Lots of big post-breakup beats in “Over U” by Australia’s @Enschway featuring @YeahBoymusic

ENSCHWAY featuring YEAH BOY, “Over U”

Australian producer/remixer Enschway knows how to power up a breakup song with the big beats in “Over U”.  Although anyone through a romance will relate to the lyrics, the bouncy execution becomes cathartic and fun.  It’s also carried by the clever vocals of British singer Yeah Boy, formerly of the duo Parachute Youth (you also know him from 3LAU’s “Is It Love”).  There’s a fine arrangement full of chemistry crammed into just over two minutes, which unfortunately has much too fast of a finale.  But I’d definitely love to hear these guys create another record.  Check out “Over U” at the link above.

Published in: on September 29, 2017 at 9:23 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Australia-based @Latchmeresound shines with summery “You”

LATCHMERE, “You”

UK-born, Australia-based producer Latchmere continues to showcase the diverse mix of dance music he can offer with “You”.  While essentially an instrumental with vocal effects, “You” has an summery classic house vibe with some slight hip hop flavour to create a big bounce that makes you feel good when it all meshes together.  It’s pretty straight-forward and immediately likeable 🙂 Be sure to show “You” and Latchmere’s other songs some love by starting with the link up above for a free download.

Published in: on July 1, 2017 at 2:13 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Australian producer/DJ @KLPmusic brings it hard with her own punchy original “Changes”

KLP, “Changes”

She’s a force on Australia’s Triple J radio, but producer/DJ KLP definitely has international potential with her own original “Changes”.  It’s certainly one to play coming out of a quiet mix, with a dramatic 60’s-styled beginning followed by KLP’s own vocals which contain elements of Gwen Stefani.  The song evolves into a sophisticated and anthemic floor filler which should be accompanied by the requisite bright, colourful lights and endlessly flowing bubbly in fancy glasses.  “Changes” is one to watch so it’s best to give it a solid listen at the Spotify link above.  Gotta like the 80’s Madonna-esque look in the photo artwork too!

Published in: on June 17, 2017 at 8:40 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Australia’s @Spenda_C brings you the unique hip hop-infused “Release” featuring @CultShotta

SPENDA C featuring CULT SHØTTA, “Release”

People often forget how innovative the Australian dance music scene is, and that sometimes when new music arrives on North American or European shores, it’s treated as odd… and then becomes the next big thing six months later.  Spenda C is well-established in his homeland but puts a unique hip hop-infused spin on EDM with “Release”, featuring fellow Aussie, rapper/singer Cult Shøtta.  “Release” gives us an awful lot to digest in its 3:32 length.  There’s a terrific uncredited female vocal to give it a familiar EDM lift, but then Cult Shøtta’s vocal arrives, alternates between rapping and singing – fans who like everyone from Fetty Wap to Big Sean to Kranium will appreciate this diversity 🙂  And the song develops this infectious, dizzying buzz that keeps going, which you will simply love.  Check out “Release” at the link above.  This is a grower that could find its way as a surprise summer breakout.

Published in: on March 24, 2017 at 10:12 pm  Leave a Comment  
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ContempoRetro: New @Parralox in generous “Subculture”

PARRALOX, Subculture

You can never knock a Parralox album for being anything less than a high quality venture from Australian producer/vocalist/synthmaster and all round nice guy John von Ahlen.  It’s a journey through almost every possible synth sound created between the late 70’s and now, with songs that are shaped to give you major feels for parts of all of those eras – a couple of the songs sound like they were teleported in from the late 1979 disco/new wave melting pot in particular!  Subculture, Parralox’s 10th long-player and also the title of one of my very favourite New Order songs 🙂 is the sum of all of its parts and more featuring vocals by John and several friends/guests.  

Out of 14 generous tracks, the opener “Paradise” features the acclaimed Marcella Detroit, most noted as one half of Shakespear’s Sister but with a storied career before that as songwriter and session singer.  John’s rich production is the perfect match for a crisp and savvy vocal by Marcella which brings out the heartache in the song.  Equally ear-catching but on a totally different bent is “Last Man Standing” featuring fellow Aussie Peter Wilson, which has a 70’s pop radio flavour to contrast its driving beat.  “A Question Of Love” makes an unofficial trilogy from the Depeche Mode songs “A Question Of Lust” and “A Question Of Time”, one of the darker more brooding songs in Subculture featuring a lovely vocal by Louise Love.  

