“Take Me Down” is new from #Toronto powerhouse vocalist @JuliaCarlucci

JULIA CARLUCCI, “Take Me Down”

Following up her 2015 EP For Me is Toronto’s Julia Carlucci with “Take Me Down”.  Regardless of how you find your music – through radio, digital playlists, or online – “Take Me Down” is vocal-driven R&B-inspired pop whose intent is to bring the house down and make you remember who sung it.  And with the video showcase above, Julia has an appeal that could transcend Lady Gaga, Cher, and Céline Dion, even though her most immediate inspirations are the likes of Alicia Keys and Beyoncé.  Set in a classic pop setting with orchestra backing, I’m certain you’ll be hearing more of Julia Carlucci as word gets out about “Take Me Down”, as they already have in other parts of the world (Japan and Indonesia, being two)!

Published in: on March 18, 2017 at 8:26 pm  Leave a Comment  
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The Netherlands’ @Jeronimomusic boldly transforms @BritneySpears’ “Toxic” into an acoustic jazz adventure

JERONIMO DASILVA, “Toxic”

It’s been a while since I’ve written about the many talents of Dutch singer and entertainer Jeronimo, who dazzled me so much with “One Kiss” (below) back in 2012.  Now billing himself as Jeronimo DaSilva, he continues to please his many fans this time with an intriguing choice for a cover, Britney Spears’ 2004 smash “Toxic”.  In order to showcase the much richer tones of his voice, Jeronimo and his team have stripped back “Toxic” and married it with an acoustic jazz arrangement.  The results are simple but way more effective than I would have anticipated.  Plus the video also continues to show off the singer’s natural charm in front of the camera.  I for one would be very happy with an ‘unplugged’ EP of clever cover choices like “Toxic”.  Watch the video above.

Published in: on March 3, 2017 at 12:02 am  Leave a Comment  
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“My Kind Of Girl” as remixed by Australia’s @Throttle returns @MichaelBuble to clubland

THROTTLE x MICHAEL BUBLÉ, “My Kind Of Girl”

Young Australian producer/remixer Throttle is showing why he is becoming increasingly in demand and performing at concerts like Tomorrowland, with his reshaping of Michael Bublé’s lovely “My Kind Of Girl” for clubland.  What’s great about this remix is that it retains the jazzy flavour of the original, and actually works it up against the playful drops and torrent of synths that are added – Throttle calls it Dirty Disco.  Think of “We No Speak Americano” or “Mambo #9” without the novelty; Throttle’s remix of “My Kind Of Girl” is an immediate dance floor filler.  It will draw out the romantics for the jazzy side of the song, and if they have some moves, they can bust them right along those who do not.  Club DJ’s would be wise to incorporate Throttle’s remix of “My Kind Of Girl” at the height of a busy evening.  You may recall Michael Bublé’s songs were in dance clubs from the getgo, through 2004’s Ralphi Rosario mix of the classic “Sway” 🙂  If you have a Bit Torrent client, you can download it for free from the link above.

Published in: on December 31, 2016 at 12:15 am  Leave a Comment  
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Check out the sophista-sax of “Holding You” by France’s @Slowzmusic in Germany’s @Stan_Sax edit

SLOWZ, “Holding You” (Stan Sax edit)

“Holding You” in its original version is a chilled out but jazzy and soulful instrumental with some 90’s flavour by France’s Slowz.  To enhance it for clubs, remixer/producer Stan Sax (one half of Germany’s Saxity) weaves his magic following up his edit of Fabian Luttenberger’s “Vague” by adding his insightful saxophone work to the proceedings, retaining its loungey/laid back approach but adding a romantic side to enhance its appeal.  Clubs looking for the right song for early evening as the lights begin to dim will want to add this edit of “Holding You” into their mix.  Download it for free at the link above.

 

Published in: on December 31, 2016 at 12:15 am  Leave a Comment  
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Toronto octet @GoldComplexband fires up rich soulful jazzy pop with “Backbone”

GOLD COMPLEX, “Backbone”

It’s hard enough alone to keep eight members of a band in sync and focused on a consistent overall sound, but when it’s as tight and polished as what Toronto’s Gold Complex brings us with “Backbone” then you know you will have a great time with it.  I can’t say what they offer is new – jazzy soulful pop – but it’s exceptionally well done.  Lead singer Will Bowes has one of those riveting voices that makes his songs more powerful than if someone else sang them.  The instrumentation, including all of those luscious horns, is all on-point, and “Backbone” is a fine example of a song about staying true in relationships that will resonate with the most casual listener.  Watch the video above to get a flavour of what Gold Complex might be like in concert.  “Backbone” comes from the recent deluxe edition of Gold Complex’s self-titled EP.

