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Honestly I could really kiss We Are Temporary right now because of how they’ve remixed Ke$ha’s track Die Young but also why they’ve remixed the song like this. If you didn’t know there was an ongoing court case regarding producer Dr Luke sexually abusing Ke$ha which, unfortunately, she lost which has no means she has to produce music with the man who sexually abused her for another 6 albums, absolutely ridiculous to say the least. This remix has taken away everything from Dr Luke’s production leaving only Ke$ha’s voice and a new raw and dark electronic based track that is 100% Dr Luke free, like Ke$ha should be - Jakk

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Australian indie darlings The Jungle Giants hit the spot with their new single On Your Way Down, a crunchy rollicking explosion of crisp riffs and energetic yelping vocals. Grooving dance rock and funky indie pop coagulate in an uptempo gripping manner that evokes Saint Motel, with some Fitz and the Tantrums and Portugal. the Man. The Brisbane quartet spurns an afternoon solo dance party right here in my office with this banging earworm, a taste from their newly announced album Quiet Ferocity, due to arrive July 7th. Snag the fine jam via iTunes, here.

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Toronto’s NEW CITY turned many a heart into slush last month when they debuted with a sticky, steamy alt R&B and electro pop single named Coachella. The trio returns to heat us back up with a second song named Dirty Secrets. The gooey pumping jam straddles the line between dance pop and R&B pop. They’ve revealed a darker side to their smoldering sound with this new hybrid single. Lead singer Adrian Mitchell states: “Dirty Secrets describes a relationship between two people that aren’t really supposed to be together, but the sexual tension is way too ahrd to ignore.”

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Over the years Disney has produced many music stars like Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas and many more on of that but their latest musical star is none other than Sabrina Carpenter who recently dropped a brand new track called Smoke And Fire. Last year she released her debut album Eyes Wide Open that showed she was a young artist who had some incredible vocals and song writing abilities and her latest track is showing her building upon that with, what I think is, her best track yet. The track impacts you as soon as it starts with that flickering flame and then BOOM you’ve got that explosion of vocals that come in and enthral you and makes you want to hear what else is to come. The track has one heck of an addictive chorus mixed with some infectious beats and a pretty amazing production, but I expected that, and all I can say is that Sabrina is really showing us what she’s made of, I can easily see her becoming an international music star of the future - Jakk

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For the life of me, I can’t quite figure out how I still haven’t caught Oscar & The Wolf in San Francisco. Was he here a few years ago, and I somehow missed his performance? At least I was lucky enough to catch him not once, not twice, but three times at SXSW back in 2016, and Max Colombie was only more smoldering seductive with each new experience, dancing without abandon on stage as he moved crowds with his hot-like-coals electropop. The Belgian artist will finally be releasing a debut North American EP this summer via Neon Gold Records, so I have a feeling I just might get a chance to swoon to him again soon. He’s released a new song and video from the forthcoming self titled EP, too. Sleek sailing Breathing is a light dalliance. Its sighing synthpop and melancholia tinged cooing differ from some of the dark smoldering songs we’ve heard from Oscar and the Wolf in the past, which in fact fits the dichotomy that lies in the heart of the project’s name. That name captures the two sides of Max Columbie’s personality and his music, contrasting darkness with light. 

Max explains of his new song: “Breathing to me is a sexy track, sun-drenched in melancholy. A celebration of sadness for creatures of the night. The video reflects me as a performer as one of those creatures. My skin made from diamonds reflecting the moon in an otherworldly landscape. Basically, I made myself look in a way I want to look every day, in the landscape of my dreams.” But really, which Oscar and the Wolf song isn’t a sexy track, though? Aside from the new EP coming this summer, Oscar and the Wolf will also be releasing a new album named Infinity early fall via PIAS worldwide, excluding North America.

Every plucky strum on Twin Cabins’ Painfully Obvious is like a nimble caress of my own heart. The song is the latest from the Los Angeles based project created by Nacho Cano, who was born in Mexico. It’s a charming form of light and agile indie pop he offers up on Painfully Obvious, a murky, droopy, yet spry reverie lined with reflective saxophone by Cheyne Bush and bass by Ben Levinson. Not quite bedroom pop or dream pop, and not quite dance pop, Painfully Obvious stands in a grey area of its own, intoxicating and captivating with a lush teeter. The song is the first single from Twin Cabins’ debut full length, Harmless Fantasies, out now on Sunset & Hyperion.

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I’m a big fan of Kero Kero Bonito’s bopping, popping brand of music. The London trio’s single Trampoline is exactly what it’s name suggests, a carefree skipping, bouncy fun electronic pop treat. Fellow Londoners and esteemed veterans Saint Etienne have given this jump apparatus an airy effervescent, foggy chugging alt dance remix. The surreal edit is one of six tracks off of Kero Kero Bonito’s Bonito (Retakes) EP out this week. The EP also features KKB tracks remixed by felicita, Franki Cosmos, CFCF, Makeness, and Jonah Baseball. Find it on iTunes, here.

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UK four piece Club Drive recently unveiled the music video for their rambunctious guitar pop single Voyager, a sleek sparkling, glamorous flaring treat that fuses Maroon 5′s funk rock with Fall Out Boy’s pop rock, Two Door Cinema Club’s dance punk, and DNCE’s high energy dance funk. The video documents a day in the life of a struggling homeless man, which reflects the song’s lyrical themes. Club Drive just completed a highly successful UK tour supporting Canadian pop rock band Marianas Trench. They’ll be appearing at several fests this summer in the UK. There’s no sign that this band will be slowing down anytime soon.