It’s been a tough year for party music — if you’re looking for something other than Lady Gaga, at least — but I wanted to pass along some new songs that might suit your pregaming needs:
Chromeo — I’m Not Contagious: Their entire new album, Business Casual, is full of sweet electronic dance songs, but this one has some particular swagger to it. I’m looking forward to walking up to a girl and saying, “I’ve got the kind of love that knocks you down.” If she’s really cool, she might recognize the lyrics.
Twin Shadow — I Can’t Wait: Yet more 80s revivalist dance music, but you know that’s what I like. As with the Chromeo song, I’m digging the cocky-yet-sensitive guy at the club: “Her face to me, I see she’s asking for a dance/You know she loves my moves.” Highly recommended for getting in the mood to take over a dance floor.
Freddie Gibbs — National Anthem (Fuck the World): This one’s for you bad-asses. I’m selective with my hip-hop, but Gibbs is an exceptional talent who should go a long way. The lyrics tell the typical hip-hop story of the underdog, but the way he delivers them — slow, then with a breathless ferocity — is great for an adrenaline rush.
!!! — The Most Certain Sure: A funky song from my favorite funky band. And I like the empowerment of a guy who gets stabbed in the back but feels liberated enough to go out on his own. Recommended for you solo pregamers.
OK, I delivered the songs. Now you go out this weekend and deliver the awesomeness.