Funky and fresh from France: “Watch Me Dance” by @SaraCostamusic featuring @OpeSmith

SARA COSTA featuring OPÉ SMITH, “Watch Me Dance”

“Watch Me Dance” is a delectable feast of 70’s and 80’s-styled jazz-influenced R&B that just happens to come from France, courtesy of producer Sara Costa and featuring the smoky and gritty style of singer Opé Smith.  Opé’s often deep, gracious, and natural tones compliment the lyrics about a relationship that’s collapsing, and how the subject isn’t having any of it.  Sara Costa has been well-established in Europe for many years, and like many of the women producer/DJ’s I’ve written about this year, it’s about more than just NERVO and Krewella – their time is coming for worldwide impact.  Sara crafts a classic disco/R&B rhythm with organic sounds, with emphasis on horns and piano, making the song retro yet quite current-sounding all at once.  “Watch Me Dance” comes out of Sony France but with international appeal.  Check it out at the link above.

Published in: on December 8, 2017 at 10:19 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Aarti” by @therealShishi is a gentle fusion of Bollywood, House and Disco

SHISHI, “Aarti”

ShiShi is an American singer of Indian heritage who aims to fuse dance music styles for a universal appeal.  “Aarti” is an auspicious introduction, perhaps using A.R. Rahman’s music inspiration from “Slumdog Millionaire” as a familiar jumping off point to draw you into its sultry and persuasive melody.  The song fuses Bollywood, house and disco in a gentle but memorable way and you’ll be humming it long after it’s over.  “Aarti” is something a little different for you but it will fit easily into a mid-tempo house set, and will appeal to fans of Mura Masa and Klingande among others.  As a side campaign, after introducing “Aarti” on Diwali, ShiShi is pledging $1 for every share of this Facebook post: bit.ly/diwalishishi to the literacy and learning programs of Pratham, a successful educational organization in India.  Share away and check out “Aarti” at the link above.

Published in: on October 31, 2017 at 10:33 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Vibes galore in “Something We Once Knew” by @PatrickReza and @MayaPaynemusic

PATRICKREZA & MAYA PAYNE, “Something We Once Knew” (remix) (freeDL)

L.A.’s PatrickReza pairs up once again with Kiwi vocalist Maya Payne for a remix of her “Something We Once Knew”.  The vocal starts off as if it could be leading slyly into an alt.pop tune but swiftly turns disco-tastic with an old school breakdown that really busts the reflective song wide open.  So you get the best of a lot of vibes on “Something We Once Knew” which will keep club goers and fans of the prolific producer quite happy.  For dance music fans who like something a little different, “Something We Once Knew” is available as a free download at the link above.

Published in: on October 17, 2017 at 10:22 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Shining Star: @NickiFrenchie brings back happy times with “Teardrops (On The Disco Floor)”

NICKI FRENCH, “Teardrops (On The Disco Floor)”

Disco music can make all the mini-comebacks in various shapes and forms, and if it’s done ever so right the new songs will endure too!  Though she had hits in her native UK and other countries outside of North America throughout the 90’s and represented the UK at Eurovision in 2000, Nicki French is still best known for her high energy pop cover of Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart” in 1995, which was a Top 5 hit most everywhere.  “Teardrops (On The Disco Floor)” is flat out disco with an arrangement plucked right out of 1978 and made contemporary once again, along with a vocal by Nicki that doesn’t hold anything back.  It’s a spirited anthem of empowerment that goes hand-in-hand with your favourite songs of that era with the highest pedigree of songwriting courtesy of Charlie Mason and friends.  So shine your brightest under the big lights and disco mirror ball and check out the video above.  Remixes are coming 🙂

Published in: on July 20, 2017 at 10:13 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Dance rave-up! “Let The World Be Ours Tonight” brings @Deborah_Cox back to the dance floor

DEBORAH COX, “Let The World Be Ours Tonight” (Stonebridge & Damien Hall radio edit)

Now seems like an appropriate time for uplifting retro-tastic dance music.  “Let The World Be Ours Tonight” brings back Canada’s Juno Award-winning Deborah Cox to the dance floor with one of her best vocals in years.  With no short of five remixers on board – Stonebridge & Damien Hall, Diamm, Soulshaker, JKGD, and Silver Bluff – “Let The World Be Ours Tonight” seems destined to become La Cox’s 13th #1 on the Billboard Club Play chart, where it is currently zooming up the chart at #23.  It’s a real crowd-pleaser with its warm message of unity, so it’s quite easy to get swept off your feet under the bright lights.  Let loose and check out “Let The World Be Ours Tonight at the link above.  Deborah is currently touring select dates in the US in the play “The Bodyguard”.

Published in: on July 20, 2017 at 10:13 pm  Comments (1)  
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2K17 remix: “Male Stripper” by MAN2MAN (@PaulZoneNYC) featuring @LolaDutronic

MAN2MAN featuring Lola Dutronic, “Male Stripper” (Lola Dutronic 2K17 remix)

The 1987 UK Top 5 hit “Male Stripper” by MAN2MAN Meets Man Parrish was everywhere there was dance music that year, it was a positively inescapable guilty pleasure of sorts.  2017 seems like the right time to revive it, and MAN2MAN vocalist Paul Zone has worked with Canadian duo Lola Dutronic to make it shine once again.  With added production and vocals by Lola Dutronic’s Stephanie B, the remix really embraces the fun side of the song.  And given that it’s pretty well skipped an entire generation of music fans, “Male Stripper” is bound to sound as fresh and outrageous to dance music fans as it did 30 years ago.  Don’t be at all surprised if you hear this at a club sometime soon – long-serving DJ’s will embrace it and get the word out.  Check it out above and pick it up at your favourite digital store.  And for fun, also watch the original “Top Of The Pops” clip below which really teased the hell out of its studio audience 🙂

