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AlunaGeorge are Aluna and George, an electro-R&B-pop duo who attracted attention with their unique sound which takes current trends a step further and sounds like a glimpse into the future. They have so far played Isle of Wight festival, headlined XOYO and had over 150,000 views on the super-cool video for their single You Know You Like It. AlunaGeorge's songs will appeal to music snobs and hipsters, but they are still most definitely pop, and that will bode well for them as the doorway for new pop acts gets narrower over the next few months.
Considering they're no.1 on US iTunes you could say that fun. are a dead cert for UK success. However, you can never count on a song being big in the UK just because it's big in America, and if you asked 100 people in the street right now who fun. are it's likely that none of them would know. So to summarise concisely, they are an indie-pop band from New York whose latest single We Are Young features Janelle Monae and has been covered on Glee. In my opinion they're nowhere near as fun as their name suggests and even further from the best that indie-pop has to offer, but they're pretty radio friendly so a Pumped Up Kicks-style indie one hit wonder is the probable future of fun..
This teen DJ phenomenon could have his pick of the major labels but has so far decided not to pick any of them, and releases his instrumental Daft Punk-esque single Icarus on his own label popcultur this week. Madeon is Hugo LeClercq, a cute 17-year-old French boy who has become an internet hit with remixes and mash-ups such as the amazing Pop Culture which features Kylie, Madonna, Alphabeat and more. He can't go clubbing yet but has nonetheless DJed at huge clubs in France and he will be playing festivals including Coachella, Wireless and Lovebox this summer. Icarus has been playlisted on Radio 1 and you'll probably recognise it even if you don't think you know it, so I reckon it's going to be a hit.
This week's playlist includes five international tracks that I think should be released in the UK:
- Greenwich Village Syndicate – Back To The Hustle (Sweden/Austria)
- Nause – Made Of (Sweden)
- Cassie – King Of Hearts (USA)
- Discomakers – World Party (Germany)
- Aura Dione ft. Rock Mafia – Friends (Denmark)
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