Icona Pop, Mademoiselle Yulia & Louis La Roche are The Hotness!

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”

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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”

Album Of The Year Candidate: Miguel Migs ‘Outside The Skyline’

Miguel Migs is the recording alias of San Francisco-based DJ/producer/musician Miguel Steward and someone who has been a prominent figure in the house music scene for over 10 years.

I have to admit that, while I’ve certainly heard Miguel’s name in the past, I’m not very familiar with his work. As you may or may not know, I grew up in the suburbs of NYC and you’d be surprised how little many of us East Coasters know about what goes on in places like California, etc.

My other excuse for not knowing much about Miguel is that I’ve really only begun getting into dance music within the last 5 or so years. Most of my summers were spent with family over in the UK and for many years I was obsessed with all things Britpop and Trip-hop and didn’t really know much about the music scene in the US. (Sorry, guys, I should’ve warned you that my Artist Of The Day piece on Miguel Migs was going to double as my autobiography.)

It’s rare that you’ll see an artist featured as Artist Of The Day on Fred Hystere without a music video to accompany the piece I write. Why? I couldn’t tell you; that’s just kind of how it goes. So what’s different this time around? Well, to put it bluntly: I’m OBSESSED with Miguel’s new album, Outside The Skyline.

The record features the best lounge-y house tunes that I’ve seriously heard in years! If you’re someone who loves songs that make you want to daydream year-round, regardless of the weather outside, Outside The Skyline is your album of the year. Every track is a winner, and the list of artists featured throughout relaxes me just looking at them: Meshell Ndegeocello, Lisa Shaw, Aya and Bebel Gilberto are just a few.

It’s tough to pick a favorite track, but if my life depended on making a decision, it’d be “Tonight” featuring Meshell Ndegeocello’s sexy voice. You can check out that song, and the rest of the album, below.

*Miguel Migs’ new album, Outside The Skyline, is out now via  his own label, Salted Music, and Om Records.






Miguel Migs “Outside The Skyline” (FULL ALBUM STREAM)


Stephen Moore To Jobless: Have A Job If You Want A Job

Stephen Moore is an economic reporter for the Wall Street Journal and also the biggest argument for the invention of a human mute button. He pops up on various programs that I tune into and without fail speaks about his love of fiscal conservatism and big business so much that you’d swear he’s receiving a handjob from Goldman Sachs’ CEO under his desk.

Moore is rarely good for a soundbite or a quote of any kind, mostly because he giggles and stutters his way through the majority of the points he’s trying to make. But look beneath his I’m-a-ditzy-cheerleader-disguised-as-an-economic-reporter façade, and you’ll quickly find that, like many modern-day fiscal conservatives, everything he says is incredibly redundant.

Earlier this week, that redundancy reached new heights when he defended the recent trend of employers discriminating against the unemployed because…um…they’re unemployed! Moore attempts to make the same point that many conservatives like to make, which is that people who are unemployed don’t try hard enough to find jobs, and instead just sit back and collect their fat unemployment checks.

ANYTIME I hear a Republican publicly use that type of logic, it makes me wonder WHY ON EARTH anyone who’s struggling to find a job would vote for a Republican at all! They’re basically calling you a lazy unemployed loser, but you’re still going to vote for them?!

As someone who was unemployed for almost 2 YEARS, after the company I had been with for years went under, let me just say that to place EVEN MORE roadblocks in front of the unemployed is simply reprehensible. How is anyone supposed to get ahead these days when businesses are judging you based on things such as credit history and being unemployed (not to mention all of the other ways interviewers like to size people up)?

Moore was a guest on Hardball with Chris Matthews and (as usual) I found myself yelling at the TV, calling out names and generally behaving like a drunk heterosexual male at a Yankees game while his team is losing. Read the beginning of Matthews’ back-and-forth with Moore and then watch the full clip below.

Chris Matthews: I have to ask you, to start off at the bat — let`s go with Steve — what is the case for employers being allowed to say, don`t waste my time if you`re unemployed looking for a job; you`re not going to even get an interview here?

STEPHEN MOORE: Well, I don`t think it`s — I don`t think it`s right to say, like, you know, like Irish need not apply, unemployed need not apply. But I do think, Chris, that it is important for employers to be able to look at the worker job history, and if somebody`s been out of work for a long time, for better or for worse, that`s usually a negative on their resume. It doesn`t look — I always tell people, you know, the best way to find a job is to have a job. And so..



wishes the Black Eyed Peas would eat a poisonous version of themselves which would render them incapable of raping his ears ever again.

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