Canadians @Rynx and @Kiesza collaborate on powerfully emotional electronica of “All For You”

RYNX and KIESZA, “All For You”

Canadian producer (of Korean and Chinese descent) Rynx, aka Evan Fong, is best known to the online gaming world as Vanoss, however he’s released his own music for the last few years, and remixed for high profile artists like Alison Wonderland and J. Balvin.  Multi Juno Awards winner Kiesza is well known throughout the world for “Hideaway” from a few years back, and within the last year has embarked back on her career as an independent performer, particularly with the fun and flamboyant “Phantom Of The Dance Floor”.  However a serious recent motor vehicle accident left her with a brain injury from which she continues to recover.  Kiesza’s a source of inspiration as she continues to perform and release her own music – albeit under extreme pain and duresse – and we should be thankful for her determination.  Assuredly, “All For You” graces us with one of her best vocals.  Sometimes I think the production holds back a bit, but that does not take away from “All For You” being a beautiful emotional electronic love song.  Even though it is on release with support through Island/Universal, “All For You” comes across more as an underdog that is most deserving of your attention.

Published in: on August 11, 2019 at 10:35 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Always listen to those voices: “Sounds Like An Anthem” comes from Canadian-German synth duo @LolaDutronic

LOLA DUTRONIC, “Sounds Like An Anthem”

It’s been a while since Richard Citroen and Stephanie B. have graced us with new music as Lola Dutronic, but they return with the engaging “Sounds Like An Anthem”.  They encourage us to listen to the voices in our heads because they could certainly mean something important to either ourselves or someone else.  The duo continue to provide chic 60’s style and sensibility paired with contemporary dance rhythms which seem to be influenced by 80’s artists like Talk Talk or OMD.  While I think “Sounds Like An Anthem” is infectious, if a little long, it might benefit from a remix or two which might help it find its way deservedly into clubland where I would hear it as an anthem for the nightlife.

Published in: on August 11, 2019 at 10:34 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Canadian rock all stars #BondsOfMara kick ass with debut single “Lights Out”

BONDS OF MARA, “Lights Out”

With loads of talent stemming from My Darkest Days, Smashing Satellites, I Mother Earth, finger eleven and Default, Bonds Of Mara is ready to put good old Canadian rock and roll back on the map with “Lights Out”.  The singer is Brian Byrne, on guitar and vocals we have Sal Costa, Dave Benedict is on bass, and Rich Beddoe is the drummer, and when they all came together there was so much synergy that it was enough to kickstart a new, if unexpected, collaboration.  “Lights Out” doesn’t offer much that’s new but it offers solid contemporary rock and roll by performers who know how to do it right.  You’ll remember Brian Byrne’s ragged, inspired vocals from I Mother Earth’s 90’s hit “Summertime In The Void”, and guitarist supreme Sal Costa from My Darkest Days and Smashing Satellites is back from a long break to weave his magic.  “Lights Out” has got the goods, and Canadian rock radio is already all over it, so if you like your rock hard but melodic then Bonds Of Mara is for you.

Bonds Of Mara plays Lee’s Palace in Toronto on Thursday July 25.

Published in: on July 5, 2019 at 10:34 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Sweden’s @DimitriVangelis and @Wymanofficial go big and majestic with Toronto’s @Dzekoofficial in “The King”

DIMITRI VANGELIS & WYMAN and DZEKO, “The King”

“The King” is definitely an intriguing instrumental release that will go a long way at festivals.  Swedish duo Dimitri Vangelis and Wyman truly go big and majestic with this one in partnership with my fellow Torontonian, the Juno Award-nominated Dzeko (whose set I got to see back in March in Miami).  “The King” could easily be a set opener, with its sweeping start which leads into a minute and a half of solid A+ trance… and then it comes to a halt, taking its well-paced time to build up again after 40 seconds or so.  If this wasn’t done so right, the audience could easily bail on the song, but one could visualize some kind of royal making his or her pointed and quiet walk, only to raise his/her hands to let the proceedings recommence.  And so, let the crowd go wild for the rest of the song’s 3:29.  “The King” is one unique song for the electronic dance music world so be prepared to hear it all summer and into the winter festival months.

You won’t get it out of your head: “Shotgun” is jazzy pop from Canada’s @MonkeyHouseband

MONKEY HOUSE, “Shotgun”

It’s a bit off the path from a lot of today’s pop music, but that’s probably what makes it refreshing:  “Shotgun” is new jazzy pop from Canadian band Monkey House.  Canadian radio listeners will be familiar with them from the 90’s and early 2000’s with such songs as their cover of Steely Dan’s “Lazy Nina” as well as the original “Big Money” receiving regular airplay.  Led by pianist, Emmy Award winner, and Juno Award nominee Don Breithaupt, Monkey House’s “Shotgun” has an 80’s vibe about it that will appeal to fans of artists of that era such as Matt Bianco.  But it’s the summery chorus that you won’t get out of your head and can easily be earmarked as a great summer driving song.  It comes from the forthcoming album Friday with a video to follow that will be directed by Oscar winner Miles Dale.  Don’t let this one slip by – definitely one fine summer bop!

