A couple months ago Charli XCX shared a photo on Instagram with a caption that sent fans for a bit of a loop. “I spoke about my album and how it was done and coming out in May. I know it’s May now and there still isn’t an album but I just wanted you guys to know it’s not because anything’s wrong or I don’t wanna put it out or anything,” the singer continued, “I just want to make as much music as possible. So that’s what’s happening. I’m in the studio a lot and feeling more creative than ever…”
From then on, Charli lent her voice to other hit makers in the fresh/futuristic genre of music. Artists like Whethan (“Love Gang”) and Mura Musa (“1 Night”) borrowed Charli for some sassy hooks bound to be perfect. But, she didn’t stop there. The pop star released a mixtape titled Number 1 Angel back in March of this year. Charli has made it crystal clear that her album will be flawless, which is why she might not let go of it until 2018. “Boys” is her latest single. Will it be tied to the new album? Does this mean the album release date could be this year? Or is “Boys” just a taste of what we can expect for future tunes?
Charli explains the male-heavy music video to radio host Annie Mac saying, “They’re doing all the sexy things that girls usually do in music videos.” No hot girls bouncing in bikini’s or dancing on guys in the club. Joe Jonas eating pancakes, Diplo playing with puppies, Cameron Dallas modeling with a chainsaw, Charlie Puth washing a car, Flume reading a book; those are just some of the stars in this homage to sexy men. As usual, the pop tune is glowing with futuristic sounds and a bouncy chorus, “I was busy think bout boys, head is spinnin, thinkin bout boys.”
This 20-year-old is a one man show. Singing, songwriting, and producing on his own to create some serious tracks. Hit single “Care” is what initially drew me in (it currently has 3,714,944 plays on Spotify). The song starts out telling a story (as most do), his voice quivers on each pop note singing “you don’t even care for me anymore…I don’t even care for you anymore”. The drop at the chorus slams in, shaking electronics to their core. I fell in love with the contrast of sounds from verse to chorus, but somehow, they continue to mesh together in such a cool way.
His collaboration with fellow EDMsters’ Cheat Codes, “Stay With You” is another lyrically driven track, something Cade seems to have made his trademark so far. “Where We Left” is his most recent single. Try not to get addicted…
Distilled vocals and extended guitar riffs compile a gorgeous EP worthy of every summer sunset. Title track “Saw You In A Dream” is a romantic pop montage, while “Count to Nine” is a borderline indie hit infused with modern electronics. Lead singer, Amber Bain’s voice is as breathy as a summer breeze reminiscent of the eclectic Imogen Heap.
Top songs: “Saw You In A Dream” and “3/3”
LANY – LANY
16 tracks make up this epic electropop fusion of music. LANY have started to make a name for themselves with the unique soft edged voice of Paul Jason Klein leading the group onto the charts. His voice glides along any riff, melting into your ears. Exploring every element of love and relationships, the band tackles it head first.
Top songs: “Super Far” and “Hericane”
Calvin Harris – Funk Wav Bounces Vol.1
Far from his “Feel So Close” days, Harris shakes his EDM brand. With a plethora of cameo’s, Funk challenges what we’re used to hearing on pop radio from the UK native. Each song has an underlying funk layer stacked with top R&B/hip-hop slayers like: Kehlani, Nicki Minaj, Travis Scott, Pharrell, and more. “Rollin” is your car jam and “Feels” is your Friday night turn-up.