Elsewhere on the album you’ll hear Human League bassist Ian Burden (especially on “Overdrive”), and vocals by Johanna Gervin and Lillia, plus two redone Parralox songs, “Rocket Science II” and “Voyager II”.  One of the best songs also is all John on “Change Of Heart”.  Subculture is as much disco as it is mid-80’s post-new wave electronicas as it is contemporary house music.

Always bold and adventurous and as contemporary as retro, John von Ahlen and Parralox’s Subculture is a feast for the ears, the heart and your dancing shoes.  Hear it all at the link above and buy it at your favourite online music store.

Edgy and bold, check out “Tail Lights” by Australia’s @WasteLandmusic featuring #MelinaCortez

WASTELAND featuring MELINA CORTEZ, “Tail Lights”

We in the rest of the world often forget how much Australian performers continue to contribute to the dance music scene, witness the huge success of Flume in 2016.  With an accessible yet edgy and bold sound, WasteLand is another new Aussie name to know, with support already from BBC Radio.  “Tail Lights” has all of the right traits to rattle you – sharp trap beats, sharp effects, and a resonating vocal by American singer Melina Cortez. It’s also off to a great start debuting on the ARIA club chart. WasteLand has no formula here, just absorbing pieces of the best of the best and concocting his own sound.  There’s also an intriguing video for “Tail Lights” shot in Perth’s Murray Street Mall, in one take guerrilla-style starring Aussie drag queen Scarlet Adams, which you can watch below.

More bass please: @AnggerDimas & @itsApocalypto give us “Out My Mind” featuring Louise LaBelle @LaBellemusic

ANGGER DIMAS & APOCALYPTO featuring LOUISE LABELLE, “Out My Mind”

“Out My Mind” is indeed a cross-continental collaboration by the rising Indonesian DJ/producer Angger Dimas and Australia’s Apocalypto featuring powerhouse vox by British singer Louise LaBelle.  “Out My Mind” is the best of two EDM worlds – a riveting ear-catching singalong in a dirty, progressive, futuristic mix full of bass to slay you in your boots on the dance floor.  It doesn’t let up with intents on leaving you breathless in a nasty kind of way 😛  Check it out above; it’s culled from the four song EP Angger Dimas & Friends.

@Latchmeresound offers up British-styled house in “Limits” featuring @AndreasLmusic

LATCHMERE featuring ANDREAS LIBEROS, “Limits”

After bringing us a wicked, infectious instrumental called “Stressed” a while back, Australia-based Brit Latchmere is back with his spin on British house music titled “Limits”.  Appropriately featuring UK soul/hip hop artist Andreas Liberos, Latchmere brings Andreas’ voice down low to make him sound like the missing futuristic prince of British house!  Latchmere shows his knack for putting drops in exactly the right places, and the song itself will give club goers a solid workout.  “Limits” is a track that should not just end up being a hidden little gem.  Download it for free at the link above.

Meet Australia’s @Latchmeresound with the slinky, infectious “Stressed”

LATCHMERE, “Stressed”

A minimalist house flavour is the key in Australian producer/DJ Latchmere’s latest “Stressed”.  It’s a slinky original whose deep keyboard riffs will stay in your ears long after the song is over.  Latchmere knows how to keep the music going through a blissed out middle bit by building out of it back to its infectious refrain.  “Stressed” is a great workout number when you’ve had one of those days when you just need to let go.  Download it for free at the link above.

Published in: on April 29, 2016 at 8:26 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Australia’s @KelsyKarter tantalizes with “Crystal Blues” and “Kiss The Boys”

KELSY KARTER, “Crystal Blues”, “Kiss The Boys”

It’s very easy to say that Australian-raised, New Zealand-born multi-instrumentalist Kelsy Karter will instantly remind you of Amy Winehouse-meets-Lana Del Rey.  But it’s also obvious that there is a much deeper musical background at play here that brings out blues, jazz, and classic rock in both “Crystal Blues” and the title song from her EP Kiss The Boys, that a better reference point for me would be April Smith & The Great Picture Show’s 2011 release Songs from a Sinking Ship.  Like April Smith, Kelsy has a wide-ranging, expressive voice that can wield a big diss for an ex (hence the title song) or become all wrapped up in the memory of his eyes as in “Crystal Blues”.  Both songs have well-directed, entertaining videos that keep you watching.  Get to know Kelsy Karter more by picking up her EP on iTunes.

Published in: on December 22, 2015 at 4:22 pm  Leave a Comment  
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