Posts Tagged ‘tropical pop’

May 9, 2018
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My hips have been abducted again, by who else, but The Hip Abduction! The Florida based outfit invites us into a humid, balmy paradise with their new single, Come On Get Up, which sports the six piece’s islandy beats and rootsy charm, a combo that oft reminds me of Crystal Fighters’ vibrant folktronica fused with Miami Horror’s neon-lit radiance and Sublime With Rome’s reggae tinged rock. There’s even a dash of Portugal. the Man’s recent funk pop leaning offerings to be found in The Hip Abduction’s slinky swinging, hip-swaying gem. Stream Come On Get Up and The Hip Abduction’s other releases on Spotify, here.

April 5, 2018

I have been waiting for today for a very long time. Seven years have felt like an eternity, but today, my hopes have come to fruition, my prayers have been answered. Friendly Fires is back! Let’s celebrate by shaking our rumps like Ed Macfarlane so famously does with such panache, then dive into Love Like Waves, the English outfit’s first new song since 2011 album Pala. The band has been teasing their return these past few months, and they’ve sure made that anticipation worthwhile. Love Like Waves shimmies flamboyantly, the perfect dollop of Friendly Fires’ tropical funk and indie dance rock. If there’s anything I feel like I’m still craving for after jamming out to the track countless times already this afternoon, it’s some of the profuse drums and cowbells of the band’s classic releases. Let’s hope this means a new album is on its way, and a tour that will bring them back to California. Maybe they’ll grace the Treasure Island Music Festival stage again this fall, as they did in 2011, the last time I danced to them live. Wouldn’t that be sweet? Download/stream Love Like Waves, here.

December 13, 2017
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Danish songwriter/producer Dillistone and Italian chanteuse LILI N were a divine pairing on their single Rude last year. We’ve been hoping they might reunite on a new tune, and our prayers have been answered in the form of Forget About Me, a crisp springy, balmy and airy electronic pop gem. Their vocals more than complement each other on the sparkly tune, which is a nimble ode to finding a balance between love for others and yourself. Forget About Me is reminiscent of Mura Masa and Nao, gone extra breezy and cool. Stream via Spotify or download from Apple, here.

October 19, 2017
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NYC artist and producer Amanda Steckler sure took her time to release a new single as Blonde Maze. It’s been nearly a year since we last indulged in new music from the pop visionary, but she’s finally returned as of late with a gorgeous and finespun gem named Thunder. Unlike what the stormy song title might suggest, this is a nimble and celestial pop and electronica hybrid with elegant harmonies, breezy marimbas, and refined keys. We’re brought to an island paradise where we find ourselves waxing bittersweet over distant regrets and receding heartbreak alongside Blonde Maze, all the while gazing towards the future through rose colored glasses. The lush aria has reminded people of Lapsley, Maggie Rogers, and The Japanese House. It also sports a dance ready but light and delicate Balearic groove. Blonde Maze returns armed with a plethora of new material and an EP slated for release in 2018. You can stream Thunder as well as Blonde Maze’s other releases via Spotify, here.

September 29, 2017
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I love Palmistry’s quirky pop concoctions. Lifted may very well be my favorite track from the London based visionary, with its strangely infectious combination of buoyant dancehall and dark synthpop. So when Butter came out of the woodwork with a cover of Lifted, my interest was immediately piqued. The Hollywood newcomer give Lifted a feminine touch that’s softly aerated and candy coated sweet, yet assertive and assured. Lifted, produced by OMEGA, is her first single, and it melds Palmistry’s eccentric pop with a bubbly future pop sass reminiscent of Terror Jr and Kiiara. Butter reflected on the new song:  "I fell in love with this strange future pop, and immediately knew I wanted to do something with the song.  “Lifted “is me reaching deep into my pop-loving soul and pulling out the weirdest shit I could find.“ Aside from her newly launched musical career, Butter is also a rising film star with a role in an upcoming film from It Follows director David Robert Mitchell. Under The Silver Lake also stars Andrew Garfield. She has also been selected for the first round of a Sundance screenwriting lab for a web series about a struggling pop star/singer/songwriter. It sounds like Butter is poised to take the entertainment world by storm on multiple fronts. You can also stream her cover of Lifted on Spotify, here.

