“Moonlight” is a fanciful upbeat electro-ballad from Germany’s @itsLeviofficial and vocalist Victor Perry @perksofbeingvic

LEVI and VICTOR PERRY, “Moonlight”

I will always say that if the chemistry is there and you score with your first record together, then definitely make a second!  And so that’s what’s happened with German producer Levi and sweet ‘n soulful American vocalist Victor Perry, who first created the thoughtful, lilting “Sail” together last year, one of my favourite songs of 2017 which got to #3 on my personal chart.  The pair return with “Moonlight”, a different kind of electro-ballad that isn’t slow-paced as regular ballads usually are.  It’s got a playful, fanciful uptempo rhythm at times that seems to recall doo wop more than any other style of music, and is old school in the same vein of “Lost In Japan” by Shawn Mendes.  “Moonlight” is punctuated with great melody and another stellar vocal from Victor, who is a highlight to any release.  “Moonlight” isn’t a club banger but a lot of charm, rhythm, melody, and fine singing goes a long, long way (and maybe a Zedd remix is in order too 🙂 )!

Published in: on October 9, 2018 at 9:56 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Alive” by German producer @NiklasIbach is a compelling story awash in 80’s melodic bliss

NIKLAS IBACH, “Alive”

“Alive” by Germany’s Niklas Ibach is one of the more distinctive songs that I’ve heard lately for many different reasons that have to do with the talent that it is the mix.  Firstly it’s a compelling story of being dedicated to someone, no matter how much they may question you, written by the always ace pairing of Charlie Mason and Daniel Volpe.  Secondly, that’s Daniel – erstwhile known as singer/songwriter Zorro Blakk – singing (uncredited) in a much lower octave than I’ve heard before.  He ends up sounding a lot like UK singer Peter Murphy at times, and that puts a unique 80’s spin on the song.  Lastly, 20 year old Niklas’ production offers poignantly crafted melodic bliss that suggests a Vince Clarke in the making, to counteract the brash-sounding vocal and support the conviction of the story.  All in all “Alive” comes across as somewhat familiar but also stands out proudly from the rest.

Published in: on September 22, 2018 at 4:42 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Deep House meets Dancehall meets Future Bass in “Plang” by Germany’s @Donkongmusic with @KaNextLevel

DONKONG and KA NEXT LEVEL, “Plang”

Yes, the headline is true – “Plang” is all about the rhythm, with elements of deep house and future bass finding a happy marriage with dancehall, courtesy of forward thinking German producers Donkong and vocalist/lyricist Ka Next Level (who in the song give an alias as “Yung Coconut”).  The results are enjoyably different and highly original, and everything gels to keep you going full tilt right to the end.  “Plang” will ring those bells in dance clubs, and will corral dancers to strut their stuff.  Gotta hand it to Ka Next Level for helping to take this song way beyond ordinary dancehall with a voice that at times will remind you of Shaggy and mini-stories within that will keep you entertained.  Add “Plang” to your Dance & Shout playlist using the Spotify link above.

Published in: on August 23, 2018 at 10:37 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Trippy” is electronic love to the max from Germany’s @itsKoyu and production duo @TheCliqque

KO:YU and THE CLIQQUE, “Trippy”

Now stylizing his name as KO:YU, veteran producer Deniz Koyu returns with a change of pace in collaboration with German buddies The Cliqque with the futuristic sound of  “Trippy”.  Featuring a delightful uncredited female vocal, “Trippy” is all about taking love to the extreme and letting it spiral out of control.  Indeed, KO:YU and The Cliqque send your head spinning with high end, percussion-laden dubsteppy breakdowns that punctuate a solid pop melody without throwing the song off course.  This makes the song sound quite effortless and its 3 minutes flow by with amazing ease.  Add “Trippy” to your Love Gone Wild playlist using the Spotify link above.

Published in: on August 10, 2018 at 2:41 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Ear-catching European nu disco by @SatinJackets and @NiyaWells_ with “Primordial”

SATIN JACKETS and NIYA WELLS, “Primordial”

German producer Satin Jackets wants to make you sway your night out away to European-flavoured nu disco with “Primordial”, featuring a slick and classic vocal by American singer Niya Wells.  This is sophisticated, soulful dance music that seems to marry many dance styles together, including some that I grew up with (I age myself yet again).  The sounds of the Philadelphia International era of the 70’s come to mind quickly, but more immediately would be the style of European female vocal groups like Silver Convention (“Fly Robin Fly”). You see, overseas, disco never went away after 1979 unlike in North America, and Satin Jackets is clearly out to make it fresh-sounding once again.  Add “Primordial” to your Nu European Disco playlist using the Spotify link above (for original or extended versions).

