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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“Don’t Stop” is fun electro-house from the welcome collaboration of #Toronto’s @Dzekomusic and Brazil’s @Liulive

DZEKO & LIU, “Don’t Stop”

As with recent club bangers like Madison Mars’ “Back The Funk”, sometimes you have to just suspend your brain for a while and let the fun, if sometimes nonsensical or goofy elements of a dance song take over.  As such, “Don’t Stop” by Toronto’s Dzeko (fresh off the worldwide success of “Jackie Chan”) in collaboration with Sao Paolo, Brazil’s Liu crunches along electro-house style in a herky-jerky manner, sputtering the only words ‘don’t stop’ throughout.  But these lads have got their groove game on fire, making “Don’t Stop” a certain mid-evening favourite for DJ’s when their dance floor is jammed.  I’m hoping Dzeko and Liu have more fun to offer up again together in the near future.

Published in: on October 6, 2018 at 7:37 pm  Leave a Comment  
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#Toronto’s @LizLokre delights us with powerful piano ballad “Stop Runnin'” from @LittleItalyfilm

LIZ LOKRE, “Stop Runnin'”

Toronto singer/songwriter Liz Lokre makes the most of a powerful piano ballad called “Stop Runnin'” by having it featured in the recently released and highly acclaimed film “Little Italy” (starring fellow Toronto area native Hayden Christensen, and set on Toronto’s Italian strip on College Street).  The song grabs you from the first few words she sings and doesn’t let you go in its empowering story of self-realization that so many young people can relate to.  The melody and piano playing create a lovely, warm, and inviting cushion.  “Stop Runnin'” could do well, particularly in Canada, at Adult Contemporary radio which would surely welcome such a glowing song with big intentions.  Check out the video for this fine young new talent above.

Published in: on September 27, 2018 at 9:05 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Listen to passionate, powerful “Mad At The World” by #Toronto’s Will Bowes @wilsonbowes

WILL BOWES, “Mad At The World”

Despite its title, “Mad At The World” is a passionate plea to find more love in us all, as written and sung by my fellow Torontonian Will Bowes.  If you recognize his name, it may be from his appearances on TV as a teen in “Naturally, Sadie” and “How To Be Indie”, followed by appearances in films like personal fave “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World”, “Hunting Season”, and “House At The End Of The Street” opposite Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence.  But “Mad At The World” could light the fire for a pop music career for Will, written in response to two recent tragedies in Toronto resulting in multiple fatalities and injuries.  He certainly draws upon classic styles one would associate with Elton John or Billy Joel but that you can also find in recent releases by Harry Styles, James Arthur or Father John Misty.  Will’s gruffer, bluesy tones bathe in the emotion which makes “Mad At The World” a compelling, thoughtful release.

Published in: on September 14, 2018 at 9:14 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Canadian duo @Botnek celebrate the last “Days Of Disco” – long live #Disco!

BOTNEK, “Days Of Disco”

“Days Of Disco” is an irresistible dance floor filler from my fellow Canadians, the Nova Scotia duo Botnek, who have caught Tiësto’s ear for release via Musical Freedom.  Though the song sings “Viva the last days of disco”, it is a celebration of disco and dance music.  “Days Of Disco” is full of hooks, from the classic house riffing to a melody that may make you recall “Last Night A DJ Saved My Life”, though the rhythm is more uptempo rather than funky.  Botnek have found a great groove with this record, and while the buzzing synth hook (which sounds like a phone dialing – maybe a sample from the opening of Carol Douglas’ disco classic “Doctor’s Orders”?) may be a touch grating, it’s also one of the elements of the song that is highly memorable.  “Days Of Disco” makes for easy spinning in dance clubs, so add it to your Dance Dance Dance playlist using the Spotify link above.

Published in: on September 1, 2018 at 3:23 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Canada’s @Kiesza is back and dance music has got her again with “Phantom Of The Dancefloor” featuring @PhilippeSly

KIESZA featuring PHILIPPE SLY, “Phantom Of The Dancefloor”

Oh where to begin!  Leaving her previous record deal behind after her huge Juno Awards winning 2015 hit “Hideaway”, Kiesza returns with the delights of “Phantom Of The Dancefloor”, which is taken amusingly over-the-top in its showy video.  Using elements from the likes of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” and “Bat Out Of Hell”, Kiesza and her team mesh it all up in a “Phantom Of The Opera” turned sideways and inside out – and that’s where the beautiful bass baritone of Canadian opera singer Philippe Sly come in.  And yeah, it’s all set to house rhythms, so “Phantom Of The Dancefloor” is a lot of campy fun to make you smile and dance, with Kiesza and Philippe sounding positively grand together.  I’m not going to give away anymore, so watch the video up top and be enthralled!

Published in: on August 25, 2018 at 8:59 pm  Leave a Comment  
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