Check out @Cazztek’s playful remix of “Hit The Road Jack” by @Throttle

THROTTLE, “Hit The Road Jack” (Cazztek remix)

It’s been hovering under the radar for a few months but Aussie producer/DJ Throttle’s electro-swing cover of Ray Charles’ classic “Hit The Road Jack” gets a playful spin from new and mysterious producer Cazztek (very little available online about this remixer!).  While Throttle’s original mix focused on the mighty soulful uncredited vocal by American singer Jordan Landers,  Cazztek’s remix takes Throttle’s eagerness to entertain sideways with a contemporary bounce and a drop/break that sounds like it could have been borrowed from a Ray Charles concert album, which gives it a reverent old school vibe.  Too good for club DJ’s to pass by, Cazztek’s remix could allow the song to get more notice worldwide.  Listen at the link above but you may find that subconscious boogieing takes over 🙂

Double your @musicbyBrooks pleasure with pairings with @Martin Garrix “Byte” and @Showtek “On Our Own” feat. @itsNatalieMajor

MARTIN GARRIX & BROOKS, “Byte”

SHOWTEK & BROOKS featuring NATALIE MAJOR, “On Our Own”

It looks like Dutch producer Brooks (aka Thijs Westbroek) is having simultaneous breakout moments paired in two heavy-hitting releases, the instrumental “Byte” with fellow countryman Martin Garrix, and “On Our Own”, and returning in a collaboration with Showtek with a slick vocal by Natalie Major.  While Brooks has worked with people like Bassjackers in the past and remixed Morgan Page and David Guetta as well as both Martin and Showtek, this one-two punch should not be ignored.

It’s hard to pass up such a big song as “Byte”, with a (needlessly) flashy video (I would have much preferred seeing the two producer/DJ’s hard at work) that has had almost 8 million You Tube views already.  The song is full of huge moments which help sustain the four minute length, not the least being what sounds like a few bars of signature trappy Martin Garrix, recalling his earlier work.  “On Our Own” isn’t quite as heavy but powerful nonetheless.  Showtek has already released some interesting and varied songs thus far in 2017 and seems to be moving into a new direction with this one.  

Both songs will send club goers spinning on the dance floor and it’s great to see someone talented but less prominent like Brooks benefit from the exposure amid what is obviously a lot of hard work to make these songs happen.  Watch the video for “Byte” above, and check out “On Our Own” on Spotify at the link below.

Published in: on April 20, 2017 at 10:59 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Let’s get it started: “P A R T Y” by @NIGHTS_official

N I G H T S, “P A R T Y”

Following up their initial slice of soulful EDM “Irreplaceable” again comes Philadelphia duo N I G H T S with “P A R T Y”, which is perhaps even better suited for the dance floor.  Like “Irreplaceable”, “P A R T Y” woos you in with its smooth vocal, alternately breathy and soulful, and then around the minute mark brings in a surprising and resolute drop which sends the song into full gear.  The house-heavy banging is fairly brief, however, in favour of showing off more of what N I G H T S has to offer vocally.  The beats do return but at just over 3:06 “P A R T Y” is begging for an extended deep house remix, where it may become more of a party launcher than simply part of the mix.  These guys are off to a fine start so soul and house music fans should check out “P A R T Y” to get a taste and download it for free at the link above.

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Smooth classic house has @Mahalo_music & #CatLewis on a roll with “Current Mood”

MAHALO featuring CAT LEWIS, “Current Mood”

L.A.-based producer Mahalo is on a terrific ride right now with collaborations with vocalist Cat Lewis on the more pop-flavoured “Be My Love” and the anthemic “WTFYWF”, which both currently reside happily on my own BILLCS Top 30 chart.  So now you need to factor in a fourth release since late last year with some smooth house in “Current Mood”.  Like the previously released “Energy”, Mahalo distorts, lowers, and plays with Cat’s vocal, and it works much better here as the melody shows off Cat’s true range, despite sounding very unlike “Be My Love” or “WTFYWF”.  It’s got a great flowing rhythm to keep club-goers pleased, and “Current Mood” definitely deserves your attention, particularly if you’re a fan of British house of the early 2000’s.  Give it a listen at the link above.

