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:

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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  Leave a Comment  
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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.

Unconventional “Dreams” lets rising producer @KidFroopy follow the beat of his own drum

KID FROOPY, “Dreams”

I must admit I was a bit side-swiped upon first listen of the latest by American producer Kid Froopy called “Dreams”.  While Kid has garnered significant attention over the last year remixing the likes of songs by Terror Jr. and having his own music remixed by other rising stars like WRLD, he has remained an enigma who follows the beat of his own drum.  So “Dreams” isn’t really a Dance/EDM track, but an electronic one that might even be better suited for alt.rock and college radio.  Its unconventional chilled out flavour seems to draw from classic 70’s rock like Fleetwood Mac and The Eagles, yet the lyrics contain a very contemporary edge, with vocals that are alternately quiet or harmonic, not usually found in this kind of record.  After a few listens I expect you will enjoy the different kind of diversity that Kid Froopy is offering here.  Throw back to the first time you heard “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster The People, and likely scratched your head, that’s my best reference point.  Check out what Kid Froopy’s been up to in “Dreams” at the link above.

Published in: on May 6, 2017 at 3:18 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“These Four Walls” is the new EP from @AmbassadeursUK with delightful “3 AM” featuring @BoRocha

AMBASSADEURS featuring BO ROCHA, “3 AM”

UK producer Ambassadeurs has unleashed his long-awaited EP These Four Walls, and among the electronic ear candy within is “3 AM” which features the vocals of fellow Brit Bo Rocha.  “3 AM” is one mid-tempo song that shouldn’t slip under the radar, it’s absolutely perfect for clubs with a stunning vocal by Bo featuring beautiful high notes that just don’t grace any old song.  I think “3 AM” could benefit from remixes – as long as the vocals are left alone, don’t mess with ’em! 😉  Check it out at the link above for an unexpected gem of the week 🙂 Hopefully another collaboration between the pair is forthcoming at some point!

Published in: on May 6, 2017 at 3:18 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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Gripping, cinematic “Warrior” comes from Grammy-nominee @SteveJames with vocal by @Lights

STEVE JAMES featuring LIGHTS, “Warrior”

While it has a somewhat common Asian theme to its melody, the latest from Grammy nominee Steve James (for co-writing Justin Bieber’s song “Purpose”) comes with a huge win of an assist from another Canadian, the award-winning Lights!  Her vocal is suitably ferocious, actually recalling fellow countrymate Alanis Morissette at her fiercest.  It’s a big cinematic story – maybe an accompanying video will surface – with a lot of rock flavour mixed into Steve’s complex production.  Steve James and Lights are definitely a winning force together with “Warrior” 🙂

Published in: on February 12, 2017 at 6:09 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Hypnotic and powerful,”Another Friend” is the latest by L.A.’s @DanaAndTheWolf

DANA AND THE WOLF, “Another Friend” (free DL)

I tell ya, L.A.’s alt.rock duo Dana And The Wolf are going to have one winner of an EP or album, should all of the songs be as musically consistent and diverse stylistically and lyrically as their most recent three, the latest of which is “Another Friend”.  Take an at times Amy Winehouse-ish jazz/blues soaked-vocal, send it through to the anguish of the end of a relationship, and augment it with a powerful soundscape with nightmarish highlights (and a beautiful high note near the end), and “Another Friend” may just be for you.  I’ve already compared Dana Hobson’s voice to Shirley Manson, Florence Welch, and Pat Benatar – she’s got true chameleon qualities.  “Another Friend” is equally as compelling as previously released (and blogged about) “Attitude” and “Close Enough”, with Daniel Wolf’s wall of drums, synths and guitars that doesn’t let up after a pause around the 1:20 mark.  Keep ’em coming Dana and Daniel – download “Another Friend” at the link above for free.

Published in: on February 7, 2017 at 12:06 am  Leave a Comment  
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“Sail” is glorious, effortless deep house from Germany’s @itsLeviofficial featuring Victor Perry @perksofbeingvic

LEVI featuring VICTOR PERRY, “Sail”

German producer Levi has enlisted the ever-amazing Georgia-based Victor Perry as vocalist on his latest single “Sail”.  And it’s simply glorious deep house that would fit like a glove on dance music radio.  Victor’s vocal is a delight and draws a lot of inspiration from his favourite 90’s vocalists but makes the song his own too, and that diverse voice seems to fit into any genre easily.  But the song would also be much less without its gorgeous melody and effortless production by Levi.  “Sail” is one of those inauspicious dance songs that will build its own groundswell based on everything that’s solid about it, so don’t say you haven’t been told!  Listen above and pick it up at your favourite digital music store.

Published in: on January 26, 2017 at 11:31 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Revel in the epic heartbreaker “Windswept” by @runCryWolf

CRYWOLF, “Windswept”

After the complex but captivating “Quantum Immortality” comes “Windswept” by California EDM performer Crywolf (aka Justin Phillips).  It’s an epic heartbreaker that returns to the same ground set by “Slow Burn” earlier this year.  Both songs are connected by stories of relationships that went so sour that they resulted in being emotionally trapped.  “Windswept” is full of torrents of ups and downs that would be perfectly suited to be acted out in front of us on stage, much in the way that Jim Steinman wrote for rocker Meat Loaf.  The quiet moments of anguish will have you tearing up, while the majestic rebounds will have you leading the charge to abandon all thoughts of that relationship once and for all, but by then there is nothing left but the existential question asked at the end.  Crywolf’s “Windswept” is powerful stuff, long at 6:27 but worth every second at the link above.

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