Banks Contaminated

'Contaminated': BANKS Is Addicted to the Agony

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwZMHkYTvhY BANKS is back, and just as brooding as ever. She's been back for a while, actually: she returned with her jagged, fierce "Gimme" at the end of April (it's great), followed by "Look What You're Doing To Me" with Francis & The Lights. (Life happened -…


Zara Larsson All The Time

Zara Larsson's 'All The Time' Deserves to Be a Song of Summer 2019

From the breaking of the day to the middle of the night... The Song Of The Summer™, objectively, comes down to charts, sales and streams (so, the most demanded song of the season). But the song(s) that hold the most memories and replay counts for you are every bit as valid (so, subjectively, Las…


Celine Dion Flying On My Own

'Flying On My Own': Celine Dion's Heart Goes Onto the Dance Floor

Celine Dion, coming to an EDM festival near you. Of all the directions Céline Marie Claudette Dion could have opted to go musically in 2019, dance-pop probably wouldn't have been the most obvious choice. "Flying On My Own" is the first taste of the iconic Canadian chanteuse's upcoming album Courage…


Agnes Limelight I Trance

'I Trance': Swedish Dance-Pop Diva Agnes Returns to the Discotheque

Agnes Carlsson, singularly known as the Agnes, is back. The "Release Me" Swedish dance-pop legend and Idol 2005 winner last left us with her incredible collection Veritas, originally released in 2012 in Sweden (one of the best pop albums released that year), which was later released in other…


Kazaky Push

'Push': Kazaky, the High-Heeled Ukrainian Boy Band, Returns

You hear that? The faint click-clack, click-clack of a troupe of muscly Eastern European men somewhere not so far off in the distance? Yes, that's right: Kazaky is back. The Mortal Kombat-gone-gay dressed, high-heeled Ukrainian hotties have been around for a while now. I first wrote about them all…


Sabrina Carpenter In My Bed Singular Act II

'In My Bed': Sabrina Carpenter Remains Today's Most Reliable Post-Disney Pop Princess

There are few objective truths in this world: death, taxes, and the pop supremacy of post-Disney princesses. Of all the new girls on the scene, Sabrina Carpenter remains one of my favorites - and it all comes down, obviously, to the music. Consistently, she's supplied nothing but quality since…


MUNA Number One Fan

'Number One Fan': MUNA Finds the Bliss in Stanning Yourself, For Once

So, here's the bad news: this life is not easy. Harder, still, is getting through the day without being entirely consumed by your own crippling insecurities and/or anxieties that still need to be ironed out in therapy, which you can't afford right now - let alone taking into consideration the…


Roisin Murphy Incapable

'Incapable': Roisin Murphy Contemplates a Loveless Life With 8 Minutes of House

Róisín Murphy is capable of love. Err. Right? Well. Maybe not. "Incapable" is the Irish singer-songwriter-disco-pop-pioneer's latest offering since supplying a handful of singles last year, and it's a girthy one: an over 8-minute long hypnotic House contemplation about living life without ever…


'A Kiss Goodbye': Tei Shi Makes a Delicate & Dreamy Departure

The last we heard from Tei Shi - apart from a feature on Blood Orange's Negro Swan last year - was her gorgeous and sensual 2017 debut, Crawl Space. The 28-year-old singer-songwriter, born Valerie Teicher, has since moved from New York to Los Angeles, and as of Thursday (June 6), she's back with "A…


Rosalía Aute Cuture

'Aute Cuture': Rosalía Nails It Yet Again (Literally)

Rosalía continues to do no wrong - as does her manicurist. The 25-year-old Spanish flamenco revivalist-turned-pop savior returned to us on Thursday (May 30) in full, glorious pop superstar mode with "Aute Cuture" - a staple in her incredible live sets and now, at last, a single in its own right.…


Cheryl Let You

'Let You': Cheryl Returns With a Self-Aware Summer Banger

Cheryl is back...because she let herself be back, thank you very much. After releasing "Love Made Me Do It" at the end of 2018, only to be met with a fuck-ton of backlash - about the song, her physical appearance, her hand-licking choreography, and just about everything in between - the 35-year-old…


Florrie Borderline

'Borderline': Florrie Is Back & Beginning Anew

Florrie has returned, and she's ready to Florrieish once again. (Sorry. So, so sorry.) Three years after her last release ("Real Love"), the 30-year-old singer-songwriter-drummer-model-Xenomania darling - known for everything from banging on the drums on Girls Aloud's "The Promise" in 2008 to…