Jadyn Maria ft. Katy Perry – A Man’s World (Listen)
On paper (or screen, anyway!), Jadyn Maria sounds like a surefire success – collaborations with Katy Perry and Flo Rida, and a voice that sounds like a mixture of Miley Cyrus and Rihanna. She couldn’t be more ‘now’, and this new single is extremely poptastic. However, she’s not getting much attention so far, and I wonder if the music scene is just too saturated with cute and feisty pop-R&B singers. There’s Ke$ha, Livvi Franc, Pixie, Alexandra and many more, all hoping to be the next Rihanna or Lady GaGa. They all have great songs so I’d love to see them all succeed, but how many similar acts do the charts have room for? I hope there’s room for Jadyn anyway, as I think this song is brilliant – the best thing Katy Perry’s been involved in, after Hot ‘n’ Cold.
Name The Pet – American Boys (Listen)
This Swedish singer has been attracting buzz from fans of Swedish electro-pop for about a year now, but in my opinion only now has she released a song which lives up to the hype. American Boys is electro-pop done Swedish style. It doesn’t sound like La Roux or Little Boots, but more like Linda Sundblad or Cat 5, and it’s very exciting to have another artist joining in with this mini-genre. When I first heard Name The Pet, thanks to a link from The Sound of Arrows’ MySpace, I wanted to like her but the music was a bit fuzzy and difficult for my liking. American Boys is slick and clear and very promising. I think Name The Pet could end up being quite an indie-pop favourite, as Swedish elecro-girls like Robyn and Lykke Li have been before her.