France’s @RetroVisionFR returns with another crowd-pleaser in “Take Off”

RETROVISION, “Take Off”

Last year, RetroVision (aka Mathieu Arnaud) brought us one of the most-played highlights of the year with “Get Down”, his fun homage to the UK and dance smash “Lola’s Theme”.  This year, “Take Off” should be a real crowd-pleaser at clubs and at festivals.  Like “Get Down”, it doesn’t hold anything back as a brisk 3 minute + ride featuring trance-y sounding synths, effectively pitched-up vocals, soulful screams, and key pauses that make you wait for the synths and beats to come and conquer again.  Keep warm by dancing your way through Fall with “Take Off”.

Published in: on October 3, 2019 at 10:35 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Meet new French-American rocker @NordiBlu with her striking debut single “Skin”

NORDI BLU, “Skin”

“Skin” by Nordi Blu impresses right out of the gate as a debut single with powerful, multi-layered production that showcases this rocker’s larger than life persona.  But this French-American singer/songwriter, raised in Berlin, is no newbie.  For as Marie-Claude Rubin, European fans of the TV show “The Voice Of Germany” saw her perform a few years back as part of Mark Forster’s team, where she advanced to the quarter-finals.  It was wise to use that experience as a jumping off point for reinvention, and thus we have Nordi Blu making a striking arrival with “Skin”.  She has a diverse voice full of personality that will make you recall songs by Melissa Etheridge and Alanis Morissette.  I’m particularly taken with how she stays in a low chest voice range during a good part of the song, making the refrain of “you got no skin in it” particularly memorable. A full album is set for late 2019 release.

Published in: on August 11, 2019 at 10:34 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Meet new French-American rocker @NordiBlu with her striking debut single “Skin”

NORDI BLU, “Skin”

“Skin” by Nordi Blu impresses right out of the gate as a debut single with powerful, multi-layered production that showcases this rocker’s larger than life persona.  But this French-American singer/songwriter, raised in Berlin, is no newbie.  For as Marie-Claude Rubin, European fans of the TV show “The Voice Of Germany” saw her perform a few years back as part of Mark Forster’s team, where she advanced to the quarter-finals.  It was wise to use that experience as a jumping off point for reinvention, and thus we have Nordi Blu making a striking arrival with “Skin”.  She has a diverse voice full of personality that will make you recall songs by Melissa Etheridge and Alanis Morissette.  I’m particularly taken with how she stays in a low chest voice range during a good part of the song, making the refrain of “you got no skin in it” particularly memorable. A full album is set for late 2019 release.

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Summer fun is here and with France’s @RetroVision clearly “We Like To Party”

RETROVISION, “We Like To Party”

RetroVision is a French producer and protege of Don Diablo, whose music came to the fore last year with the much played “Get Down”, which I heard all over Miami Music Week before its official release thanks to featuring a key sample of the incomparible “Lola’s Theme” by The Shapeshifters.  Out to instill in everyone the same kind of contagious fun, “We Like To Party” perhaps liberally borrows from Daft Punk, Avicii and Martin Garrix, cobbling various notable and similar sounds together as a one-man party machine.  There’s little to dislike here, and when the dance floor beckons you’ll be well prepared to let loose to “We Like The Party”.

Published in: on May 26, 2019 at 10:32 pm  Leave a Comment  
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It’s 10/10 #03: New songs from @JayB1rdmusic and @DanniCarra, @Prizmofficial, @NickHagelin and @itsPaxton, @DaveWinnel, @JanosBAndersson, @thisisMokita, @iamNickPeters and @JamieGreymusic, @weareGODAMN, @Aadysimusic, and @iamAxelM

10/10 #03

10/10 (or tenoutoften) is this blog’s new feature where I write about 10 hot and fresh songs in no particular order, for your kind consideration and attention.

I continue to write individual blog posts about certain songs.  That does not mean that songs in the 10/10 lists are any less than those featured individually. 

Writing 10/10 features means I can cover more songs in one shot .  So you get to learn about more new music that I hear but don’t always get a chance to write about. 

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  • JAY BIRD and DANNI CARRA, “Let You Down” (free download)

“Let You Down” marks a personal best for SoCal producer/remixer Jay Bird.  It’s one of those songs where every aspect has been carefully crafted, balanced, and executed.  With a beautiful melody and danceable rhythm that doesn’t bow to any particular dance sub-genre, “Let You Down” is a warm and inviting story about being dedicated to a special someone.  It also marks another collaboration with singer Danni Carra (check out my blog post about “The Reason”, which was released earlier this year).  “Let You Down” is a generous free download – get it while you can at the link above.

