“CAKE BY THE OCEAN” – DNCE

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When I first heard that Joe Jonas was going to start a “new band,” I kind of rolled my eyes. Back in the day when he was prepping his first solo album with Hollywood Records, rumors were buzzing around that he was working with Frankmusik on an electropop album that was influenced by Freddie Mercury. I was, like, seriously excited because I really thought he was about to deliver a dance-worthy electro ditty that sounded like the JoBros went to the Copacabana with Erasure. BUT NOPE! After all that hoopla, we got Fastlife, which, let’s be real here, totally sucked. From the awful cover art to the reheated Chris Brown tracks, the whole thing was just sooooo meh and forced. I mean, he was literally at his prime and that’s literally all he could do? #Disappointed.

Cut to five years later, and we now have DNCE and their first single, “Cake by the Ocean,” co-crafted by Justin Tranter and Mattman and Robin. Let me just say, I am more than thrilled with this song. It’s a BOP and everything that I wanted to hear from a band called DNCE. Starting off with some chill guitar licks, the song quickly erupts into a massive chorus that sort of recalls “Here (In Your Arms)” by Hellogoodbye, but with a little more hutzpah. “Walk for me, baby, I’ll be Didd and you’ll be Naomi, whoa-oh, Let’s lose our minds and go fucking crazy, I-I-I-I-I-I keep on hoping we’ll eat cake by the ocean!” Does it make sense? Not really. But, who cares??? It’s catchy AF, and I’m here for it.

Seriously though, I am actually really excited for this album. It sounds like for once; Joe Jo is actually making music he likes that actually has some personality and character. And, if this single is any indication, his brother Nick may have some competition on the charts this fall.

Listen below~

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“ON MY MIND” – ELLIE GOULDING

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Listen here, I have loved Miss Ellie Goulding for a long, long time. “Under The Sheets” was a monster pop song that will go down as one of my all time favorites, and Halcyon was an amazing (if not underrated) pop gem.

She’s a phenomenal songwriter and she’s got very distinctive vocal chops that separate her from the other pop bitches on the radio right now. The thing I have always loved about Ellie is that her style was always slightly to the left, which typically landed her in the more ~indie~ pop star realm. So, it only makes sense that after the global success of the Max Martin produced “Love Me Like You Do” she would opt for a more “bigger sound” which could usher her into the upper echelons of the pop goddesses.

Despite the fact that this is her official foray into a more mainstream sound, the single is still distinctively Ellie Goulding. It’s loopy, fun, a little weird, and has an earworm of a hook. Skittering over a Reggae-tinged dubby beat, Ellie’s voice hiccups and glides seamlessly into a monster chorus. “Boy I got you on my mind! But, my heart don’t understand, why I got you on my mind!” Even though her voice is a little chopped up here and there, the bridge drops the electro background into an atmospheric haze that lets her voice shine. A true #pop moment TBQH.

I will be honest, I was really afraid that she was going to let other “hit makers” write her songs for her considering “Love Me Like You Do” was written by Miss Tove Lo (NOT COMPLAINING JUST STATING FACTS). But, I am so relieved by this single! You have no idea. Sure, it will inevitably do amazing on the radio, but it still has her signature bite. After three years, this is a solid comeback single, and I am officially ready for her new album Delirium. BRING IT ELLIE!

~Delirium will be available on November 6th ~

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“COOL FOR THE SUMMER” – DEMI LOVATO

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Hello all.

You must forgive me for my two-month hiatus from Apollo’s Radio. Post-grad life has been hectic as hell, and I haven’t had time to sit down and properly do anything productive for myself since May.

BUT, just as living Goddess on earth Godney Spearsus once said:

It’s been a while

I know I shouldn’t have kept you waiting

but I’m here now ~

And, so, here I am …with review of a properly amazing summer banga!!!

Now, I have always been a fan of Demi. IMHO, I think she is the most talented Disney starlet/singer. She has amazing pipes and can write some good tunes (“Catch Me” anyone??) So, naturally, I am more than excited for her new album.

“Cool for the Summer” is the first taste, and it is all sorts of amazing. Picture Demi and the Chemical Brothers on a tequila-fueled bender in Palm Springs for Memorial Day weekend, and you basically get the gist of it. Demi opts to ditch her powerhouse vocals for a more hushed and #sensual delivery over a chilly piano led instrumental. But, it’s not until the chorus where the song gets all sorts of bonkers and bananas. The whole affair goes from zero to one hundred in a matter of seconds as Demi begs, “TAKE ME DOWN INTO YOUR PARADISE DON’T BE SCARED CAUSE I’M YOUR BODY TyyyYYYpppEEE,” over a jagged electric guitar breakdown that recalls “Galvanize.” Like seriously… it’s a bonafide jam.

Also, can we talk about the bi-curiousness hinted in the song?? Totally here for it.

This, THISSSS is the summer song I can get down to. I knew Miss Demi wouldn’t let me down, and it is honestly such a relief and surprise to hear something so different from her. If this is any indication for her next album – we are in for such a treat.