Published in: on August 4, 2018 at 3:06 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Watch the haunting, stunning video for “Chess” by @_ANIQO

ANIQO, “Chess”

At the end of last year, I wrote about “New Signs” by German singer/songwriter ANIQO.  She’s followed it up with a haunting, compelling video for “Chess”, also from her upcoming album Birth.  Sounding perhaps most like Sinéad O’Connor with a dash of Björk in this song, “Chess” is a deliberately paced, progressive slice of electronica, also recalling Laurie Anderson’s initial works, which is enhanced greatly by the imaginative visuals in the video.  It’s somewhat reminiscent of the intrigue of changing faces in the classic video for “Cry” by Godley & Creme from back in the 80’s.  Except there’s only one face, or partial face, in the video, and it’s ANIQO.  “Chess” is not for everyone but it’s bold and adventurous to the credit of the singer/songwriter and her video partners.  I would definitely suggest exposure for the video through various competitions such as one I eventually saw at SXSW – potential award calibre material here in my opinion!

Published in: on April 28, 2018 at 11:06 pm  Leave a Comment  
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There’s no leaving before the “Last Call” by German producer @listentoLO featuring Norway’s @Elouizofficial

LO featuring ELOUIZ, “Last Call”

“Last Call” is a slick collaboration by former ‘bedroom’ producer, Germany’s LO, along with Norwegian singer Elouiz.  It’s a key song for clubs to play as the evening is peaking, and I guarantee you that patrons will stay past last call just to make a point 🙂 Elouiz’s on-point and often sassy vocal will appeal to those who enjoy singers like Rozes or Verité or maybe even Katy Perry.  LO keeps the pace swift with some ear-catching effects that make the song go by in a breezy three minutes.  “Last Call” plays to club and bar goers but also has loads of pop potential.  Add it to your playlist of late-nite songs on Spotify using the link above.

Published in: on January 21, 2018 at 10:02 pm  Leave a Comment  
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German producers @VeniceandBoujee bring you the inspiring “My Time Will Come”

PAUL VENICE & DAN BOUJEE, “My Time Will Come” (free DL)

New German production duo Paul Venice and Dan Boujee are off to a great start out of the gate with “My Time Will Come”.  It’s an inspiring slice of folk story pop that happily marries dance rhythms to a memorable guitar-driven melody rather than the usual dose of synths.  What it also offers is an inspiring story of confidence and determination, which no one can get enough of these days.  The vocals are a bit on the raw side but after repeated listens you realize they totally suit the production and the approach of the song.  Best of all it’s a free download.  Add it to your story-telling dance playlist on Spotify or download it right here.

Published in: on January 19, 2018 at 9:36 pm  Leave a Comment  
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It’s @Saxity and Victor Perry @perksofbeingvic together again for the flowing pop of “You Found Me”

SAXITY featuring VICTOR PERRY, “You Found Me” (free DL)

Sometimes, ongoing partnerships are just meant to be.  When German producers Saxity paired up with NYC-based singer/songwriter Victor Perry for a contemporary take on “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” last year, I just knew we’d hear them again.  Almost a year later, here they are again with “You Found Me”, which has a lovely and positive message for this time of year. Victor’s silky-smooth pop/R&B style gives it the flavour and inspiration it needs, while Saxity gives the deep house melody a seamless flow while adding in saxophone that anchors the song at key moments.  Proving once again that not all electronic pop needs to have a slamming beat and huge synths, “You Found Me” by Saxity and Victor Perry is fine and friendly pop for a variety of playlists.  You can download it for free at the link above.

Published in: on November 25, 2017 at 10:26 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“More Than I Do” by @Saxity featuring @Oferlemusic straddles genres with deep house rhythms

SAXITY featuring OFERLE, “More Than I Do” (free DL)

German production duo Saxity returns to straddle genres successfully with “More Than I Do”.  It may not be as noticeable to European audiences as North American ones, but the bright synths and solid deep house rhythms surround a luscious pop/country concoction that is only made better by the alternating male and female vocals from within Indiana trio Oferle.  It’s a singalong, it’s a dance-a-long, and it further continues in dance music what Avicii started in his 2012 album True with “Wake Me Up” and “Hey Brother”.  You’ll also recall Saxity’s glowing folk/pop/dance blend from earlier in the year with “Brothers” (which got to #3 on my personal chart).  There have been a lot of bad imitators and successors to the Avicii record, but Saxity continues to find happy places in songs where everything works so well thanks to spot on production and great choices of vocalists.  “More Than I Do” is a free download for you at the link above.

Published in: on October 6, 2017 at 8:31 pm  Leave a Comment  
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