September 16, 2017
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The “courtship” is long over when it comes to Eli Hirsch and Micah Gordon’s indie pop project, courtship. You could say they’ve put a ring on it when it comes to our endless love for the pair’s always charming tunes. They’re as ebullient as ever on new jam Tell Me Tell Me, a perky bopping, summer whirling tune that straddles the line between synthpop and balmy indie dance. It’s like RAC and Penguin Prison with some of the island sparkle from The Little Mermaid’s Under The Sea. Tell Me Tell Me arrives as the pair embarks on a new co-headlining West Coast tour with Saint Mesa, which ends later this month at home in Los Angeles. Re-visit courtship.’s growing compendium of effulgent treats on Soundcloud, here.

August 31, 2017
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It’s hard to believe two years have flown by since the very first time we heard of a talent out of Los Angeles named Kotomi. She’d lent her voice to Cyril Hahn’s Grace and captured our ears straight away, after which we gleefully dove into her solo material for some finespun electro pop bliss. Fast forward to summer of 2017, and Kotomi is finally back. The singer songwriter and producer returns in style, too, on lavish electronica and prismatic pop banger named Ooh La La. Prepare to dance your night away to this tropical explosion of sequined synthpop and dancehall ready beats. Ooh La La is steamy and sexy, yet cool and invigorating, all at once. For a brief moment, I feel like I’m in Ibiza, or on some other magical Balearic island, far away from the plain and mundane. Ooh La La is available from Bandcamp, here.

August 29, 2017
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We already know from Keep Chasing Stars a year ago how sublime it can be when Australia’s Skinny Dipp and Andy Crosby of Sound Casino / 

Vox Eagle partner up on a song. For a new dosage of that sun bleached, creamy warm tropical disco euphoria, let’s submerse ourselves in Skinny Dipp’s new single, Paradox, which also features Andy of Sound Casino. Its balmy electronica and infectious alt pop is like Foster The People gone Ghost Beach and Miami Horror. It doesn’t feel like summer will ever end when we’re jamming out to this gem, which can also be streamed via Spotify, here. Paradox is a free download, here.

August 16, 2017
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I said it once, I said it twice, I’ll say it another million times, but I simply can’t resist SAKIMA’s sleek feathery voice and what seems like an endless stream of fabulous music the UK artist has been giving us, both as a solo project and as one half of SWIMS with Moving Castle co-founder AObeats. Nary a few days go by lately without my sharing something exquisite from SAKIMA. The latest treat this forward thinking, glass ceiling breaking visionary has given us is a pop, R&B, and electronic hybrid named Ur Bdy. “Move your body, move your body,” he coos dreamily in a sea of island-y beats and a cascade of breezy synths. There’s no refusing his coaxing as we surrender to the sublime escapade that is Ur Bdy. Grab SAKIMA’s new single, here.

July 30, 2017
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I’m sure you’ve watched the music video for Charli XCX’s new hit single Boys countless times over the course of the weekend. Maybe you just wanted to ogle all the cute and sexy celebrity “boys” in the video again, or maybe you wanted to dance to the bubbly effervescent pop song. It’s become one of the most talked about songs and videos of the year in but a few swift days, and deservedly so, for the grand feat it’s accomplished in turning stereotypes around. Just a few hours after the song burst upon the world, one of our Moving Castle faves, boundary pushing, genre bending LGBTQ+ pop music troubadour SAKIMA offered up his own unique version of the song. What he accomplishes with his rendition is sonic perfection. There’s no resisting this breezy tropical, airy crisp electronic, dancehall, and pop Boys. SAKIMA’s cover is a successful extension of what Charli XCX ’s inventive original, and its an absolute aural delight, particularly with SAKIMA’s glossy slick vocals on display. You can watch Charli XCX’s music video for Boys again, here.