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5 Tracks That Inspired Maisy Kay

The new single 'Emotionally Unavailable' is out now

Video and Interview by Jordan Edwards

It's been nearly five years since we talked to Maisy Kay. In that time, the English LA-based singer-songwriter has developed a sound that shifts between dance and '80s flavored pop. She also teamed with TheFatRat for the Na'vi language viral single "The Storm."

Her latest, "Emotionally Unavailable," is built around a sunny synth pop chorus and pulsing Linn Drum style beat. It follows "Mascara Tears" and "Scared Together," recent singles with a similar vibe.

As you might expect, a wide variety of music has influenced Maisy. We asked her to break down some of her favorite songs in the premiere episode of our new series 5 Tracks That Inspired Me. But first, a few questions.

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R3HAB teams up with NJ-based trio A R I Z O N A for their new single "Feel Alive," a breezy, feel-good anthem anticipating summer.

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Dutch future bass/electro-house producer R3HAB teams up with triple-platinum country-pop singer Andy Grammer on "Good Example."

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R3HAB Releases Pop Jam, “I Luv U” ft. Sofia Carson

Unrequited love with a catchy beat.

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Dutch/Moroccan electronic artist R3HAB, a.k.a Fadil El Ghoul, hooked up with actress/pop star Sofia Carson on "I Luv U," via Disney/Hollywood Records.

"I Luv U" marks R3HAB's second foray into pop music, following "Flames," with ZAYN and Jungleboi. With nearly a billion streams, R3HAB has established himself as an international heavyweight.

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Carson signed with BMI as a singer-songwriter in 2012 and exploded onto the acting scene with her role in Austin & Ally, followed by Adventures In Babysitting, Descendants, and Spiderman. Her previous collaborations with R3HAB, Alan Walker, and Galantis established her as a go-to EDM partner.

"I Luv U" opens on a cool pop beat that ripples with Carson's affecting vocals, relating a tale of unrequited love.

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R3hab Teams Up with ZAYN and Jungleboi on "Flames"

A dazzling blend of electro-pop and gospel flavors.

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Dutch-Moroccan DJ and producer R3hab, a.k.a Fadil El Ghoul, and Jungleboi ran into each other in London, in 2017.

Combining their talents, the two artists began working on a new song, "Flames," featuring an elegant piano, gentle electro rhythmic pulses, and a fat bassline, all topped by ZAYN's sumptuous voice.

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R3hab made big waves in 2017 with the release of his debut album, Trouble, amassing 500 million streams worldwide, followed by his sophomore effort, The Wave, collecting 250 million streams on Spotify. In 2019, he released "All Around the World," featuring A Touch of Class. The song hit gold and platinum in eight countries.

"Flames" reveals complex layers and intense emotional lyrics: "Well, well / You better run from me / You better hit the road / You better up and leave / Don't get too close."

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R3HAB And Julie Bergan Team Up For the Soulful 'Don't Give Up On Me Now'

Quixotic house music full of infectious vibes.

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Globetrotting Dutch-Moroccan DJ and producer R3HAB, aka Fadil El Ghoul, hooked up with Norway's Julie Bergan to deliver a new romantic house track "Don't Give Up on Me Now."

Bergan, a mega-star in Norway, with a laundry list of platinum records, a Spellemann Award (Norway's Grammy Award), a double-platinum album, Turn On The Lights, and more than 320 million Spotify streams, highlights the song with her dazzling, soul-infused voice.

On his part, R3HAB has been featured in Forbes and Billboard. His 2017 debut album, Trouble, grabbed over a half billion streams, while his second album, The Wave, has accumulated 200 million streams in just a few months, resulting in a sold-out tour of North America.

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"Don't Give Up on Me Now" is the twosome's first collaboration, and follows on the heels of R3HAB's collaborations with A Touch Of Class, Icona Pop, and remixes for Sofi Tukker, Danny Ocean, P!nk, and The Chainsmokers, among others.

"Don't Give Up on Me Now" opens on vibrant guitars flowing into a compelling house groove topped by the cool, vibrant surfaces of Bergan's voice. Radiant synths ring out bright sonic textures, infusing the tune with wavering shimmers of color. A thumping kick drum and throbbing bass line blanket the rhythm in contagious dynamic pulses.

"Don't you even think 'bout giving up on me now / Don't you even think 'bout walking out of my life / Everything I do, I do it for you / I need you to stay, stay tonight / Don't give up on me now."

Cool and stylish, "Don't Give Up on Me Now" conveys magnetic energy.

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Randy Radic is a Left Coast author and writer. Author of numerous true crime books written under the pen-name of John Lee Brook. Former music contributor at Huff Post.