Let MKTO Sweep You Off Your Feet With Romantic ‘Bad Girls’ EP Highlight “Monaco”: Idolator Premiere

Mike Wass | July 23, 2015 7:00 am

MKTO came back swinging in May with horn-filled earworm “Bad Girls.” With sexy lyrics and beefy production, the retro-leaning anthem represented something of a departure from the duo’s self-titled debut LP. The guys continue to showcase their versatility with Bad Girls EP highlight “Monaco.” Sounding like a lost cut from a John Hughes movie soundtrack, the synth-pop anthem lands somewhere between ’80s Hall & Oates and OMD — albeit with a modern twist.

“Even if the brightest star burns out tonight, why don’t you close your eyes and we can leave it all behind,” Tony Oller croons sweetly on the chorus. “Wake up in paradise where the sunset never dies, we’ll never say goodbye.” Malcolm Kelly then pulls the track back to the present day with his cute verses. Unlike many hip-hop/pop hybrids, “Monaco” works on every level.

So, what inspired this rush of emotion? “‘Monaco’ is about finding your dream girl, your princess of Monaco and confessing your undying love and devotion for that person,” MKTO explains. “Everyone is looking for their princess of Monaco – when you find her hold on and never let go.” Awww. We’re very excited to premiere the song below. The duo’s Bad Girls EP drops tomorrow (July 24).

MKTO’s Bad Girls EP tracklist:

1. Bad Girls 2. Afraid of the Dark 3. Monaco 4. Just Imagine It

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