Germany’s @itsLeviofficial and #HarryD sing the bass fantastic with “Wilderness” featuring #HannahYoung

LEVI & HARRY D featuring HANNAH YOUNG, “Wilderness”

It’s got kind of an obscure lyric to grasp on the first few listens, but “Wilderness” by Germany’s Levi and Harry D featuring singer Hannah Young will sink in for a number of reasons.  Hannah’s vocal has got a unique flavour that might otherwise be found on a jazz recording, and it’s supported by a key focus on melody that’s driven by the bass instead of guitar or synths.  So it gets a deep house groove using different tactics from producers who know how to mix it up.  You already know Levi from these pages and my current chart, where his seamless collaboration with US vocalist Victor Perry, “Sail”, recently peaked at #3.  “Wilderness” is a choice follow up that you shouldn’t miss at the link above.

Published in: on June 6, 2017 at 10:48 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Enigmatic @Meatportmusic premieres with bold and wild “The Troll”

MEATPORT, “The Troll”

Enigmatic producer/DJ Meatport premieres with “The Troll” via Vinyl City.  It’s a bold, wild ride of a song that straddles fun as much as it might infuriate you with its alternately ominous and goofy chorus.  Musically it surfs a seriously ambitious wave of 90’s techno-house colliding with drum ‘n bass and trap elements along the way – put early Armand Van Helden and DaRude in a room with Martin Garrix and Pegboard Nerds and you might get a sense of where the song might head for you.  And if you’re game – well, welcome to the #MeatFam with much more zaniness to come, meat-helmet included 🙂 There is no second-guessing that Meatport knows his craft well!  Check out the tight radio edit up top or the full enchilada with all of the hot sauce and jalapeño peppers below, and pick it up at your favourite digital store.

Published in: on May 17, 2017 at 10:25 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Your 1st epic summer ’17 song: @BobbyNourmand with “D U S T”


L.A. producer/DJ Bobby Nourmand has been honing his versatile dance music sound and it has experienced quite an evolution during this past year, culminating most recently with the raucous but still refined and insanely catchy “D E E P in NY”, one of my favourites of 2017 so far (a BILLCS Top 30 #1 in January too).  “D U S T” continues in the deep house realm but it’s an epic song in all kinds of ways.  It’s bold like this big ray of sunshine swooped in to signal the coming of summer.  It will bring the beach to you where there may not even be a beach.  It’s also got a rich soulful vocal sound that resonates throughout and makes you wait for it to arrive when the song has much more chill moments.  Plus at 5 and a half minutes, “D U S T” creates a fun journey when you know where you’re headed and feel better when you get there.  “D U S T” is a grower, and it makes you come back to it, expecting, wanting and getting more out of it each time.  And as Bobby’s gift to you for your kind attention, get it as a free download at the link above.

Published in: on April 25, 2017 at 8:57 pm  Leave a Comment  
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High quality musicianship, ear-pleasing melodies all showcase @Cloudchord’s excellent new album “Imprint”


Austin-based Cloudchord (aka Derek VanScoten) has released his first album under that moniker called “Imprint”, and it will definitely leave its mark on you, warranting multiple listens to beautifully layered songs full of striking and bright high end that will leave you in a great mood afterwards.  And it’s more likely to make you want to dance than not!

I’ve mentioned it before, but Cloudchord isn’t just an EDM producer/remixer, he’s a studied musician, and his diverse guitar work kicks Imprint up many notches.  The use of other live instruments like trumpet as well as top notch, complex synth melodies should call attention to other producers and arrangers.  The album is mostly instrumental, and seems to take a lot of cues from progressive ambient musicians like Brian Eno and Jean-Michel Jarre, with a lot of heavy jazz influence too from people like Pat Metheny (specifically his 80’s works).  But there are those slamming beats too, which fall out of deep house, tropical and future bass sub-genres, which should totally win over club DJ’s.

The release of Imprint was preceded by two of its songs, the sunny “Golden XO” (which I wrote about a while back) and “Light U”, with its perky rhythm and vocal effects.  The other songs that stand out to me are the imaginative “Aviator”, with all of its lovely melodic shifts – it could be made into a mini-movie in itself – the playful and complex “Lacuna”, “Sidewalk Spirits” (notable guitar work here), “Lavender Mimosas”, and “Birdbath and Beyond” (definitely loving some of the humour in the titles).  

If you enjoy your EDM drenched in variety within that genre, along with countless other influences, then Cloudchord’s Imprint is meant for you for a thorough listen.  Check it out at your favourite digital store using the link above.

