Music from Lily Allen, Mykki Blanco, Faune and Neon Jungle launch you into the Bank Holiday weekend. This is the Friday Four!
Limber up for St. Patrick’s Day with a top-notch girl group, Dublin-based house goodness, a booty shaking rap cut and more tongue-in-cheek pop from Lily Allen.
Faune – Bring Your Mind
If you didn’t catch this track from Irish electro duo Faune earlier this week you need to rectify that immediately. A juddering synth line, soulful vocal and some suitably jaunty house music piano combine for a smooth and soulful club track with a suitably eye-popping video.
Mykki Blanco – Wish You Would
Former GCN cover star Mykki Blanco continues to surprise with an array of creative and inspired rap tracks arriving regularly. The latest is this assured club banger that throws enough lyrical charm and production genius to make it the thinking man’s booty shaking anthem. Brenmar, who produced Blanco’s breakout track Waavy, gives an icy Timbaland-gone-nasty thump while Blanco and newcomer Princess Nokia exchange one liners. Brilliant.
Neon Jungle – Welcome to the Jungle
This promising UK girl group did a well received set at Phromo in Dublin’s Dragon recently and with this track will likely win an even bigger audience. It takes a while to get going but once that chant driven hook arrives the kind of attitude and charisma they’ve honed already comes to the fore.
Lily Allen – Our Time
Before her third album Sheezus (Lily’s tribute to Kanye West) arrives Lily Allen has built up plenty of controversy. Previous single Air Balloon was one of the most bubblegum tunes she’s ever done (and one of the recent Allen controversies included her saying she was sending out the lightweight stuff first) but thankfully this one strikes a better balance. Like the best of her material it’s a feather light pop song laced with wry social observations and a bubbly chorus. And the video manages to both send up and nail how many of us have acted on a precarious night out without feeling like it’s judgemental or controversy baiting. Probably the strongest thing Allen has released from the new album so far.
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