A taste of what Marina & The Diamonds is cooking up on her Froot album, "Immortal" is probably one of the darkest tracks we've heard from the Welsh singer-songwriter. And sure the "everybody dies, dies" hook is haunting, but it's also a powerful reminder of the song's important message: To live a full enough life that your memories can outlast you.
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Of all the incredible pop songs we heard this month, none is quite as dance-floor-ready as Giorgio Moroder and Kylie Minogue's club banger, "Right Here, Right Now." At moments the production recalls Daft Punk's "Get Lucky," but with the "Can't Get You Out Of My Head" singer's easily identifiable vocals. "There's no where else but right here, right now," Minogue repeats in the chorus, highlighting the exact feeling the song emits.
Buzzy indie-pop band MisterWives aren't wasting any time in 2015. Right after dropping "Our Own House," the group revealed that an album of the same name would drop in late February. And it looks like this could be MisterWives' biggest single yet, with its brassy horns and funky bass delivering a poppy take on soulful rock rather than a cheesy homage.
Everyone knows Sweden produces some of the best pop music around, and newcomer Tove Styrke is no exception. The 22-year-old is eyeing America with "Ego," the lead single off her upcoming album Kiddo, and the combination of tribal percussion and lush synths sounds like it's meant to be a new indie-pop anthem. We're hoping Stryke follows a similar path to her name twin Tove Lo.
England's Charli XCX and Rita Ora each had a massive 2014, largely thanks to their chart-searing collaborations with Iggy Azalea. So it makes total sense that Charli and Rita would come together on their own, releasing a high-energy, sugary sweet remix of one of the best songs on Charli's Sucker album, "Doing It." The single is delightfully '80s (Taylor who?) and plays to both of the charming chanteuses' vocal ability.
Alex Winston's 2012 album King Kon didn't launch her into the pop stratosphere like we thought it would, but luckily her new material is stronger than ever. "We Got Nothing," the latest release off her upcoming album, is a euphoric, racing slice of synth-pop that recalls the type of single Ellie Goulding would record if she was a little quirkier and more of a risk-taker.
You didn't read that incorrectly. While the world spent the majority of 2014 wondering, "Where on Earth is Rihanna?" our queen was collaborating with Yeezus and the best Beatle (sorry/not sorry). The result is the folk rock–channeling, "FourFive Seconds," which is just as confusing as it is awesome. Kanye doesn't rap, but sings a pretty sentimental and surprisingly optimistic verse. West harmonizes with RiRi near the end of the tune, all while McCartney plays a delicate, ascending riff on acoustic guitar. (There's some organ noodling, too.)
The future of G.R.L. looked uncertain when the group lost member Simone Battle to suicide. Pushing forward as a quartet, the ladies dropped "Lighthouse," a touching friendship anthem dedicated to Battle. Not only is it a moving salute to the late singer, but it's the act's best single to date.
One of our favorite K-pop boy bands, SHINee, saw member Jonghyun embark on a solo side project with his debut EP Base. We knew SHINee could nail a Michael Jackson cover, but it turns out the 24-year-old Jonghyun is just as smooth and funky on his own. Incorporating fun word play on the title, Base's standout track explores how you can feel so comfortable with a love interest it's as if you've met them before.
Marina & The Diamonds graced us with two new tracks this month, and we really can't pick one over the other. While "Immortal" is the haunting album closer, "I'm a Ruin" is more upbeat and recalls the singer's signature self-deprecating, ultra-honest lyricism. A must-hear for fans of Electra Heart and The Family Jewels.
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