Published in: on March 31, 2017 at 11:01 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Cruel” by L.A.-based singer/songwriter Eddy Faulkner (@Eddyftw2) is a perfect summer radio song in waiting

EDDY FAULKNER, “Cruel”

Virginia-born but now L.A.-based singer/songwriter Eddy Faulkner has a no-brainer winner with his new pop song “Cruel”.  Getting away from the power-pop of his EP Unbreakable, featuring “All The Way” which I wrote about last Spring, “Cruel” offers a gentle but sometimes emotional vocal up against a really big and rich, full-sounding house-y backdrop, which helps bring out a bit of a dark side to the song.  It’s amazing what a lot of hard work will do in-between releases, but Eddy’s sound has matured significantly and stays ahead of the game with a song that easily stands out from the rest.  It does beg some dance remixes, so you can watch for them in the coming weeks 🙂 Pop and dance radio will find themselves with a listener-friendly song in “Cruel”.  Check it out at the above link and pick it up at your favourite digital store.

Published in: on March 24, 2017 at 10:12 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Matches” is a big-sounding winner for NYC trio @CashCash with vocals by @ROZESsounds

CASH CASH & ROZES, “Matches”

With instantly relateable lyrics, NYC trio Cash Cash have a winner for Big Beat with “Matches”, which features an affecting, potent by none other than ROZES, about whom I’ve written a few times since her breakout on The Chainsmokers’ “Roses”.  Cash Cash have worked with quite the variety of vocalists, including Nelly, Bebe Rexha, Christina Perri, and John Rzeznik of Goo Goo Dolls, among others, in recent years.  Always in it for more variety, “Matches” gets really big and anthemic when it needs to and ROZES takes us for a brisk ride before it’s all done in typical spot-on three minute single style.  I expect “Matches” will take off in clubs within the next few weeks so give it a solid listen at the Spotify link above.

Published in: on March 9, 2017 at 11:06 pm  Leave a Comment  
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New EP Out Of Love by L.A.’s @TwoFriendsmusic features three danceable treats

TWO FRIENDS, Out Of Love (EP)

Their friendly and hook-filled style has had me listening for more than a year now, and L.A.’s Two Friends production duo (Matt and Eli) brings us their first all-original three song EP, Out Of Love.  It’s at this stage when musicianship takes over and we have before us three quite different songs which show that Two Friends are not at all stuck to the frenetic EDM of many of their fine remixes.  

And what would Two Friends do of course but to bring along more friends!  I’ve already written about their collaboration with Brandyn Burnette and Molly Moore, aka Cosmos N Creature, on the title song.  A second collaboration with the immensely talented MAX (aka Max Schneider) on “Pacific Coast Highway” follows their sparkling redux of MAX’s “Lights Down Low”.  It’s a wistful EDM remembrance meant for a late night drive down that long highway or one similar.  But the best of the lot is the harmonica-laden “Mona Lisa Eyes”, which sort of celebrates what Avicii brought to the EDM fold five years ago with country flavour and takes it a number of steps further.  It also happens to be a gorgeous song with an amazing vocal by an uncredited singer.

 Pick up Two Friends’ Out Of Love EP at your favourite digital store.

“Red Light” is a terrific party slammer from Australia-based @Latchmeresound featuring @missAmyPearson

LATCHMERE featuring AMY PEARSON, “Red Light”

There’s always interesting dance music coming from Down Under as history will frequently present itself, and transplanted Brit Latchmere has a banger with “Red Light” featuring fellow Brit singer Amy Pearson.  “Red Light” indeed is all about being played under the shiny disco ball and accompanying light show, with Amy’s vocal reminding me a lot of Rita Ora.  Latchmere’s releases in the past year have been switching it up a fair bit, but seem to be at their best when they’re crunchy with bubbling synths and propulsive drum rhythms.  “Red Light” will slide handily into any house mix wanting to shake it up for a solid three minute ride.  Latchmere has another one deserving your attention here, so check it out at the link above.

