Meet newcomer @iamFourNights from Dublin, Ireland with the 80’s pop flair of “Want You Always”

FOUR NIGHTS, “Want You Always”

Although he has recorded as a part of the rock trio Tanjier, which has had solid local success in his native Dublin, Four Nights (aka Tommy Buckley) has branched out on his own with the 80’s pop flair of “Want You Always”. Self-described as influenced by alt.pop groups like The1975 and LANY, it’s one of two new Four Nights singles (the other being “Nothing To Say”) that have just been released.  “Want You Always” immediately grabs you with that ever-so-familiar drum beat, which pervaded 80’s hits like Steve Winwood’s “Higher Love” and in particular “She Drives Me Crazy” by Fine Young Cannibals.  But that’s where similarities end – “Want You Always” draws you in with Tommy’s earnest vocal which unfolds the story of being wounded by the end of a relationship that may have finished prematurely, at least through the eyes of the songwriter.  The additional instrumentation comes together nicely, making “Want You Always” a warm, easy listen and a promising start for Four Nights.

Published in: on November 7, 2020 at 10:54 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Part Of This” is poignant pop that wears its emotions on its sleeve, from UK singer/songwriter @Jazz__Mino

JAZZ MINO, “Part Of This”

Following “New Girlfriend” and particularly the outstanding “Like A Drunk Girl” (which peaked at #11 on my personal chart) is “Part Of This” by British singer/songwriter Jazz Mino.  It’s theme is about being excluded, which hits home in particular in the last part of the song, which touches on being on the receiving end of a crumbling relationship.  The song relies on Jazz Mino’s gentle, personable, but direct vocal to tell her story over a minimal mainly electronic arrangement with some well-placed guitar work.  Despite its story, “Part Of This” doesn’t come off as a downer.  Like several of her other songs, Jazz Mino offers well-meaning perspective to which many listeners will relate, and this makes her songs easily stand out from the rest.

Published in: on November 6, 2020 at 10:49 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Go deep with “Time Pass” by Florida-based electronic dance producer @Kaufaudio

KAUF, “Time Pass”

A few years back, a series of well-received singles led to the progressive electronic album release Regrowth by Florida-based producer/remixer Kauf (aka Ron Kaufman).  Kauf continues his dreamy, deep synth soundscapes with “Time Pass”, one of several singles which I note that he has released this year.  This one is soothing for the electronic soul in all of us, almost a theme from another time in music (the 1970’s perhaps?) when whiling away the time seemed like a great idea.  In today’s world, we take it for granted, and time slips just slips away because we’re too busy to enjoy it.  So find yourself a quiet place, put your headphones on, close your eyes, and go deep into Kauf’s “Time Pass”.

Published in: on November 1, 2020 at 8:48 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Respected electronic dance music vocalist @_watchmeRUNN shines solo with “Handle With Care”

RUNN, “Handle With Care”

“Handle With Care” is a melodic delight from L.A.-based singer RUNN. If you don’t know her by name, you definitely know her by voice through notable songs recorded with Illenium, Wooli, Dabin, William Black, We Are Fury, and numerous others over the last two years or so. Solo songs were inevitable with all of her vocal and songwriting talents, and “Handle With Care” also serves as the title of her 5 track EP. The song itself is much gentler than the settings in which you’ve heard her, and the crisp, on-point vocal really shines with less heavy production. I hope that we continue to hear RUNN on electronic dance music tracks recorded by others too, because she is a part of that soundtrack, but with songs like “Handle With Care” she can successfully hold a concurrent path too.

Published in: on October 6, 2020 at 9:40 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Tinseltown In The Rain” is a gorgeous, wistful #BlueNile cover by pop/electronic producers @MattMancid and @ColorTheory

MATT MANCID and COLOR THEORY, “Tinseltown In The Rain” (original and Big Rhythm mixes)

One doesn’t come along very often, but “Tinseltown In The Rain” is a classic example of a song that combines delightful synth work and rhythms with a wistful melody, courtesy of two pop/electronic producers, Germany’s Matt Mancid and California-based Color Theory (aka Brian Hazard). The song also conjures up images of Hollywood besieged by rain pouring down on all of the glamourous folks we associate with its yesteryear. It’s no surprise that it’s a bit reminiscent of an 80’s Alan Parsons-kind of release, but it’s actually an inspired cover of a track by Scotland’s acclaimed The Blue Nile from their 1984 album A Walk Across The Rooftops, and Color Theory’s engaged and passionate vocal totally nails it. “Tinseltown In The Rain” therefore is not to be overlooked, either in its original slower version or the powerful Big Rhythm mix, both designed for dancing. Matt Mancid and Color Theory last appeared together on my personal chart with “Headphones” back in late 2013, which quickly shot to #1. Could “Tinseltown” do the same?

