Don’t It Now: “Feels So Good” the New Album by XavierToscano (@XToscano)



Feels So Good is a fine start for California pop/EDM singer Xavier Toscano.  It’s a diverse album that slides easily between the pop, EDM, classic dance, and R&B/hip hop genres.  There is no doubt that Xavier lives by the title of the album.  It’s full of honest and inspiring music that will put a bounce into your day!  The single “Never Wanna Leave” (video below) is a good introduction to showcase Xavier’s crisp voice and the slick production that is sunk into each song.  I think what should be next though is to get dance clubs on board with the engaging update of Sylvester’s 1978 disco classic “You Make Me Feel Mighty Real”.  Club DJ’s should devour it silly as Xavier puts his own vocal spin on it (way too hard to outdo Sylvester!) while the producers keep the disco essence and channel Giorgio Moroder and Cerrone retro sounds a the contemporary rendition.  “Runaway” borrows a repeated keyboard riff idea from M83’s “Midnight City” and it makes “Runaway” memorable.  “Watch Out It’s On” is loaded with energy, while the sensitive ballad “Castles In The Sky” slows it down.  And then “Naz-T-Nice”, “Unstoppable Fever” and “Make It Look Easy” dip heavily into R&B and hip hop.  While not all of the songs work, there is plenty to enjoy on Feels So Good.  Xavier’s hard-working, fun and earnest personality shines through, and the attentive production guides the songs through a promising and fulfilling album.   You can listen to the album on Xavier’s website or through Reverb Nation, and then get it on iTunes.

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