I promised myself that I would muster the strength to review the dueling duo of comebacks, a la Donna Summer and Cyndi Lauper) in one go, but I just can’t do it. Why? Because I’m stuck. Stuck! I cannot move past track two of Lauper’s quite-better-than-okay return to the dancefloor in full length album form, Bring Ya To The Brink.
The track in question, “Into The Night Life” was produced by the Swede duo Ã…strÃ¶m and BobÃ¤ck and penned by Max Martin, which in many ways is all that needs to be said regarding the track’s excellence–the man never fails, plain and simple. Pegged as the second single and following the rather disappointing first single “Same Ol’ Story,” “Into The Night Life” is a proper return to grace upon the dancefloor which rivals the best of her contemporary Madonna‘s 2005 attempt.
The song is a quick grow. Tripping chains (one forum member referenced this as Britneyesque “Freakshow” sound) and a skipping synth keep the song chugging along at a proficient pace, with a nice mix of tunnelized synths and siren-y blips in the background. All that, of course, until the icing on the cake: the chorus. “I’ll take ya ’til you’re all spun up,” Cyndi blasts within a glorious Eurodance surge of electricity sent throbbing through the speakers. A hands-up, iconic moment of old-school synthesized glory, it’s nothing short of arresting.
Additional moments of perfection include, but are not limited to:
+ The two second instrumental lead in to the chorus.
+ The sassy “hey, hey, heyyy” bits.
+ The double entrendre of the line “Turn you over baby ’til it’s never enough.” Not really much of an entendre, really…just explicit references to the type of sex the listeners of this kind of music tend to engage in. I’m looking at you, ear sexers.
+ The line “Shirtless wonders wreck my sight under the light.”
I highly encourage you to grab hold of this track. You can listen to a streaming version of it here at Spinner. And if that didn’t motivate you to move enough, perhaps starring in the music video will. Go to Splash Bar in New York on May 20th (tomorrow) at 6:30 P.M., and you’ll be featured!
I won’t lie…I’m tempted to show up. Maybe I’ll wear a silly Roisin Murphy hat.
And here I thought they were laying the brand to rest after riding the high of their ultimately successful album, PCD. But alas, I was mistaken! The Pussycat Dolls are back with a comeback single–and boy, it’s a hot one. “When I Grow Up” isn’t so much a departure from the sound of the first album as it is a continuation of the music that’s worked for them in the first place. It’s busy, it’s flashy, and it sounds like a musical carnival ride. There’s tons to be said about the song, but this is a well crafted, of-the-moment pop track. Simple as that. Nice to see you’ve come to your senses and given up the solo career, Nicole. It’s not you really…it’s your last name. Fire that agent for allowing you to enter the business without changing it.
And…Beyonce? Yep. Another leaked track from her latest recording sessions. This one’s called “Should Have (Now I Know)”. It’s a trippy, pulling track surrounded by moans and laments and a super sliding, slippery back beat that reminds me of “Starstruck” by Santogold and “Discipline” by Janet. I’m enjoying it, if nothing else because this one doesn’t have any Beyonce-invented words that end up being added to the next year’s dictionary.
Bastard stole my shoes! What’s this? Here we have Boogaloo Stu, an outrageous revivalist of the ’80′s pop-electro scene. In pure, cheeky manner, Mr. Stu’s got enough disco, electro, and go-go underneath his spandex trousers to rival the spinning princess of disco, Ms. Minogue, herself. Right now, he’s releasing a limited copy of his latest single “Magnetic Heart” on June 30th off of his album, Enough about You, Let’s Talk About Me.
I basically have no words for this. The song’s pretty fantastic, but I can’t get over the hair. For more on this curious concoction, visit his official site here!
And for a MuuMuse Excluusive, enjoy the Future Perfect Radio Remix of Stu’s single. Personally, I think it’s quite superior!
It’s been like three years…and I’m still avidly awaiting the release of Lorraine‘s debut album, Pop Noir. Now, it seems that the album will finally see its release sometime in the near future, though I’m sure they’ll break my heart at least one more time. I wrote about them extensively about three months ago, but now they’re back with a new single called “When I Return To The World.”
With some Indian samples (not the Timbaland kind of sampling, but rather the legitimate sitar sound) and a synthesizer still firmly in tow, the band’s new single is fun, care-free, and once again slightly epic. Arjan happens to be streaming it at his blog right now, so do try and stop over to listen. PopJustice! also claims that the single’s b-Side “Beyond Sky” is quite lovely, so I’m looking forward to hearing that as well. To pre-order the single (as only 1000 copies will be pressed), head over to their official site. Now, any day you boys would like to release that album, I’ll be waiting.
CSS is coming back with a new album for summer called Donkey. I imagine they’re getting tired of waiting around for the release, so they decided to post their new single “Rat Is Dead (Rage)” on their official site which you can download right here.
The new single is certainly the poppiest thing they’ve ever recorded, though there are some brief traces of raw, shrieking female vocals, which certainly help to elevate the track. Altogether, the song’s not very complicated…just a chugging drum beat to conjure some seriously summery imagery. I’m quite enjoying it, though I’m not sure their fans of a non-pop variety will.
Do give the new single a listen though…your indie-electro friends may even look you straight in the eye for once!