When teaser fragments of "Get Lucky" began morphing across the web, it already sounded like the club anthem of summer. Heard in toto, the first single from the forthcoming LP by EDM godfathers Daft Punk reveals itself, startlingly, as an old-school disco jam. Over a groove recalling "We Are Family," Pharrell sums up club culture in a line – "We're up all night to get lucky" – alongside the signature funky upstrokes of guitarist/dance music guru Nile Rodgers. Then some talk-bo... | More »
"My God Is the Sun"
When last we heard from Queens of the Stone Age, in 2011, they were touring on the deluxe reissue of their almighty first album, where they made sun-warped desert metal speed like a bullet train. No wonder, then, that the first single from ...Like Clockwork, QOTSA's first LP in six years, is the band's most gloriously motorik chug monster since those early days. With guest drummer Dave Grohl pounding away, Josh Homme and Co. deliver vintage Queens rumble. The main riff takes off lik... | More »
"Let's Go Crazy (Reloaded)"
OK, trashing someone else's vintage guitar on Fallon was dickish. $250 for a GA concert ticket raises eyebrows. You may question his new songs. But on this remake of his 1984 synth-rock signature, a promo for his new tour, Prince erases all doubts. Recast as a juke-joint grind that could knock the Black Keys to their knees, it spews Hendrixian napalm, then lurches into a monster jam on Edgar Winter's "Frankenstein." $250? If this is what's on offer, it's a bargain. | More »
Selling his new single with the hashtag #tributetoMJ, Rihanna's beau engages in transparent image-doctoring on a song that channels the King of Pop, starting with the "Owwww!" that kicks it off. A generic, if well-built, R&B praise song to a woman, it rocks a squishy, Daft Punk-y synth line and bright string arrangements, while the chorus centers on Brown declaring, "I'm not dangerous" – a word choice he probably thought long and hard about, just as listeners will. | More »
"Come & Get It"
Call it Gomez's Justin Bieber breakup song if you want. The more accurate description, though, is "Rihanna-wannabe anthem." Stargate and Ester Dean, the team behind some of Rih's biggest smashes, have given Gomez the good stuff: an unimpeachably catchy big-pop stomp, with come-hither lyrics and a string of moody vocal hooks that eerily echo you-know-who. | More »
A soaring ballad by synth-pop scientist Anthony Gonzalez, belted by Sundfør, a shiny-voiced Norwegian pop star. Cut for the titular Tom Cruise sci-fi thriller, the song is capped with a jazzy instrumental section, just like M83's 2011 hit "Midnight City" – because if it ain't broke, don't fix it. | More »
"Wildest Moments (Remix)"
Rocky's collab with the U.K. electro-soul diva is the sound of a hotheaded lover taking a timeout. "We glow like sticks/Words thrown like fists/If your love is the sea/Watch it grow like kids," he rhymes, showing the tender side of a roughneck MC. | More »
"You a princess to the public but a freak when it's time," Mac Miller guest-raps on this linen-weight summer jam. Grande, a 19-year-old Nickelodeon star with Broadway chops, is more flirty than freaky, but her Mariah-esque vocals verge on ecstatic. | More »
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