In this week’s instalment of What’s Going On, we’re going back to the dancefloor. From an ode to basketball to a sassy self-confidence booster and even a new release from a house music icon, these great new songs are guaranteed to get you up on your feet this week.
Devin Kirtz – Argentine-American pop/soul artist Devin Kirtz has released the self-love anthem of 2020. ‘Best Friends’ was written in Mexico by Devin, who set out to write a love song to himself. The SONY RED and HERO Records artist feels that everyone needs to have some self-love, so why not make a song about it? A catchy pop tune with the perfect summer bounce to it, ‘Best Friends’ is available now on all major streaming platforms and is sure to make waves on radio. In addition to writing for himself, Devin has written for artists including Zayn, Boyz II Men, Wyclef Jean, Cody Simpson, Jordin Sparks and Sam Hunt among others. ‘Best Friends’ comes after ‘Hennesy’, Devin Kirtz’s hit collaboration with Quincy that was released earlier this year.
Aluna – One half of the Billboard Music Awards nominated electronic duo AlunaGeorge, Aluna has gone solo in 2020. Aluna’s debut solo album Renaissance is set to be released on August 28. In the meantime, she has released a new track ‘Envious’ giving us another feel for what to expect from the album. ‘Envious’ is an upbeat disco house banger with emotional introspective lyrics. In an open letter that she shared with social media, Aluna discussed her motivations for stepping out on her own: “When I started looking at all the challenges I face being a black woman making dance I realized I wanted to do more than just create a space for myself. I want all black people to know that the genre of dance is their heritage and they should feel included and encouraged to create under that banner by expanding the genre to be culturally and racially inclusive.”
Listen to ‘Envious’ from Aluna’s upcoming album Renaissance via Mad Decent.
Confidence Man – Australian electro-pop act Confidence Man is back with ‘First Class Bitch’, their first new single of 2020. This follows their very well received 2019 single ‘Does It Make You Feel Good?’ and it’s many top-notch remixes. Inspired by a pair of socks with the words first-class bitch embroidered on them, the braggadocious tongue-in-cheek banger is the perfect confidence booster. With singer Janet Planet singing lyrics about yacht parties, jacuzzis and hanging with celebs, it’s clear that the song is a send-up of excess and doesn’t take itself too seriously. The music video for ‘First Class Bitch’ is thankfully exactly what you would expect, Janet Planet & Sugar Bones decked out in designer gear with fancy cars & poodles and busting out their funkiest dance moves.
Frankie Knuckles – In 2014, the music world lost house music pioneer Frankie Knuckles. With how important & influential he was to the genre, Knuckles was often hailed as The Godfather of House Music. Now we have a posthumous Frankie Knuckles single to enjoy during these uncertain times. ‘Carefree (I Am A Star)’ features production & vocals from the late house DJ. It’s a wonderful slice of feel-good house that Frankie Knuckles was known for. This new single is being used to launch Jackmaster 7, a follow-up to the iconic house music compilation series Jackmaster that was released on DJ International from 1987 to 1991. In the coming weeks expect more Jackmaster 7 singles to be released, each with their own accompanying remixes.
Listen to Frankie Knuckles 2020 single ‘Carefree (I Am A Star)’
JR JR – They’re playing basketball! Sports fans around the world are pumped that the NBA is back, perhaps none more than Detroit duo JR JR. Their new EP Swish is basketball themed to celebrate the NBA restart. Each of the Swish release dates are set to correspond with key dates of the current NBA season, culminating with the EP being released on September 15 which is when the conference finals will begin. In addition to the EP, JR JR have released a set of basketball-themed merch. The second single from Swish was released just a few days ago on August 17 and is a fun modern take on ‘Basketball’ Kurtis Blow’s 1984 classic. On the decision to cover the 80s hip hop hit, JR JR’s Daniel Zott stated: “We’ve always loved this song and it’s amazingly 80s video. So, when we were thinking of songs that get us up off the couch and onto our driveways, it was at the top of the list.”
Listen to ‘Basketball’ from JR JR’s upcoming EP Swish