NeuroPop LOVES - A (Belated) Valentine's Special

In honor of one of our favorite holidays (Valentine’s Day, not Presidents' - no offense, George) we put together a little playlist of our favorite songs about love and heartbreak. Pop music’s obsession with love, lust and the destructive power of each means almost any song could soundtrack Cupid’s favorite day of the year, and perhaps that’s why we love the holiday so much. Or maybe it’s just the pink candy hearts.

As a little tie in we are spotlighting three artists included that we love who will (hopefully) be releasing their debut albums this year.

NeuroPop LOVES... Florrie

On June 25, 2013, I stepped into the basement of XOYO in London’s trendy Shoreditch neighborhood with a friend visiting from out of town. I knew that I loved Florrie’s music, but what I didn’t know is that I was about to experience one of the best live performances I’ve seen to this day.

Florrie appeared onstage in a monochrome sports jersey, with a long blonde ponytail and guitar in hand. While playing the drums, the guitar and the piano, she treated us to a whirlwind of potential hits, several taken from her string of EPs, several that have still not been released. Since then, she has released another EP, a few singles, and chopped off her long locks a la Taylor Swift in favor of a shoulder length ‘do.

Despite the stellar singles and the hair reinvention, Florrie’s rollout as a proper popstar has been almost as frustrating as Rihanna’s Anti release campaign. In 2010, Florrie seemed to have sprung fully formed, a one woman show sent from Xenomania to fill the void left by Girls Aloud. But despite being a stellar popstar, we are still waiting for Florrie’s debut album.

On February 5th, Florrie released her latest single “Real Love,” just in time for inclusion on our Valentine’s Day playlist. With an anthemic chorus and incredibly catchy post-chorus, if “Real Love” is any indication of what to expect from the album, all this waiting will have been well worth it.

Between a series of 4 EPs and several singles, Florrie’s output rivals and reaches levels of pop perfection along the lines of major pop players and NeurPop favorites Taylor Swift, Carly Rae Jepsen, Kylie Minogue and, of course, Girls Aloud. With “Real Love” and her long awaited first album, rumoured to be following this year, Florrie is definitely one that NeuroPop LOVES and one we encourage you to keep up with in 2016.

NeuroPop LOVES... Dua Lipa

With bright pop melodies over hip hop beats and Lana Del Visuals (read: homemade footage), Dua Lipa is perhaps the most obvious of those featured this month to reach the dizzying heights of pop stardom.

Despite significant buzz around her first single, “New Love”, Dua came to our attention with the release of her break out hit “Be The One”, which we featured in our top tracks of 2015. Following the release of “Be The One” she was quickly added to the longlist of the BBC’s Sound of 2016, joining the ranks of Years & Years, Little Boots, and Lady Gaga who have also been featured. We were sorry to see that Dua did not make the shortlist, but with the release of “Last Dance” she has solidified her place in our hearts and the pop blogosphere as one to watch.

With three stellar tracks to her name (and the incredible yet-to-be-released “Hotter Than Hell”) Dua is determined to continue cranking out pop hits, recently spotted in the studio with one of our favorites, Noonie Bao, and Blood Pop.

Also, not to judge a female singer by the men she associates herself with but how hot is her model/chef boyfriend? One might even say he is himself is hotter than hell.

And he makes guacamole?! *swoon*

NeuroPop LOVES... Whinnie Williams

     I first discovered Whinnie Williams on a lonely Valentine’s Day in 2013, so it is fitting that we include her in our playlist this year. Not only as an excuse to look back on Valentine’s Days past and lament how so little has changed, but because we are sure 2016 is the year her album will finally drop. Since 2013, our love for Whinnie has escalated to levels bordering on obsession, as these tweets will prove.     When we took a #squad trip to London at the end of last summer we tweeted in hopes a meeting could be arranged:

 

I first discovered Whinnie Williams on a lonely Valentine’s Day in 2013, so it is fitting that we include her in our playlist this year. Not only as an excuse to look back on Valentine’s Days past and lament how so little has changed, but because we are sure 2016 is the year her album will finally drop. Since 2013, our love for Whinnie has escalated to levels bordering on obsession, as these tweets will prove.

When we took a #squad trip to London at the end of last summer we tweeted in hopes a meeting could be arranged:

She kindly responded, but it looked as though there was no hope. When we took a #squad trip to Los Angeles the beginning of this year, and realized that Whinnie was in town as well, I took things a little too far:

Though I haven’t been blocked on Twitter, I’m sure she and the authorities have their eyes on me. If you are reading this Whinnie, I apologize for my aggression/creepiness. I just want you to join our #squad.

Some may know Whinnie from her previous incarnation as electro pop singer songwriter, Sunday Girl. But with her reinvention as Whinnie Williams she has found a voice and aesthetic all her own. Seriously everyone, Whinnie Williams’ Mix Tape Vol. 2 was and remains one of the greatest compilations of music to be released in 2014, if not the decade. Great original songs, samples, and covers abound--not to mention her 60s and 70s Yé-yé-inspired trilogy of videos (“You Don’t Love Me”, “Breaks Hearts in Your Sleep” and “Oopsy Daisy”). Go watch now and let your heart melt. Her latest single “Too Strong” has received quite a bit of buzz, and we look forward to seeing what 2016 brings for Ms. Williams.

Check out Whinnie, Dua, and Florrie along with some of our more familiar faves in our Valentine’s Day playlist below: