“Again” is a striking collaboration between electronic dance producers #PurpleGuns and vocalists @JessicaChertock and #YoungJae covering @NoahCyrus and #XXXTentacion

PURPLE GUNS, JESSICA CHERTOCK and YOUNG JAE, “Again”

“Again” is a brand new release guaranteed to make you turn heads. First, it’s an unforeseen (but very welcome) cover of a 2017 release by Noah Cyrus and XXXTentacion. Those who know that song however might enjoy this version even more. Second, if you’re not familiar with the original, “Again” is truly a breath of fresh air. Purple Guns are a production trio from Russia who constructed hybrid slap house/deep house rhythms and potent synths to make the music impressive all on its own. Add NYC singer Jessica Chertock, whose engrossing vocal has amazing pitch, and Florida’s Young Jae, who provides his own character and some wicked harmonies without even trying to be similar to the late fan favourite XXXTentacion, and “Again” really shines.  I’m hoping that dance music radio will discover “Again” because it will fit snugly in their mix.

“Locked In Your Love” is infectious deep house from Northern Ireland duos @Glass_Keys and @Menrvamusic with vocals by @iamDaniSenior

GLASS KEYS, MENRVA and DANI SENIOR, “Locked In Your Love”

Glass Keys and Menrva are two dance production duos from Northern Ireland who collaborate regularly, and have some wicked bass grooves up their sleeves if “Locked In Your Love” is any indication. The sharp and alluring vocal is by the UK multi-talented co-writer Dani Senior, whose voice glides through the mysterious but engaging backdrop.  The producers like to add in some dirty synths – but not too dirty – for good measure, and “Locked In Your Love” would make a solid companion in a set to tracks by Gryffin, The Disco Fries, Cash Cash and other dance music favourites.

French electronic dance producer @Nezzymusic releases radio-friendly “Back To You” with vocalist @TimSchoumusic from new album “The Walk”

NEZZY and TIM SCHOU, “Back To You”

After releasing singles recently on Armada and Soave, 20 year old French dance producer Nezzy may have saved the best for his own independent album release The Walk.  From that album, “Back To You” is hands down a friendly, feel-good light house track that has oodles of potential for radio play.  It’s aided immensely by Danish singer and co-writer Tim Schou’s warm, rich tones, which make the song stand out.  Even the esteemed Timbaland shouted out Nezzy’s music on Twitch last year long before The Walk was released. “Back To You” has a great summer vibe and should be a no brainer for club DJ’s looking for a straight-forward song that will get their audiences up and moving.

Published in: on July 17, 2021 at 10:27 pm  Leave a Comment  
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With future house rhythms and from-the-heart lyrics, “Don’t Want Perfect” by @Kayliox and @RobbieRosenlive is a winner

KAYLIOX x ROBBIE ROSEN, “Don’t Want Perfect”

If you’re looking for that great dance song that will ultimately let you end up in a warm embrace, then “Don’t Want Perfect” by Kayliox and Robbie Rosen is just for you! Its fast-paced future house rhythms and pulsating synths are just itching to make you groove, while Robbie’s sincere lyrics and golden vocal performance will pull those heart strings. Both artists are on a roll, with Quebec City’s Kayliox following up his late Spring release “Lighter” with Jessica Chertock, while NYC’s Robbie continues to release at least one song per week in a variety of dance styles, with two songs appearing concurrently recently on my personal chart (“When I Lost You” and/or “Waves” and/or “Habits”). Both artists continue to bring you high quality releases but “Don’t Want Perfect” is definitely among the very best of them.

Meet new electronic dance producer @weareNightro with “Don’t Like It” teaming with @PhilPhauler and @AleksandarVida

NIGHTRO, PHIL PHAULER and ALEKSANDAR VIDA, “Don’t Like It”

“Don’t Like It” is a short but notable new dance release by NYC-based Indian producer Nightro in collaboration with fellow producers Phil Phauler and Alexandar Vida.  It’s got moody, dirty rhythms and dark, edgy vocal effects which surround a well-sung vocal by an uncredited female singer. “Don’t Like It” doesn’t waste time in packing musical punches early on in the song, and it could lift up just about any set during a club evening.  Nightro is receiving particularly strong reaction to “Don’t Like It” in India, so it’s now time for the rest of the world to show up and embrace this one.

UK vocalist @NatalieShay_ returns with pop radio-worthy “Medicine Boy”

NATALIE SHAY, “Medicine Boy”

Natalie Shay has a sharp, powerful voice that screams Taylor Swift-meets-Haim (and yes I know they have recorded together hehe), and she’s back with a super-catchy pop song called “Medicine Boy”.  The UK singer/songwriter often skews country flavours with her songs but has a diverse voice that has also graced some electronic dance releases. But “Medicine Boy” goes for the gusto, a song that compares having a relationship with recreational drug use, with the main point being that even a mediocre relationship can have addictive qualities about it that you will ultimately have to break in order to get something (and someone) better for yourself.  “Medicine Boy” has a striking, energetic arrangement full of bright synths and a memorable melody that should continue to help Natalie Shay move to the next level.

Published in: on July 16, 2021 at 2:58 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Get to know new Dutch singer/songwriter @NanaMRose with “4 AM” from her EP “Morning Drops & Lemon Seeds”

NANA M. ROSE, “4 AM”

With such a beautiful pitch-perfect voice, it’s no wonder that Nana M. Rose is receiving lots of her attention in her native country of The Netherlands, including with radio play.  Her song “4 AM” from her brand new EP Morning Drops & Lemon Seeds is a delightful pop showcase in which the singer longs for the memorable times being out with friends till the wee hours. It’s a common theme among young people during the pandemic, and as some of the world starts to emerge from its shadow, we’ll be able to make more memories. While the song is relatable, it does take a few listens to stir you inside because all of your attention is on Nana’s lovely vocal. In fact, she has been selected for this year’s “Popronde” in The Netherlands, a prestigious showcase festival with various shows happening between September and November this year. While she’s already played in the UK and New York City, let’s hope that will be a springboard for touring additional cities once that is possible later this year or in 2022.

 

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Two years later, “Feels Like Summer” by South Africa’s @SamuelJackmusic is a social media sensation

SAMUEL JACK, “Feels Like Summer”

With social media, you can never predict what will happen that will suddenly engage the public.  I wrote about Samuel Jack’s “Feels Like Summer” on June 30, 2019 and in the excerpt below, indicated that it was a summer winner:

Recently, the song became a sensation on Instagram reels, which snowballed into Tik Tok, and since then the song has started appearing not only on viral streaming charts, but sales charts too (I checked iTunes Canada today and the single was #82 today, which is quite good for an independent release). Well, it couldn’t have happened to a nicer song, and I hope the Instagram and Tik Tok attention will parlay into radio play for “Feels Like Summer”, which would be well-deserved. Watch Samuel sing it live (above), and now there’s are two remixes (below) too!

 

 

 

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The soulful voice of UK singer/songwriter @SamDickinson is back with a deep house remix of his cover of Mica Paris’ “Carefree”

SAM DICKINSON, “Carefree” (Blackjack remix)

Following up his fine album release from last year called Off Script, Sam Dickinson is back to bridge the gap between his next original release with some remixes of songs from Off Script.  I’ve been writing about Sam’s music since his first album released in 2013, and first up is a fantastic choice – his cover of Mica Paris’ 1998 single “Carefree”.  Sam’s a huge fan of Mica as well as British soul music of the 80’s and 90’s, and his rendition is a tantilizing homage. Remixed for the dance floor, Blackjack gives it a deep and dirty house redolent in bass, and it’s right on point without taking anything away from Sam’s original execution.  This remix of “Carefree” is a great start in reintroducing listeners to songs from Off Script – more to come!

Check out the earnest pop flavours of “Let’s Stay Up” by Ireland’s @iamFourNights from the EP “Bed”

FOUR NIGHTS, “Let’s Stay Up”

Four Nights is the recording name for Ireland’s Tommy Buckley, and he has a refreshing, earnest pop sound for 2021. He writes direct, easy-to-digest songs without sugar-coating his ideas or compromising his storytelling ability. “Let’s Stay Up” is his latest song that appears on his new EP Bed. You can hear him confidently sing about what might be an otherwise awkward time for some when getting to know someone a bit better and pulling what hopefully might be a romantic all-nighter. “Let’s Stay Up” is a gracious tribute to those times which will become memorable even if they don’t turn out to be special.  I enjoy Tommy’s commitment to his pop style and encourage you not only to check out “Let’s Stay Up” but also the Bed EP, which also features my favourite song of his to date, “Want You Always”, which recently reached #8 on my personal chart.

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