When things fall apart, rising Buffalo NY singer/songwriter @Hvnnibvl wants you to know “Who’s Gotcha”

HVNNIBVL, “Who’s Gotcha”

“Who’s Gotcha” is a likeable new release from Buffalo native Hvnnibvl, who has substituted ‘v’s for ‘a’s in his name, as he’s John Jacob Hannibal V in his clan.  He’s had some success with recent releases with producers It’s Different and KDrew, as well as opening for shows by Lil Uzi Vert and blackbear among others.  “Who’s Gotcha” is a slice-of-life tune that reassures you that there may just be someone you can lean on when a relationship comes to an end.  Hvnnibvl’s voice reminds me at times of Bryce Vine, and I think it might be showcased better in a less produced setting, which sometimes overwhelms this particular release with vocal effects.  But it’s a great song with a convincing performance, which are all the more reasons why we should get to know the music of Hvnnibvl more.

Published in: on August 2, 2020 at 2:11 pm  Leave a Comment  
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The unexpected team of @Whethan and @KFlay brings it with “Hurting On Purpose”

WHETHAN and K-FLAY, “Hurting On Purpose”

Whenever it’s released, it looks like Whethan’s upcoming album Fantasy still has plenty of surprises to come our way, with his latest single “Hurting On Purpose” featuring the voice of Grammy-nominated artist K-Flay.  Like my favourite single release of his to date, “All In My Head” (featuring grandson), “Hurting On Purpose” is another one with cross-over rock radio potential that college radio stations would also enjoy.  Despite the serious topic matter of not knowing when to stop doing what’s bad for yourself, K-Flay’s vocal is surprisingly bright and playful.  This contract makes the song go down really easy, short as it is (only 2:10!).  Whethan’s production seamlessly fuses rock and electronic genres, and so many of us can’t wait to hear what else is to come. “Hurting On Purpose” is a great lead-in to the album release, which hopefully will be soon!

Published in: on July 31, 2020 at 9:36 pm  Leave a Comment  
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According to singer/songwriter @ChazCardigan, you’re still fine even if “Everything’s Wrong”

CHAZ CARDIGAN, “Everything’s Wrong”

After previously releasing a full-length album and his recent major label EP Vulnerabilia, Nashville’s Chaz Cardigan is back with an indie single follow-up called “Everything’s Wrong”.  This is one that really should have been part of Vulnerabilia.  The song is a cousin to Chaz’s alt.rock radio hit “Not OK!” using similar reverse psychology in its lyrics versus its title.  So just because “Everything’s Wrong” doesn’t mean that you can’t be just fine and dandy, thank you.  There’s more to life than what goes on around you; be creative and shake those ideas out to make things happen!  The song has another very direct and powerful vocal from Chaz which sounds at times like The Killers’ Brandon Flowers and at others like Keane’s Tom Chaplin.  “Everything’s Wrong” is pretty entertaining if you’re listening to Chaz’s music for the first time, and if you enjoyed “Not OK!” then this one will resonate with you too.  Check out the video above.

Published in: on July 31, 2020 at 9:36 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Dear Music” is a unique ode to song from Chicago’s @AashMehtamusic and vocalist Capelle

AASH MEHTA and CAPELLE, “Dear Music”

I tend to write a lot about uptempo, upbeat music, but every now and again an intriguing slower song creeps into my mix.  “Dear Music” is a beautiful electronic ode to song, personified like being in a relationship, courtesy of the much-respected producer from Chicago, Aash Mehta, about whose music I’ve written numerous times.  The vocalist Capelle has sang on other songs by Aash in the past, and her rich tones embody one side of the relationship as she wistfully sings “where do you go when the music’s gone?”.  “Dear Music” is a fine song for slow dancing by a small fire on a beach as the sun sets – *big deep sigh* – and it’s hard not to enjoy.

Published in: on July 31, 2020 at 9:36 pm  Leave a Comment  
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UK singer/songwriter @KarenHarding unleashes pulsating house track “Undo My Heart” with @DigiFarmAnimals

Karen Harding x Digital Farm Animals - Undo My Heart

KAREN HARDING and DIGITAL FARM ANIMALS, “Undo My Heart”

Since her breakthrough in 2015 with the UK Top 10 smash “Say Something”, London-based singer/songwriter Karen Harding has worked with some of the best of today’s producers and hitmakers, including (coincidentally) Joel Corry and MNEK (separately), Tom Ferry, Todd Terry, Blonde, and even Giorgio Moroder for 2016’s “Good For Me”.  The powerhouse vocalist, who cites Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey among her biggest influences, has unleashed “Undo My Heart” (video below) in partnership with the well-respected Digital Farm Animals (aka Nick Gale), known for his work with Shaun Frank, Dragonette, Alan Walker, Noah Cyrus, and R3HAB among others.  “Undo My Heart” is by all rights a song from the heart that simply should not miss.  Karen’s majestic vocal is carried by a riveting deep house production that could cross over to pop in the same way that “Head & Heart”.  Don’t miss (out on) this one!  It’s also available in a zippy remix by GotSome, below.

