Yesterday, I kicked off MuuMuse’s Most Anticipated list for 2013. You want more? Well, I’ll give you more. Away we go!
The certifiably incredible Queen of Hearts, whom I first introduced back in May with her Neon/Tears In The Rain EP, is back to re-assert her position on the throne.
Before the release of her EP of new material in September, the UK electro-pop songstress has just unleashed a s-t-u-n-n-i-n-g cover of Ben Howard‘s“Only Love.” Mizz Heart’s rendition takes the acoustic guitar-led original, replaces the core with a thick, juicy slab of shimmering Robyn-esque synth-pop, wraps it in dreamy electronica and tops it all off with some heaven-sent coos. The result? Something truly divine.
Now I just need Queen of Hearts to release a cover of Stacey Q‘s “Two of Hearts,” and my life will truly be complete. Or at least my pop card deck.
The new Queen of Hearts EP will be released in September. (iTunes)
Bow down: a new Queen has arrived.
Queen of Hearts–a London-based 24-year-old chanteuse with no apparent direct relation to Cassie‘s “King of Hearts,” nor Madonna‘s “Thief of Hearts” (still researching the lineage, will report back)–has just released a new double A-side today worldwide: “Neon/Tears In The Rain.” I recommend you acquire that now, as it’s quite synth-y and delicious.
“Neon” pulsates with a dark, pounding energy a la Goldfrapp‘s gritty masterpiece “Strict Machine” and Sam Sparro‘s “Black & Gold” (with a very au courant dubstep wobble to boot), as the Queen ascends to her throne while basking in bright neon lights. “Electrify, we touch the sky/We come alive,” she croons. It’s a pure synth-pop gem.
“Tears In The Rain” on the other hand, is a gorgeous ‘sad disco’ number as only a Swedish pop mastermind could provide: Produced by the ever-amazing Sound of Arrows‘ Stefan Storm, the song creeps across a chilly, atmospheric beat. “Are you ready? Are we fearless? Surrender or fail,” the singer coos. Watch for those haunting echoes in the chorus–shiver city.
The various remixes of “Neon” on the EP are incredible as well, especially Mark Reeder‘s mix, which suits the song perfectly: With the heaven-sent strings and brooding stomp, the re-rub feels dramatic and regal. Fit for a Queen, even.
“Neon/Tears In The Rain” was released on May 14. (iTunes)