The Hotness: Flashlights, Joy Wellboy, Firefox AK

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.

Flashlights is an interesting Denver-based pop duo comprised of Ethan Converse and Sam Martin. You may remember that I wrote about these cats sometime last year upon the release of their chillwave-y debut EP, Hidden Behind Trees. Well, mi amores, I am happy to report that Flashlights have come out from behind their trees and are about to release a brand spankin new EP, entitled So Close To Midnight in the coming months. One of the reasons I love writing about independent artists is that I get to separate the talent from the pretenders very quickly. My musical ear tends to gravitate towards artists that grow quickly as songwriters – and Flashlights are a perfect example of that preference. Whereas their first EP was definitely solid enough to catch my ear for a few listens, their new sound has had me in aural heaven; hitting repeat all weekend. Their sound has gone from plodding to perfect on new single, Fireworks. The song skips, it synths, it – um – sexes me up..ok, maybe not; but I love it. The hook it catchy as fuck, the vocals are sweet and the production is ace. Have a listen below and download the song for F-R-E-E.

*Flashlights’s new EP, So Close To Midnight, will be out soon. Click here to download “Fireworks.”


Flashlights “Fireworks”


Joy Wellboy is a mysterious-sounding Belgian pop duo, comprised of lead singer, Joy Adegoke, and Wim Janssens. I haven’t the foggiest clue how I came across these guys, but to simply say I’m in love with their perfect debut album, Let’s Make Love Before We Die, would be like saying I kind of enjoy having sex with Italian men. Joy Wellboy’s music is like a cornucopia of some of my favorite artists and sounds born during the mid-to-late 90s trip hop scene. To brilliant effect, Joy’s somewhat haunting voice is shadowed with piano, beats, and a whole lot of mystery throughout Let’s Make Love Before We Die  – and just about every track is a winner. Fans of everyone from Massive Attack to (Fumling Towards Ecstasy-era) Sarah McLachlan to even The Cure and Sade will be intrigued by their sound. On an album full of great tracks, my favorite (by a hair) is Within Another Dimension. Have a listen below.

*Joy Wellboy’s debut album, Let’s Make Love Before We Die, is out now.


Joy Wellboy “Within Another Dimension”


Firefox AK is the recording name of Swedish-born Berlin-based solo artist, Andrea Kellerman. Her debut album, Color The Trees, was released last summer. I’ve finally gotten the chance to sit down and study it properly and I must say that it’s a pretty impressive set of tunes that will grow on you more and more with every spin. While the album generally stays in a mid-tempo electropop space, many of it’s tracks are peppered with an almost folkish feel that gives you a feeling of a story being told. At first listen, many of you may consider Color The Trees to be bland; but give it a shot and see if it grabs you as it has me. If you need a reference point, think a slightly darker Frou Frou or Sixpence None The Richer. (Remember them?) My current favorite track is called Running On My Own; which you can listen to below.

*Firefox AK’s new album, Color The Trees, is out now.


Firefox AK “Running On My Own”


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