Lykke Li, Hercules and Love Affair, Jennifer Lopez and DJ Cassidy with Robin Thicke and Jessie J offer us exciting new music. This is the Friday Four!
The return of a much-loved dance group, a pop queen getting loved up, an indie-fave getting her gloom on and a huge Summer pop hit in waiting are all on the slate for you today.
Hercules and Love Affair – Do You Feel The Same?
Andy Butler and his house music loving collective Hercules and Love Affair haven’t released an album since 2011. Thankfully new release The Feast of the Broken Heart arrives at the end of May. The current wave of deep house taking over the mainstream could work in H&LA’s favour and on this new track they’ve lined up an infectious vocal over a tense and urgent groove. Laced with attitude and a low-key strut, this is a welcome return.
Lykke Li – Love Me Like I’m Not Made of Stone
The shimmering Magician remix of I Follow Rivers may have given her an accidental hit on these shores but it’s safe to say that the gloomy, heart-breaking indie-pop Lykke Li is known for is intact. Sparse and ultimately quite devastating, this suggest that album number three I Never Learn will be something of an emotional affair.
Jennifer Lopez – I Luh Ya Papi feat. French Montana
It’d be easy to dismiss this tune off it’s questionable title. But thankfully, this feather-light R&B pop nugget is charming, sweet and very, very catchy. With production from Detail, who helmed Drunk in Love for Beyoncé, this is the kind of earworm that could do very well for Miss Lopez.
DJ Cassidy – Calling All Hearts feat. Jessie J and Robin Thicke
After putting his time in as the DJ of choice for everyone from Barack Obama to Naomi Campbell, DJ Cassidy is putting his love for late 70s disco into an album due this year. DJ Cassidy has two pop heavyweights in Jessie J and Robin Thicke on vocal duties but has roped in Earth, Wind and Fire and Nile Rodgers to provide backing vocals and instrumentation. After the disco-pop domination of Daft Punk’s Get Lucky this fits into the current throwback pop sound but is also an undeniable smash. This will likely eat up radio and win over even the most hardened pop cynic.
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