Pop Shop Picks: Daft Punk, Lana Del Rey, Pet Shop Boys & More

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Each Friday, Pop Shop will showcase a handful of tracks that have been burning up its speakers over the past week. These can include a brand-new song or a track that's been simmering for a minute; the only rule is that it's worth space in the Pop Shop!

DAFT PUNK FEAT. PHARRELL
"Get Lucky" (4:07)
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“Get Lucky,” already Daft Punk’s biggest hit in its 16-year-plus career, has all the elements of a timeless, if overly familiar, dance track. Featuring soulful vocals from Pharrell and signature guitar licks from co-writer Nile Rodgers, the disco-fied “Get Lucky” is the most human-sounding song from a duo synonymous with robot helmets. It’s also deeply indebted to Michael Jackson, from the use of "Thriller’s" iconic cursive font on the covers for both the single and upcoming "Random Access Memories" album, to the mash-ups already wildly circulating online mashing Pharrell’s sped-up vocals with classic MJ ad libs. Even if the track becomes a little tedious in its four-minute radio edit, its instant success signifies its early contention for song of the summer. - ANDREW HAMPP

WE THE KINGS
"Just Keep Breathing" (4:05)
We the Kings

The uplifting new single from pop-punk mainstays We the Kings shakes off the feeling of being alone, with the help of steady strings and solid bass. "When love is all too hard to hold, just take a breath and let it go," Travis Clark coos. Good-natured and well intentioned, "Just Keep Breathing" reminds listeners to do just that. -KATHY IANDOLI

LANA DEL REY
"Young & Beautiful" (4:00)
Interscope

"All that grace, all that body/All that face, it makes me wanna party." So sings art-pop ­sorceress Lana Del Rey on her chilling new single from the "Great Gatsby" soundtrack. "Young & Beautiful" isn't a party jam in the slightest: A seductive torch song about fading beauty, the track features Del Rey's winding croon draped over glistening strings. -RYAN REED

PET SHOP BOYS
"Axis" (5:33)
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We could all use more Pet Shop Boys in our lives, and, sadly, their new song "Axis" could use more vocals to balance out the no-holds-barred electronic barrage quickly set forth. There are stylish moves and arresting passages in the first taste of their forthcoming "Electric" album, but at five and a half minutes, the energetic track never finds enough equilibrium to keep the listener's attention. Still, for a hot new dance-starter, sample this new one from the Boys. - JASON LIPSHUTZ

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