Hypnotic electro alt.rock of “Smile” by Norway’s @Dyriskmusic featuring @Nik_Ernst is a new favourite

DYRISK featuring NIK ERNST, “Smile”

2018 looks to be a year where boundaries of electronic dance and EDM are being pushed out of their comfort zones.  Norway’s Dyrisk is back with something new, and you won’t expect the alt.rock flavour of “Smile”, which he concocted with British producer Nik Ernst.  All of a sudden it’s a big rush back to the early 90’s when Massive Attack and Radiohead were breaking out while Nirvana and Soundgarden dominated the rock market and dance music was more about Madonna, Michael, Whitney, and maybe C+C Music Factory too.  Full of sarcastic lyrics calling out posers, “Smile” moves deliberately through its lilting rhythm and subtle electronics while incorporating crisp percussion sounds and zithery synths.  “Smile” is such an uncharacteristic shift for Dyrisk, and it works so well, that it can make you do nothing but smile.  Check it out at the link above and be sure to pick it up at your favourite digital music store.

Published in: on February 21, 2018 at 10:13 pm  Leave a Comment  
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NYC producer @AireAtlantica returns with sweet dance/pop of “On My Own” featuring @EmilyTerran


Like other stalwart producers NYC’s Aire Atlantica (aka Joe Pincus) stays a few steps of the game.  That he’s chosen to go big with sweet-sounding electronic pop/dance like “On My Own” isn’t really a surprise, but his game is on full throttle with a powerhouse emotional song with a distinct and earnest vocal by Emily Terran.  After a deceptively slow beginning, this one changes it up quickly and eagerly awaits dance music radio and club play with a pretty melody and confident chorus that will be chiming in your head for days (“I’ll never be the me you want me to”).  “On My Own” is a great progression for Aire Atlantica from his previous songs and I think some much-deserved attention will swing his way this year.  Add it to your diverse electronic dance/pop playlists at the Spotify link above.

Published in: on January 27, 2018 at 5:44 pm  Leave a Comment  
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It’s @Saxity and Victor Perry @perksofbeingvic together again for the flowing pop of “You Found Me”

SAXITY featuring VICTOR PERRY, “You Found Me” (free DL)

Sometimes, ongoing partnerships are just meant to be.  When German producers Saxity paired up with NYC-based singer/songwriter Victor Perry for a contemporary take on “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” last year, I just knew we’d hear them again.  Almost a year later, here they are again with “You Found Me”, which has a lovely and positive message for this time of year. Victor’s silky-smooth pop/R&B style gives it the flavour and inspiration it needs, while Saxity gives the deep house melody a seamless flow while adding in saxophone that anchors the song at key moments.  Proving once again that not all electronic pop needs to have a slamming beat and huge synths, “You Found Me” by Saxity and Victor Perry is fine and friendly pop for a variety of playlists.  You can download it for free at the link above.

Published in: on November 25, 2017 at 10:26 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Gentle “Surrender” is jazzy electronic alt.pop from @Labrosemusic

LABROSE, “Surrender”

“Surrender” is the latest from the US/UK collaboration of New York-based singer Victor Perry and Birmingham producer Ficci, the follow up to their recent debut together called “Disguise”.  “Surrender” is definitely gentle and low key, but it’s not about to fall under the radar thanks to Victor’s gorgeous spot-on vocal tones and a simmering jazzy melodic undercurrent from Ficci.  It has a rich, warm quality about it despite a minimalist approach.  Less is much more here so be sure to pick up Labrose’s “Surrender” at your favourite digital store after checking it out at the link above.  It’s from their upcoming EP Thinking Out Loud.

Published in: on October 11, 2017 at 10:33 pm  Leave a Comment  
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UK singer/songwriter @JamesPoole_ continues to carve a new path with seething synths of “I Am Lion”


After returning to music after a hiatus and a bit of a rethink this Spring with the fun but blunt “I’ve Started Fuckin’ Someone Else”, UK singer/songwriter James Poole has unleashed the potent “I Am Lion”.  It envisions Lion as the ultimate warrior with the chorus finale of the five ferocious words “I am lion, fear me“, screamed/sung by James in a holy fuuuckkk moment like no one outside of the metal genre.  It’s followed by a daunting blaze of celebratory synths that make the song seethe even more with indelible power.  Aside from this “I Am Lion” plays out like a medieval short story in a unique production.  Check it out at the link above and support your Lion king by picking it up at your favourite local digital store.

