It’s so easy to get lost in their “Verona”: Peter Wilson and Sean Smith’s compelling duet @pete80s @SeanSmithsolo

PETER WILSON & SEAN SMITH, “Verona” and its Remixes EP

“Verona” has a such a beautiful melody at first listen that you simply must play it a few times for the rest of the song to sink in.  Once you’re hooked, it’s so easy to get lost in the “Verona” as sung in the duet of the unlikely vocal pairing of Australia’s Peter Wilson and England’s Sean Smith.  Some of you will know Peter from his fine work with John von Ahlen’s Parralox, and others will recognize ex-Same Difference’s Sean Smith from these blog pages last year when he tantalized us with “Magic” in an Andy Sikorski remix.  The voices don’t really sound like they should be together but they offset each so well other that you don’t want to wait until whichever of them sings next!  And when they sing together, it’s a perfect sonic fit.  “Verona” of course is the setting in Italy for Shakespeare’s “Romeo & Juliet”.  Here, the song is a story of a love that is losing its vibrancy only perhaps to be rekindled by the end.  With its musical influences sunk in German europop of the 80’s, “Verona” has this massive and unexpected appeal all around.  And there are even a variety of remixes to choose from, but I will tap Matt Pop’s extended version for adding a triumphant flavour to “Verona”.  Check out the original below (from Peter’s forthcoming album The Passion & The Flame) and pick up the Remixes EP on iTunes.

Published in: on August 17, 2018 at 9:15 pm  Leave a Comment  
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UK trio @Patawawa continue to impress with lo-fi funky, emotional disco of “Fight Me”

PATAWAWA, “Fight Me”

Yes, you read that headline correctly.  Dance music sometimes disguises the toughest of emotions, so that we can let them all out and leave our blood on the dance floor, as Michael Jackson once sang.  UK trio Patawawa subscribe to these sentiments in their latest song “Fight Me”, following up the 70’s funk-laced “Lie” and their EP Bedroom.  Retaining the lo-fi production that highlights the bass work in a pretty raw form, “Fight Me” is also a showcase for Beth’s captivating vocal, as well as out-and-out disco inspiration that brings the zing back into those strings that recall so many records particularly out of the Salsoul and Philadelphia International labels of the 70’s.  Patawawa’s hearts and minds are all in the right places and they keep you happily stuck dancing on the groove line with “Fight Me”.

Published in: on July 4, 2018 at 10:51 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Post-royal wedding original from UK singer/songwriter @JamesFrancis86 with “Free To Be Me”

JAMES FRANCIS, “Free To Be Me”

What a thrill it must have been for James Francis to be part of the choir that received worldwide praise for their rendition of “Stand By Me” at the recent royal wedding.  James has fine talents to offer on his own as is readily apparent with his new original “Free To Be Me”.  The UK singer/songwriter has crafted an instantly likable slice of soul/pop that you don’t hear much of these days.  It’s positive and empowering, with a terrific carefree rhythm that makes it a breezy breath of fresh air.  While the younger folks are crafting their own brand of R&B, it’s a pleasure to hear a song that will remind you of 80’s and 90’s  soul pop like Seal, Hall & Oates, Lionel Richie and others.  Add it to your Slice Of Soul playlist using the Spotify link above.

Published in: on June 24, 2018 at 5:33 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Australia’s @Throttle goes next level with the R&B dance blend of “All In”

THROTTLE, “All In”

Continually one to watch as he grows and grows within dance music, Australia’s busy and prolific and ever-touring Throttle tackles a very different but next level style for him with “All In”.  As co-written with singers/songwriters A*M*E and MNEK, “All In” is smoking R&B dance music that is a surefire strong bet for international play on dance music radio stations and in clubs.  Although uncredited, I would gather that the vocal also belongs to MNEK, already out there with his new songs “Tongue” and “Colours”.  Even if not, the vocalist tackles the song in the way any powerhouse would and totally goes neck-and-neck with Throttle’s inventive and complimentary production.  A song like “All In” only makes you want to hear more collaborations by the three principals, who are onto a good thing that can only get better!  Add “All In” to your Take No Prisoners dance playlist using the Spotify link above.

Published in: on June 17, 2018 at 11:07 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Rogue” is wily, trap-inspired darker dance music from @iamDNMO and @Akaciamusic

DNMO and AKACIA, “Rogue”

Hailing from Cornwall in the UK, producer and songwriter DNMO (aka Aiden Morgan) is probably the most noteworthy teen on the rise in the biz and definitely shows a different side of what he can offer with the dark “Rogue”, featuring a sly but beautiful vocal by Australian singer Akacia.  With its almost metronome beat to build momentum, “Rogue” teases you with the soft voice of Akacia, but what she’s singing about continues to make you wonder what’s going to happen next.  There’s a bit of controlled foreboding and lots of attitude present, and then a brief trap-influenced drop surfaces to reassure you that something out of the ordinary is about to happen when the singer goes ‘rogue’.  The folks behind Deadbeats Records are going to push the music of DNMO to its limits so expect to hear much more very soon.  “Rogue” is an intriguing and adventurous next step for DNMO.