Among the treasures in @BrightLightx2’s new album Fun City is “Good At Goodbyes”, a potent duet with @Erasureinfo’s Andy Bell

BRIGHT LIGHT BRIGHT LIGHT and ANDY BELL, “Good At Goodbyes”

A week ago, Bright Light Bright Light’s fourth album Fun City was released, and today it ranked as the #1 album on the UK Dance Chart. Despite its title, and while the album has ‘fun’ at its core, with several upbeat dance tracks, there are also a number of learned-life stories, as one can often expect from the unique perspectives of Rod Thomas. Having toured with Erasure in the past few years, it’s still incredible to hear the amazing Andy Bell in duet with Rod on “Good At Goodbyes”. Whether his voice is intended to be that of a past lover or an inner-conscience, Andy’s vocal offsets Rod’s lead story-teller just beautifully. The song keeps you on edge about a guy who’s trying to be strong after a relationship has ended, while resigning himself to his memories and sadness with lack of closure. Fun City has many other glorious collaborations including those with Sam Sparro, Brendan Maclean, Jake Shears, KAYE and several others who you should get to know. It also includes the previous diverse singles “This Was My House” (which reached #5 on my personal chart), “Sensation”, “I Used To Be Cool”, and “It’s Alright, It’s OK”.

“Heaven In The Heartbreak” is an impressive, emotional dance club track by Norway’s @Dunisco and British singer/songwriter Richard Judge @RJudgeofficial

DUNISCO and RICHARD JUDGE, “Heaven In The Heartbreak”

Primarily known as a remixer, Norway’s Dunisco (aka Mats Gulbrandsen) returns with his first new music in two years with the guitar-flavoured house track “Heaven In The Heartbreak”. Its vibrancy is carried by a classic song structure and melody, and the song was co-written by its singer, England’s Richard Judge. You’ll recognize his voice immediately from Robin Schulz’s huge European hit “Show Me Love”, and since then he’s been a go-to for dance records by Sam Feldt, Kungs, Benny Benassi, among others. The tight production, the winning story and vocals make “Heaven In The Heartbreak” a must for dance music fans who will only imagine how powerful the song will sound in clubs once they reopen.

Published in: on September 24, 2020 at 11:25 pm  Leave a Comment  
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New Danish producer Toby Rose arrives with the melodic deep house of “Chance To Run”

TOBY ROSE, “Chance To Run”

Denmark’s Toby Rose is a new name to get to know in the electronic dance world.  “Chance To Run” is his second single, a mid-tempo melodic deep house track with a sexy, lusty undercurrent which will help make the rest of the summer months whirr along.  The uncredited male vocal pleads to the object of his affection as he gets caught up in the complex game of love.  Toby Rose has spent most of the last part of the decade writing and producing for others.  With strong songs like “Chance To Run” now under his own name, you can expect him to find many more new fans itching for that house music fix.

Published in: on August 3, 2020 at 3:44 pm  Leave a Comment  
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California electronic producer @JayB1rdmusic dips into a heavier, rich electronic sound with “Silent”

JAY BIRD and DNAKM, “Silent”

After a few online chats late last year, I’ve been very anxious to hear where California electronic producer Jay Bird (aka Jason Brown) was headed after a number of pop-flavoured dance releases over the past few years as he gradually nails down his own brand.  “Silent” takes a positive turn for a heavier, dubstep-flavoured song with a set of bleaker lyrics than usual (“I don’t want show emotion / When I’m crying out I’m broken / Everyone in slow motion”) which Jay has co-written with singer DNAKM (Donna Kim).  Having previously sung on Jay’s “Alive”, DNAKM provides the knowing vulnerability that cuts through the music and some bigger beats and synths than in the past.  “Silent” definitely allows the music of Jay Bird to reach into a bigger audience within the electronic music genres, one that is there for the big synths and rhythms, but also for the songwriting.

Published in: on April 12, 2020 at 4:31 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Run” by electronic producer @KaiWachimusic and singer/songwriter @itsDylanMatthew turns sadness into release

KAI WACHI and DYLAN MATTHEW, “Run”

Idaho-based electronic producer Kai Wachi is someone you may have encountered either performing at a big festival or supporting Black Tiger Sex Machine on tour.  His latest single, “Run”, mixes earnest sadness with aggressive release, culminating in a fierce synth breakdown at around the three-quarter mark.  He co-wrote the song with singer Dylan Matthew, whose name you will associate with songs particularly by Slander, but he’s also worked with Seven Lions, Crystal Skies, and Dabin among others.  “Run” is a pretty sad and angry breakup song that taps into a genuineness which the electronic dubstep genre of current artists seem to find inside a treasure trove of emotions for their fans.  “Run” is also pretty accessible for those not looking for anything too heavy, but there’s still lots for long-time fans to enjoy as well.

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