It’s been a while since we heard from neo-hippie turned dance-diva Nelly Furtado in English. Six years since the collaboration with Timbaland that produced 2006’s sexually charged double-platinum “Loose” with it’s smash singles “Promiscuous”, “Maneater” and “Say It Right.” For 2012, Ms. Furtado is back with “Big Hoops (The Bigger The Better),” the first single from her upcoming fifth album, The Spirit Indestructible.

Co-written with pop songwriter-producer and American Idol mentor Rodney “Darkstar” Jerkins – who also wrote for Justin Bieber‘s upcoming record – “Big Hoops” opens with a grinding groove, accompanied by Furtado’s kinetic vocal hook that will surely become the new jam for every lady prepping for the club, “The bigger the better/the bigger the better/the bigger the better/the better the bigger…” But this is not a song for hooking-up. It’s about the uniquely feminine power of being dressed to the nines, looking and feeling incredible and heading out on the town with your bestest girlfriends: “I don’t wanna talk about sex, I wanna express myself tonight,” Furtado sings.

The vibe of this track enforces her own thoughts on her latest collection of songs. “This album is all about positivity, youth, good energy, and the relentlessness of the spirit.” Furtado said via her website. “I want (people) to jump, dance, scream, laugh, cry, love, and vibe to it, and to turn it up very loud everywhere.”

The coolest thing about “Big Hoops” is that while it is definitely a banger, it also highlights Furtado’s precocious musical nature and pays homage to the genre’s stylistic forebears. Just 40 seconds shy of the track’s end when she speaks “Oh, I thought this song was over…” we break into a drum ‘n bass montage straight out of Goldie‘s London garage from the mid-nineties, elevating “Big Hoops” to a frenzied peak that will find you reaching for liquid refreshment or and the repeat button.

“Big Hoops (The Bigger The Better)” is available everywhere today; The Spirit Indestructible is expected on June 19th.

-Tim Mudd, Energy 103.7


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