Over the past few weeks, pop seems to have taken over my life. Never a massive fan of the genre, the large quantity of ridiculously high-standard recent releases have really made me reconsider my affiliation with the genre. Today’s gem is Realize You by Empress Of, a.ka. Lorely Rodriguez. The songs fractured synth backing is intrinsically fascinating from start to finish, whirling hypnotically beneath Rodriguez’ seductive vocals and swooning lyrics – “freedom isn’t free if I can’t be free with you”. This is very exciting stuff.