  • PRIZM, “The Prizm”

L.A. based producer Prizm returns after a bit of a break to showcase his melodic side after a few harder edged tracks last year.  “The Prizm” has an uplifting, anthemic quality about it at times, and veers into softer, emotional EDM about half way through before the beats return and lead to a quiet ending.  The song reminds me, production-wise, of others that have come from Sweden in the past few years, using a pitched up vocal to carry it through.  The result is a creative and diverse release that should serve as a springboard for Prizm.  

  • NICK HAGELIN and PXTN, “Good Time”

“Good Time” is a breezy Latin-infused song meant for mid-evenings as the sun is setting.  It comes from always charming Atlanta-based singer/songwriter and ballet dancer Nick Hagelin, about whom I’ve written for many years, including long before his Top 10 finish in Season 10 of “The Voice”.  Taking time to balance raising a young family and maintain his professional dancing while recording and writing songs, “Good Time” marks Nick’s first release in about two years with a nice change of pace, still sounding fresh and improvised at times.  Here he brings along his buddy from “The Voice”, fellow Top 10 finisher Paxton Ingram (here billed simply as PXTN), which adds an in sync energy to the song.  Here’s to more new music from Nick Hagelin!

  • DAVE WINNEL, “Ksamil”

Dave Winnel is an Australian producer/remixer who divides his time between Sydney and The Netherlands, thanks to his work with Armin van Buuren and many others associated with the Armada label.  Only recently starting to release his own material, a four song EP called Lily Of The Valley (The Journey) has arrived from Dave.  Amid some imaginative, more progressive songs comes “Ksamil”, which has a different presence from the other songs.  “Ksamil” is small beach-side village in Albania in which Dave wrote it.  In contrast to some percolating synths, it’s got relaxing and gentle elements that make it perfect for an outdoor festival on a sunny day.  Play this one back-to-back with Tez Cadey’s “Logic” and create your own mini-voyage.

  • JANOS, “Zero”

Janos is a Norway-based Swedish singer, songwriter and musician who has been releasing music for most of this decade, receiving some attention at home and in England.  “Zero” is danceable alternative pop-rock with an outside-of-the-box approach to songwriting.  I’m really not too sure what the song is actually all about but there’s an affable vocal, tight instrumentation and production, as well as a carefree feel that, despite Janos’ European origins, reminds me most of 90’s American bands like Third Eye Blind or The Rembrandts.

  • MOKITA, “Til I Don’t”

Current blog favourite Nashville-based singer/songwriter Mokita continues his sturdy roll of top notch songs with “Til I Don’t”, following “All Into Nothing” (with R3HAB), “London”, and “Kiss And Tell”.  “Til I Don’t” is a quickie at only 2:07 and perhaps his slightest of the four, but it’s tightly crammed with words from Mokita’s always interesting perspective on relationships.

  • NICK PETERS and JAMIE GREY, “Where Did You Go”

18 year old French producer Nick Peters has released a few consistent singles of his own since 2016, while providing remixes for others such as Major Lazer.  Regular blog readers know how much I enjoyed his 2017 collaboration with Frank Pierce and Scott Vega (now known collectively as Juscova) called “No Love In Brooklyn” (#4 on my personal chart).  “Where Did You Go” is top drawer and benefits from anchored deep house beats and rhythms, and a memorable, soulful vocal from British singer Jamie Grey.  The radio edit alters the pace slightly, so go for either version, focused on the beat or the lyricism, as you see fit.

  • GODAMN, “Kickers”

Although they were previously known under other names in the dance music scene, GODAMN is a Swiss production duo who have been getting support from the best in the biz since they emerged under this name in 2017.  Their latest, “Kickers”, is a fun bass house production that would highlight any club DJ’s set and trigger instant reaction from lovers of this sub-genre.  GODAMN have a clever, bouncy club hit in the making with “Kickers” so lend an ear for it this Spring and Summer.

  • AADYSI, “Don’t Need You”

Taking its cue seemingly from both techno-styled trap and science fiction movie themes, NYC producer Aadysi is back with “Don’t Need You”.  Featuring Aadysi’s own vocal, the song starts off with some punchy beats, but slows down into a trap-influenced rhythm which morphs into some unexpected and smartly made progressive synth pop.  “Don’t Need You” then circles back to its heavier edges before a soothing, spacey ending.  It’s a stylish electronic kiss off to a past relationship that’s well worth your attention.

