Kanadian Krooner Kay is back with a brand new beat!
The hip-pop songstress, who first caught our attention back in April of ’11 with infectious cuts like “My Name Is Kay” and the Doctor Rosen Rosen-produced “M.A.J.O.R.”, has just premiered “Diddy Dum,” a funky fresh track off of her newly released My Name Is Kay EP in Canada.
“How many times have you heard this beat?” Kay taunts. To be fair, I can’t say I really have: Accordions! Marching bands! 808s! It’s like watching a drum line stomp their way through a circus. “4 to the 3 to the 2 to the 1, I can be as sweet as a cinnamon bun,” she counts down.
Think a much less affected Karmin meets Robyn meets Dev, with a heaping helping of “Hollaback Girl”-style Gwen Stefani. The result? A rowdy, rollickin’ good time. And good luck getting the chorus out of your head…um, ever!
Dum diddy dum, diddy dum, diddy hee!
The My Name Is Kay EP was released on February 28. (iTunes Canada)
A few weeks ago, I wrote about Doctor Rosen Rosen‘s (100% free!) debut EP Girls: A crunchy, catchy electro-pop confection featuring collaborations with four of pop’s leading up-and-comers, including Jessie and the Toy Boys, Meg and Kay.
To celebrate the EP’s release (today!), take a listen to the fourth track on the album: “Sex-Ed,” featuring vocals by Canadian songstress, Anjulie.
Anjulie plays teacher, teacher on the final track of the Doctor’s EP, merrily skipping atop squeaky electro-pop beats and a bouncy bass line. Armed with cheeky lyrics and killer pop hooks, the song brings to mind the ’80′s revivalism of Gwen Stefani‘s delicious solo records and Sky Ferreira‘s own ode to the dirty deed, “Sex Rules.” “Boys want girls, but girls need men,” Anjulie chants during the song’s bridge. Better start shining up that red apple!
According to Rosen Rosen, the song “pays tribute to some of my favorite 80s female artists like Madonna, Janet Jackson, Taylor Dayne and Pebbles.” A few of our favorite girls here at MuuMuse!
Have a listen to the naughty lil’ electro-pop banger above, and be sure to download the entire EP today. Don’t forget: It’s FREE!
DJ Tiësto–much to some of his more elitist fan’s chagrin–does this funny thing sometimes where he’ll step down from the turntables of his stadium-filling club concerts for a hot second to enter the recording studio with a pop artist and cook up an incredible slice of radio friendly trance-pop.
For proof, look no further than his incredible indie-goes-dance 2009 collection, Kaleidoscope. (Check out the MuuMuse review now!)
Today, the acclaimed Dutch beat-master has done it again with his latest offering: “Work Hard, Play Hard,” featuring vocals by none other than fast talkin’, fast rising Nova Scotia-bred pop starlet and recent MuuMuse fixation, Kay.
“Work Hard, Play Hard” first surfaced online just over a year ago in a promotion with Sandisk, during which fans were asked to submit cell phone footage from Tiesto’s concerts around the world in order to create an entirely fan-made video for the song. (If you’re into that sort of thing, the video for the song–set to the AutoErotique remix of the track–just premiered over at AOL’s Spinner.)
Now, the song is finally a full-fledged single as of today–which is a very, very good thing.
Tired of all those spreadsheets? So over working for the man? Sick and tired of always being SICK AND TIRED?! Good! Kay (and Anastacia) totally agree: “Can’t somebody cut me some slack? / I been working dang hard, breaking my back,” Kay cooly speak-sings.
“Work Hard, Play Hard” is a purely “We run this motha!” type of track for a night on the town–essential listening after a week’s worth of work-related stress. “I own this shit all week / This beat’s for all my freaks / We’re runnin’ on no sleep,” she bossily announces above the stinging trance beats.
Think of “Work Hard, Play Hard” as a slightly more grown-up response to your standard Ke$ha track (less vomming in Paris Hilton‘s closet, more fist-pumping in the VIP at Tenjune), complete with some signature Tiësto trance production and just the slightest hint of strut-tastic Sugababes 4.0 ‘tude to boot. (“Wear My Kiss”/Sweet 7 vibes anyone? Anyone?!)
So go ahead and play damn hard…you EARNED it!
