It’s so easy to get lost in their “Verona”: Peter Wilson and Sean Smith’s compelling duet @pete80s @SeanSmithsolo

PETER WILSON & SEAN SMITH, “Verona” and its Remixes EP

“Verona” has a such a beautiful melody at first listen that you simply must play it a few times for the rest of the song to sink in.  Once you’re hooked, it’s so easy to get lost in the “Verona” as sung in the duet of the unlikely vocal pairing of Australia’s Peter Wilson and England’s Sean Smith.  Some of you will know Peter from his fine work with John von Ahlen’s Parralox, and others will recognize ex-Same Difference’s Sean Smith from these blog pages last year when he tantalized us with “Magic” in an Andy Sikorski remix.  The voices don’t really sound like they should be together but they offset each so well other that you don’t want to wait until whichever of them sings next!  And when they sing together, it’s a perfect sonic fit.  “Verona” of course is the setting in Italy for Shakespeare’s “Romeo & Juliet”.  Here, the song is a story of a love that is losing its vibrancy only perhaps to be rekindled by the end.  With its musical influences sunk in German europop of the 80’s, “Verona” has this massive and unexpected appeal all around.  And there are even a variety of remixes to choose from, but I will tap Matt Pop’s extended version for adding a triumphant flavour to “Verona”.  Check out the original below (from Peter’s forthcoming album The Passion & The Flame) and pick up the Remixes EP on iTunes.

Published in: on August 17, 2018 at 9:15 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Summer’s hardly over when you’re “Swimming With Sharks”, by NYC’s @itsDaveEdwards and @FlyByMidnight_

DAVE EDWARDS & FLY BY MIDNIGHT, “Swimming With Sharks”

Late last year, NYC producer Dave Edwards released the danceable delight that became one of my favourites of 2018, the euphoric “What We’re Made Of”.  After offering up sturdy remixes for the likes of The Knocks and ROZES, he’s back with another original, “Swimming With Sharks”, this time in collaboration with fellow New Yorkers, the vocal duo Fly By Midnight (Justin and Slavo).  The pristine melody and summery groove are all well intact in this song about falling in with the wrong kind of folks, only to request aid in getting out of those relationships (a personal Sharknado, if you will haha).  The vocals are just the harmonic sheen that the song needs, while the rhythm will easily have you shaken and stirred.  “Swimming With Sharks” is an obvious, recognizable add for club DJ’s.  Add “Swimming With Sharks” to your Mid-Summer Fun playlist using the Spotify link above.

No wallowing in sorrow in “Forgiveness” by new SanFran duo Cassette Tapes @cassettewav

CASSETTE TAPES, “Forgiveness”

“Forgiveness” by Cassette Tapes can be called more of a celebration of looking for forgiveness for something for all the right reasons rather than pining away and wallowing in sorrow.  I could be wrong, but this doesn’t sound like the aftermath of an end of a relationship.  As such the new San Francisco duo of Jackson and Parker have taken some cues from fellow sterling Californian duos like RKCB and Opia, adding a delightful soulful edge to their indie pop.  I’m not sure who sings but the vocal could not be more spot-on, and it’s what attracts you to the story, which is over quickly in a matter of two and a half minutes.  “Forgiveness” is a great introduction to Cassette Tapes and only wants to make you hear more from them.

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Taut, rich alt.soul-pop from new duo @Toucanband with “Gold”

TOUCAN, “Gold”

Sometimes, the deeper tracks in albums and EP’s are the ones to acquire your attention.  Such is the case with the unique charm of “Gold” by new duo Toucan from their self-titled EP.  Departing from the EP’s hefty mix of pop, rock, soul and jazz, “Gold” goes full tilt sultry late night club ballad.  It’s also the best showcase for the deep, mellow voice of Irish singer Conor Clancy, whose voice is soulful and moving when paired with the right song.  His partner in Toucan is keyboardist/arranger Martin Atkinson, and the instrumentation in the song gets amped up with a lot of guitar and drums as it progresses.  “Gold” is alt.soul-pop as you might least expect it, and shows a lot of promise for what Toucan has to offer.  Add “Gold” to your Rich & Deep playlist using the Spotify link above.

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How about an amazing @KAYTRANADA bootleg mix of “Kiss Of Life” by @Sadeofficial?

SADE, “Kiss Of Life” (Kaytra edit) (free DL)

The most delicious surprise for this Tuesday was to find Montreal’s award-winning KAYTRANADA dropping his ‘Kaytra edit’ bootleg mix of Sade’s 1992 hit “Kiss Of Life” (originally from the Love Deluxe album).  Press your local dance club to give it a spin later in the evening after they’re done with bangers and want some different action on the dance floor.  The ‘Kaytra edit’ is a luscious, ever-so-slightly pitched up slice of deep house that’s ideal for any time of day.  I thoroughly enjoy reduxes like this that take risks and strike gold in the process.  Get it for free at the link above while you can!!

