With “No Secrets”, Chicago-based producer @AashMehtamusic channels singer/songwriter @AlexaLusader’s emotional story

AASH MEHTA featuring ALEXA LUSADER, “No Secrets”

Following his lush, often romantic electronic pop EP Stardust, Chicago-based producer Aash Mehta returns with “No Secrets” featuring L.A. singer/songwriter Alexa Lusader.  It’s a special release because it chronicles Alexa’s own experience harbouring a constraining secret for many years.  Working through it all, the song allows her to “inspire others to speak up, free themselves, and live life” the way it should be.  It’s less about the music and a lot about the solid vocal and well-thought lyrics.  Similar to his way to tap into a romantic ballad, in “No Secrets” Aash channels the story through his graceful production.  Listen closely to “No Secrets” at the link above. 

Published in: on November 18, 2017 at 10:24 pm  Leave a Comment  
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L.A.-based @missAlexxMack is a new versatile voice to hear on “Your Car” featuring @weareExes

ALEXX MACK featuring EXES, “Your Car”

Take one beauty of an original and add intriguing, poignant vocals to a minimalist kind of dance ballad mix and you have “Your Car” by L.A.-based singer/songwriter Alexx Mack featuring co-writer Exes.  “Your Car” is the kind of instantly relateable, pensive song that reels you in slowly so that you catch every important word and become drawn to the straight-forward, dreamy melody.  It looks like Alexx has already received some attention through appearing on an Armada Records release, but “Your Car” is definitely going to create an even more in-demand factor for her.  It’s also a great song for clubs late at night as the set winds down.  Check it out at the link above and pick it up at your favourite digital music store.

Published in: on November 11, 2017 at 8:51 pm  Leave a Comment  
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As the evening winds down there’s “Honey” by @Madnapmusic featuring @SophiexMeiers

MADNAP featuring SOPHIE MEIERS, “Honey”

The big beats have stopped. Sports is over on TV.  Your favourite movie has roared to a finale.  So it’s time to find some quiet private time with that special someone.  “Honey” by L.A.’s Madnap sets the tone nicely for what might follow.  Featuring a sultry and confident vocal by Sophie Meiers, “Honey” whirls the slow dance to the end with melodic, hollow sounds providing a sometimes acoustic backdrop while Sophie sings as if she’s the second last one in the room next to her own loved one.  Madnap makes “Honey” glimmer and it’s hardly sugary sweet, more like the teaspoon you want to lick from sitting in your cup of tea.  While clubs could easily use it in a slower set mid-evening, the most appropriate and effective place for “Honey” is near or at the end.  Madnap keeps it new and fresh at the link above.

Published in: on October 4, 2017 at 10:08 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Be Happy” has gentle Spring loving in the air courtesy of L.A.’s @FRND69

FRND, “Be Happy”

“Be Happy” is a gentle and loving hymn of positive reminiscence for Spring by L.A. mystery man FRND for Crooked Paintings.  He’s getting his name out there as performer and remixer/producer, and “Be Happy” is great for a slow dance and a few swirls, and even a catchy breakdown before the end to make you let go a bit.  FRND has a knowing, reassuring voice that will definitely give you those happy feels, more so if love is in the air.  Not to be underestimated, if you’re looking for something a little different and downtempo with house vibes then “So Happy” will fit that order nicely. 

Published in: on May 3, 2017 at 9:57 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Poignant, direct lyrics and edgy but heart-felt lead vocal makes @WittLowry’s “Let Me Know” (feat. @ToriSolkowski) sink skin deep

WITT LOWRY featuring TORI SOLKOWSKI, “Let Me Know”

Connecticut-born rapper Witt Lowry returns with possibly his most personal song to date with “Let Me Know”.  Usually when records are produced, some of the more natural effects of a voice are smoothed over.  But in “Let Me Know”, you can hear Witt’s voice break numerous times, and it drives the honesty and poignancy of the lyrics home.  Tori Solkowski’s supporting vocal is a knowing, perfect foil for the heartbreak and edge brought up front by Witt.  Kudos for the production team for thinking outside of the box to make a straight-forward song much, much more.  Club DJ’s should give it a spin – it’s a head-turner.  Listen to “Let Me Know” at the link above.

Published in: on March 31, 2017 at 11:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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L.A.-based singer/songwriter Axel Mansoor (@iamAxelM) gets his cool confidence on in “Wasted My Love”

AXEL MANSOOR, “Wasted My Love”

This one’s been a while in the waiting (thanks Ruth for the early preview!) but such good things do come to fruition as “Wasted My Love” by L.A.-based singer/songwriter Axel Mansoor certainly proves.  It’s a mid-tempo EDM ballad that portrays cool confidence as the singer leaves behind a love story that wasn’t meant to be.  Axel has a beautiful high end to his voice that reminds me of Charlie Puth.  The song takes its time winding its message through this smart and stately performance, and it only makes you want to hear more.  But for now “Wasted My Love” is where it’s at for Axel Mansoor, and I think it will have many friends joining along over the next few months.  Check it out at the link above.

