“Black Gasoline” is driving alt.pop/rock from Italian producer @MarkMendy with Australia’s #TheBeamishBrothers

MARK MENDY and THE BEAMISH BROTHERS, “Black Gasoline”

“Black Gasoline” has a driving, infectious groove that can’t miss.  It’s an unexpected slice of alt.pop/rock marking the return of Italian producer Mark Mendy that also launches a musical direction change for Australia’s The Beamish Brothers (Ben and Jeremy), who have been go-to voices on many a dance record these past few years.  “Black Gasoline” has crisp rock edges that carry a flow that doesn’t let up.  The Beamishes’ voices fit like tight gloves in this setting, sometimes exuding pop vibes you’d find in songs by Shawn Mendes and Years & Years.  So slice and dice it into whatever category or genre you want.  However you like it “Black Gasoline” aims to please and hits the wide-appeal mark with ease.

Published in: on February 22, 2019 at 11:08 pm  Leave a Comment  
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The pairing of @SunsetCitymusic and @SJademusic bring Australian summery sounds to us with “Forget It All”

SUNSET CITY and SAMANTHA JADE, “Forget It All”

Australian trio Sunset City returns with fellow Aussie Samantha Jade trading off vocals with singer Parker Rose in “Forget It All”.  This is a blast of summer from Down Under, with Parker and Samantha having a great time singing about how to let your troubles slip away and have fun.  Having AUS X-Factor winner, number one recording artist and actress Samantha on board definitely takes the song to another level, and despite being relatively new on the music scene, Sunset City are quickly making great strides with a song like “Forget It All”.  There’s lots of potential here for pop radio and dance clubs everywhere so be sure to watch the lyric video above.

Published in: on February 15, 2019 at 11:11 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Colombia’s @Moskahouse teams up with Australia’s @BrookeEvers for irresistible “Dance”

MOSKA & BROOKE EVERS, “Dance”

“Dance” certainly nails it in the irresistible-for-clubs department.  It’s a clever deep house track brought to you by the unique pairing of Colombia’s Moska and Australia’s Brooke Evers, who both have so much fun with it in the above video.  It takes an old trick – the vocal is a soulful preacher urging listeners to dance – and milks it for everything that it’s worth.  The great melody and infectious changeups take the idea strides beyond what it could have been in the hands of others, but the experience of both established producer/DJ’s  is a shining example for many in the genre.

Published in: on December 1, 2018 at 10:17 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Australia’s @Throttle is back with spry original “Wanderlust”

THROTTLE, “Wanderlust”

Though he’s been extremely busy on the festival circuit this year, Australia’s Throttle returns with a spry new original, “Wanderlust”, for his own Dirty Disco label through Spinnin’.  While his beats continue to be heavy and playful, the synths in “Wanderlust” this time stay in the high end often, as a synthesized voice reassures us that “lovin’ you is easy”, but when repeating the hook sings “lovin’ you is ***” – left to our imagination.  “Wanderlust” is all about a love for travel, and producer/DJ’s like Robbie who enjoy performing worldwide certainly get their taste of it, so it’s nice to bring positive thoughts back full circle and put them into song.  “Wanderlust” is an easy choice for clubs that will have hands clapping and lots of smiles lighting up the room.

Published in: on October 21, 2018 at 5:11 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“The End” by breakout trio @DMAsmusic gets a dark deep house remix by fellow Aussie @YvngJalapeno

THE DMA’s, “The End” (Yvng Jalapeño remix) (free DL)

Australian trio is definitely on the breakout, currently selling out UK tour dates in support of their album For Now.  Their song “The End” is given a dark, deep house remix from fellow Aussie Yvng Jalapeño, which puts the song somewhere between Twenty-One Pilots and The Presets.  Disco beats trade places with big synths at times, which are in compelling contrast to a pleading, sometimes effectively isolated vocal about to face the inevitable.  But Yvng Jalapeño has a strong flair for what will work in a club setting, and his remix of “The End” can definitely fill a late night room with pulsating, intense sounds that capture the bleak tone of the song so well.  You can get Yvng Jalapeño’s remix of “The End” for free using the Soundcloud link above.