Published in: on August 14, 2018 at 10:21 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Canada’s own @Robotaki follows up his Science EP with the electro hip hop/soul of “Brooklyn ’95” with Mike Clay @alldayjam

ROBOTAKI and MIKE CLAY, “Brooklyn ’95”

After the release of his diverse and dynamic EP Science, Montreal-based producer Robotaki is back with new music to support his upcoming tour with “Brooklyn ’95”.  It’s an easy-going slice of electronic hip hop/soul featuring an ultra-friendly vocal by Mike Clay.  “Brooklyn ’95” is totally on point about where it wants to transport you – to the hip hop/soul of the 90’s with similarly relaxed vibes coming from the likes of Arrested Development, Montell Jordan, Aaliyah, Brandy, and others of that era.  When you want to remember and share all of those memories of good times, then “Brooklyn ’95” is the companion song for you.  Robotaki keeps that fluid rhythm going, only pausing briefly in spots to bridge the gentle message of the song.  

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Australia’s @LUUDEmusic goes dark, hard and hypnotic with “Omen”

LUUDE, “Omen” (free DL)

Up and comer LUUDE (aka Christian Benson) will continue to get new fans with more songs coming from him like the powerful and hypnotic “Omen”.  Some of LUUDE’s most recent releases were interesting, but a bit too far to the left stylistically for me.  But “Omen” goes dark and hard, with a mesmerizing first minute and a bit that is sealed by an ominous, well-placed drop that recalls some of the heavier, industrial dance tracks that came out of the 80’s by folks like Front 242, Ministry, and others.  “Omen” does not let up from that point and it wraps you in its less-than-3-minute spell, compelling you to download it for free at the link above for further enjoyment.

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Take @Mercermusic’s disco club time machine trip with “Fireworks”

MERCER, “Fireworks”

After powering the first part of 2018 with one of its most enduring house tracks, “Satisfy” (featuring Ron Carroll), French producer/DJ Mercer dropped “Fireworks” about a month ago on Soundcloud briefly as a free gift to fans for their support.  While the song is no longer available for free, it hardly deserves to be overlooked.  For me, it’s a time warp of a track that takes me back to happy disco days along with some fun 90’s flavour that’s well represented by songs of the era like The Bucketheads’ “The Bomb”.  I would wager that the main hook of the song is an inconspicuous sample from a 70’s disco soul record that might have been brought to us by a label like Solar or Salsoul of the time.  “Fireworks” is timeless fun that allows you to get that disco groove on full tilt.  Club DJ’s should flock to this one stat! 

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Canadian alt.rock trio @NikkisWives return with EP Motor Court… and a splashy, tight live Toronto showcase

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NIKKI’S WIVES, Motor Court (EP)

Hailing from London, Ontario, alt.rock trio Nikki’s Wives is keeping well afloat of the cluttered indie market by making good, if uncharacteristic choices to help support their tight, well-written songs, which you can hear in their new EP Motor Court below.  The band consists of singer Nikki Whitehead, guitarist Dylan Lauzon, and drummer Nate Baylor.

Readers of this blog know the band from their feature on last year’s dance hit by fellow Canadians Loud Luxury called “Show Me”, one of my favourites of 2017.  And although it was outside of their regular genre, it was enough to kick start getting the band noticed, having opened for the likes of Cee-Lo Green and others since that time while touring North America. 

Last night’s splashy, free (but ticketed) showcase in Toronto at the intimate Rivoli – hosted by Edge 102.1’s Alan Cross no less, and co-sponsored by that radio station and Exclaim! magazine among others where there was an abundance of free drinks and food – showed off a hard-working band yielding fine results from all of that touring with a punchy 30 minute + set focusing on songs from Motor Court.  Led by the immense stage presence of singer Nikki – think Gwen Stefani meets Joan Jett meets Lights – it was a memorable evening that will help take Nikki’s Wives to the next level. 

And what of the songs from the EP?  They’re gritty, aggressive and melodic.  There are a lot of harder rock influences at play here, and the oh-so-true “Breaking Up” is the highlight.  You’ll be hearing much more from Nikki’s Wives throughout the rest of 2018!

Published in: on August 11, 2018 at 12:45 pm  Leave a Comment  
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It’s a stylish Latin blast from L.A.’s @CadenJester with @Syonmx and @WillXBoy on “Serpiente”

CADEN JESTER, SYON and WILLX BOY, “Serpiente”

At only 20 years old, L.A.’s Caden Jester already has one of the brightest pop/dance songs of the summer on release with “Vacant Love” (#20 on my personal chart).  He throws us a bit of a curve by embracing Latin sounds on his new song “Serpiente”.  But it’s one stylish and tight affair, particularly for dance club goers, featuring an appropriately exotic, seductive male vocal by Mexican duo Syon and a fluid rap from producer/songwriter WillX Boy.  Fans of Latin music will totally dig “Serpiente” because of its authentic and diverse overall sound.  There are plenty of styles and sub-genres within dance music for Caden Jester to tackle, so be prepared for what might be unexpected next!  Add “Serpiente” to your Full Throttle Latin Dance playlist using the Spotify link above.

Published in: on August 10, 2018 at 2:41 pm  Leave a Comment  
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