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Pulsing dance/pop synths are the highlight of each track off this spooky mixtape. Kim Petras has already mastered pop but proves she has a dark/dance side on TURN OFF THE LIGHT, VOL. 1.
Starting with “Close Your Eyes,” you’re immediately swept into another world; a sweaty dance club around mid-October, filled with runny eyeliner, fishnets, and a harsh beat twisting through your blood. Petras’ punky vocals push through every musical layer possible, hitting the highest notes over a glorious dance drop. Picture ballroom ceilings draped in cobwebs and red velvet; that’s how grimy yet enchanting this mixtape feels.
“Turn Off The Light” has a similar backbeat as the iconic “Thriller” complete with a vocal sound bite from none other than Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. While “Tell Me It’s A Nightmare” has a vintage Lady Gaga feel (think “Judas” or “Monster”); so dramatic-pop, it hurts.
Fans flooded Kim with love and support for the new Halloween-inspired music. Petras tweeted: “I’m so happy u guys ! I love you more than I could ever express”
If you’re not in the spooky spirit, listen to this on repeat all October and you’ll be transformed into a wicked pop witch.
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WHO: Elley Duhé
WHERE: Mobile, Alabama
TOP SONGS: “Happy Now” w/ Zedd
You might have heard her on Zedd’s latest single “Happy Now”, featuring flawless pop vocals escorted by a quick pop/dance drop (what Zedd does best). Duhé has begun to make a name for herself. Not long after the release of “Now” we heard her solo single, “Way Down Low”. The punchy track is accompanied by the singer’s raspy vocals. “We will survive, we’re gonna see this through,” seems to be the theme of the hopeful track. Duhé has a captivating sound that goes beyond the normal pop realms.
“Way Down Low” is just one part of the 6-track EP just released by the pop singer. The EP, titled Dragon Mentality is feisty, fun, and intense. “Counterfeit” follows a slight hip-hop beat while “$$$$” and “Fever” could charm even the scariest snake. I haven’t heard an EP this unique in a long time.
Listen for yourself, here
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It’s been two years since we’ve heard a new album from our favorite pop/alt band, OneRepublic. Lead singer, Ryan Tedder recently told Zane Lowe at Beats 1 it was definitely time for them to release some new music. “If we had to compile an album this week we could do it, but I’m kind of insatiable, so I’ll be writing up until probably September” he says.
The first single, “Connection” is another pop-infused alt anthem focusing on how hard it is to find genuine people in a world filled with false hope. Featuring a chanty chorus (“can I get a connection?”) and Tedder’s evergreen voice. Once again, he can do no wrong and I’m convinced this band will last forever.
As for more details on the album, the Oklahoma native says he’s trying to grab Mark Foster, Paul McCartney (yes, you read that right), THEY., and many others for possible collaborations and hoping we’ll see the album by the fall.
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