Iggy Azalea (feat. Tyga)
The Sydney sensation is back with “Kream,” the lead single from her EP Survive the Summer. Utilizing the talents of rapper Tyga, “Kream” features Iggy’s sultry rap tones with Tyga lurking in the background until he surfaces two-thirds of the way through the song. This song can clearly be a banger, though it lacks the entertaining wordplay of a “Fancy” or “Black Widow,” the songs that introduced Iggy to the masses. Lyricism notwithstanding, “Kream” (which is a reference to Wu-Tang Clan’s C.R.E.A.M.) does have the subject matter and the bass to be heard in any club worth its audio equipment.
David Guetta (feat. Anne-Marie)
“Don’t Leave Me Alone”
One of the highest-paid DJs in the world somehow still has time to record hits, and his newest one features English singer Anne-Marie, who released her debut studio album earlier this year. While Guetta is an icon in the DJing industry, “Don’t Leave Me Alone” will likely serve as many listeners’ first foray into Anne-Marie, who masterfully balances the line between chanteuse and rapper. As with most Guetta songs, the key is knowing your audience, which for most Guetta songs is anyone that’s out and about.
Galantis (feat. MAX)
Those familiar with the EDM scene know Galantis all too well. The Swedish DJ, producing and songwriting duo came out with “Satisfied” off their as-of-yet unnamed album and it plays like a windows-down, summery anthem fit for a night on the dance floor. MAX’s singing is upbeat, akin to a younger Beiber at some points. For that reason, this song will be too bubblegum-pop for some, but for everyone else, this could turn into a guilty pleasure listen.
The Dead Daisies
“Dead and Gone”
The Dead Daisies is yet another rock “supergroup,” but as evidenced by their song “Dead and Gone,” they’re more than the sum of their parts. Current members include John Corabi on vocals (Mötley Crüe/Union), Marco Mendoza on bass (Thin Lizzy/Whitesnake), Dean Castronovo on drums (Journey/Bad English) and Doug Aldrich on guitar (Whitesnake/Dio). “Dead and Gone” is a track off “Burn It Down,” which the band released earlier this year. The song opens boldly before segueing into John Corabi’s arresting howls and some expert guitar play from Aldrich. “Dead and Gone” is an anthem for all of those who don’t want to be told how to live their lives, and demands to be played loud.
Tales From The Porn
Talk about a welcome blast from the past. “Perfect Love” sounds like it was ripped straight from a playlist with Journey and Def Leppard. The song deftly mixes carnal desires with belted ballad ferocity: “She really makes me high/I feel bad/I feel mean/I feel the porn star inside of me … This girl I’ve been searchin’ for/searchin’ for the perfect love.” Some will deride Tales From The Porn as a cheap imitator piggybacking off ‘80s music, but this reviewer is fine with this band joining the ‘80s versus trying to beat a ghost.
Castlecomer (pronounced castle-coma) is a five-piece band that has risen from the pubs of Sydney. “Move” is a track off the band’s upcoming debut eponymous album and it is a splendid introduction to the uninitiated. “Move” blends synth pop and psychedelic rock into a groovy jingle where Bede’s vocals shine—it sounds like a track that could have been featured on the lauded “Drive” (the Ryan Gosling flick) soundtrack. With an anticipated tour shortly after the album drops, “Move” should be a hit with fans if executed well live, and it can certainly be a hit in your club.
“Ice On My Baby”
Yung Bleu’s star is ascending and with “Ice On My Baby” he hopes to follow up the success he had with “Miss It” in 2017. The Mobile, Alabama native opens this song with a sleepy croon before smoothly transitioning to rap. Bleu has talked about maturing with his music and while the lyrics aren’t necessarily touching on sensitive or provocative material, the laid-back pace of the song reflects an artist realizing his potential.
“50 Shades of Crazy”
A hard rock band based out Tupelo, Mississippi—the birthplace of Elvis—AllyriA consists of Jon horn, BJ Russell, Alaun Comer, Nick “Munki” Curley and The Maverick Rae. AllyriA has actually been around for more than a decade, having released their “Breath of Life” EP back in 2007. “50 Shades of Crazy” starts out with a mainstream hook before some memorably deep vocals carry the song the rest of the way, with some nice guitar and drum play about halfway through the song. The vocals are enchanting, but ultimately this song feels like its true potential is bubbling beneath the surface.