BEST INDIE POP - WEEK 23 2014

6/5/14

It’s time to put away what you’re doing, take a step back from whatever mess you have going on, and lend your ears to this week’s top alternative pop music. I know each week I preach that this week's is the best week in pop music, but I think this week is the best one yet because BitCandy has a little something for everyone. So let your hair loose and booty run wild as you listen to favorites like Charli XCX (gawd I love her), Lobsterdust (yumm), Homeboy Sandman (summer favorite) and more. Scroll through, press play, and enjoy.

 

CHARLI XCX - BOOM CLAP

First of all: Oooh Charli you’re so fine. Oooh Charlie the way you move is sooo sexy. Second: I give my girl crush major kudos for churning out hit after hit. The British pop princess is one of the best kept secrets in the industry, but I guess she’s not much of a secret for you faithful BitCandy followers.

 

SAM SMITH - STAY WITH ME (LIVE) FT MARY J BLIGE

You are probably burned and tired because the radio plays "Stay With Me" like ALL the freaking time, but I bet you haven’t heard this version featuring the great Mary J Blige. I got freaking goosebumps all over the first time I listened. You know this British crooner is on to something bigger than he probably ever could have imagined when you have someone from the music industry like Ms. Blige collaborating with you.

 

YOUNG RISING SONS (HIGH) OFFICIAL VIDEO

The quartet from Jersey will raise your spirits and make you reach a new musical high. It’s a song of enlightenment that will be getting a lot of airplay this summer on Alt Nation. I have high hopes for these guys because I want more.

 

PORTER ROBINSON - LION HEARTED (FEAT. URBAN CONE)

Even though this song falls under the expertise of our very own dance music expert Kurt Kroeber, I’m going to give my own opinion of it. Kurt and Kurt followers, feel free to chime in. I personally think this is not close to what Porter Robinson is capable of doing with his production capabilities. Sounds like he’s trying to sell out. But Zane Lowe says it’s the world’s hottest record, soooo....

 

PARTITION GLOW (BEYONCE X KEEP SHELLY IN ATHENS) [LOBSTERDUST MASHUP]

File this mashup under mind bending music. Another brilliant remix from our favorite crustacean producer.

 

DUKE DUMONT FEAT A*M*E - NEED U (ROBOTS WITH RAYGUNS REMIX)

You know how much we love a good mashup so I’m sure you won’t mind this special remix by Robots With Rayguns. Brings so much life and movement to the original track, don’t you think? Oh, and a hot tip for you: New album is dropping later this summer. Stay tuned for future info.

 

COMMON - KINGDOM FEAT. VINCE STAPLES

Following his 9th studio album, The Dreamer/The Believer, this Grammy winning rapper is back with a sound more lashing than previous efforts. Together with Vince Staples they take you on a soulful journey of fiery emotions.

 

START A MOSHPIT LIKE CLOCK WORK (BREATHE CAROLINA BOOTLEG/MASHUP)

Holy shit balls this track has so much juice it’s effing crazy. Someone get me some new panties. Last time I felt this rush I was in Miami trying to sweat off a green pill. Anyways, total eargasm right here.

 

HOMEBOY SANDMAN - ATLANTIS

And to properly cool you off after the heavy hitter above, we give you the latest from Homeboy Sandman, who reminds us that life is good. I think it’s time we all close our eyes for a moment and let our bodies do the talking. Perfect life anthem right hurrrr.

 

Y.O.U. - YOUR ARE EVERYTHING

Elliot Williams is a producer whose name you’ll want to know. "You Are Everything," taken from his recent EP, Volvic, is one of the hottest singles to hit our radar. Perfect synth layers that marry his vocal quite well. You guys, I think I’ve found true love.

 

HANA MAKES MUSIC - I DON’T WANT TO

In the words of our top curator Duffster: Future star? This girl is just 14 years old (crazy) and has been writing her own material from the age of 12. Found via BBC introducing - sounds like a young Ellie Goulding - her live shows are stripped back with acoustic/piano versions of these already polished pop tracks.

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Hope you enjoyed listening this week’s best pop tracks as much as I loved sharing them with you. I’ll see you all next week. And until then feel free to share us with your friends cuz sharing is caring.

About Beca Arredondo

Beca Arredondo is easily unamused with all things not related to her interests. On her good days you can catch her avoiding the California sun and glued to her Mac plotting the next big thing. If you happen to run into her on the street and notice her wearing headphones do NOT disturb her. She is not responsible for any possible damage. Aside from the above she's very sweet and perky and responds well to good music and food.