By Josh Schonfeld
Carly Rae Jepsen – “I Really Like You”
It’s been exactly three years since Carly Rae Jepsen took over the world with her viral hit, “Call Me Maybe” and darn it, if she hasn’t done it again. No, “I Really Like You” is not as clever or genius as its predecessor, but I really really really really really really like it! The beat is a generic ripoff of Taylor Swift’s “New Romantics,” but the lyrics have a universal appeal that could appeal to any age group. With a music video featuring Tom Hanks and Justin Bieber dancing in the streets on New York City, it will be virtually impossible to escape this hot new track for the next six months of your life.
Years & Years – “King”
Currently #1 in the UK, Years & Years has yet to make the big leap across the pond to mainstream America yet. Their electronic beats and androgynous vocals earned them the BBC’s Sound of 2015 award earlier this year, which has previously been given to such artists as Adele, Ellie Goulding, and Sam Smith. Their breakout hit, “King,” uses a menagerie of bells infused with a synthetic house beat similar to Duke Dumont that provides a disco veil over the otherwise melancholy lyrics.
Zedd featuring Selena Gomez – “I Want You to Know”
Having already proved that they’re the new “it” couple in pop music, Zedd and Selena Gomez have decided to take their relationship to a professional level and release a new track together. Zedd continues recycling his sound from past hits “Clarity” and “Stay the Night,” while Selena Gomez still has not woken up from her Bieber-induced slumber, as her vocals sound as manufactured as Britney Spears when she sings cheap metaphors about love. Despite these shortcomings, the song is actually pretty catchy and a certified party track that anyone can dance to.
Jess Glynne – “Hold My Hand”
After her breakout year being featured on the transatlantic smash, “Rather Be” with Clean Bandit and the UK #1, “My Love” with Route 94, Jess Glynne is proving she can do it on her own with the disco love song, “Hold My Hand.” Beginning with staccato piano keys and an auspicious coo of a guardian angel as Glynne belts out her journey to find love. As the track goes on, so does the joy in Glynne’s voice paired with a brass section and euphoric dance beat underneath. Thanks to “Hold My Hand,” falling in love has never sounded so good!
Skrillex & Diplo featuring Justin Bieber – “Where Are Ü Now”
I know what you’re thinking: “Justin Bieber?! I am SO over him!” I was right there with you last week, trust me, but this song has reignited my Bieber fever and I just can’t get over it. Maybe it’s the frenetic, malfunctioning melody or the fact that Skrillex and Diplo basically took all the life out of his voice and made it bearable, but “Where Are Ü Now” is one of Bieber’s crowning achievements while getting Skrillex out of his dubstep rut in the process. The amount of angst in Bieber’s process vocals paired with the haunting whirl of Skrillex and Diplo’s electronic beat creates an emotional dance ballad if there ever was such a thing.