Beat Box - Track's Poppin' Into Clubs
After beating a retreat in the face of the hip hop explosion, great pop music is on the march again. The last couple of months have seen brilliant singles from pop artists Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Ke$ha. Here are some of the best new tracks popping into gay clubs this month.
The f bomb is thrown in the track, but thatï¿½s not what is raising eyebrows with ï¿½Beautifulï¿½. Itï¿½s that the voice flirtatiously belting lyrics like ï¿½Look at me when I step on the scene, Iï¿½m the hottest thing that there isï¿½ isnï¿½t from a girl. Theyï¿½re sung by a boy, erï¿½ man. A cross between tweendomï¿½s Justin Beiber and post nsyncï¿½s Justin Timberlake, the young D Alexander is turning convention on its ear with his unabashed, delightfully catchy high powered electro-pop dance romp that a mere few years back would likely have been given to Christina Aguilera. But this is 2011 people and D Alexander is proving boys, erï¿½ men, can be beautiful too.
ï¿½When the Lights Go Downï¿½
Grace, the protÃ©gÃ© of American Idolï¿½s Randy Jackson, is a Russian pop goddess that will no doubt appeal to Britney and Kylie fans. In her debut single, she delivers a high energy track with just the right amount of sass, pounding beat, and diva fierceness to shake gay dance floors into a heated frenzy this summer. By the time the blonde bombshell hits the chorus of ï¿½Letï¿½s see what happens when the lights go downï¿½ - and in the video, walks a sashay that puts RuPaul to shame - clubbers are at Graceï¿½s command. Give the girl her microphone; Grace turns up the fun ï¿½when the lights go downï¿½.
ï¿½All About Sexï¿½
Sariah leans more than a bit toward the provocative in her latest ï¿½party hard and live life to the maxï¿½ track. Less concerned with aiming at the mainstream radio dial, she and her collaborators make ï¿½All About Sexï¿½ as street and club ready a record as possible. Following Lady Gagaï¿½s lead, Sariahï¿½s out to bend current trends to her needs. ï¿½All About Sexï¿½ is an impressively produced, rambunctious record that may become the celebratory party anthem of the summer.
ï¿½See the New Hong Kongï¿½
The artist behind the cult classic ï¿½Jonny, R U Queerï¿½ has clearly sharpened her pencil with this artfully written track about a doomed lost love. Cotton is reminiscent of Cyndi Lauper circa early 80s, with cutesy vocals that seem girlish but are deceptively sophisticated and soar into the stratosphere. Cottonï¿½s mind bending lyrics soar into the stratosphere too, making you wonder if Josie is, in fact, from out of space. She may very well be and thatï¿½s part of her magic. ï¿½See the New Hong Kongï¿½ is way ahead of itï¿½s time. Itï¿½s melodic, smart, and mesmerizing. Itï¿½s the direction music should be heading, if only more pop divas had brains. Remixes by Love Rush U.K., CCW and Baggi Begovic.
In Fetish, Faith Michaels digs into clublandï¿½s hard-core underground roots. The record is a throwback to early nineties dance floors - BG (Before Gaga) - when Madonna reigned supreme with grungy, dark dance tracks. Like Erotica, the substance of Fetish resides in haunting, straight-talking vocals that intimately educate the meaning of a fetish. The vocals are alluring and with the help of catchy grooves, Faith Michaelï¿½s draw listeners into her cavernous sex den. Thereï¿½s a strange heaviness amidst the naughtiness on the track: at its core is a lesson of acceptance of others that resonates well beyond the dance floor.