In this week’s instalment of What’s Going On, I’ve got the big return of EDM giants Swedish House Mafia. Yes, they are back. Plus, the latest releases from singer-actress Debbie Gibson, German synthwave superstar NINA, British pop-rockers Bastille and Toronto disco duo Tush. As always, if you dig what you hear, be sure to follow and stream these artists.
Debbie Gibson – Pop music survivor Debbie Gibson wants to make you dance with her new single “One Step Closer.” As much as critics may overlook or deride the pop landscape of the late-80s in which she reigned supreme, this fact remains true – Debbie Gibson is a brilliant songwriter and “One Step Closer” is a testament to that. The triumphant disco banger serves as the opening track of the former teen-pop superstar’s forthcoming album The Body Remembers due out on August 20th, her first new album in 20 years. “One Step Closer” follows the rerecording of Gibson’s 1989 classic “Lost In Your Eyes”, this time as a duet with Joey McIntyre. With the great new tunes and fun acting roles (check out her recent appearance on Lucifer), I’m here for the Debbie Gibson renaissance.
Listen to Debbie Gibson’s new single “One Step Closer” below.
Tush – Toronto duo Tush are keeping their fans fed with “Wavy Baby”, the opening track from their forthcoming album Fantast due out on July 30th. Kamilah Apong and Jamie Kidd of Tush have been creating some of the most inventive dance music coming out of Canada, melding disco, house, funk and post-punk into a sound that’s all their own, Describing “Wavy Baby” on social media, the duo says: “This sexy hazy track is meant for you and your loverssss (plural, yes!) or maybe just for yourself, aint no shame.” And sexy it is! With a return to dance floors imminent in Toronto, you can practically picture club goers slow grinding to “Wavy Baby”as the night winds down. If “Wavy Baby” and preceding single “Chrysalis” are anything to by by, expect Fantast
Listen to Tush’s new single “Wavy Baby” below.
Swedish House Mafia – When the world needed them most, Swedish House Mafia is back to make us all dance. With new management, freshly signed to Republic Records and with a new album on the way, the dance music supergroup is kicking off their reunion with “It Gets Better”, their hot new single. “It Gets Better” marks the first release for the trio consisting of Axwell, Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso since 2012. The group was at the forefront of the EDM boom that swept the globe in 2010 and this new release proves that they haven’t lost a step. Speaking to Billboard about his expectations for the reunion, Ingrosso says: “We have no idea if people are going to like [the new music]. But we are just really proud of what we have done.”
Listen to Swedish House Mafia’s new single “It Gets Better” below.
NINA – Dubbed by her fans “The Queen of Synthwave”, NINA is back and defending her throne with her new single “Carnival Night.” The German singer-songwriter teamed up with producer Radio Wolf on the track that marks her freedom as a newly independent artist. “Carnival Night” is chock full of walls of synths and cold ‘80s sci-fi soundscapes that juxtapose well against NINA’s delicate vocals. Explaining “Carnival Night”, NINA says: “‘Carnival Night’ is a song about running wild and surrendering to magic and desire. It’s a special song for me because it’s my first release as an independent artist.”
Listen to NINA’s new single “Carnival Night” below.
Bastille – British pop band Bastille keep the hopeful vibes going on their new single “Give Me The Future.” Atmospheric, dripping in retro-style synths and full of inspiring lyrics, “Give Me The Future” is signature Bastille goodness. You’ll be hearing a lot more of this track thanks to it’s inclusion in Jeep’s new “Life Electrified” ad campaign. On what “Give Me The Future” is all about, frontman Dan Smith says: “‘Give Me The Future’ is a song about plugging into endless possibilities. Literally, feels like everything is out there for the taking, all tastes catered for. The spaceship sound at the start? It’s us crash landing in the future.”
Listen to Bastille’s new single “Give Me The Future” below.