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Hello Play

You'd be forgiven if you assumed "Walking on the Moon," the opening cut on Karmin's major-label debut EP, Hello, was a cover of the Police's classic. After all, the duo of Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan made their name in 2011 via smirking YouTube covers of hits by Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, and Nicki Minaj, so jokey versions of new wave classics are no great stretch, but Hello is where Karmin attempt to shake off the specter of novelty and present themselves as an honest to goodness modern pop band, the kind that can work with such heavy-hitters as Tricky Stewart and Stargate. Those two producers have scored hits for Britney Spears, Beyoncé, Rihanna, and Katy Perry, and that gives a good idea of how Karmin hope to market themselves: stylish dance-pop with an urban twist. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

Pulses Play

Following three successful EPs, Pulses is the debut album from American pop duo Karmin. The Berkeley graduates' exposure came from their cover versions of pop songs and reaching an impressive 200 million views on YouTube, putting them in good stead and eventually seeing them signed by Epic. The album features the urban 2013 single "Acapella" and the disco track "I Want It All." Writing credits on the album feature Boys Like Girls frontman Martin Johnson and pop songwriter Ester Dean. ~ James Pearce, Rovi
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