High Five – 02/22/16

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1. LAST DANCE :: Dua Lipa :: Dark Pop

This track (and the accompanying video, see link above) kind of makes we want to pre-order everything Dua Lipa will ever release from this point onward, if that were possible. She makes flawlessly produced, beautifully emotive pop songs that call to mind some of the most powerful vocalists of all time, and LAST DANCE is the very best of them. Also check out her previous single, BE THE ONE, here. Sounds like: Shakira belting over chaotic dance-pop goodness, Jess Glynne suddenly going dark and unrestrained

2. GODDESS :: Cappa :: Pop

Cappa’s releases always leave me feeling sort of dazed. Each song pushes the boundaries of upbeat dark pop just a little bit further, and as of today, I’m delighted to announce that the artist is giving away this whispery, synth-sprinkled tribute to high self-esteem and positive sexual energy for free on her website, which I’ve linked here. Sounds like: Florrie with a duskier tone, Avril Lavigne with indie-electro production

3. RHYTHM INSIDE :: Loïc Nottet :: Alternative Pop

An absolutely fascinating track concerning the nature of human energy itself, RHYTHM INSIDE brags a catchy snap-clap beat and an explosive chorus featuring Nottet’s immensely satisfying vocals. As a runner-up in the Belgian Voice, it’s no surprise that this guy’s going places. Sounds like: MIKA with a shadowy, club-ready outlook

4. RIDE :: Lowell feat. Icona Pop :: Pop

Lowell goes full-on pop in her latest release, which blatantly screams its Icona Pop influence into the sky: its shout-able verses and delightfully profane chorus beg delightful comparisons to 2012 hit I LOVE IT. I’m dying to see what Lowell’s sassy pop-rap inflection will send out next. Sounds like: Charli XCX with lots of yelling, Bjork’s wobbling synths plus Miley Cyrus’ total disregard for common sense

5. MIDNIGHT RIVER :: Vaults :: Alternative Pop

Vaults’ music is multifaceted, stormy, and emotional, and their newest single MIDNIGHT RIVER is no exception. The much-anticipated follow-up to the startling CRY NO MORE, I’m surprised I haven’t seen this London-based trio take over the Internet by now. Sounds like: a softer, more pop-oriented Florence + the Machine, London Grammar plus lots of dense production

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