It’s getting cooler, but I still have one final weekend left on Fire Island, so as far as I’m concerned, it’s still summer! Here’s a taste of what I’ll be listening to (wrapped in a towel, shivering next to the pool), including new songs from Kat DeLuna, Pink, Mika, Sia, Nicki Minaj, Nelly Furtado and Flo Rida. Plus two fun-lovin’ Swedish gals you simply have to know…
“Wanna See U Dance (La La La)” – Kat DeLuna
It’s hard to believe that 24 year-old Kat DeLuna first shimmied into our lives 5 years ago with the dance tune “Whine Up.” Since then, she’s had some hits (most notably last year’s #1 “Dancing Tonight” – thank you, Domitrovich) and more than a few misses. But I’ve always felt it’s been the material that’s let her down and not the other way around. Now she get some fun material indeed. From her forthcoming album ViVa Out Loud, “Wanna See U Dance (La La La)” is a sweat-inducing jam that gleefully borrows from the 90s soccer stadium/SEGA staple “Samba de Janeiro” by German outfit Bellini. (The parenthetical ‘La La La’s are sung to the horn line of that chestnut.) Make sure you check out the YouTube version of the song, which features a fantastic drum breakdown that in the album/iTunes version gets swallowed up by syrupy electronica.
“I Cry” – Flo Rida
Hot on the heels of his #1 song “Whistle,” Flo Rida’s “I Cry” is the 4th track from his album Wild Ones. We appreciate that the R&B hip-hop star often returns to hit a dance tune out of the ballpark. And “I Cry” is a homerun. It features a triangular sampling, with the title line coming from the Dutch duo Bingo Players’ dance hit “Cry (Just A Little)” which sampled the original smooth jazz/AC Brenda Russell hit “Piano In The Dark.” The recycled Chipmunks-like vocals call to mind the quadruplicate sharing of bassline between First Choice’s “Doctor Love,” Gwen Guthrie’s “Nothing Goin’ On (But The Rent),” Madonna’s “Sorry” and Rihanna’s “Hard.” Perhaps not coincidentally, Bingo Players (who have done remix work for acts like Cobra Starship), earlier this year released “reset” mixes of their “Cry.” And I swear Flo Rida here name-checks he one and only Alan Quartermaine. But even if he doesn’t, one can dream. Or cry.
“She Wolf (Falling To Pieces)” – David Guetta feat. Sia
There are no two ways around it: we’re obsessed with Sia. Her early cut “The Girl You Lost To Cocaine” still has us enthralled as did its follow-ups “You’ve Changed” and the percussive “Clap Your Hands.” The Australian singer nailed her muse status collaborating with prodigious French DJ superstar David Guetta on “Titanium.” Originally a demo by Sia – written with Alicia Keys in mind – the track was turned down by Katy Perry and recorded by Mary J. Blige before being scrapped and recorded by Sia herself for Guetta’s Nothing But The Beat. Now she’s in the spotlight in her co-written new track for Guetta’s revamped Nothing But The Beat 2.0. Featuring insistent piano and “Jessie’s Girl” guitar licks, the song generates as much Drama as a Meatloaf opus. And as far as Ozzie songstresses go, is it too much to hope that a Sia/Kimbra duet might be in the works??
“Bullets” – Rebecca & Fiona
Swedish DJs/performers/club owners Rebecca & Fiona are a colorful duo that have been taking their native Sweden by storm the last few years, cemented with their full-length album I Love You, Man in 2011. Here, they’re probably best (only?) known as Robyn’s bestie gf’s from the Making of “Call Your Girlfriend” video (link below), as well as openers on parts of her last tour. Now the album has been packaged for the U.S., lead by a remixed version of “Bullets” that’s also been given a fierce Lesbian chic video (though the pair are neither a couple nor lesbian). Luxuriating in the Swedish Pop sounds of the 90s (think Ace of Base and Roxette at a sleeker, higher bpm), R&F nail it with the lead track and its plunking guitar and clip-clop percussion. Who knows what the lyrics mean (“Hurts like bullets between these walls”?), but somehow it fits their aesthetic of giant-soled Moonboots.
