Love, Inc.’s dance classic “You’re A Superstar” gets a fine reboot, complete with @SimoneDenny, courtesy of superstar veterans @MickyModelle and @FridayNitePosse

MICKY MODELLE & FRIDAY NIGHT POSSE and SIMONE DENNY, “You’re A Superstar”

Here’s a text book example of how to bring a much-loved dance hit back to life.  Two superstar producers from across the pond, Ireland’s Micky Modelle and England’s Friday Night Posse, have combined their major forces to reboot Canadian trio Love, Inc.’s “You’re A Superstar”, and what better way than with the voice of the original, the amazing Simone Denny?  While “You’re A Superstar” was a radio hit in Canada and a dance club hit in the US, it was a Top 10 pop hit in the UK and throughout Europe in 1998.  Veterans who began their careers around this time, and worked together on the “Clubland” compilations, Micky and Friday Night Posse (Harry Hard – who himself had a #1 record in the UK producing DJ Casper’s “Cha Cha Slide”) inject “You’re A Superstar” Mach 2 with 90’s techno vibes and pulsating synths along with contemporary bells and whistles to make it sizzle once again.  It also is accompanied in its EP by a variety of remixes to check out.  Sounding cheerier than ever, “You’re A Superstar” aims to help you celebrate the good times that you deserve.

Meet newcomer @iamFourNights from Dublin, Ireland with the 80’s pop flair of “Want You Always”

FOUR NIGHTS, “Want You Always”

Although he has recorded as a part of the rock trio Tanjier, which has had solid local success in his native Dublin, Four Nights (aka Tommy Buckley) has branched out on his own with the 80’s pop flair of “Want You Always”. Self-described as influenced by alt.pop groups like The1975 and LANY, it’s one of two new Four Nights singles (the other being “Nothing To Say”) that have just been released.  “Want You Always” immediately grabs you with that ever-so-familiar drum beat, which pervaded 80’s hits like Steve Winwood’s “Higher Love” and in particular “She Drives Me Crazy” by Fine Young Cannibals.  But that’s where similarities end – “Want You Always” draws you in with Tommy’s earnest vocal which unfolds the story of being wounded by the end of a relationship that may have finished prematurely, at least through the eyes of the songwriter.  The additional instrumentation comes together nicely, making “Want You Always” a warm, easy listen and a promising start for Four Nights.

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Irish pop/dance singer @DeanRobertmusic returns with 80’s inspired “Morning”

DEAN ROBERT, “Morning”

“Morning” is the latest bop by Germany-based Irish singer/songwriter Dean Robert that’s guaranteed to make you dance while a deeper story unfolds. The singer ponders what it would be like to give up one-night stands and wake up with the same person next to him in the morning. Its “I know better but don’t really know what to do” approach leaves the listener to help solve the dilemma with him. It doesn’t make the song any less danceable, and like its energetic predecessor “Get Up”, there’s a lot about Dean’s music that would sound smashing on the radio. “Morning” is amiable, smart pop that’s fun in its own right.

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It’s 10/10 #13: @Yello_band @KidBloomusa @EbonyroseBuckle #DeanRobert @Jazz_Mino @Airportsmusic @Toniiamusic @Boye_Sigvardt & H. Kenneth @KenFleet @SC_Undercover @Mindchatter

It’s 10/10 – Edition 13!! 

A second 10/10 post in June to close out the month brings you a lot of unique music that requires your full attention in order to win your appreciation.  We cover the globe with songs from Germany, England, Ireland, Australia, Denmark, Switzerland and the U.S. with a dashes of mystery and fun!

In 10/10 (or tenoutoften) ,  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, and they are not listed in any particular order. 

Writing 10/10 posts 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. 

  • YELLO, “Waba Duba”

The Swiss maestros that are Yello can orchestrate the best complex electronic nonsense even into their late 60’s and early 70’s, and have returned with their first release in three years called “Waba Duba” from their upcoming album Point.   “Waba Duba” recalls some of their best work of the 80’s, such as “The Race” or “Goldrush”.  Don’t try to confound yourself by trying to figure out if there is any plot to the song.  Instead enjoy the always-bizarre vocal and the layers of synths and samples that make some of the most unique sounds you will hear in pop music.  “Waba Duba” is loads of fun, destined to annoy the heck out of you like “Oh Yeah” did all those years ago while you groove to the beats.