Published in: on June 10, 2018 at 6:10 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Misunderstand” by UK singer/songwriter @Jazz__Mino surrounds a breakup with a sparkling melody

JAZZ MINO, “Misunderstand”

A while back, I brought to your attention Jazz Mino’s “Warriors”, a bright celebration of taking a stand despite what anyone else thinks.  “Misunderstand”, the British singer/songwriter’s follow up, is a delightful contrast to that song as it documents the emotion of being mistreated and misunderstood, and surrounds it with a sparkling melody to make it more about carrying on than dwelling on the past.  You can hear the affect of the lyrics in her vocal, which comes to terms graciously with it all, but all of the high notes and synth flourishes can’t bring the story down, so we can choose to dance it all away.  Songs like “Misunderstand” should continue to open doors for this intriguing new talent.  Add it to your Moving On From Love playlist using the Spotify link above.

Published in: on May 27, 2018 at 7:23 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Here’s to even more disco-funk from England’s @Patawawa with “Lie”

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PATAWAWA, “Lie”

Beth, Rory and Sam comprise UK trio Patawawa, who impressed earlier this year with the grand retro-disco vibes of “Patagonia” from their EP Bedroom.  They’ve followed up the EP with an appearance in Cookie Records’ Crispy Groove Compilation EP with “Lie”.  This song draws perhaps more on inspiration from Parliament-Funkadelic and Rick James than CHIC this time, with its deep bass synths creating a deliciously contagious funky rhythm.  The trio has everything going for it to stand out in the busy dance music scene, but I think would benefit of better-rounded production to make their music pop even more.  But, no lie, “Lie” is a heckuva lot of fun and should attract more fans to Patawawa’s diverse sounds.  Add “Lie” to your “It Is Time To Get Funky” playlist using the Spotify link below.

Published in: on May 19, 2018 at 9:38 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Lost in the moment: UK singer Ben Davidson @BDavidsonmusic returns with “Fallin’ In”

BEN DAVIDSON, “Fallin’ In”

You never know who was once in a boy band, and British pop music fans know Ben Davidson from his time in Most Wanted years ago.  But one thing is for sure – having that experience often generates fine singers, even if not necessarily in the style of that band.  Ben is a true pop/rock balladeer with “Fallin’ In”, another Daniel Volpe production for Energise that captures the essence of being lost in the moment where you really don’t know where you’ll be heading next.  Ben’s crisp voice leads a sublime undercurrent of classic guitar, piano and drum work.  “Fallin’ In” has many tender moments as well as a bright, anthemic quality that pervaded his previous single “The Chain”.  Watch for the remixes of “Fallin’ In” later in the week.  In the meantime add “Fallin’ In” to your favourite rock-flavoured love songs playlist on Spotify using the link above.

Published in: on March 27, 2018 at 8:18 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Manchester rockers @TheCovasettes are set to break out with “This Feeling” and acoustic “She Is”

THE COVASETTES, “This Feeling” and “She Is” (acoustic)

Inspired by fellow Manchester bands of the 90’s, although they don’t really sound like any one of them in particular (Happy Mondays? The Charlatans? nope!), quartet The Covasettes have the same kind of appeal going on as groups like Bastille with their new single “This Feeling”.  Lead singer and guitarist Chris Buxton has a recognizable, charismatic voice that dominates the song, but he wouldn’t be able to achieve that without the tight band of Matt Hewlett (guitar/vocals), Matt Buckley (drums) and Jamie McIntyre (bass/vocals).  Fans of Keane, Kaiser Chiefs, and The Script will also gravitate to radio-friendly appeal of “This Feeling”.  Showing off without electric instruments or drums in the video for “She Is” (below) brings it down to the grass roots for The Covasettes which would come across well as a break in a set in concert.  Give them both a solid listen and remember where you read about The Covasettes 🙂

Published in: on October 21, 2017 at 8:56 pm  Leave a Comment  
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No Romeo, Just @LawsonOfficial’s “Juliet”

LAWSON, “Juliet”

Fresh off their fun, melodic and energetic show in Toronto on Friday night, the lads from Lawson – Andy, Ryan , Joel and Adam – continue to tantalize us with their infectious brand of rocking pop, which has already taken them a few times to the UK Top 10, most recently with “Brokenhearted”.  “Juliet” is definitely another smart story that is guided by a hook that tears a page out of Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out Of Heaven” (which of course nods heavily to The Police).  Snappy drum work by Adam and always affecting everyguy vocal by Andy will help “Juliet” likely find a bigger audience than some of their other songs.  Now we just need a new album or EP to package it up along with”Brokenhearted” and a few other new songs.  Like the retro costuming in the video too!  “Juliet” is due in October in the UK.  Below is a pic from their concert.

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Published in: on September 3, 2013 at 8:15 pm  Leave a Comment  
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