Berlin producer/songstress Laura Clock, formerly known as Butterclock, has been quietly existing for years, appearing on tracks by producer oOoOO and quietly releasing a forgotten EP, Lost Prom, that came and went. But after shedding her old moniker and adapting her sound, Clock’s new Baby – Part One EP reflects the new her–or at least the ghostly/disco version, anyway. With a flowy, angelic voice, Clock’s music is pop if made by a forlorn dancehall club queen. Her music is just weird enough to attract the Maria Minerva fans and just poppy enough to please those looking for a quick Grimes fix. But beware: her brand of dance pop has an ulterior motive. “l wrote ['Fade'] as an empowering statement, trying to get over someone, or over something,” Clock said. “Speaking to those who dance in the club ’til eight in the morning to forget. But behind the upbeat shimmers lies darker truth.”
If you’re up for dancing through the heartache, you can stream the full thing now.
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We’re long overdue with posting some bona fide pop, and it doesn’t get any poppier than Danish singer Fallulah. But Fallulah’s brand of pop is more Marina and the Diamonds than Katy Perry. She’s not someone who hides behind her lyrics. She spits them out, sometimes in rapid sing-talky fashion, while chanting over booming production with her powerful vocals. There’s no limit to her range and imagination, and although she’s popular in Scandinavia, she’s long overdue for a North America invasion. “Dragon,” taken from 2013′s Escapism, is a catchy track with a parasitic chorus that worms into your brain. To make it even better is this stunning animated video by Fabricio Lima, which combines abstract shapes and colors on top of an animated singing Fallulah. If you like this, her most recent album The Black Cat Neighborhood is streaming on YouTube.
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Too often when I recommend a song I like, I lazily use catchiness as the sole arbiter on whether it’s good or not. Yes, “Happy Tim” is pretty damn catchy, but right away, from the rapid sing-talky lyrics to the obvious cynicism, the song has a lot to say about the lives of corporate commoners, the ones who value mediocrity and happiness by how little they step outside their own bubble. This debut single by London newcomers TEDDY shows a lot of potential. For one, it shows their penchant for commentary, and two, it proves they can construct a solid pop song. Here’s hoping other happy “Tims” can heed their message.
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When I first listened to Allie X‘s “Bitch” earlier this year I didn’t know what to make of it. I found it a tad obnoxious at first, but its assertive brattiness gradually wormed its way into my heart and now it’s one of my favorite tracks of 2014. Allie X has later said the song is about “the relationship that I have with myself and the sort of concessions or compromises I make with that dark part of myself.” But I’m not interested in whatever double meanings are present in the song–the song is simply catchy as hell.
This year Allie X has been the darling of music bloggers desperate to throw their support behind a pop singer they can respect. Allie X, with her catchy tunes and weird videos, easily squeezes into that role. While she hasn’t released any new songs since “Bitch,” here’s hoping she continues upping the ante.
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