Icona Pop, Mademoiselle Yulia & Louis La Roche are today’s feature artists on The Hotness, a daily look at 3 songs that are amazing, essential and sure to make you horny.
Icona Pop are yet another great Swedish pop duo; comprised of Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo. These two ladies make fun electropop that’s quirky and different than 95% of the songs in the Top 40. Their first single was called Manners and MANY of my friends were absolutely in love with that song; but for some reason it never really did anything for me. Their new single, however, reminds me of a much more pop version of CSS and New Young Pony Club, and features NYC-production duo (and Fred Hystere fave) The Knocks. Being as big of a fan of The Knocks’ work as I am, I was so stoked to hear that Icona Pop had gotten together with them. The fruits of their labor come in the form of new single “Sun Goes Down” which takes the Icona Pop sound to the next level and then some. You’ll have this song in your head for days. Have a listen below.
*Icona Pop’s new EP, Nights Like This, will be out 3 October via Mercury Records.
Icona Pop featuring The Knocks “Sun Goes Down”
Madmoiselle Yulia is a Japanese DJ and solo artist who just released her debut album, Mademoworld. I know very little about her other than the fact that I am seriously obsessed with her new single, Gimme Gimme. Her sound is definitely electropop and many of her songs sound as though they’d be huge hits all over the world with the right promotion. Lately I’ve been very poor at coming up with good comparisons for the artists I’ve been writing about and, sadly, my mental block doesn’t seem to have lifted today, either. It’s not as if I’ve been going out and intentially killing brain cells, so I really have no clue as to where my brain may have escaped to. So I guess you’re going to just have to take my word for it when I say that you need to listen to something (in this case, Gimme Gimme). While I may have no brain, I’m pretty sure I still have some good ears. Check out “Gimme Gimme” below.
*Mademoiselle Yulia’s debut album, Mademoworld, is out in Japan and Australia, but not yet in the US. I’ll keep you posted.
Mademoiselle Yulia “Gimme Gimme”
Louis La Roche is the DJ alias of UK artist Brett Ewels. I previously wrote about Louis a few months back when I featured his addicting single “My Turn” on the very first edition of The Hotness. I haven’t heard his long-delayed debut album, Hello You, but the word on the street is that it’s pretty special, and I can’t wait to hear it. The name of the game is pretty simple when it comes to Louis’ music: Disco/house beats + 70s influenced production + catchy-as-hell hooks = In my head and dancing for days. As I mentioned above, my comparisons have been weak lately, but for some reason I seem to envision myself shopping in Old Navy while listening to many of Louis’ tracks. Old Navy isn’t exactly one of my favorite stores and their commercials tend to be irritating, but if there’s one thing about the Old Navy shopping experience that I’ve always loved, it’s their music. You’ll probably know what I mean when you listen to his latest single “Gimme Gimme” and watch the video below. Note: I SWEAR that I didn’t plan to have two songs named “Gimme Gimme” on The Hotness today! How random is that?!
*Louis La Roche’s debut album, Hello You, will be out this fall via Ever After Records.
Louis La Roche “Gimme Gimme”