OK, time to kick the bangers into overdrive. It’s almost summer! This first banger is so over-the-top bangerish that I would almost say it’s NSFW. Unless your workplace encourages people jumping off their desk, throwing file folders everywhere and knocking over water coolers, you may not want to listen to this song in the office because these are the things you will want to do, gleefully, while listening to “I Love It” by Icona Pop. These Swedish megababes won my heart a couple years ago with the anthemic, downtempo banger “Manners,” but this one takes it to a whole nother level of bangerology. Of note: the producers are the same ones behind Robyn’s “Dancing on My Own.” Now watch the video and prepare for mind explosion.
Now just to bring you back to earth, Banger #2 is a little more of an acquired taste. From The Flaming Lips’ recent album “The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends,” comes this collaboration with of all people, Ke$ha! It’s futuristic, noisy and experimental, but if you’re anything like me, it will carve out a little home in your brain, in the spot reserved for bangers. Check out “2012 (You Must Be Upgraded).”
And now for one of the cutest videos ever, which just so happens to be based on a banger from Danny Brown. Check out his lil mini-me being a badass kid while embodying the rapper in this video for “Grown Up.” So, so SO good (and cute).