Swedish singer/songwriter Tove Lo seems primed for a major Lorde-like explosion this year. With her strong collaboration with Seven Lions and Myon & Shane 54 as well as writing credits on songs for Lea Michele and Icona Pop, her songs have an edgy beauty that is quite reminiscent of Sia Furler. Her song “Habits” has buzzed since the summer, and in the hands of the Chainsmokers gets an energetic electro treatment while keeping the haunting, pretty vocals as the focus over the melodic drop. Not only are the Chainsmokers starting the year on a high note with a free download, they just might be doing for Tove Lo what Cedric Gervais did for Lana del Rey on his Grammy-nominated “Summertime Sadness” remix.
Unexpected. Sirah, the grime edgy rapper behind Skrillex “Bang-a-rang,” has been releasing a string of singles like “Up and Down,” “My City,” and “Motel Bible” that blended her tough flow with a bit of emotion over rough tracks that brought her points home. “On To the Next” is a complete reversal (similar to the new Icona Pop’s “Just Another Night”) as it focuses solely on her emotional vulnerability and strength in leaving a bad relationship performed over a very accessible and commercial pop-feeling track. Before her hardcore fans yell sell-out, I would suggest they listen closely to what she is saying in her verses, they are just as cutting as her previous work, the music just softens it a bit, perhaps with the aim of crossing this song onto commercial radio. Her lyrics are incredibly strong – with the line “funny what you fell in love is what you turns you off” being just one of the many highlights. The fact the she can do both the pretty almost-sung chorus and the rapped verses without the need of a featured guest shows her versatility even further. The video is worth watching for its unintended camp value and the gratuitous snake-as-penis imagery.