HIT PLAY + REPEAT: OUR FAVORITE MUSIC FROM APRIL 2014 REVISITED
Yes, the month has come and gone, but it’s not too late to revisit and freak out to some of the sickest tracks and dope music videos that dropped this month. Rap, electro, pop, and more – we’ve got you covered. For a good time, slip on your headphones, hit play, and repeat.
TAMAGOTCHI – SAINT FT. DAI BURGER
New York rapstress Dai Burger’s flow is strong on this one, bouncing atop Los Angeles trap producer Saint’s bubbling, aggressive beats like a kid who just broke into the cookie jar. The hyper production is primed for twerking on the dance-floor, but Ms. Burger’s too-cool-for-your-club spit keeps the track right out on the street where it belongs. Upping the ante, the creative duo have paired their musical fire with a chic black-and-white clip which features the rapstress serving fierce face and hair-whipping her way around the mysteriously masked producer.
SHUT THE DAMN DOOR – LOLA BLANC
The raven-haired artist dropped this sensual yet innocent melodic pop ballad about her school-girl fantasy in sumptuous video form, a stripped-down performance style clip to be precise. Cooing above the twinkling of sparse keys, the entrancing clip finds Lola poised against a backdrop of glittering pink tinsel and metallic balloons, a mock prom setup meant to inspire a sense of nostalgia for the butterflies of those fleeting high-school years. The artist sways and seduces in the intimate clip, but don’t let the candy colors fool you – this is provocative pop at its very best.
POM POM – KELSEY ELLISON
British electro-pop pipsqueak Kelsey Ellison made her debut this month with the undeniably catchy “Pom Pom,” a whacked-out, rhythmic pop ear-worm that tracks the artist as she falls into utter, fun insanity. The hyper-drive colorful video is pure pop anarchy, a cross between the kawai-gross visual dyads of J-pop star Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and the scary, sugary tribal rap-chanting of Die Antwoord. Featuring freaky cartoons, glitching visuals, and bubblegum-pink goo splattering onto people in slow motion, Kelsey takes us down the rabbit hole and into Toon Town – and it sure is a fun trip.
EVERY LITTLE WORD – MNEK
“Do you fuck to this shit?” asks UK r&b-pop prodigy MNEK in his hypnotic new clip. Yes, yes we do. The infectious, effortlessly sexy track – a purely magical fusion of funky nu-pop, smooth r&b, and next level electronica – gets a major visual treatment by way of a rotating stage, surrounded by various dizzying effects (t-shirts changing colors on the beat? genius!) and colorful background characters, all while the artist stays center stage. And if the visuals aren’t enough, the caramel-smooth vocals and giddy synths will surely get you spinning into oblivion.
HOLLER – REBECCA AND FIONA
The Swedish EDM duo du jour present another post-90’s eye-candy treat, this time for thumping house-lite single “Holler,” a melodic, synthy banger off their shiny new ‘Beauty Is Pain’ LP. Looking like a humanoid pair of My Little Ponies, the platform-shoed beauties stomp about and raise candy-colored hell on the streets of Stockholm in the clip, all in the name of love – and freedom. Musically, the track is yet another hypnotic pop-tinged electro treat, featuring the girls’ signature icy cool fembot vocals fused together in magnetic bliss.