Neon Jungle are the new girl group to beat in 2013 (Mutya Keisha Siobhan aren’t new, so they don’t count), even though they have yet to release much in the way of tunes for public consumption. Still, the little I’ve heard from the UK-based four-piece suggests that they’re the coolest chicks on the pop horizon. (Think Little Mix but with way more attitude, and the flair of the Spice Girls.)
Their debut single, “Trouble,” is coming very soon, and trust me that it’s excellent — and it was written and produced by Cocknbullkid and Fear of Tigers, which is a majestic alt-pop pedigree. But in advance of that, their first official offering has just arrived by way of a big dance remix of that song courtesy of French house superproducer Monsieur Adi, known for his monster retoolings of songs by Ellie Goulding and Lana Del Rey. In his hands, the pummeling “Trouble” gets reconfigured as a club-ready dancefloor banger, all video game bloops framing that irresistible “I don’t look for trouble but trouble looks for me” hook before it collapses into a tangle of electro snarls.
Not only is that chorus lyric one of my favorite pop lines of the year, it’s proof perfect that Neon Jungle have as much of a future in the clurb as they do on pop radio.
“Trouble” drops in the UK on September 1 via RCA, but expect more good stuff from them in the coming weeks.