Two great new albums with similar titles: Pink’s The Truth About Love and Mika’s The Origin of Love. Pink features a terrific first single in “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” while Mika stumbled with his atypically generic “Celebrate.” But both feature an especially intriguing album cut: Pink’s duet with Fun. frontman Nate Ruess “Just Give Me A Reason” sounding very Fun. indeed and Mika’s “Popular Song” (with Rihanna sound-alike Priscilla Renea) sampling “Popular” from the hella popular musical Wicked…Nicki Minaj scores on 2 new singles: paired with Cassie (the singer from the hypnotic track “King of Heats” earlier this year) on the new song “The Boys” and rapping on the “Inferno Mix” of the new Alicia Keys track “Girl On Fire”…Regular SPIN readers know how repeatedly annoyed we are by the lazy same-ol’/same-ol’ from Pitbull. But even we have to admit his latest, the rowdy “Don’t Stop The Party,” is a catchy-as-f#ck party tune…DJ duo Milan & Phoenix have a fun retread of the Swing song “Istanbul (Not Constantinople).” Perhaps best known in this era as a 1990 cover by They Might Be Giants, the song gets a new dance version featuring a sample of the original 1953 version by The Four Lads…We’re scratching our heads that Nelly Furtado is once again releasing a not particularly radio-friendly single, but also giving her major points as the boomalicious “Parking Lot” will have you cracking open a can of Schlitz in the back of a convertible.
Pink & Nate Ruess
Nicki Minaj & Cassie
Nicki Minaj & Alicia Keys
Milan & Phoenix
NEWS: I’ll be spinning the annual Anniversary Bash for Pieces Bar next Saturday night, Sept 29. Sponsored by Ketel One, this year’s edition is called “DRAGTASTIC” and will nce again feature the full staff in drag and perfrming a special Staff Number at 10PM. I’ll kicks things off with Disco at 8:30 followd by current Dance/Pop after the staff number. Come dressed up, dressed down or just come and get down! Also next week, the next 80s/Disco Happy Hour “MATINEE” is Weds, Sept 26 5-8PM. Both at Pieces Bar (8 Christopher Street).
Welcome back to #1, Ms. Minaj, on this week’s Top 20 Countdown. Whether you call her Nicki or Roman, the “Starships” diva dethrones MC for the top spot with “Pound The Alarm.” This week’s big leaps are registered by Ne-Yo’s “Let Me Love You” (up 10 spots to #9) and Karmin’s “Hello” (up 8 to #12). The week’s three juicy debuts – all mentioned above – are by Kat DeLuna, David Guetta featuring Sia and Flo Rida.
1) Pound The Alarm (Original & Liam Keegan Mixes) – Nicki Minaj (3) (1 at 1*)
2) Triumphant (All Mixes) – Mariah Carey (1) (1 at 1*)
3) R.I.P. (Seamus Haji Mix) – Rita Ora feat. Tinie Tempah (4)
4) Want You Back (Cahill Mixes) – Cher Lloyd (6)
5) Turn Up The Radio (All Mixes) – Madonna (2) (3 at 1)*
6) How Deep Is Your Love (Johnny Mac Mix) – Sean Paul feat. Kelly Rowland (7)
7) Timebomb (Original Extended & Peter Rauhofer Mixes) – Kylie Minogue (5) (2 at 1)*
8) I Can Only Imagine (Extended Mix) – David Guetta feat. Chris Brown & Lil Wayne (9)
9) Let Me Love You (Pulse Remix) – Ne-Yo (19)
10) Spectrum (Calvin Harris Remix) – Florence & The Machine (12)
11) Blow Me One Last Kiss (Project 46 Mix) – Pink (13)
12) Hello (Razor & Guido Mix) – Karmin (20)
13) As Long As You Love Me (Ferry Corsten Mix) – Justin Bieber (14)
14) Decisions (Original & Cedric Gervais Mixes) – Borgore feat. Miley Cyrus (15)
15) Too Close (Jason Nevins Remix) – Alex Clare (17)
16) Euphoria (Original & WaWa Mixes) – Loreen (1 at 1)* (8)
17) Wanna See U Dance (La La La) – Kat DeLuna
18) She Wolf (Falling To Pieces) (Extended Version) – David Guetta feat. Sia
19) Let’s Have A Kiki (Original & Madonna Mixes) – Scissor Sisters (4 at 1)* (11)
20) I Cry – Flo Rida
*Indicates current/former #1s