Germany’s @_Aniqo has an alt.pop breakthrough with the feel-good video of “LoveLife”

ANIQO, “LoveLife”

In quite a contrast to other recent and often darker releases, Germany’s ANIQO – singer, songwriter, producer, and film-maker – returns with “LoveLife”.  The song is an alt.pop celebration of freedom, people, and of course love of life.  And what better way to convey a message with a smile and a hug, just for no reason at all?  As the video shows, most people are receptive to a few moments of unbridled joy, while others still resist.  And in Europe, a 30 year celebration of the fall of the Berlin Wall shouldn’t go unrecognized, so “LoveLife” captures the anniversary of a triumph of freedom and democracy too.  The video is well shot with many humorous moments and ANIQO shows off her video-making skills as well as creating her most positive and diverse song to date.  Be sure to check out “LoveLife” above.

Published in: on December 8, 2019 at 10:39 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Warm, down-to-earth lyrics guide the dance track “Here” by San Francisco-based producer @officialSawGent featuring singer Cammie Robinson @UKCammie

SAW GENT and CAMMIE ROBINSON, “Here”

“Here” has an interesting blend of lyrics and music which is atypical to the dance music genre.  For me, it’s a terrific song first and foremost, with touching lyrics that are brought to life warmly with yet another fine vocal by UK singer Cammie Robinson, who you know from songs by MonoVerse and Blinded Hearts.  It’s augmented by futuristic synth work and beats courtesy of San Francisco-based producer Saw Gent.  While only appearing in 2019 as a dance music artist and lead act, Saw Gent is a music industry professional after many years in the biz during which time he ‘ghost’ produced several songs.  That expertise and prowess really gets a showcase in “Here”.  And as much as dance music lovers will enjoy this one in clubs, I’d love to hear an acoustic version of it.

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“Lost To The Night” is a heartfelt tribute to reconciliation by singer/songwriter @CShirock

C.SHIROCK, “Lost To The Night”

“Lost To The Night” is a compelling song that asks the question: What would you say to a loved one in your immediate family who you haven’t spoken to in many years?  The answer lies in the chorus “brother, come home”.  Chuck Shirock is a singer/songwriter who divides his time between Nashville and Los Angeles, but “Lost To The Night” is hardly what I would call conventional of either music city.  Influences here come from U2 – C.SHIROCK sounds a lot like Bono at times – Coldplay, Peter Gabriel, and too many others to think of, particularly from the 80’s.  The big production in contrast to the emotion of the song is consistent with U2 or Peter Gabriel records.  C.SHIROCK’s vocal will definitely move you, and a good companion song to it is the recent and deeply personal single by Cobi called “Island In My Mind” which I wrote about a few weeks back.  C.SHIROCK definitely holds a lot of promise and with songs like “Lost To The Night” clearly has a lot to offer.

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“Starlight” is a smooth and silky R&B ballad from Germany’s ZEROBADDAYS @ZBDmusic and NYC-based singer/songwriter Victor Perry @wallflowerperry

ZEROBADDAYS and VICTOR PERRY, “Starlight”

In their second collaboration together, German producer ZEROBADDAYS (also known as Mr. Stan Sax from the duo Saxity) and New York-based singer/songwriter Victor Perry have concocted a smooth and silky retrotastic R&B ballad with the original “Starlight”.  This one has many shades of 80’s R&B/pop present recalling songs like Smokey Robinson’s “Just To See Her” and Anita Baker’s “Sweet Love”.  Perhaps “Starlight” is a sign of a mini-revival of those delightful songs, which in turn were succeeded by the styles of Toni Braxton and Mary J. Blige, and many other less popular singers in the 90’s.  I could go on naming names, but Victor’s golden voice hanging on to every note under the lovely lyrics is so suited to the sparse arrangement with ZEROBADDAYS’ saxophone of course holding court.  Create your own private quiet storm with “Starlight”.

Published in: on December 6, 2019 at 11:41 pm  Leave a Comment  
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UK soul singer @DannyToeman has lively ‘wow’ factor with “Give It All Up (Mr. Showtime)” and new video “She’s Got Something About Her”

DANNY TOEMAN, “Give It All Up (Mr. Showtime)” and “She’s Got Something About Her” (video)

Offering up old-school styled soul with in a vibrant and fresh way, UK singer Danny Toeman brings you two new songs for your immediate attention!  First up is “Give It All Up (Mr. Showtime)” (above), where the singer’s voice recalls the tones of Al Green via Bobby Womack with a theatrical side that likely comes out loud and clear in concert.  You can easily get lost in the song through his performance which just doesn’t let up.  Next up is another original, “She’s Got Something About Her”, and in the video (below), Danny courts a trio of lovely ladies only to meet his comeuppance at the end.  The song is fresh and funky and will appeal to those who like Danny’s larger than life vocal with Sly Stone and Prince-ly undertones.  Music like Danny Toeman’s never goes out of style, and he will only build on these and other releases to tap into the audience at large that will be taken by his songs.

