The last time we heard a full set from Cassie, officially speaking, was her self-titled debut in 2006, which included the icy electro-R&B masterpiece that’s singlehandedly kept her name relevant in music for over 7 years: “Me & U.”
She returned in February last year with the transcendent, Ibiza-lite “King Of Hearts,” and again later that year with a feature on Nicki Minaj‘s robotic “The Boys.” And now, after endless delays and setbacks, somehow—perhaps by divine intervention—it has finally arrived: RockaByeBaby, a conceptual mixtape that sees the R&B princess transforming into something much darker and rough around the edges than ever before—namely, a bad bitch.
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.)
After a year without rain, the drought has finally ended—thanks to an unexpected early leak from the heavens.
That’s right: Selengenda Gomezmerizing‘s “Come & Get It” has arrived. (It’s still not a Dannii Minogue cover, but it’s fine.)
While listening to the song for the first time, you might find yourself pondering aloud: “Hey, this sounds a lot like a Rihanna banga that I’d find somewhere on Talk That Talk! Also, why am I talking to myself?” Well, there’s a good reason for that.
The track was penned by Ester Dean and produced by Stargate, the same winning team behind “S&M,” “What’s My Name?” “Only Girl (In The World)” and “Rude Boy” among others. It’s very, very obviously a Rihanna reject that didn’t make the cut for her moodier, less accessible Unapologetic—even down to the actual lyrics: “Hate the way I love you”? REFERENCE.
Nonetheless, the Latina Goddess of Rain and Love Songs tackles the track with ease, moaning and groaning her way through every “na, na, na” and “ay, ay, ay.” She’s no stranger to songs that get stuck on re-pe-pe-pe-peat, after all!
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.
UK darling Jenn D first caught my eye (and ears) with her gutsy debut single “Lose It” back in November, a powerful punch of aggressive beats and taunting lyricism—and some hot Speak & Spell action to boot.
Then, earlier this year, the Liverpool-born songstress got our hearts racing again with the premiere of “You Keep Giving Me Love.” It’s pure Minogue mania–a full-on blast of euphoric synthesizers and flirty, swoon-filled coos–and a pretty major departure from her previous single. But between the two sounds, just who is the real Jenn D anyway?
Well, that’s what she’s still working on.
While Jenn ccontinues to work on carving out a cohesive tale for her upcoming solo debut LP (she formerly fronted the electro-pop troupe Soft Toy Emergency), I spoke with the up-and-coming pop princess for a bit about recording her new tunes, the process of creation (music, not babies), her musical muses (hint: The “D” in Jenn D could stand for “Dancing On My Own”) and the songs she’s digging right now.