“Dancing Queen” – Girls’ Generation
With Korean artist PSY’s recent hit “Gangnam Style,” which was unbelievably popular in North America, K-pop girl group Girls’ Generation have just released a cover of Duffy’s “Mercy.” The track was recorded a few years ago but the girls decided to re-release it to go with their upcoming album I’ve Got a Boy. You won’t understand a thing they’re singing unless you’re fluent in Korean but they throw in the words “dancing queen” here and there to grab your attention.
“Let Us Move On” – Dido ft. Kendrick Lamar
Gentle songbird Dido is no stranger to the hip-hop scene…remember Eminem’s smash hit “Stan,” which sampled Dido’s “Thank You?” Well, she’s at it again, and this time with fast-rising rapper Kendrick Lamar. The song is slow and soothing with echoing beats and Dido’s mesmerizing voice carrying us on the journey. Then Lamar jumps in and brings up the tempo and Dido finishes up. It’s an honest, touching track and definitely brings back my love for Dido’s music.
“Swoon” – Timeflies
Hybrid duo Timeflies are up to their party antics again, this time in reverse. The swoon-worthy gentlemen’s new single sees them partying like rockstars, but starts at the end and plays backwards. We start off in a trashed hotel room with a creepy guy in a mask passed out, then accompany the boys to a stripclub and dance party where they’re of course, surrounded by tons of beautiful women. Cal’s raps mixed with Rob’s production make this track great for any party.
“Sleep” – Allen Stone
You know that perfect moment when you listen to a song for the first time and within the first 15 seconds you can already tell you’re going to love it? Yep, that’s what happened to me when I heard Washington artist Allen Stone’s “Sleep.” It’s the perfect mix of soul, Motown and gospel with a smooth, passionate voice, and real talent. The bass line is reminiscent of Jet’s “Are You Gonna Be My Girl” – rhythmic, fast paced, and super addicting. I expect great things from Mr. Stone.
“You and I” – Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett
Lady Gaga has recently been working with jazz legend Tony Bennett on a jazz album, so as an early Christmas present, here is a taste of what you can expect. This jazz rendition of Gaga’s “You and I” is slowed down, filled with old-fashioned trumpets, and Gaga herself’s voice completely transformed into a more sultry croon. All I could think of listening to this track was a smoky lounge in the 1920s where ladies use cigarette holders and men wear fedora hats. It’s perfect.