“Wow” by NYC-based producer @NeilJacksonNY and rapper @Daytonaofficial surprises with infectious fusion of hip hop and bass house

NEIL JACKSON and THE KID DAYTONA, “Wow”

While there are many performers finding an interesting path with mixes of hip hop and electronic music, there are only a few that cut their way through a lot of similar-sounding songs and create some tantalizing fresh vibes.  Such is the case with “Wow” by NYC-based producer Neil Jackson and hip hop artist The Kid Daytona, which I must admit takes a few listens to appreciate where the song is heading.  Just when you think it’s getting comfortable in a contemporary hip hop style at the start, Neil turns the song almost sideways with big bass beats and synths while The Kid Daytona’s flow gets amped up and wraps itself tight around the electronic rhythms.  By the time the song reaches just under the 2 minute mark, there is no turning back, the groove is secured, and the convincing is over.  Bass house is one sub-genre you don’t usually find locking horns with hip hop but Neil Jackson and The Kid Daytona definitely have a winning combination that will appeal to fans of both styles.

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Chicago’s @Autografmusic return with slick classic house of “Ain’t Deep Enough” with vocals by @JaredLeemusic

AUTOGRAF and JARED LEE, “Ain’t Deep Enough”

When you think of slick classic house, music from Chicago in the late 80’s and early 90’s comes easily to mind.  Autograf return to follow up their EP Love and Retrograde in this fashion with “Ain’t Deep Enough”.  I’ve seen Autograf perform a few times in Miami.  Now a duo of Mikul and Louis, with a forthcoming album called The Ace Of You,  they certainly deliver in their DJ sets, of which “Ain’t Deep Enough” is going to become a standard highlight.  Contributing immensely to the success of this song is the effortless vocal of L.A.’s Jared Lee, fresh off his fine work with Midnight Kids on “Those Were The Days” (which got to #5 on my personal chart).  The talents all mesh seamlessly and are worth repeating on another couple of songs, if you ask me!  In a great year for Armada, which has released this record, “Ain’t Deep Enough” delivers uncomplicated house music with a lot of class.

Published in: on November 29, 2019 at 10:54 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Let the good times roll with @BDavidsonmusic and @SeanSmithsolo scoring with “Dirty Mirrors”

BEN DAVIDSON and SEAN SMITH, “Dirty Mirrors”

“Dirty Mirrors” positively sizzles with all kinds of energy and chemistry, courtesy of Scotland’s Ben Davidson and England’s Sean Smith, both of whom you’ve read about a number of times in this blog.  It’s actually featured on Ben’s 2018 album No One Knows, but has graduated to its own EP release featuring remixes by Matt Pop and Tmac.  It is in fact the Matt Pop edit (above) that to me takes the song to the next level with a euphoric tropical vibe that is so suited to the song, and it warrants being promoted to dance clubs.  Both singers show off their versatile voices and how well they go together.  In fact, you can check out the guys singing in live performance in the video below, with Ben ever the low key charmer while Sean works up the song with the audience.

 

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L.A. producer @Christofimusic returns with light-hearted, funk-tinged original “Break You”

CHRISTOFI, “Break You”

Call it revenge of a different shade – Michael Christofi returns with the solid original dance track “Break You”.  The song’s theme is a bit of a fantasy – the uncredited female vocalist sings about a guy she knows but with whom she hasn’t hooked up.  He’s a bit of a jerk, so should she go mess with him and ultimately break up with him?  It’s definitely an idea that gives pause for thought for both genders.  Christofi’s production has requisite appealing funky edges which often feature in his songs, but the vibe is totally light-hearted and would appeal to fans of other producers that I’ve featured in these blog pages such as Two Friends, The Disco Fries, and Young Bombs.  

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Creators like Rhode Island’s Chris Capaldi keep rockin’ with original songs on his EP “Frequency”

CHRIS CAPALDI, Frequency (EP)

Having grown up in what is now the classic rock era of pop music, it’s always refreshing to hear performers who still know how to get it all right, and keep the songs original compositions too.  Rhode Island’s Chris Capaldi definitely has the goods on his EP Frequency.  It contains 4 solid songs of varied influences and are led by outstanding guitar work whether it’s electric or acoustic.  The stunner is “Thin White Line”, straight out of the 70’s Eric Clapton-meets-Bruce Springsteen-meets-Fleetwood-Mac songwriting book, right down to the female vocal harmonies.  That trend also continues on “Make It Out”, my second favourite on the EP.  “Too Late” takes a slightly different direction with vocals in a slightly higher key which sound a lot like Mike Scott of The Waterboys.  And “Fade” is the acoustic entry which shows another side of Chris, heavier on country music influence (don’t ask me to pick who) with more Clapton leanings that recall his late 70’s work.  All in all Frequency is a tight, enjoyable package that flies by.  Rock music done completely right is always worth hearing!

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