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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“My Way” is dramatic, punchy deep house from France’s @Khamsinmusic with vocalist @MOONZz

KHAMSIN and MOONZz, “My Way”

Following up his powerful recent single “Second Guess” is French producer Khamsin with “My Way”.  It’s as equally catchy as “Second Guess”, anchored by the determined attitude in the vocal by rising L.A. singer MOONZz.  The punchy backdrop of drums and percussion gives “My Way” a resolute and tribal sensibility, fusing with its equally interesting story.  Khamsin once again offers tight production that is as pop-friendly as it is for dance club audiences.  Enjoy all the drama – “My Way” is a well-crafted package with lots to offer.  Khamsin is part of the electronic collective Slow Hours (also featuring Kidswaste and Rusty Hook among others) that is overdue for some music of its own!

Published in: on May 16, 2018 at 10:44 pm  Leave a Comment  
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French producer @Khamsinmusic goes huge future bass with “Second Guess” featuring @Anukamusic

KHAMSIN featuring ANUKA, “Second Guess”

At times sometimes sounding a bit contrary to its lyrics, “Second Guess” comes confidently from French producer Khamsin, who, along with Kidswaste and Rusty Hook, is another member of the collective Slow Hours.  With a major bonus, it features vocalist Anuka, who you’ll remember from her persuasive singing in last year’s “Heavy Hearted” by Murky.  When the song is quiet, the arrangement surrounds Anuka’s voice like a velvet envelope.  But when it’s loud, it’s almost a future bass battle cry complete with knights, catapults, and castles all a rage in your head.  “Second Guess” has a big movie soundtrack with a fairy tale love story of uncertainty.  It will make you shiver and then want to cheer.  Khamsin isn’t about to leave any stone unturned in in this majestic production.  He is definitely one to watch with “Second Guess”.  Add it to your big and loud electronic playlist using the Spotify link above.

Published in: on January 15, 2018 at 9:06 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Tonight” is a formidable collab between France’s @Kidswaste and @HotelGaruda’s own @ManilaKilla

KIDSWASTE & MANILA KILLA, “Tonight”

“Tonight” is cozy, shiny electropop for spending those special moments with someone when everything is all right in the world and troubles melt away.  It’s definitely a step in another direction for progressive/alternative French producer Kidswaste and one half of American production duo Hotel Garuda, Manila Killa.  Co-written (and sung, unbilled) by Chelsea Cutler with the guys, its instant familiarity resembles a sequel to or continuation of Chet Porter’s 2016 hit “Stay” (also of course with vocals by Chelsea) – not a bad thing at all!  While it may take a few listens to sink in, the song starts out bold but ends up with a slight but satisfying finish.  Chelsea’s distinct voice goes a long way and carries a pretty melody.  Check it out at the link above.

Kidswaste opens for Hotel Garuda in Toronto at The Velvet Underground on Friday, December 15.

Published in: on November 25, 2017 at 10:26 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Romance Is Dead, Good Riddance” is @RustyHookmusic’s subtle and captivating electronic EP premiere

RUSTY HOOK, Romance Is Dead, Good Riddance (EP)

About a month ago, I introduced you to Guillaume Costes, the artist also known as Rusty Hook, with the varied and melodic “Relief” (featuring Nashville’s Truitt) which is included in his debut EP Romance Is Dead, Good Riddance, kind of an alternate viewpoint to Green Day’s similar but parenthetically titled “Time Of Your Life (Good Riddance)”. 

Through three vocal songs book-ended by an instrumental introduction (“Hailstorm” – I can picture walking through Paris in the hail to this 🙂 ) and “outro” (“Afterword”), Romance Is Dead, Good Riddance travels through an atypical sea of emotions, showcased sometimes by big beats but with lingering melodies as its constants.  I think perhaps “Higher”, with an uncredited vocalist, comes off as a bit soft and unexciting next to both “Relief” and the EP’s potentially trailblazing highlight, “Everything” (featuring a supurb vocal by Ria).  Its synth work at its heaviest blasts out like sonic lasers and recoils into a slow build up that will grab you again for another shake before a low-key 20 second ending.  If there’s one song here for clubs it is “Everything”. 

There’s lots in Romance Is Dead, Good Riddance to enjoy and as solo artist Rusty Hook has the potential to waste no time in joining the recent successes that are folks like San Holo or Petit Biscuit.  Listen to all of the songs at the link above.

Before you wrap up, Rusty Hook was the unfortunate victim of a thief who stole his Macbook with all kinds of new and previously unreleased music and all of his related work.  Since all of that is now lost, if you can help him out towards the purchase of a new laptop, please visit his Go Fund Me page.

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Published in: on November 24, 2017 at 10:57 pm  Leave a Comment  
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DIY musician @RustyHookmusic offers sophisticated electronica in “Relief” featuring @Truittmusic

RUSTY HOOK featuring TRUITT, “Relief”

From You Tube tutorials to teaching himself how to use Ableton to becoming a member of the group Slow Hours, and influenced initially by Madeon, France’s Rusty Hook (aka Guillaume Costes) comes to us from a new way of learning and making music, and putting it all together as something diverse and tangible to call to your attention.  “Relief” is a moody, sophisticated slice of electronic music, not what I would say is a dance track meant for clubs.  It’s fairly unpredictable where it goes though of course its constant is the melody which will stay with you after the song is over.  The singing on “Relief” is by one half of rising Nashville sibling electronic duo Truitt, namely the beautiful voice of Brigetta.  “Relief” shifts between chilled out moments and others that are bigger but contained, and the vocals carry the song as much as the electronic wizardry.  “Relief” is from Rusty Hook’s upcoming EP Romance Is Dead, Good Riddance, and you can listen at the link above.

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