“Work Hard, Play Hard (feat. Kay)” was released today on Beatport and will be released on August 15 to iTunes. (Beatport)
Noted scholar Beyoncé Giselle Knowles once famously posed the question: “Who run the world?” The answer according to many–including Doctor Rosen Rosen–remains loud and clear: GIRLS.
The up-and-coming writer, producer and remix extraordinaire (a prominent feature within such official remix packages as Lady Gaga‘s “Telephone” and Natalia Kills‘ “Mirrors”) is now set to prescribe his debut EP to the masses: GIRLS: VOLUME 1.
Containing four songs, the good doctor’s first-ever compilation benefits from a vocal assist from four of pop’s most promising bubbling-under females, including 3 single-monikered songstresses: Meg, Kay and Anjulie.
Kicking off the collection, however, is “Five O’Clock,” a collaboration with mannequin-minded, leotard-loving L.A. songstress, Jessie And The Toy Boys. (She’s certainly been seeing a lot of love ’round these parts lately, eh?)
Regarding the record, Doctor Rosen Rosen had this to say about his time spent recording with Miss Toy Boys:
Around that time, I was listening to a lot of the 80s girls groups that were produced by Prince (Vanity 6, Sheila E, Appolonia), which inspired the punchy Linndrum-sample-heavy beat of the song. A day before our session, I started the track and came up with the pre-chorus “Hello Hello Hello.” I was nervous to show her the idea because she was one of the first artists I worked with in Los Angeles, but she was in to it and we quickly wrote the rest of the song together. One of the things I love about working with Jessie, is that her lyrics always engaging and paint a vivid story… in this case “you’ve got till five o’clock to get your shit out.
The song is a slap-happy bout of tongue-twisting, fire-spitting lyrical jabs and hyper-speed space-pop, crossing together the bouncy ’80′s funk-lust of Vanity 6 and the rowdy grrrl rebellion of Le Tigre. “I don’t want to be a hater, but you ain’t a pro skater / But you’re a bus boy at Denny’s, you’re not even a waiter.” BURN.
Best of all? You can snag the song above entirely for free!
The full tracklisting for GIRLS: VOLUME 1 is as follows:
1. “Five O’ Clock” ft. Jessie & The Toy Boys
2. “Adelaide” ft. Meg”
3. “Hot” – ft. Kay
4. “Wait” ft. Anjulie
And, if you’re impatient/curious/bored, you can view a rather kewl video of the Doctor spinning a hot pink vinyl of the collection, featuring a few seconds from each individual track. Sounds promising!
Liking the idea so far? Well, good: Doctor Rosen Rosen plans to carry on with this kind of release all the way through to sometime next year, with Volume 2 expected to hit in November, Volume 3 in February, and Volume 4 due out around next May.
Girls: Volume 1 will be released on August 15. (Official Website)
Genre: Dance-pop, electro
Sounds like: Ke$ha, Uffie, Jessie and the Toy Boys
Meet Kay, nee Kay Kristin Boutillier, the newest electropop princess on the block who already seems poised for world domination.
Kay first popped up on my radar just over a year ago, when her glitchy, ambient interpretation of Nancy Sinatra‘s classic “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)” began circulating. Kay’s version featured an instrumental track sampling Lil Wayne‘s “Lollipop”–an unlikely pairing that reminded me of Sky Ferreira‘s similarly haunting “Happy Dre” mash-up.
A few well-chosen buzz tracks followed–including the swaggerific “M.A.J.O.R.”, produced by MuuMuse fave Doctor Rosen Rosen, a tongue-in-cheek cover of Justin Bieber‘s “Baby,” and a dance floor-ready collaboration with Tiesto titled “Work Hard, Play Hard”–but Kay really grabbed my attention with her official first single, “My Name is Kay.”
Penned with mega-hitmakers Ryan Tedder and Evan “Kidd” Bogart, “My Name is Kay” combines the contagious teen spirit of “Hollaback Girl” with the faux-gangster posturing that Ke$ha perfected with “Sleazy.”(Unsurprisingly, the track has already been championed by ArjanWrites and Perez Hilton.)
Better still than the studio version, though, might be Frankmusik‘s “Lost the Damn Gameboy” remix, which swaps the stop-and-go vibes of the original with a driving house beat.
Kay’s as-yet untitled debut album is due out via Interscope/Universal sometime this year.