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READY TO POP | Cappa, Zayde Wølf, Shiragirl & More Dive Into Love & Lust

Also, Josie Dunne and The Candescents Entice Us to Be Cool for the Summer.

Let out some stress with these irresistible anthems.

Ready to Pop is about to snap, crackle and, umm, pop. We all have that one person we meet that makes us absolutely crazy. Whether it is their natural allure or some unspoken sexual bond, we are drawn into a dark and sinister web. We can either have a little fun or hold onto those unshakable feelings until we completely fall apart. In today's roundup, we've got pop breakouts just itching to let out a little stress. Below, check out our latest obsessions, rated on a (slay) scale of "Super Chill" to "Shook" to "Wig Snatched."


Cappa - "Tension"

Cappa

Pop darling Cappa puts the squeeze on a potential playmate with "Tension," in which she not only tells him flat-out exactly what she wants but whistles her intentions through cutesy flicks and flutters. "I can't ignore what I'm feeling...for you," she coos, rosy-cheeked and Marilyn Monroe-esque. The production is elastic, almost an unstoppable force on its own. "Let's break the tension, baby," she sings, shedding light on the sexual tension that's connected both of them for a long time now. Through batting her eyes and licking her lips, all of that falls away in this gloriously neon-strewn anthem.

Slay Scale: Shook

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Zayde Wølf - "Take a Look at This"

Zayde Wølf

"Let me take you on this vacation," the enchanting provocateur Zayde Wølf eyes on the high-octane "Take a Look at This," an unflinching, enticing, and sexy ode from his new album, Modern Alchemy. From the sultry guitar riffs, beautifully-electric drum work and Wølf's sensual vocal proclamations, the rowdy fire-burner lets it all hang out. He opens with cool confidence, vowing, "Sweet sweat on my bones / Let me tell you what I wanna do." If that doesn't get you a little hot, nothing will.

Slay Scale: Wig Snatched

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Shiragirl - "Summers Comin"

Shiragirl

The heart wants what the heart wants. Shiragirl should know. Her new raucous and enormously infectious jam "Summers Comin" is a down 'n dirty love song. "He's got a girl but he's falling for you," she spits over deliciously rock-fused production. It's a righteous and charming punk anthem that not only sees the performer vying for another guy's heart but also imagines what the summer could bring: maybe a bodacious fling, maybe some heartbreak, maybe a party by the beach. Who knows?

Slay Scale: Shook

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The Candescents - "Boyfriend"

The Candescents

Ok, so, you know that feeling of really liking someone but you're downright terrified of commitment? Enter The Candescents' new single "Boyfriend," a sunny So-Cal excursion of trepidation. "I don't want to be your boyfriend," rings the slithering hook. It might appear to be the oddball of the bunch, but there is still an intonation of love-torn affection the narrator has for a should-be lover. "It's so obvious, yeah, you're just what I like," front man Alex Harris sings, trying to mask his deep emotions. But his inflection deceives him. He wants her, and they'll probably hook up at some point. Yeah?

Slay Scale: Super Chill

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Josie Dunne - "Make You Mine"

Josie Dunne

Josie Dunne knows exactly what she wants. Wielding invincible charm, she pulls you in just like a siren beckoning sailors on the shoreline. "One kiss, one touch, you're mine," she sings over layers of jazz-infected power-pop. The piano and big horns shimmer around her searing vocal line, borrowing from the classics but updated with a potent modern sheen. "Boy, I haunt your mind," she asserts. Well, she's certainly got us hooked!

Slay Scale: Wig Snatched

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Jason Scott is a freelance music journalist with bylines in B-Sides & Badlands, Billboard, PopCrush, Ladygunn, Greatist, AXS, Uproxx, Paste and many others. Follow him on Twitter.


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An Interview with Josie Dunne

We Sat Down with Up-and-Comer Josie Dunne, You Know, Before She Gets Too Famous to Talk to Us.

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Josie Dunne belts out of the side of her mouth, strumming intricate jazz progressions and overwhelming the small stage at Rockwood Music Hall.

Her band isn't there. It isn't even really a concert, but rather a showcase, mostly designed to impress record label executives and members of the press. Josie doesn't care. She casually talks between songs and laughs through her set, giving one the impression that she would perform exactly the same whether she's singing for ten people or ten thousand.

She may be young and inexperienced, but it's easy to pick out that shimmering clarity–the one that all great pop artists have–in her voice. And, even as a novice performer, Dunne has managed to tap into a level of authenticity most veteran musicians never find. On June 1st, she released her debut EP titled To Be The Little Fish, and the songs on it have garnered more than 1.5 million hits on Spotify to date. We decided to give her call before she gets too famous to talk to us.

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PREMIERE | Josie Dunne just dropped her first EP with a Splash

If You're a Fish, I'm a Fish, Little Fish Too

Songstress, Josie Dunne uses her dimensional voice, writing, and instrumentality to create her first EP "To Be The Little Fish"

Nashville based Josie Dunne released her debut single, " OLD SCHOOL," which hit the Top 15 on the US Viral Chart on Spotify and has been added to several top Spotify playlists including – Viral Hits, New Music Friday, Tomorrow's Hits, Fresh Hits, Pop Extra, Pop Royalty, Global Buzz & more! More recently, Josie released the second single, "GOOD BOYS" along with companion video.


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For her first EP, "To Be The Little Fish," Josie had a few specific goals. She wanted to capture the Motown-era music of her childhood, proving that soul music could feel cool again. The songs should feel modern but embrace those older influences, especially the use of horns. Josie worked with several collaborators, including Nathan Chapman (Taylor Swift, The Band Perry) and Amy Wadge (Ed Sheeran, Camila Cabello), and got to lay down vocals for "Cool With It" at Nashville's legendary Blackbird Studios. "Old School," a fun, bubbly number, is the beating heart of the EP. When Josie laid it down she felt like she's tapped into something essential and the other five songs came from there.

"That might be the ultimate nerdy thing to say, but that's what I do for fun. In a lot of ways, movies and videos and podcasts really influence what I do. I get inspired by a world that is created in a visual way, whether it's watching a movie or going to an aquarium and being surrounded by a tank of fish. It's a world in itself. That's something I try to do. I want to put the listener in this story and this other world."

It was inevitable that Josie Dunne would become an artist of some kind. Everyone in Josie's family creates. Her sister is a dancer, her older brother is a painter and her younger brother is a graphic designer and actor. Josie learned piano and taught herself guitar, and took singing lessons from her cousin. She knew early on that music was the right career path for her to pursue. For Josie, expression comes in the form of sincere, fun-loving pop music.

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