Seamless power pop from @iamJoshStevens featuring @SpencerLudwig with “Hill Top”



Talk about a seamless-sounding record!  Taking its cues from a variety of power pop styles of the last 40 years or so – I think of songs like New Radicals’ “You Get What You Give”, “Hero/Heroine” by Boys Like Girls, Angels & Airwaves’ “The Adventure”, or back to the halcyon days of Rick Springfield, The Knack, or Three Dog Night – and you might come up with something like Josh Stevens did with “Hill Top”.  The L.A. based singer/songwriter/musician has honed his craft since age 16, and has co-written or engineered songs for Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull, John Mayer, Steve Aoki, but most notably LMFAO’s Sorry For Party Rocking album and its megahits “Party Rock Anthem” and “Sexy And I Know It”.   Though he’s had other releases, he’s pulled a what I call “a Kevin Rudolf” and really steps out of the background for “Hill Top”.  For the first 45 seconds or so, it will trick you into thinking it might become a folk/pop ballad, but then soars into edgy alt.pop full gear and Josh’s high register rarely lets up.  So instead we have a diverse power pop anthem that is concluded with a well-timed, eyebrow-raising trumpet solo by Spencer Ludwig.  “Hill Top” is clever and engaging pop with the bar deliberately set very high, which can only mean great things ahead for Josh Stevens.  Listen below and pick it up on iTunes.

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