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"Pop music shouldn't always get a bad rap," says Top Pops!
, a recurring selection of indie pop highlights across a selection of styles, updated every month to keep you on your dancing toes. This month, we rope in a lot of notable artists with new songs on the horizon... be it the Micachu
, R&B vocalist Jessy Lanza
, 18-year-old Brazilian-French producer Dream Koala
, or the tried-and-true sounds of BRAIDS
and Julia Holter
. Also included are tracks by Foxygen member Diane Coffee
and Arts & Crafts
artists The Darcys
Jessy Lanza - "5785021"
As a hardcore lover of R&B in the '90s, I'm a fucking hard sell when it comes to the indie R&B revival that slinketh around these days. I need more than just a pretty voice; that helps, but a hook needs to catch
me, and not in a shallow way, either. On "5785021", probably the best track on Jessy Lanza's upcoming release, Pull My Hair Back
. Tender vocal melodies that slink and out of upper registries couple with background synths reminiscent of Art of Noise's "Moments in Love", without being actually
derivative. Pull My Hair Back
comes out September 10th on Hyperdub
; stay tuned for a full album review.
I can recall a time far, far away... back in 2009, when my musical playlist was dominated by tUnE-yArDs and Micachu and the Shapes, in their lo-fi heydays. Since then, Micachu has been back here and there in small doses -- though with nothing as earthquaking as the debut Jewellery
record, I would argue. So it is with great delight that I stumbled upon the I'm Not Dancing
four-track EP from Tirzah, which was produced by Micachu and features some of her distinctive drum sounds and general aural simplicity. The EP is out now on Greco-Roman
. The Grant Amour-directed music video for "I'm Not Dancing" is also delightfully awkward and fitting for the album title.