LA-via-New Zealand lowkey electro-pop luminary Sam McCarthy -- aka BOYBOY -- is back with another undeniable jam, his first since last year's immaculate and actually sort of uncanny little run of absurdly catchy singles that still tend to dominate just about every playlist I make. Your boy says of his vibrantly buzzing new single "Afraid", on which he successfully warps that word's negative vibe into some kind of highly danceable, life-giving new age mantra:

“I wanted to say ‘afraid' so many times that the word started to lose it’s power because to me, fear in a controllable form, can be a great source of energy”

[cop "afraid" on iTunes here]