Meet Follow Me, the newest addition to the HeavyRoc Music roster.
After putting their fantastic, summery spin on Alison Valentine‘s “Peanut Butter,” the electronic production duo (known individually as Joe Spagna and Anthony Vertullo) signed to the steadily growing NYC indie label, home to acts like The Knocks and Alex Winston.
“Somethin’ About You” is Follow Me’s first official release off of HeavyRoc, and it’s rock solid: A throbbing slice of deep disco, chopped vocals, bouncy synths and bright, flashing strobes that brings another early ’90′s House-inspired act currently sizzling the summer scene to mind: Disclosure. (Also, it’s free.)
Jennifer Paige, singer of the ubiquitous (and, over a decade later, still highly listenable) “Crush,” has returned.
Not that she’s gone anywhere, really: The Atlanta-bred singer-songstress has been churning out singles and studio albums (including a Christmas album!) ever since her 1998 self-titled debut. But nothing’s stuck quite as strongly on the charts as her debut single.
Perhaps, however, all that’s about to change.
There are myriad pop stars who have floated along the blogosphere in the past five years, inciting a brief panic of overexcitement and hyperbolic praise (I’ve certainly been a culprit once or twice), only to spiral downward—a result of unmet expectations and subpar follow-ups—and eventually fade into obscurity.
Betty Who, however, is the real deal.
“Who?” you’ll ask, thinking you’re quite funny.
Take the emotional dance floor wallop of Robyn at her finest, the massive, yelping hooks and underlying nostalgia of Katy Perry at her teenage dreamiest, the ’80′s synth-pop sheen of Empire Of The Sun at their New Wave-iest, a bit of the euphoria of Madonna at her earliest, and stick that all in an industrial-sized blender: You’ve got one hell of a pop star concoction, right?
That’s Betty Who.
Earlier this month, the Sydney-raised, Boston-schooled indie-pop songstress released her debut (free!) EP The Movement, an unbelievably rock solid slice of ’80′s electro-encrusted pop perfection spread across 4 tracks, which PopJustice declared to be “2013′s the best proper EP so far.” It’s true. Let’s dig in, yes?
And now, it’s time for a long overdue introduction to Say Lou Lou, the gorgeous Swedish-Australian twin sister act.
(They grew up shuttling in between Stockholm and Sydney. Thus, they are Swedish-Australian.)
When the duo was first being buzzed about last year, they went by the name Saint Lou Lou, but they’ve since switched over to Say Lou Lou. (Or SAY! Lou Lou, as Legendtina might say.)
It’s an exciting, tumultuous time to be a girl group enthusiast.
In just a few short weeks, the Almighty Aloud have taken their final bow (and allowed our lives to grow cold once again), the original Sugababes—MKS—have made their slow-but-sure return to the musical landscape on various amazing covers and remixes, and The Saturdays have, at last, notched their first-ever #1 in the UK.
Now, there’s another group worth putting on our radar (on our ray-duh): M.O.