Published in: on June 23, 2019 at 9:10 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Let the retro vibes of “We Found Love” by @SultanShepard x @Showtek catch you by surprise

SULTAN + SHEPARD x SHOWTEK, “We Found Love”

First off, it’s NOT a remake of the Calvin Harris/Rihanna collaboration.  L.A.-based Canadians Sultan + Shepard and Dutch producers Showtek are in it for the win with their fine choice of song to adapt as “We Found Love”.  Covered in 1991 by Heavy D. & The Boyz, “Now That We Found Love” has been a humdinger since it was originally released as a pop/reggae gem in 1979 by Third World.  Our creative producers, who are all on a solid roll of releases right now, mix in some funky 90’s beats that will quickly make you think Naughty By Nature for an ear-catching mix that will instantly command attention for both dance club DJ’s and dance radio shows.  

NYC’s American Authors @aauthorsmusic get big and soulful with “Say Amen” featuring @BillyRaffoul

AMERICAN AUTHORS and BILLY RAFFOUL, “Say Amen”

“Say Amen” is a big, powerful, soulful song to kickstart NYC quartet American Authors’ third album called Seasons.  This is hardly the jaunty pop sound of their huge inescapable hit from a few years back “Best Years Of My Life”.  It’s darker and deeper, and draws from a clear passion for Blues and R&B.  “Say Amen” is aided immensely by the distinct voice of Canadian rocker Billy Raffoul, whose long-haired good looks belie his gruff, ages-old voice that sounds like Joe Cocker-infused Leon Redbone.  “Say Amen” will be a potent highlight in a live set by American Authors.  I look forward to hearing more of their album.

Published in: on April 3, 2019 at 10:16 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Majesty” is a royally potent blend of hip hop and EDM as remixed by France’s @CloZeemusic by Montreal-based producer @Apashe_music and Canadian rapper @afroWasiu

APASHE and WASIU, “Majesty” (CloZee remix)

“Majesty” gets a heavy-duty epic trap-influenced official remix by French producer CloZee, who has seen herself play festivals on the same bill as the likes of Jean-Michel Jarre.  She lends a lot of spirit to the creative release from Montreal-based producer Apashe and Canadian rapper Wasiu.  You might think of the word ‘anthemic’ when you first hear the remix, but a title like “Majesty” deserves more than that and CloZee delivers it big time.  She’s got a great record to work with as Wasiu delivers a candid rap that is full of fire without being over the top.  “Majesty” is a hard-hitting fist-pumper that requires repeated listening.

Published in: on December 14, 2018 at 12:35 am  Leave a Comment  
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Lush and dreamy production highlights “My Position” by @Prince_Paris and MindTrix @trixyourmind

PRINCE PARIS & MINDTRIX, “My Position”

What I like best about “My Position” is that it really bowls you over from all directions with its lush, dreamy soundscapes, creating its own “Wall of Sound” vibe.  It’s one of the new releases from Montreal producer Prince Paris, previously known as one half of the worldwide success called Paris & Simo, with Simo now behind the scenes and all eyes on Paris.  Prince Paris is paired with NYC producer Mindtrix and they make more than the most of what would be an average song in other hands.  It’s also represented by a powerful, diverse uncredited vocalist whose tones ride the masterful production.  It’s no wonder that this ended up as a Tipsy Records release – a high calibre record that wastes no time in making you groove right along.

Published in: on October 28, 2018 at 9:07 pm  Leave a Comment  
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It’s ear-filling funky pop this time for @SleepyTom with “Move” as sung by Sophia Black @sophartso

SLEEPY TOM and SOPHIA BLACK, “Move”

After a huge dance music world break through with Diplo on “Be Right There” a few years back, and working with the likes of Zed’s Dead and Porter Robinson, another of my fellow Canadians, Sleepy Tom, decided to take a few steps away from the big beats and synths.  One of the results of his short hiatus is his new single “Move”, which neatly underscores his skills as a musician (not just synths but guitar) with some funky bass hooks as well.  Sophia Black’s alluring voice positively shines as she draws club goers onto the dance floor for some fun (and gosh she even shares my daughter’s birthday!).  Not unexpectedly, the production is rich and vibrant, and club DJ’s should waste no time in getting to know another side of Sleepy Tom.

Published in: on October 25, 2018 at 9:51 pm  Leave a Comment  
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