Published in: on April 12, 2017 at 10:28 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Deep house stylin’: Dutch duo @projectSaxena amp up “Darlin'” by @W2THmusic featuring @Serafinomusic

WELCOME TO THE HOTEL featuring BRANDON SERAFINO, “Darlin'” (Saxena remix) 

“Darlin'” is a perfectly decent pop introduction to new performers California’s Welcome To The Hotel and NYC-based singer Brandon Serafino, and perhaps more will be known about them as they make their social media presence.  Dutch duo Saxena have taken the song on a sideways route, and amped it up big time with classic deep house rhythms, using Brandon’s voice to accentuate this style while accompanied by a lovely saxophone to give it even more pep.  The result is an engaging, free-flowing 90’s flavoured dance track that’s bound to keep even the stingiest of dancers happy on the dance floor.  My ol’ disco feet rarely lie so this one’s yours for free downloading at the link above.

Published in: on April 11, 2017 at 8:32 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Back To You” by young UK producer #Hambleton benefits from a soulful Victor Perry vocal (@perksofbeingvic)

HAMBLETON featuring VICTOR PERRY, “Back To You”

Victor Perry vocals continue to grace these blog pages with songs like “Sail” and “Missing”, and the now-NYC-based singer’s latest is featured in a soulful charmer by 19 year old UK producer Hambleton called “Back To You”.  Victor’s vocal takes elements from many of his own favourite singers to create a unique, special performance which sounds like it could have leapt out of the UK 90’s R&B-influenced dance music scene along with singers like Mica Paris, Terence Trent D’Arby, Lisa Stansfield and others.  Hambleton’s production is slick and spry, while the engaging lyrics tell a story that’s so easy to which anyone can relate.   Do give it some love at the link above.

Published in: on March 31, 2017 at 11:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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There’s potent fun in “WTFYWF” by @Mahalomusic featuring #CatLewis


L.A.’s Mahalo continues with a number of winning collaborations with diverse vocalist Cat Lewis with “WTFYWF” (or ‘what the fuck you waiting for’) for Midnight In Paris.  This is a potent, energetic romp to make you go and get whatever it may be that you want before it’s too late.  The drops and anthemic chorus are all in the right places, and Cat Lewis shows another side of his vocal talents when one compares a listen to a romantic uptempo dance track like “Be My Love”.  If you’re looking for another big banger in a sea of downtempo EDM songs, then “WTFYWF” is what you will want!  So WTFYWF, go get at on your favourite digital store.

Published in: on February 25, 2017 at 5:03 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Sinner” is a winner from The Netherlands’ @Lulleauxmusic featuring #SVM

LULLEAUX featuring SVM, “Sinner”

Hot off the presses as Tipsy Records’ first release of 2017 is “Sinner” by Dutch producer Lulleaux.  You may have already heard Lulleaux gracing a Sam Feldt EP and also being supported by the likes of Kygo and Bakerman, while recently offering some of his own songs via the Epic label.  “Sinner” is a great companion song to “Closer” or “Paris” by The Chainsmokers, with a wistful, relateable vocal by SVM.  But it’s the use of trumpet throughout and starting just before the minute mark that seals the deal with “Sinner”.  The trumpet is much underutilized in pop music in favour of saxophone, and the recent hit that you’ll associate it with is Capital Cities’ “Safe And Sound”, another one you’ll want to play back-to-back with it.  “Sinner” is a very promising, effortless, and diverse deep house song that clubs won’t want to miss out.

Published in: on February 11, 2017 at 11:06 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Born to re-do it: Toronto’s @LoudLuxury & @RyShepherdmusic making @CraigDavid proud with “Something To Say”


It looks like Toronto duo Loud Luxury pairing up with fellow 6er Ryan Shepherd and Spinnin’ could have a real breakthrough with “Something To Say”.  In case you didn’t pick it up from the headline, “Something To Say” is a killer redux of Craig David’s “Fill Me In”, a real homage to the song, performer (on a huge comeback tip in the UK) and house music of the early 2000’s that still sounds so great today.  It’s all about the bass and (I think) slightly pitched down vocal to make it what I would call ultra deep house.  There’s no reason why club DJ’s won’t go wild over “Something To Say” and it definitely has dance music radio hit stamped all over it.  Listen above and pick it up at your favourite digital music store.

“I Wonder”switches it up for @TheHim with softer, melodic deep house featuring @LissAofficial

THE HIM featuring LissA, “I Wonder”

After capturing my ears in 2016 with their rollicking deep house track “Balance” (featuring Oktavian), Dutch duo The Him return with a song that’s been a long time coming called “I Wonder” featuring a poignant vocal by LissA.  Still in deep house mode, Jeroen and Steven turned a very good song around that I got to hear in an earlier unreleased version, with a richer mix that highlights the high end and LissA’s well-suited vocal.  As a result, it’s probably the perfect companion song to “Paris” by The Chainsmokers, another song that took a while before we all got to hear it.  So you’ll have to play them back-to-back to find out!  Listen to “I Wonder” on Spotify above.

Published in: on February 3, 2017 at 11:54 pm  Leave a Comment  
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