French producer @iamWizzay releases sizzling dance track “Hooked” with Canadian vocalist @RachelWoznow

WIZZAY and RACHEL WOZNOW, “Hooked”

With its tight, punchy chorus, it’s definitely easy for “Hooked” to get under your skin!  This foot-stomper is the latest release from teen French producer Wizzay (from his upcoming EP ‘Who I Am?’) and starring co-writer and my fellow Canadian singer Rachel Woznow.  Dance music fans already know Rachel for her recent work with The Disco Fries among others, but she’s had national pop radio airplay  as a solo artist as documented on the Billboard charts too.  “Hooked” is an impressive, unique production for Wizzay, who arrived on the DJ scene when he was all of 15.  It’s his second release for Tipsy Records following the streaming success of “Shy” featuring Kelly Boek.  Rachel’s potent vocal makes “Hooked” a sizzling release for repeated listens, and it’s already acquired a half million streams across platforms in a mere two weeks of release.   

Published in: on July 26, 2020 at 9:44 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“The Lonely” by Miami producer/DJ @EchePalante is a thoughtful deep house anthem for these times

ECHE PALANTE, “The Lonely”

While he’s been focusing more on remixes these past few years than original releases, Miami producer/DJ Eche Palante’s first one for 2020 kicks off with a huge bang with “The Lonely” for Tipsy Records.  Hardly typical of its title, it’s a thoughtful, melodic slice of deep house featuring a fantastic, uncredited vocal by the song’s writer, Mike James, that turns it into a crowd-pleasing anthem by the 2 minute mark.  “The Lonely” is a must for any dance music playlist, with tremendous radio crossover potential.  Expect club DJ’s to welcome this one with a warm embrace come reopening time.  You won’t ever be lonely when you listen or dance to “The Lonely”!

Published in: on July 25, 2020 at 9:47 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“The Reason” is sophisticated deep house from Atlanta’s @we_are_Halogen featuring vocalist/co-writer @KelliLeighuk

HALOGEN and KELLI-LEIGH, “The Reason”

It’s been awhile since we’ve heard from Atlanta producers Halogen, but they’ve returned quite strong with the sophisticated deep house of “The Reason”.  Halogen was in an unexpected conundrum of sorts when their song “U Got That” unexpectedly went viral and has now acquired over 100 million streams.  “The Reason” steps quite far away from the bass house and deep vocal of “U Got That” in favour of a song tailored for the nightlife.  Vocalist Kelli-Leigh (who also co-wrote the song) has sang on tour with Adele and featured on two UK #1 hits, the Grammy-nominated “I Got U” by Duke Dumont, and “I Wanna Feel” by Second City.  Her effortless vocal carries the song and will have your mind on dancing in the clouds rather than whatever it is you might currently be doing.  “The Reason” is a strong dance record that should bring in big returns for both artists.

Published in: on July 25, 2020 at 9:47 pm  Leave a Comment  
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80’s electronic influences pervade “Stay The Night” by Dutch producer @theLaurentius and NYC-based singer/songwriter Victor Perry @wallflowerperry

LAURENTIUS and VICTOR PERRY, “Stay The Night”

“Stay The Night” is a driving new electronic dance release from the exciting pairing of Dutch producer Laurentius and NYC-based singer/songwriter Victor Perry.  It starts off as a dead-ringer cousin of The Chainsmokers & Daya’s Grammy-winning “Don’t Let Me Down”, but don’t let that throw you.  The pace picks up with synths that fondly echo many popular releases of the 80’s.  While “Stay The Night” does play on the initial first bar or two of “Don’t Let Me Down” throughout, Laurentius cleverly incorporates it into a song for the romantic wee hours.  It’s quite a contrast too for Victor, who wrote “Stay The Night”, from songs on his recent solo EP Rewind, showing how well-suited his vocal is for any kind of electronic dance music release.  

Published in: on July 25, 2020 at 9:47 pm  Leave a Comment  
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UK singer/songwriter @SeanSmithsolo helps us bask and dance through “Summertime”

SEAN SMITH, “Summertime”

Sean Smith always surprises in some way or form when he releases a new song, and “Summertime” is no exception to that.  The UK singer/songwriter has crafted with producer Andy Sikorski a delightful ode to basking in and enjoying the summer through a past reminiscence.  “Summertime” also shows off Sean’s high vocal range much more extensively than other songs in the past, and it’s the highlight of the song.  “Summertime” is culled from Sean’s brand new album for Energise Records called Solo, which features past singles that I’ve written about such as “Magic”, “Fire”, and that smashing and memorable duet with Australia’s Peter Wilson, “Verona”, so I’ll look forward to hearing the rest!

Published in: on July 25, 2020 at 9:47 pm  Leave a Comment  
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