Spring 2014 Playlist: 11 Hot Imports You Should Be Listening To, From Allie X To Katy B To Zhala
Betty Who, “Heartbreak Dream” Jess Newham, the voice behind Betty Who, truly was one of 2013’s breakout pop acts. Her major label debut, the Slow Dancing EP (released this week), was preceded by the single “Heartbreak Dream,” another fine offering that acts as a showcase for what’s to come, album-wise.
Scarlet Pleasure, “Windy” This Danish trio’s smooth R&B single “Windy” sounds like the perfect blend of Marvin Gaye’s ’70s staple “Inner City Blues” and Hi-Five’s 1991 new jack jam “The Kissing Game.” An odd combo, for sure…yet it works perfectly.
Allie X, “Catch” Not to be outdone in the shimmery, synthy slow jam department, Canada’s Allie X caught us all off guard in early February with the mind-blowing “Catch.” Why can’t all pop be this fantastic?
Tensnake featuring Fiora & Nile Rodgers, “Love Sublime” Tensnake released his full Glow LP in March, and one of its highlights is “Love Sublime.” The German DJ/producer had the good sense to enlist revered funk legend Nile Rodgers, as well as frequent collaborator/vocalist Fiora, on this sexy disco gem.