”
After blessing our ears with enough glitter and diamond-encrusted dance-floor gems to last us for months with the recently released Kiss Me Once, pop icon Kylie Minogue is already giving us more, more, more: To celebrate Record Store Day, the disco diva unveiled a special 7″ across the pond, which includes the LP bonus track, “Golden Boy.”
Written with Mereki and Jerry James and co-produced by Sky Ferreira hitmakers Ariel Rechtshaid and Justin Raisen, the song sees Kylie swooning hard. It’s the hardest she’s swooned for a boy since, well, Aphrodite’s “Cupid Boy.”
“Now I’m banging on your door just like four up on the floor/ This is happening too soon/ Why are we battling the moon,” Kylie coos across hazy, ’80s textures and kicky, HAIM-like drums. It’s both an appropriately cool-sounding tune for the vinyl-loving hipsters searching hungrily through the crates and a shimmering classic for the Kylie camp. Shine on and on and on!
+ Listen to Kylie Minogue’s “Golden Boy.”
2.) Mya, “Same Page” featuring Eric Bellinger
Miss Mya is back! After dropping a sultry selection of tunes on Valentine’s Day (aka the With Love EP), the sensual songstress has returned this week with a 6-track EP called Sweet XVI, a celebration of the 16th anniversary of the release of her self-titled debut. (Yes, we’re all old.)
A collaboration with singer-songwriter Eric Bellinger, “Same Page” is just one of the tracks included on the collection, and it’s well worth the celebration. The slinky, electro-R&B jam sees the two singers meeting eye to eye: “We be on the same page,” Mya and Eric happily coo in unison.
+ Listen to Mya’s “Same Page” featuring Eric Bellinger.
3.) Grace Jones, “Me! I Disconnect From You”
Grace Jones is one of the most important and influential music icons of all time, and she can still hula-hoop circles around pop princesses half her age. This month, the legendary pioneer is celebrating the release of one of her most iconic albums, 1981’s Nightclubbing — which includes her funky bumper-bumpin’ anthem, “Pull Up To The Bumper” — with a major re-release edition.
The impressive repackaging includes extended remixes and never-before-heard tracks, including her cover of Gary Numan’s “Me! I Disconnect From You.” Colored by a funky-New Wave-tango strangeness heard in songs like “Libertango” and “Walking In The Rain,” it’s strange, smooth, and — as always — undeniably Miss Grace.
+ Listen to Grace Jones’ “Me! I Disconnect From You.”
4. Mendoza, “Love Druggie”
In the market for some good Danish pop? (Honestly, who ISN’T?) Rising starlet Mendoza, who says she’s a little Jean Paul Gaultier punk, Harajuku Girl and Vivienne Westwood all mixed together, has something that promises to get you seriously hooked: It’s called “Love Druggie,” and it’s an eerily throbbing bout of synth-pop melancholy dedicated to all the lost club kids out there.
“I’m a love druggie falling for these drug junkies/ Come on, call on me besides these X parties,” she laments above sparse pulsations. It’s a sobering cry to evacuate the dance floor and finally settle down — which, ironically, would sound perfect in the club.
+ Listen to Mendoza’s “Love Junkie.”
5.) Sophia Black, “OVR AGN”
Los Angeles-based singer-songbird Sophia Black’s been quietly brewing behind the scenes for a while now, penning tracks on Dr. Luke’s publishing company, Prescription Records. “OVR AGN” is a preview of what’s to come from the rising star.
Produced by Nashville trio BASECAMP, the moody track sees Sophia diving headfirst into downtempo-R&B textures, bringing Jhené Aiko and BANKS to mind. “It’s a shame you only want to keep it to goodnight/ I know you want to fall but you’re so damn afraid of heights,” she sighs above tripping beats, gentle ambient sound, and bright flourishes of piano. #DatingProblems? This is a perfection companion for those lonely nights.
+ Listen to Sophia Black’s “OVR AGN.”
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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