Published in: on February 18, 2017 at 10:14 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Insanely prolific @CosmosnCreature return on #EDM songs by @TwoFriendsmusic and @PLSandTYbased

The duo of Cosmos & Creature, aka Molly Moore and Brandyn Burnette, are so insanely prolific with their own recent and upcoming solo releases, being featured on other artists’ songs, and having side project Cosmos & Creature also release its own songs and be featured as well!  How they stay on top of all of this, I don’t quite know.  But everything Molly and Brandyn create has high quality rubber-stamped on it!

TWO FRIENDS featuring COSMOS & CREATURE, “Out Of Love”

Their pairing with L.A.’s Two Friends is on a new original by the in-demand and frequently touring production/remix duo called “Out Of Love” for Spinnin’.  It may be at the same time Two Friends’ most chilled out and anthemic song yet that’s also enhanced by some saxophone riffing.  Brandyn’s self-reflective leads the way on this one while the crowd-pleasing chorus will have you swaying away.

PLS&TY featuring COSMOS & CREATURE, “Good Vibes”

Also chilled out but with a more hip hop flavour running through it is “Good Vibes” by another L.A. producer, PLS&TY (that’s ‘please and thank you’), for the PMRD label.  PLS&TY has had his own share of steady remixes with a few originals under his belt.  In “Good Vibes”, Molly and Brandyn trade off vocals in a song that will set a positive stage for whatever you want to do, whether it’s a lazy Sunday or the start of an evening at a club.  They’re countered with a slick dubsteppy break that totally suits the song to give it some bounce.

Listen to both at the Spotify links above, and watch for Cosmos & Creature’s follow up to their debut single “Young” very soon!  Cosmos & Creature are also touring with Call Me Karizma on dates throughout select U.S. cities in March and April.

Published in: on February 11, 2017 at 11:09 pm  Leave a Comment  
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ContempoRetro: New @Parralox in generous “Subculture”

PARRALOX, Subculture

You can never knock a Parralox album for being anything less than a high quality venture from Australian producer/vocalist/synthmaster and all round nice guy John von Ahlen.  It’s a journey through almost every possible synth sound created between the late 70’s and now, with songs that are shaped to give you major feels for parts of all of those eras – a couple of the songs sound like they were teleported in from the late 1979 disco/new wave melting pot in particular!  Subculture, Parralox’s 10th long-player and also the title of one of my very favourite New Order songs 🙂 is the sum of all of its parts and more featuring vocals by John and several friends/guests.  

Out of 14 generous tracks, the opener “Paradise” features the acclaimed Marcella Detroit, most noted as one half of Shakespear’s Sister but with a storied career before that as songwriter and session singer.  John’s rich production is the perfect match for a crisp and savvy vocal by Marcella which brings out the heartache in the song.  Equally ear-catching but on a totally different bent is “Last Man Standing” featuring fellow Aussie Peter Wilson, which has a 70’s pop radio flavour to contrast its driving beat.  “A Question Of Love” makes an unofficial trilogy from the Depeche Mode songs “A Question Of Lust” and “A Question Of Time”, one of the darker more brooding songs in Subculture featuring a lovely vocal by Louise Love.  

Elsewhere on the album you’ll hear Human League bassist Ian Burden (especially on “Overdrive”), and vocals by Johanna Gervin and Lillia, plus two redone Parralox songs, “Rocket Science II” and “Voyager II”.  One of the best songs also is all John on “Change Of Heart”.  Subculture is as much disco as it is mid-80’s post-new wave electronicas as it is contemporary house music.

Always bold and adventurous and as contemporary as retro, John von Ahlen and Parralox’s Subculture is a feast for the ears, the heart and your dancing shoes.  Hear it all at the link above and buy it at your favourite online music store.