“Saturn Return” is graceful, hypnotic soul from Australian R&B singer Wilsonn @hisnameisWilson

WILSONN, “Saturn Return”

Back in the Spring, I introduced you to Australian R&B singer Wilsonn, who I said at the time had the same kind of mystique that one would associate with Terence Trent D’Arby when he arrived on the scene 30 years ago.  Little did I know that I had tapped into what Wilsonn kindly said on his Facebook page as “possibly my favorite singer/artist in the whole world” – and even as a knowledgeable writer, I was floored.  So I’m more than pleased to write about his follow-up “Saturn Return”, a very different record from “Even If I Know”.  It’s a plea for a lover’s return, stylistically something we might associate with Prince or Miguel with a hybrid R&B/rock flavour and some nifty interjections of what sounds like violin or viola.  But although those TTD vocal tones come out in both head and chest voices at times too, Wilsonn definitely has his own direction in mind.  “Saturn Return” is top notch new school soul for your head and heart.

Published in: on September 25, 2018 at 10:27 pm  Leave a Comment  
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UK-styled progressive house from Australia’s Right-O & Rore Groove with “Can’t Think”

RIGHT-O & RORE GROOVE and MIKECITY, “Can’t Think”

“Can’t Think” is an interesting slice of house music that’s a little more on the progressive side, taking you to a few unexpected places courtesy of the collaboration of Australian producers Right-O and Rore Groove with vocals by L.A. singer MikeCity.  What you’ll hear above is a mix that’s ideal for clubs.  While it starts off in familiar pop territory with an inviting vocal from MikeCity, it proceeds to step into a wilder direction instrumentally that really makes the song percolate and helps sustain its 4 minute length before it revisits more of MikeCity’s singing in its last minute.  “Can’t Think” has a lot of undeniable appeal.  I think it also has potential for dance music radio, though I think an edit would be helpful.  But as is, “Can’t Think” is slick and fun, with a lot of extra extra!

Published in: on September 1, 2018 at 3:23 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Australia’s @JYYE_official makes it 3 for 3 with soulful house of the title song of his “Fooling Me” EP

JYYE, “Fooling Me”

Australia’s JYYE is developing a unique sound that pulls in listeners – and club DJ’s – with each song.  Following up “Something Else” and “Look At You”, JYYE puts them together with the title song in his new EP “Fooling Me”.  And the latest song is a taut, soulful house track that marries early 90’s flavours – recalling folks like Robert Owens or Sydney Youngblood – with today’s tight and tidy house rhythms.  “Fooling Me” is an easy sell for club DJ’s that could also benefit from an amped up, creative remix.  JYYE continues to be one to look out for in 2018!

Published in: on August 29, 2018 at 10:02 pm  Leave a Comment  
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It’s so easy to get lost in their “Verona”: Peter Wilson and Sean Smith’s compelling duet @pete80s @SeanSmithsolo

PETER WILSON & SEAN SMITH, “Verona” and its Remixes EP

“Verona” has a such a beautiful melody at first listen that you simply must play it a few times for the rest of the song to sink in.  Once you’re hooked, it’s so easy to get lost in the “Verona” as sung in the duet of the unlikely vocal pairing of Australia’s Peter Wilson and England’s Sean Smith.  Some of you will know Peter from his fine work with John von Ahlen’s Parralox, and others will recognize ex-Same Difference’s Sean Smith from these blog pages last year when he tantalized us with “Magic” in an Andy Sikorski remix.  The voices don’t really sound like they should be together but they offset each so well other that you don’t want to wait until whichever of them sings next!  And when they sing together, it’s a perfect sonic fit.  “Verona” of course is the setting in Italy for Shakespeare’s “Romeo & Juliet”.  Here, the song is a story of a love that is losing its vibrancy only perhaps to be rekindled by the end.  With its musical influences sunk in German europop of the 80’s, “Verona” has this massive and unexpected appeal all around.  And there are even a variety of remixes to choose from, but I will tap Matt Pop’s extended version for adding a triumphant flavour to “Verona”.  Check out the original below (from Peter’s forthcoming album The Passion & The Flame) and pick up the Remixes EP on iTunes.

Published in: on August 17, 2018 at 9:15 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Australian producer @DJAlexPreston has your “Friday Night” off and grooving

ALEX PRESTON, Friday Night (EP)

Following up his well-received house party EP Get It Started, Australia’s Alex Preston is back with another deft set of songs designed with your “Friday Night” in mind.  He doesn’t stray too far from the classic 90’s influenced house songs from Get It Started, making Friday Night almost like a second chapter.  The songs are full of fun vocal samples which make them stand outs in clubs, so no wonder that DJ’s like Richie Hawtin, Mahalo, TOCADISCO, and others are supporting them.  There’s the title track, “Hip Shakin’ Mumma”, and in particular “Don’t You Mind”, which should get your weekend off to an impressive start!

Published in: on August 1, 2018 at 11:18 pm  Leave a Comment  
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