Y’know, we were just wondering the other day when we’d next be treated to a taste of Queen Of Hearts’ forthcoming new album, and here we are. Once again Devil’s Gun takes up the production reins on Secret, due out next month, and the two of them deliver exactly what we’ve been waiting for. I guess this one song will have to tide us over until the LP drops.
Secret is amongst the Poppiest of Queen Of Hearts’ work, and that probably quite an odd thing to say about a Pop artist but a bulk of the Queen’s tunes (like all the best Pop music) has had a certain melancholy to it, whereas Secret is pure summertime vibes. Devil’s Gun turn things up to 11 with big beats, chainsaw synths and a nice use of The Art Of Noise style sampling, but it really is Queen Of Hearts who steals the show here, bringing a pitch perfect Pop chorus that dominates the tune and’ll be stuck in your head for the rest of the day. Album now please.
♫ Queen Of Hearts – Secret (Radio Edit) (Produced By Devil’s Gun)
Queen Of Hearts’ Secret is released 9th September.
Sam Sparro, the man with the croonyest voice in electronic Pop music is back with the second, and lead-in, single taken from his forthcoming ‘Return To Paradise’. It’s more classic Pop, less Disco, than the previous single ‘Happiness’. Actually more like the Sam Sparro of old, but slightly more musically mature.
The single comes complete with an eclectic reMix package, the reaction to which I have found interesting and a little bewildering. The music blog world is awash with the Azari & III reMix, which has the typically deep, stripped down Chicago House vibe you’d expect from them. It’s actually a really cool track with a sweet hypnotic pulse, but it’s not the best reMix on the single. A fewer number of blogs have picked up on the Stereogamous mix, with it’s robo Disco groove that highlights the emotion of the vocals, also an very nice track, but not the best reMix on the single either. The standout reMix comes from Devil’s Gun, and that’s a massive surprise. When I think of Devil’s Gun I usually think of something dark and gritty. Even on their collaboration with future Pop starlet Queen Of Hearts they kept things grinding and doom laden, but with their reMix of ‘I Wish I Never Met You’ they go positively Dreamwave. It got a huge Disco sound with layers and layers of chunky synths that give it a touch of that grit, alongside a solid retro Disco flavour. It’s big and funky and fun and I have no idea why it’s been largely overlooked by the music blog world. I suppose Devil’s Gun don’t drive the same kind of traffic as Azari & III though, not yet anyway…
♫ Sam Sparro – I Wish I Never Met You (Devil’s Gun reMix)
♫ Sam Sparro – I Wish I Never Met You (Azari & III reMix)
♫ Sam Sparro – I Wish I Never Met You (Stereogamous reMix)
‘I Wish I Never Met You’ is taken from Sam Sparro’s forthcoming new album, ‘Return To Paradise’, out 27th May.