  • AXEL MANSOOR, “Busy”

L.A.-based singer/songwriter Axel Mansoor continues his consistent string of releases with “Busy”.  Ever the interested observer in relationship, Axel provides a convincing story to ensure that you do not forego who and what are right in front of you every day.  A midtempo beat and some well-placed synth work carries a lilting acoustic guitar melody that will make you clap or tap along.  “Busy” is indie pop that goes down easy while providing honest food for thought.

French producer @Kidswaste provides a gentle electronic escape with “Sleeping Pills” featuring US singer @Kolesongs

KIDSWASTE and KOLE, “Sleeping Pills”

“Sleeping Pills” is an idyllic, uplifting escape of just under 4 minutes from French producer Kidswaste (otherwise known as Quentin Beauvois), who opened up recently for DROELOE on a few of their North American tour dates.  “Sleeping Pills” features the gentle voice of US singer Kole, as well as a subdued, easy-to-take, percolating rhythm.  Kidswaste keeps us entertained with a lot going on within “Sleeping Pills”, including a few brief symphonic-sounding synth highs that really help tie the song together.  His penchant for gorgeous melody though is what anchors “Sleeping Pills” and will lead to repeated plays.

Published in: on April 3, 2019 at 10:16 pm  Leave a Comment  
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French producer @ValyMo slams hard with future bass of “Dimension”

VALY MO, “Dimension”

I’ll say it again – there was no shortage of fantastic dance music coming from France in 2018 and I expect it to continue in 2019.  That will allow progressive-minded producers like Valy Mo to acquire an even bigger worldwide following if songs like “Dimension” can help take him there.  Normally, using a relentless and linear vocal sample would drive me crackers, but there’s so much that’s huge that’s going on in “Dimension”.  It slams hard and shakes you up well enough for just shy of three minutes and the vocal ends up being highly complimentary.  “Dimension” is destined for worldwide club and festival play.  The dance music world needs more bass bumpers like this one!

Published in: on December 31, 2018 at 2:14 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Majesty” is a royally potent blend of hip hop and EDM as remixed by France’s @CloZeemusic by Montreal-based producer @Apashe_music and Canadian rapper @afroWasiu

APASHE and WASIU, “Majesty” (CloZee remix)

“Majesty” gets a heavy-duty epic trap-influenced official remix by French producer CloZee, who has seen herself play festivals on the same bill as the likes of Jean-Michel Jarre.  She lends a lot of spirit to the creative release from Montreal-based producer Apashe and Canadian rapper Wasiu.  You might think of the word ‘anthemic’ when you first hear the remix, but a title like “Majesty” deserves more than that and CloZee delivers it big time.  She’s got a great record to work with as Wasiu delivers a candid rap that is full of fire without being over the top.  “Majesty” is a hard-hitting fist-pumper that requires repeated listening.

Published in: on December 14, 2018 at 12:35 am  Leave a Comment  
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“Whispers” is a softer Eurohouse delight from France’s Martin Vallée and US singer/songwriter Victor Perry @perksofbeingvic

MARTIN VALLÉE & VICTOR PERRY, “Whispers”

Following up their bouncy take on Stevie Wonder’s “Uptight” last Spring, French producer Martin Vallée and US pop/soul singer/songwriter Victor Perry have once again joined forces for “Whispers”.  With this song, they head straight into a softer Eurohouse mix that’s best suited either early on in the evening or later at night.  There’s an interesting song structure here, with a subtle introduction, that’s followed by the hook within its first minute.  This allows Victor to then wax his eloquent voice over the crux of the story, remembering the whispers of a past lover.  Queue the hook again and the song bobs its way playfully until it’s time to get closer again… “Whispers” is definitely a pleasing choice atypical of its genre and my compliments to the artists for taking some chances with a gentler shade of house music.

Published in: on December 3, 2018 at 11:39 pm  Leave a Comment  
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French producer #Maone has an inspiring bass house track in “Never Break Me”

MAONE, “Never Break Me”

While the bass house bounce and rhythm are key in French producer Maone’s “Never Break Me”, its encouraging story is also an emotional draw for music lovers.  The steadfast, confident vocal by an uncredited female singer is a call to anyone going through a tough time about not cracking under whatever pressure is at source.  It makes a fine basis to help dance away any troubles you might have, and know there’s something better waiting.  Maone slams home those bass pulses set to a fast-paced house rhythm, and “Never Break Me” becomes a memorable and inspirational release.

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