Published in: on September 12, 2017 at 9:03 pm  Leave a Comment  
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A fresh Fall ballad: “Disguise” by @Labrosemusic, the new duo of @perksofbeingvic and @Ficciofficial

LABROSE, “Disguise”

While he’s working on more songs to follow up his engaging 2016 EP 4AM Nostalgia, New York-based pop/R&B singer Victor Perry has partnered with Birmingham, England producer Ficci (aka Alisdair Mason) for their new project Labrose for PM Recordings.  The first song to come from this partnership is “Disguise”, a self-reflective post-breakup ballad that’s well-timed as we head into the Fall months.  Victor’s nuanced, expressive vocal beautifully suits the flow and lyrics which might be too understated by someone with a less distinct voice.  This makes Ficci’s soft and elegant acoustic-oriented backdrop work even better, allowing you to soak in the emotion of the song quite well by its end.  Labrose looks like the start of a worthy undertaking for those who like their pop and R&B subtle and just off the radar.  Give it a listen at the Spotify link above.

Published in: on September 2, 2017 at 4:24 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Fade” by @Kidswaste featuring duo @Hunting_Stories is an impressive electronic folk-pop hybrid


French producer Kidswaste (Quentin Beauvois) returns to stretch the edges of pop and electronic dance music once again, this time with the anthemic “Fade”, featuring New York vocal duo Hunting Stories.  His EP from earlier this year, “Spleen”, was ambitious and accessible enough to catch the ears of Ultra Records, chock full of sophisticated electronic pop.  And Kidswaste also surprised us with a sparkling (but unofficial) redux of Lemaitre’s “Playing To Lose”.  “Fade”, however, is entirely different – an electronic folk-pop hybrid which might have you recalling  songs from Avicii’s landmark True album in terms of style and intent but without the big beats.  A more current potential companion song from these blog pages comes more quickly to my mind – Lars Beck & Henri Purnell’s “Silent Games”, which features the folk storytelling anchor of vocalist Zekt.  The guys in Hunting Stories also give “Fade” its earnest beating heart while Kidswaste builds his complimentary musical storyboard around it.  “Fade” is not entirely an easy sell and you have to stick with it.  But once you do, I can guarantee repeated plays will occur!  Counter Records – home of Giraffage, ODESZA, and RAC – steers the ship for this one.


Published in: on August 23, 2017 at 10:47 pm  Leave a Comment  
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More new music is a personal release for @MatthewKoma with “Suitcase”

MATTHEW KOMA, “Suitcase”

Matthew Koma’s latest songs have been cathartic, personal experiences perhaps like none other that he’s written.  So the broken relationship that’s stuck inside your head is the topic for the thoughtful “Suitcase”, which was written years ago but never released.  It’s his 5th single since last Fall, and so many of us can completely relate. A song like this can’t work unless the vocal is ultra-convincing and honest, and Matthew definitely gives his all.  In contrast to his recent ear-raising collaboration with Ghastly, “We Might Fall”, “Suitcase” is a ballad rather than a dance floor filler.  Thank goodness for recent support from Sony/RCA – it’s hard to go wrong with what Matthew Koma is frequently bringing us to hear and embrace in 2017.

Published in: on June 26, 2017 at 10:34 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Dance the night away with @CVBZmvsic’s new one “Vicodin”

CVBZ, “Vicodin”

Oregon-bred L.A.-based singer/songwriter CVBZ quickly follows up the inspired Sean Turk ‘bedroom bass’ remix of “Be Like You” with the funky bass rhythm of “Vicodin”.  It’s an intriguing song that will help you launch an evening where you dance the night away.  When you’re done with that and can lend an ear more closely you’ll find so much more in the lyrics that will warrant repeated plays.  Some days you just want to let loose like the big happy guy that decides to breakdance at prom for the first time, or the couple that decides to go skinny dipping late at night.  From the singer himself:


Whatever your opinion, “Vicodin” is a bold and fun song from CVBZ, offering up a bit of risky business for us all.  Just remember, mom and dad will still love you in the end even if you do mess up the house 🙂

Published in: on May 12, 2017 at 9:54 pm  Comments (1)  
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“Line”, Latvia’s Eurovision entry by @TrianaPark receives a saxxy transformation by @Stan_Sax

TRIANA PARK, “Line” (Stan Sax remix) (free DL)

Germany’s Stan Sax is no stranger to these pages or my personal chart, having one of my favourite songs of the year with “Brothers” as part of duo Saxity, and adding trademark sax work to broaden the appeal of last year’s bubbly but inauspicious “Vague” by Fabian Luttenberger.  “Line” was this year’s Latvian entry for the Eurovision contest by the quartet Triana Park and regrettably this radio-friendly tune, a Top 10 hit in Latvia, didn’t move on to the upcoming finals.  But Mr. Sax has turned “Line” a bit inside-out and sideways, anchoring the song in a slower rhythm which gives it a more alt.rock vibe.  And of course there’s lots and lots of sax, and the melody and rhythm become a much more free-flowing jam session, making it quite the surprise by the end.  I often say that fine songs can receive some drastic but creative transformations and Stan Sax has a winner with “Line”, which you can download for free at the link above.