Published in: on February 27, 2017 at 8:52 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Hearts beat loud: “Again” by @ArnoCost feat. @EricLumiere in a @Neevo_music x Eldar @ZeynaLovin’ & #JackQuade remix

ARNO COST featuring ERIC LUMIERE, “Again” (Neevo x Eldar & Jack Quade remix)

Fresh off the presses after Tritonal’s Painting with Dreams comes another record on their Enhanced label featuring a bevy of talent:  Arno Cost featuring the highly recognizable voice of dance/EDM veteran Eric Lumiere with “Again” in a remix brought to us by Neevo, Eldar and Jack Quade.  It’s hard to transform a song that’s meant to be a punchy pop/dance floor filler into something more, but the guys have transformed it into a powerfully magnetic, love-hungry EDM ballad anthem.  But it doesn’t get turned down too low, there’s lots of room here to keep you moving in the right direction.  Preview the remix above and pick it up at your favourite digital music store.

Published in: on September 27, 2016 at 8:46 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Crushing it with melody: @ChetPrtr and @itsChelsCutler with stunning “Stay”

CHET PORTER featuring CHELSEA CUTLER, “Stay”

Many lower key electronic songs neither make a huge impression nor have an impact on the dance floor at a club.  “Stay” by Toronto’s Chet Porter featuring new American vocalist Chelsea Cutler might change that.  Released by the Foreign Family Collective (curated by Odesza, which includes Jai Wolf), it’s a lush, melodic song with an ear-ringing vocal that is in fact the perfect companion to this year’s end-of-summer song, “Closer” by The Chainsmokers and Halsey.  There are so many songs called “Stay” that have similar themes, but this one is really beautiful and romantic.  After listening to a couple of his wilder remixes, I was fortunate enough to see another side of Chet at a recent ‘secret’ DJ set in Toronto which drew to my attention his keen ear for melody.  Dance clubs should be all over “Stay” instantly and don’t be surprised if radio follows soon after.  “Stay” is a diverse head-turner that requires your attention.  Billboard has already sang the song’s praises – read it here.

Chet Porter’s upcoming North American tour will include a Toronto date at The Velvet Underground on November 8 which includes Lemaitre.

Published in: on August 18, 2016 at 6:17 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Killer duet: @AnnaYvettemusic and @LaurakBrehm with “Summer Never Ends”

ANNA YVETTE & LAURA BREHM, “Summer Never Ends”

The Monstercat team has managed to come up with the first must-hear end of summer song that is sure to turn heads.  NYC songwriter/musician Anna Yvette (who co-produced here as well) pairs up with Colorado singer/songwriter Laura Brehm for “Summer Never Ends”.  The dance music community loves duets, especially when the vocals compete without really competing and therefore both end up winning!  Such is the case with these two different vocalists, already well known to dance music, who definitely put their all into “Summer Never Ends”.   What starts off sounding like it might be an acoustic ode ends up as this magnetic EDM ballad.  Because of the perfect mid-summer timing and the overall strength of the song, “Summer Never Ends” should rise to the top of your playlist multiple times.  Check it out at the above link and pick it up on your favourite digital platform.  

Published in: on July 31, 2016 at 9:47 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Your end-of-summer song is here: “Reason To Believe” by Tristan Thompson @TristanTmusic

TRISTAN THOMPSON, “Reason To Believe”

Sometimes it takes five steps backwards to move two more forward and sorting out each other’s feelings to get to that happy ending to a disagreement or misunderstanding.  That’s why Tristan Thompson’s “Reason To Believe” might be your go-to end-of-summer ballad, once again written by Tylor Johnson.  I’ve written about the talented young singer from British Columbia numerous times over the last year since his R&B/pop song “Tidal Wave” got to the top of my personal chart.  Momentum continues to build for the 17 year old after some national radio success with “Burn Again” and the title song from his debut album Here For You.  There’s no reason why “Reason To Believe” shouldn’t find more believers!  The video is likely Tristan’s best visual showcase yet as it unveils a familiar story but you’re still not quite sure if it’s going to get where you would expect it to go.  It’s never too late to discover a most deserving young talent, so head over to iTunes and get “Reason To Believe” and Here For You.

 

Published in: on September 1, 2015 at 11:47 pm  Leave a Comment  
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