The Hotness is your daily look at 3 new songs that are amazing, essential, and are sure to make you horny. Ok, the last part isn’t necessarily true. But if you don’t like at least one of these three songs, you need to check 1) Your testosterone levels 2) Your estrogen levels 3) Your hearing.
Little Dragon is yet another amazing Swedish electropop group that have been getting better and better with every release. The band is comprised of lead singer Yukimi Nagano, bassist Fredrick Kallgren, keyboardist Hakan Wirenstrand and drummer Erik Bodin, and they’ve received a good amount of attention in the last year or so thanks to EXCELLENT collaborations with Gorillaz and Maximum Balloon. To simply call Little Dragon’s sound “electropop” doesn’t even begin to do it justice. These guys know more than a thing or two about groovy basslines, sick dance beats and unique production, and lead singer Yukimi’s voice is unique, sexy and full of soul. “Nightlight” is their new single and I think it’s safe to say that I’ve found my song of the summer. I CANNOT GET ENOUGH OF THIS SONG! So fuckin hot! Check it out below and get addicted.
Little Dragon “Nightlight”
(Please) Don’t Blame Mexico is a French indie rock band who list their influences as Brian Eno, Spoon, Burt Bacharach and XTC, to name a few. I have no idea how I stumbled upon their debut album “Concorde” a few weeks ago, but I gave it a chance mostly because I thought the name of the band was interesting. Well 3 weeks on and I’ve listened to the album almost every single day and can definitely hear all of the influences they mention and more. While the band’s music focuses heavily on pop melodies, there’s something very “Pavement” about the lead singer’s voice certain songs and in fact my favorite song “Durango” reminds me of a close relative to Pavement’s poppy single “Shady Lane”. Check it out below.
*(Please) Don’t Blame Mexico’s debut album “Concorde” is out now via Maxime Chamoux.
(Please) Don’t Blame Mexico “Durango”
CSS is a Brazilian rock band whose music fuses elements of dance, rock, pop, reggae, bossa nova and more into fun summery party songs. Their lead singer is named Lovefoxxx and she brings to mind Brazil’s answer to Karen O with her flamboyant outfits, hair and sexually charged performances. The rest of the band is made up of Adriano Cintra, Luiza Sa, Ana Rezende and Carolina Parra, and all of them have done an incredible job over the years honing their skills as musicians and songwriters to create CSS’s most cohesive album yet. I became a big fan of theirs when they released their first US single a few years ago called “Let’s Make Love And Listen To Death From Above” and was completely OBsessed with their debut album Cansei de Ser Sexy. The formula here is pretty simple: Beats + guitars + silly English lyrics + Lovefoxxx = Good time for all. Check out their new reggae-infused single “Hits Me Like A Rock”.
*CSS’s 3rd studio album “La Liberacion” hits stores 22 August on V2.
CSS “Hits Me Like A Rock”