Published in: on July 20, 2017 at 10:12 pm  Leave a Comment  
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A Slinky sexy groove drives “Show Me” by Toronto’s @LoudLuxury and @NikkisWives

LOUD LUXURY featuring NIKKI’S WIVES, “Show Me”

“Show Me” is one of those bass-driven disco-influenced songs that will yank people out onto the dance floor mid-evening in a club.  It’s brought to you by fast-rising Toronto duo Loud Luxury – coming off of one of the best records of 2017, “Something to Say”, with Ryan Shepherd – and fellow Canadians Nikki’s Wives.  It’s all about getting a sexy party going in your feet and butt.  And the video is worth a look for a starring role for porn star Ron Jeremy.  And when you invite Ron to a party, well you know the women will be drawn to him wherever he goes… it’s just like that, but the guys in the video hadn’t figured on that (we last saw Mr. Jeremy guesting in the video for Armin van Buuren and Trevor Guthrie’s massive 2013 hit “This Is What It Feels Like”).  So all in all “Show Me” is a real attention-getter for a lot of valid reasons 🙂

Published in: on June 26, 2017 at 10:34 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Groove to this: Contemporary disco king @JoeyNegro with the CHIC-tastic “Prove That You’re Feelin’ Me”

JOEY NEGRO featuring DIANE CHARLEMAGNE, “Prove That You’re Feelin’ Me”

UK producer/DJ Dave Lee has recorded under the name Joey Negro for many years as well as a number of other aliases, and one of my favourite nu-disco songs of the 2000’s is his “Make A Move On Me”.  After his successful Remixed With Love albums comes Produced With Love, and I’m looking forward to hearing this one like I did with The Freemasons’ album Shakedown (the first one) back in the day.  If the songs are as beautifully reverent as “Prove That You’ve Feelin’ Me”, we will all have a great time!  Joey captures the fine voice of the late Diane Charlemagne for this song – she was the vocalist on Urban Cookie Collective’s huge hits “The Key, The Secret” and “Feels Like Heaven”, but passed away in 2015.  Her essence is kept alive in this fun song with a rich groove that is kind of an unintended sequel to CHIC’s 2015 dance hit “I’ll Be There” – no Nile Rodgers here but this throwback to their biggest hits is undeniable.  “Prove” is a classic dance song that will beckon club goers to the dancefloor within a few bars.  Check it out at the link above.

Joey Negro appears as part of Pride month at Toronto’s NEST on Sunday, June 25, 2017.

The KIKI Kontinues: “SWERLK” pairs L.A.’s @MNDR with @ScissorSisters

MNDR x SCISSOR SISTERS, “SWERLK”

With its arrival during Pride month, you can bet that many folks who enjoy outrageous fun will have their “SWERLK” down pat by the end of June!  L.A.’s MNDR collaborates with none other than Scissor Sisters (long due for a new record) for what is essentially an unofficial follow up to the Sisters’ #1 dance club play song “Let’s Have A Kiki”.  As with that dance classic, “SWERLK” is more-than-plenty of fun that will keep you wickedly entertained for its 5 minutes.  It was also created in support of Contigo Fund for the 2016 Orlando Pulse Nightclub victims and you can find out how to help out more at http://www.SWERLK.com.  So dance clubs watch out, “SWERLK” is here to pump you up!

Published in: on June 9, 2017 at 8:22 pm  Leave a Comment  
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ContempoRetro: New @Parralox in generous “Subculture”

PARRALOX, Subculture

You can never knock a Parralox album for being anything less than a high quality venture from Australian producer/vocalist/synthmaster and all round nice guy John von Ahlen.  It’s a journey through almost every possible synth sound created between the late 70’s and now, with songs that are shaped to give you major feels for parts of all of those eras – a couple of the songs sound like they were teleported in from the late 1979 disco/new wave melting pot in particular!  Subculture, Parralox’s 10th long-player and also the title of one of my very favourite New Order songs 🙂 is the sum of all of its parts and more featuring vocals by John and several friends/guests.  

Out of 14 generous tracks, the opener “Paradise” features the acclaimed Marcella Detroit, most noted as one half of Shakespear’s Sister but with a storied career before that as songwriter and session singer.  John’s rich production is the perfect match for a crisp and savvy vocal by Marcella which brings out the heartache in the song.  Equally ear-catching but on a totally different bent is “Last Man Standing” featuring fellow Aussie Peter Wilson, which has a 70’s pop radio flavour to contrast its driving beat.  “A Question Of Love” makes an unofficial trilogy from the Depeche Mode songs “A Question Of Lust” and “A Question Of Time”, one of the darker more brooding songs in Subculture featuring a lovely vocal by Louise Love.  

Elsewhere on the album you’ll hear Human League bassist Ian Burden (especially on “Overdrive”), and vocals by Johanna Gervin and Lillia, plus two redone Parralox songs, “Rocket Science II” and “Voyager II”.  One of the best songs also is all John on “Change Of Heart”.  Subculture is as much disco as it is mid-80’s post-new wave electronicas as it is contemporary house music.

Always bold and adventurous and as contemporary as retro, John von Ahlen and Parralox’s Subculture is a feast for the ears, the heart and your dancing shoes.  Hear it all at the link above and buy it at your favourite online music store.