Ting Tings

Brit duo Ting Tings' fusion of club culture and hipster-rock seems to have a single purpose: to make KC and the Sunshine Band sound a little dangerous, or maybe just British. With this year's We Started Nothing, Katie White and Jules de Martino weaponize bubblegum dance-rock with piss-off and go-home-and-jerk-off messaging, when deep down (which isn't all that deep), they just want to be liked — really liked. And so the duo unleashes a torrent of hooks not heard since K-Tel comps Disco Fire, Disco Motion and Disco Rocket. The Ting Tings may lack the inventiveness and inspiration of pomo-pop fusionists such as M.I.A. or Lily Allen, but floor-banging singles "Great DJ" and "That's Not My Name" aren't easily dismissed or deleted from any autumn pop playlist.

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Roy Kasten
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