Pop Goes The World: Party With Lucas Nord, Ask Embla, Anne-Marie, Matt Corby & CL
This week’s Pop Goes the World is popping off (and popping up) with a bunch of old favorites and new friends: An inimitable Swedish DJ and the rising chanteuse performing vocal duties on his track, a new UK songbird tipped to break, an Australian balladeer, a Norwegian superstar songwriting duo and a Korean icon breaking out on her own.
All aboard the Pop Goes the World party train! Let’s do it.
Lucas Nord, “Run On Love” (feat. Tove Lo)
Tove Lo‘s blearily sybaritic single “Habits” is one of my favorite songs in recent memory; Lucas Nord is a magician of a DJ with some of the best electropop of the last few years under his belt. Putting the two Swedes together results in one of the best collabs since Kleerup and Robyn teamed up for “With Every Heartbeat”: “Run On Love,” a storming house banger with a monster hook. Give it a Swedish House Mafia remix and watch it dominate in Ibiza all summer long.
Anne-Marie, “Summer Girl”
I hadn’t heard of Anne-Marie until Popjustice posted about her, but there’s much to like here, and a great deal that’s familiar in the best kind of way. There’s something a little bit Annie about that chorus, fizzing and layered with harmonies, but the speak-singing on the verses aligns it more with Charli XCX; but then there’s shades of A*M*E on the video game blips and bloops that spangle the track. No matter who she sounds like: It’s really good (especially considering it’s just a demo).
Ask Embla, “Writing’s On the Wall”
Although I blurbed Ask Embla‘s amazing-but-you-can’t-listen-to-it-or-buy-it-anywhere LP Northern Light last week, it bears repeating that the Norwegian pop duo’s album is as strong and cohesive an effort as any this year: But one of my favorite tracks is “Writing’s On the Wall,” which features a soldier-like drumbeat and this gorgeous “Like the beating of a drum” riff. It’s a big, classic midtempo pop number, American in style but unmistakably Scandinavian in its sensibilities.
Matt Corby, “Resolution”
This song rocketed up the Australian iTunes charts this week, and it deserves its space there: From Sydney-based singer-songwriter Matt Corby, “Resolution” sits somewhere between Ed Sheeran and Mumford and Sons on the hazy, rootsy acoustic pop spectrum, but there’s enough of a pop tunecraft (it’s the country that produced Kylie, after all) to anchor it on radio. It doesn’t hurt that his voice is stunning.
CL, “The Baddest Female”
Seriously. Seriously. There is no one in the game cooler than K-pop girl group 2NE1‘s resident rapstress CL right now, who packs not only insane rhymes, an absolutely sickening beat and the dopest visuals this side (well, that side) of the Pacific. If she recorded “The Baddest Female” in English, she would render Nicki, Azealia and all the rest irrelevant. This is what star power looks like. Watch it. Now.