“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.

Published in: on December 3, 2018 at 11:39 pm  Leave a Comment  
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French duo @Loge21official mix in classic house with slick effects in “Detroit”

LOGE 21, “Detroit”

Perhaps giving a nod to Fedde Legrand’s early 2000’s classic “Put Your Hands Up For Detroit” with its enthusiastic arrangement, French duo Loge 21 have a winner with the song simply called “Detroit”.  It takes early 90’s house influences with snippets of a powerful soulful vocal and adds some ear-wrenching contemporary effects that should help “Detroit” become an immediate dance floor draw.  Its 3:18 length simply never lets up and you’ll be breathless and very satisfied by the end.  2018 continues to bring us great dance music out of France and I’ll look forward to hearing more from Loge 21.

Published in: on November 25, 2018 at 10:46 pm  Leave a Comment  
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French producer @TezCadey creates blissful EDM with “Logic” tailor-made for clubs and festivals

TEZ CADEY, “Logic”

There is so much great dance music coming out of France lately, and a lot of it is instrumental, so after a series of his singles with vocals comes Tez Cadey’s “Logic”.  With melodic inspiration so evident from Avicii, Martin Garrix, and Kygo, Tez is an absolute treat to watch in the above video which showcases a good day in the life of a DJ/producer off to play at a festival.  It oozes honesty, passion, and joy as Tez works his magic on stage.  “Logic” is a solid companion to Arty’s “Tim” and fellow Frenchmen Slow Hours’ recent “Endless”, and he’s one of the rare new producers to have cracked the Chinese music market early in his career.  “Logic” has a sneaky, recognizable hook that will immediately generate reaction from EDM lovers once they get to know it.  And there’s good news behind the scenes too that “Logic” is one of the first new releases for the Sony reboot of the Arista label, which released so much fine dance music in its heyday before being shuttered in 2011.  Watch for Tez Cadey’s album Lizard Days on November 2 too.

Published in: on October 25, 2018 at 9:51 pm  Leave a Comment  
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French collective @SlowHours drop their adventurous debut single of many moods, “Endless”

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SLOW HOURS, “Endless”

After numerous well-received remixes, which led to most of the six members of Slow Hours – Khamsin, Rusty Hook, Kidswaste, Kultur, Astre, and Lain – branching out with many terrific solo efforts, many of which I’ve written about, the band has dropped their debut original, progressive-sounding single “Endless”.  It’s a moody affair for sure, but well worthy of your kind attention for just shy of four minutes.  Now these guys know how to start a record with a great lead up to a complete change of pace before the 50 second mark, which turns into a gritty, trappy main section that returns later in the song.  It’s punctuated by a quieter, cinematic-sounding break, and finishes with almost a minute of melt-in-your mouth piano and symphonic effects that help make “Endless” quite an unexpected musical adventure.  I hope more will be forthcoming soon to show off the many diverse talents within Slow Hours.

Published in: on October 21, 2018 at 5:11 pm  Leave a Comment  
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France’s @Mercer_music drops his fresh tribute to @JamiroquaiHQ “Alright”

MERCER, “Alright” (free DL)

French producer Mercer keeps the creative disco juices flowing with “Alright”.  This is Mercer’s take on the UK Top 10 mid 90’s hit for Jamiroquai, and in a way, it’s a much overdue tribute to Jay Kay and his band and their influence on modern dance music.  In the early 90’s, Jamiroquai took Jay’s Stevie Wonder-ish voice and wrapped it gleefully around classic soul and disco grooves, and music fans everywhere embraced it through more than a decade of hits.  Mercer brings “Alright” full circle to 2018 with lots of percussion-shaking rhythms that are as fun as his neo disco beats.  Best of all, for now you can get the radio mix and extended mix absolutely free!  Mercer has delivered the goods this year and “Alright” is deserving of the ongoing dance music love from fans.

Published in: on September 27, 2018 at 9:05 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Plastic Dreams” is a cheery slice of indie electronica from France’s @Khamsinmusic and @Kidswaste

KHAMSIN and KIDSWASTE, “Plastic Dreams”

One of the most vibrant and cheery songs you’ll hear heading into Autumn is “Plastic Dreams” by French producers Khamsin and Kidswaste.  The pair are also two of a bigger collective called Slow Hours that is (ahem) overdue for new music.  Until then, most of the members have recorded recent solo material.  The production here is deliberately pretty sparse and raw at times, with gentle, charming vocals, giving it live-off-the-floor qualities.  But both gents know how to make really big, dramatic productions when they need to, so some hefty rhythms and anthemic qualities make “Plastic Dreams” flow with the dance floor in mind.  Just one last thing – more, please 🙂

Published in: on September 25, 2018 at 10:27 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Take @Mercermusic’s disco club time machine trip with “Fireworks”

MERCER, “Fireworks”

After powering the first part of 2018 with one of its most enduring house tracks, “Satisfy” (featuring Ron Carroll), French producer/DJ Mercer dropped “Fireworks” about a month ago on Soundcloud briefly as a free gift to fans for their support.  While the song is no longer available for free, it hardly deserves to be overlooked.  For me, it’s a time warp of a track that takes me back to happy disco days along with some fun 90’s flavour that’s well represented by songs of the era like The Bucketheads’ “The Bomb”.  I would wager that the main hook of the song is an inconspicuous sample from a 70’s disco soul record that might have been brought to us by a label like Solar or Salsoul of the time.  “Fireworks” is timeless fun that allows you to get that disco groove on full tilt.  Club DJ’s should flock to this one stat! 

Published in: on August 14, 2018 at 10:21 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Silky smooth “Brand New” is a fine Europop collab for @Daitshi_ and Victor Perry @perksofbeingvic

DAÏTSHI and VICTOR PERRY, “Brand New”

I’m not gonna lie, “Brand New” had me captivated within the first 30 seconds of the song.  It’s a silky smooth collaboration between 18 year old French producer Daïtshi  and southern US bred but NYC-based singer/songwriter Victor Perry, who wrote the lyrics to this one.  Victor’s appropriately cheerful and on-point vocal tells a familiar story, but a subtle mix of acoustic guitar and synths transport you somewhere old and romantic and European.  “Brand New” is simply solid pop on its own but remixes might offer more to clubs to bring dancers out of a slow set.  I’m hoping that Daïtshi and Victor have plans to collaborate again because “Brand New” is the way to do it!  Add “Brand New” to your Romance Dance playlist using the Spotify link above.

Published in: on June 10, 2018 at 6:10 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Listen to atmospheric “Off To Get Lost” by French duo @Kultursound

KULTUR, “Off To Get Lost”

“Off To Get Lost” is an ideal song to end off an evening of clubbing, where you might head off into the night, with or without others, to wander among the darkness and light, and gear up for that 24 hour diner breakfast that awaits.  I can’t say that French duo Kultur (more members of the Slow Hours collective) really offer anything new here, taking a lot of cues from progressive electronic and ambient music that might go back to the early 80’s.  But “Off To Get Lost” is a very well produced instrumental indeed with trippy vocal effects and melody that will draw out some positive and emotional reactions.  Check out “Off To Get Lost” at the link above.

Published in: on May 19, 2018 at 9:38 pm  Leave a Comment  
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