  • KID BLOOM, “Wounded/Surrounded”

“Wounded/Surrounded” is an anthemic-sounding, atmospheric new melodic electronica release from L.A. singer/songwriter Kid Bloom.  The song takes you on a journey through a sea of emotions, wrought by the singer’s captivating voice.  When he sings without effects it sparkles and sometimes sounds like Frankmusik; at other points the song is awash in synths and vocal manipulation and because of it you can feel the bewilderment.  Alternately dreamy and thought-provoking, “Wounded/Surrounded” is an ear-grabber and well-worth your attention.

  • EBONY BUCKLE, “Ghost”

Ebony Buckle is a London-based singer/songwriter originally hailing from Australia.  She has a stunning, controlled, theatrical voice which immediately recalls Kate Bush and Imogen Heap.  And her pristine vocal puts all the right human touches in “Ghost”, a pop song that could have otherwise been a difficult listen.  It’s a true story about being physically apart for two years from husband (and co-writer) Nick due to visa issues.  And that is simply heartbreaking, a separation that could have been irreparable.  Instead, they wrote “Ghost” over Skype, turning their story into song so that anyone else in an unfortunate state of separation can relate and heal.  Be sure to give “Ghost” your complete attention.  It would also be perfect as set to a lyrical dance routine.

  • DEAN ROBERT, “Get Up”

It’s strange that even before I read up about Dean Robert, the other voice that came to mind when you hear “Get Up” is The Script’s Danny O’Donoghue.  For Dean also hails from Ireland and even opened for The Script when he was part of a band.  Now Berlin-based, “Get Up” is bright, energetic dance second release for the singer that will win you over. Dean’s voice may be a little bit too manipulated in the production at times but there’s a great melody afoot in “Get Up” and it moves along briskly and enthusiastically.

  • JAZZ MINO, “Like A Drunk Girl”

UK singer/songwriter Jazz Mino releases music that needs to be heard by more of you who enjoy interesting pop with idiosyncratic perspectives.  Her latest single, “Like A Drunk Girl”, is more about standing up for yourself and making your own decisions to do what you want than meets the ear.  The title is actually negative imagery for what other people might say to put you down, so you cave in and do what they say.  Jazz Mino’s always affable nature really shines through in this song which sings from both experience and the heart.  Check out the lyric video above.

  • AIRPORTS, “U Feel It 2”

You never know these days if an artist is a band or a singer judging by the names in use.  “U Feel It 2” is a delightful slice of romantic pop from Australian singer Airports (aka Aaron Lee).  It’s definitely a mood-setter with a subtler boy-next-door vocal that shies away from what would be called “boy band pop”.  The production focuses on the song’s lovely melody and there is definitely radio play potential here.  Check out what alternative video ideas occur above when Airports’ original plans were scuttled by COVID-19.

  • TONIIA and SUNNIE WILLIAMS, “Only Human”

Blending hip hop and trap flavours with electronics, German producer Toniia has released “Only Human”.  It features the strong and sultry voice of Sunnie Williams, whose vocal is the drawing power for “Only Human” for its first minute, before the beats kick in.  After that, the song is a sea of many moods with some big drops and synths that command “Only Human” until its finish.  It’s a fast listen at 2:49 with many sounds and qualities to perk up your ears.  Watch the lyric video above.

  • BOYE & SIGVARDT and H. KENNETH, “Party Sucks”

Don’t let the title fool you – “Party Sucks” is actually a dark slice of deep house music from Danish producers Boye & Sigvardt and Nashville’s H. Kenneth that will appeal to fans of recent work by Mahalo among others.  The classic house rhythm is the key with pitched-down vocals that make it perfect for a late night set.  And it’s cool that Boye & Sigvardt and H. Kenneth never get stuck in one style or groove, collaborating with UK producers Sondr,  creating diverse music that shows they would rather be innovators than producing the next wannabe house anthem.  

