Chris Ingalls: British singer John Newman has crafted a harmless, fun summer single that is undoubtedly pop but eschews the normal dance music trappings for something slightly more exotic. A light, carefree reggae beat stomps its way through the song and is carried along with some tasty rhythm guitar and Newman’s raspy crooning. The song sounds like it should come with a fruity umbrella drink. [7/10]
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Chris Ingalls: Like her Tri Angle labelmates Adult Jazz, Katie Gately does a wonderful job of turning synthpop on its head by creating an atmosphere thick with interesting textures and unique arrangements, while still maintaining a pop sensibility. The exotic vibe brings to mind M.I.A., but Gately is more adventurous than that, searching (and often finding) the right mix of pop and experimentalism. [7/10]
Eritrean-Swedish singer Adiam mashes up R&B, hip-hop, and electronic music into an irresistible, sophisticated, and bound for the charts sound. Adiam challenges boundaries in a way that’s “fearless”, as her new single suggests. “Fearless” is the new song from her upcoming debut full-length LP, Black Wedding, which she recorded in Los Angeles with producer Dave Sitek from TV on the Radio. With her sleek sound and mesmerizing presence, Adiam could be lighting up dancefloors and music sales charts around the world soon.
Paul Carr: The striking thing about this song is the sheer simplicity of it all. The song begins with a simple drum loop layered with downbeat synths. The defeatist opening is replaced with urgent positivity signaled by the keyboards leaping into life. The effect is like suddenly coming up to the surface after a night time swim. All of this frames the vocals perfectly. This an absolutely gorgeous vocal turn from BANKS. She manages to evoke so many emotions in such a short time. Once again she reaches out and grabs your heart. [8/10]
Chris Ingalls: The Irish indie darlings are back with a simple, soulful track that is wrapped in lovely analog production (the drums in particular sound warm and fuzzy on headphones). The intimacy of the song, combined with Paul Noonan’s seductive crooning, could potentially put it in the running for Makeout Music Track of 2016. Cool “Star Wars” reference in the lyrics, too. [7/10]
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