SONG OF THE DAY: Popeska ft Luciana – “The New Kings”

Signed to Wolfgang Gartner’s Kindergarten label, Georgia Tech alumni Popska (aka Ralf Popescu) is quickly making a name for himself with glitchy, electro remixes (Bloody Beetroots, Street Lurkin) and strong original productions (“Karma Meter” and “Liar”). Enlisting the vocal talent of clubland favorite Luciana, he has constructed “The New Kings,” a big room electrohouse anthem for the new school with elements of glitch and stadium and just enough pop for possible crossover. Luciana follows her singing muse (like recent releases “Something For the Weekend” and “Calling All the Lovers”), moving further away from the talk/rap vibe of many of her past hits. The lyrics about the new generation of clubbers and everyone being beautiful could go a bit cheesy, but Luciana’s sweet and sultry voice gives it an edge. The “Oh Oh oh” chant recalling the classic “Self Control” by Laura Branigan is a nice touch as well. While this song may not be the one that makes Popeska a massive superstar, it will definitely increase his audience as more people discover his production talents- making him one to watch for 2013.