  • SC.UNDERCOVER, “Morals”

“Morals” is a standout song because it sounds like nothing else out there.  Brought to you by UK producer/songwriter/vocalist SC.Undercover, the song fuses pop and R&B flavours with drum ‘n bass vibes, making for a fast-paced ride.  At its core, the song is about finding love after making mistakes and experiencing significant regret.  The warm, uncredited female vocal is offset by SC.Undercover’s own vocals. At one point, he provides a gentle rap, and at other times hits upper register harmony vocals which remain fascinating and noticeable in the background, forming the song’s hook.  “Morals” is unconventional pop/dance music at its most listenable.

  • MINDCHATTER, “Language”

Mindchatter is a NYC-based producer of mystery who doesn’t identify him/herself in any of his Twitter, Facebook or Soundcloud bios.  “Language” is an intricate, somewhat experimental sounding song that’s intriguing because it seems to borrow from late 90’s Everything But The Girl and Roísin Murphy at their most daring, fusing it with other more contemporary sounds you might associate with label-mate ZHU.  “Language” is not for everyone but you have to admit it is one very cool, well-produced song, accompanied by quite a different visualization, above.

 

 

 

Taut, rich alt.soul-pop from new duo @Toucanband with “Gold”

TOUCAN, “Gold”

Sometimes, the deeper tracks in albums and EP’s are the ones to acquire your attention.  Such is the case with the unique charm of “Gold” by new duo Toucan from their self-titled EP.  Departing from the EP’s hefty mix of pop, rock, soul and jazz, “Gold” goes full tilt sultry late night club ballad.  It’s also the best showcase for the deep, mellow voice of Irish singer Conor Clancy, whose voice is soulful and moving when paired with the right song.  His partner in Toucan is keyboardist/arranger Martin Atkinson, and the instrumentation in the song gets amped up with a lot of guitar and drums as it progresses.  “Gold” is alt.soul-pop as you might least expect it, and shows a lot of promise for what Toucan has to offer.  Add “Gold” to your Rich & Deep playlist using the Spotify link above.

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Watch Dublin’s @EclipseIRE give a heartwarming choral performance of @OneRepublic’s “I Lived”

ECLIPSE STAGE SCHOOL, “I Lived”

It’s not something I would normally write about but the backstory and the focus of it is important.  Dublin’s Eclipse Stage School offers a heartwarming rendition of One Republic’s “I Lived”.  It’s performed choir-style – all you fans of Choir! Choir! Choir! will have an edge – and what’s particularly special is that it’s sung by teen and pre-teen girls who haven’t yet ‘lived’ in terms of the song lyrics.  But that could also be said too of the school’s creative director and choreographer Kenneth Giles, who I also wrote about a few years back when he recorded a pop song.  At age 26, Kenneth was diagnosed with skin cancer, and has now recovered – so as a teenager or at age 26, how does one characterize ‘living’?  Being so much older I could not fathom the possibility of someone so young and close to me being taken away and am thankful every day for my own kids age 24 and 17, one who just underwent her own (very successful and not cancer-related) surgery this week.  So “I Lived” takes on an extended meaning of celebrating life at no matter what age.  Head over to iTunes to purchase it and proceeds will benefit the Irish Cancer Society.

This Is His Church: Listen to “Angel Of Small Death & The Codeine Scene” by @Hozier

Andrew Hozier-Byrne

HOZIER, “Angel Of Small Death & The Codeine Scene”

I’ve not taken to his hit-in-the-making “Take Me To Church”, but there’s more than one song to 24 year old Irish singer Andrew Hozier-Byrne.  But I was quite taken with Hozier’s compelling performance of “Angel Of Small Death & The Codeine Scene” on Saturday Night Live last night.  He’s got a rich baritone that extends into powerful tenor notes as well, and can sing a story which you can hear multiple times to try and figure out.  It fills the gap left by the demise of R.E.M. and the lack of a more contemporary version of fellow countryman Van Morrison.  “Angel” is from the singer’s self-titled album and it’s no wonder that he’s selling out moderate sized clubs everywhere.  Count me in – I’ll definitely be listening for more.

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