Kelis – “Rumble”
Much attention surrounds Kelis’ forthcoming album, Food, thanks to her infectious lead single “Jerk Ribs.” Continuing to build anticipation for the “Milkshake” hitmaker’s sixth LP comes “Rumble,” a mid-tempo, R&B/soul groove offering a more emotionally raw side of Kelis. The Dave Sitek-produced record is shaping up to firmly move Kelis away from the often cold, flat dance-pop of 2010’s Flesh Tones, into warmer R&B/soul territory.
Little Dragon – “Klapp Klapp”
Never shy on larger than life beats, Swedish quartet Little Dragon continue to evolve into one the most underrated engaging acts in pop. “Klapp Klapp,” the band’s lead single off their forthcoming album, Nabuma Rubberband, finds Little Dragon embracing manic percussion and soaring synth, leaving the slinky dance of 2011’s Ritual Union behind.
Erik Hassle – “Pathetic”
Best known as the songwriter behind Shakira and Rihanna’s current hit “Can’t Remember To Forget You,” the Swedish singer-songwriter teams up with electronic act SOHN, for the pulsing synth, R&B groove of “Pathetic.” Hassle’s sensual vocals slink over SOHN’s dizzying soundwall, offering the first taste of his upcoming Somebody’s Party EP. (Out March 4th)
Brody Dalle – “Meet the Foetus/Oh the Joy”
Brody Dalle endeared herself to fans as the front woman of The Distillers and Spinerette, but recently emerged as a solo act with her first single “Meet the Foetus.” Not the in-your-face punk of The Distillers, Dalle’s grinding guitars, honest lyrics and beaming melody offer a more mature Dalle than previously heard. Endorsements from Emily Kokal (Warpaint) and Shirley Manson (Garbage) on backing vocals doesn’t hurt either.
Trust – “Capitol”
Toronto’s Robert Alfons’ duo turned solo project, Trust, offer another glimpse of his forthcoming sophomore album Joyland. “Capitol,” remains as dark as ever but with a poppy, dance club edge. Soaring synth, muffled verses and intergalactic sound effects are abound but given a gloss, dancefloor-ready finish.