Record Roundup: @dawncalltwitt @subsetsmusic @ayellemusic @snowmassmusic @monamoua @odesza @chetporter @keyrouzmusic @henripurnell @beticalmusic @sikdope

While I haven’t been writing as of late for one reason or another, including being away for a week, you can bet that I have kept listening to submissions I’ve received and other songs that have caught my attention.  Some songs will get their own blog posts but here are six that are definitely worth your attention 🙂 :

Ahhh those vocals, that atmosphere!

DAWNCALL & SUBSETS and AYELLE, “Ghost”

“Ghost” covers a lot of bases, pairing relative newcomers Israel’s Dawncall with the UK’s Subsets to create an attentive, eerie, seductive song that showcases UK singer Ayelle’s crisp and captivating vocal, recalling her recent work with Taska Black.  It’s definitely one for club DJ’s to offer up after a big, loud set heading into the wee hours.

SNOWMASS and MONA MOUA, “Wait For Me”

Everyone’s favourite Chicago snowman/producer returns with a similarly progressive track to his previous release “Crossfire”, also featuring the unique voice of Mona Moua.  It’s a taut and always interesting production that goes really big and then equally quiet at times, always keeping your ears peeled for something unexpected.

All about the remix

ODESZA and WYNNE & MANSIONAIR, “Line Of Sight” (Chet Porter remix)

Hey if my fellow Torontonian Chet Porter is going to resurface with something new – even if it’s not his own song – then why not make it with a glowing official remix of “Line Of Sight” from Odesza’s Grammy-nominated A Moment Apart.  As always, for this fan favourite, Chet zeroes in on the melody and transforms its hook from anthemic trap to electronic synth bliss that soars for miles…

HENRI PURNELL and PARULA, “Mama Say” (Anthony Keyrouz remix)

Lebanese producer Anthony Keyrouz adds some magic to “Mama Say”, a fine pop song in its own right by German producer Henri Purnell featuring vocalist Parula.  He pitches down the vocal a bit and adds a percolating rhythm and Latin-sounding guitar work to conjure up images of the sunny Mediterranean countryside, taking the song in a slightly different but most welcome European folk-infused direction.

Who needs words anyway?

BETICAL, “Strangers”

French producers Betical bring a lot of intrigue to the fore with “Strangers”.  With a heavy, dark atmosphere laid out with future bass rhythms, “Strangers” is perfect for late night spins with lots of flashing lights which will augment the echoing vocals that are appropriately layered deeper into the mix.

SIKDOPE, “Rave”

From the Moe Shalazi stables comes Polish producer Sikdope with “Rave”.  It’s a bouncing, fun, progressive tip of the hat to all fans of raves and their music.  Play this one for a huge crowd and it’s guaranteed to make everyone respond, so it has future festival fave written all over it.  

Belgium’s @TaskaBlack is one to watch with “Sandpaper” featuring @Ayellemusic

TASKA BLACK featuring AYELLE, “Sandpaper”

From the first few vocal notes of “Sandpaper”, you know that you’re in for something special courtesy of Belgian producer on-the-bubble Taska Black.  It features promising vocalist Ayelle – you heard her recently on “Desensitize” by OPVS, and she has more appearances coming soon.  Ayelle’s compelling and often breathy vocal is often the star of the song, but you have to give major props for Taska Black’s layered production which includes some heavy rock guitar elements.  The lyrics have a disconnected approach though I assume it’s about taking away the rough edges of a relationship on the wane.  All in all, “Sandpaper” is a peculiar but attractive mix of emotional dance music, awaiting your playlist add at the Spotify link above.

Published in: on January 19, 2018 at 9:36 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Desensitize” is smooth R&B-house featuring @Ayellemusic from NYC duo @Opvsmusic who also remix @AllieX’s “Paper Love”

OPVS featuring AYELLE, “Desensitize” (free DL)

ALLIE X, “Paper Love” (Opvs remix) (free DL)

Opvs is a NYC duo of Sean Squires and Dan Valente most noted for some successful flips and partnerships (particularly with producer/remixer ye.) during the last year which got them noticed to the likes of Martin Garrix and DJ Snake for playlist adds.  The duo returns with an original silky-smooth slice of R&B-influenced house called “Desensitize” featuring Swedish/Iranian singer Ayelle.  “Desensitize” has a slick flow to help present its message along with a loopy set of keyboard riffs to help make it stand out.  Opvs also recently remixed Allie X’s “Paper Love” which manages to still go big on melody without going over-the-top with unnecessary drops, which is very complimentary to the song.  Check out “Desensitize” above and “Paper Love” below, and get ’em for free while you can.

Published in: on November 18, 2017 at 10:24 pm  Leave a Comment  
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