With Father’s Day coming up this Sunday, there’s no better time than the present to debut the new tune by the singer-songwriter Jackie Greene, “A Face Among the Crowd”, which PopMatters is proud to premiere. The track features on his forthcoming record Back to Birth, his first studio outing in five years. The sentiment in the title Back to Birth is reflected by the music on the album, which Greene describes as “a return to the simplicity that I started with, although,” he adds, “I feel like I have a much better idea of what I’m doing now.” The reflective, inviting quality of “A Face Among the Crowd” is more than enough proof to affirm his estimation.
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Following a remix of their tune “Here is the Place” by Thomas Datt, London synth-pop duo Empathy Test has had its music put in the hands of others once more, this time the Parisian dark synth-pop outfit Minuit Machine (“Midnight Machine”). That French band has taken up the task of re-inventing the Empathy Test number “Throwing Stones”, adding a distinctly M83-esque vibe to the music.
If you want to attract attention in today’s pop music, which is more ephemeral and virally driven than ever before, the more enormous and attention-grabbing the hook, the better. In the case of Daisha’s percussive new single, “Hiyah, bitch!” is certainly that.
The stripped-down, pulsating track, which is cut from the same cloth as Rihanna, M.I.A., Santigold, Azealea Banks, and Kanye West’s Yeezus, is murky, confrontational, and playful, its in-your-face chorus countered by some whimsical stream-of-consciousness wordplay. And wait, is that the Florida State War Chant in there as well? Either way “Hiyah (F.O.H.)” is as catchy as all get-out, and we’re pleased to premiere it here.
Christopher Baio has played bass with Vampire Weekend since 2006, but now he’s stepping out on his own with an album of pure pop deliciousness. The Names will release September 18th via Glassnote Records and will include the Mika-esque, Bowie-influence ditty “Sister of Pearl”, a song with killer hooks. The record is sounding pretty summery to our ears.
A collaboration between American singer Justin Taylor, Finnish producer Jaako Manninen (of Beats and Styles notoriety), and multi-instrumentalist and producer Ryan Malina, Jutty Ranx scored a surprise European hit in 2012 with “I See You”, which went double platinum in Italy and topped seven million views on YouTube. Three years later they’re set to release Discordia, an ebullient blast of R&B-tinged EDM, whose modern, international take on soul and dance is certain to appeal to fans of Daft Punk and Chromeo, and which we’re more than pleased to premiere here today.