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Published in: on October 9, 2016 at 6:05 pm  Leave a Comment  
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How to make #EDM swing: “Thrill” by @TRI_zero_music

TRI, “Thrill”

“Thrill” is a playful new song that knows how to make EDM swing.  I really don’t know anything about its mysterious artist TRI, but no matter the droll French lounge jazz vocal married with some simple but standout horns and swinging percussion all work very well together.  But adding some well-placed electronic effects gives the song added dimension and helps direct “Thrill” to an entirely different audience.  “Thrill” is as quirky and adventurous as what Toronto’s Uninvited Guests attempted to do last year with updated renditions of classical Glenn Gould songs (read my post).  It’s full of spirit and sustains its four minutes well.  Be sure to give TRI’s “Thrill” a listen at the link above.

Published in: on October 3, 2016 at 10:41 pm  Leave a Comment  
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@MattDusk is back in a duo bilingue with Montreal’s @Florence_K in “Somethin’ Stupid”

MATT DUSK & FLORENCE K, “Somethin’ Stupid”

After Juno Award-nominated success with his album My Funny Valentine: The Chet Baker Songbook, which featured a number of duets, Canadian pop/jazz singer Matt Dusk is back in a full album of duets with Quebec singer Florence K called Matt & Florence: Quiet Nights, due February 12.  From that album comes their cover of “Somethin’ Stupid”, a song popularized as a father-daughter duet in 1967 by Frank Sinatra and Nancy Sinatra, produced by Nancy’s guy Lee Hazelwood.  But that song was written and originally performed by a couple, and the other well known version is the UK 2001 #1 by Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman.  Matt and Florence put a jazzy bounce into their rendition with an effortless, breezy set of vocals.  It’s complimented by a lovely slice-of-life video that captures a lot of carefree, affectionate moments that we all have sometimes.  And it’s even more appealing to hear the lyrics sung alternately in English and French, giving it a prelude-to-romance vibe that only the French language can do.  The only thing better would be hearing Matt and Florence sing it in concert! 🙂

 

Published in: on January 27, 2016 at 11:57 pm  Comments (1)  
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Australia’s @KelsyKarter tantalizes with “Crystal Blues” and “Kiss The Boys”

KELSY KARTER, “Crystal Blues”, “Kiss The Boys”

It’s very easy to say that Australian-raised, New Zealand-born multi-instrumentalist Kelsy Karter will instantly remind you of Amy Winehouse-meets-Lana Del Rey.  But it’s also obvious that there is a much deeper musical background at play here that brings out blues, jazz, and classic rock in both “Crystal Blues” and the title song from her EP Kiss The Boys, that a better reference point for me would be April Smith & The Great Picture Show’s 2011 release Songs from a Sinking Ship.  Like April Smith, Kelsy has a wide-ranging, expressive voice that can wield a big diss for an ex (hence the title song) or become all wrapped up in the memory of his eyes as in “Crystal Blues”.  Both songs have well-directed, entertaining videos that keep you watching.  Get to know Kelsy Karter more by picking up her EP on iTunes.

Published in: on December 22, 2015 at 4:22 pm  Leave a Comment  
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The @StereoDynamite Sessions Volume 1 by @SimoneDenny arrives with “Black Roses”

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SIMONE DENNY, “Black Roses”

After two decades of success front and centre in dance clubs with hits by BKS and Love Inc. as well as other collaborations and solo releases, Canadian singer Simone Denny’s debut album The Stereo Dynamite Sessions Volume 1 is now on release, with the reflective “Black Roses” as the lead off featured song.  Last year of course I just adored the introduction to this project, “Your Love Fades Away, which got to #16 on my chart, a complete shift for Simone away from dance territory music and straight into her R&B roots as a sultry jazz/soul club songstress.  It works beautifully, showing the power and emotion that is in fact the basis for so many dance music hits.  And “Black Roses” extends this with its heartbreak and self-realization after the end of a relationship occurs.  This is the kind of performance that should give Simone yet another Juno Awards nomination in the end (she already has 5 of those awards!).  I’m looking forward to hearing the rest of the album – which also contains her ballad take on ABC’s “The Look Of Love” – so get to know “Black Roses” with the clip below, and pick up The Stereo Dynamite Sessions Volume 1 on iTunes.

Published in: on October 25, 2015 at 3:38 pm  Leave a Comment  
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NYC’s @Traedonya! returns with the classic soul of “Simply Beautiful UR” (featuring Irish Soulflower)

TRAEDONYA! featuring IRISH SOULFLOWER, “Simply Beautiful UR”

Ironically, it was exactly two years ago that I first wrote about NYC R&B singer Traedonya! with her unique cover of Sly & The Family Stone’s “Family Affair”.  Always busy, Traedonya! is back with the taut and soulful “Simply Beautiful UR” featuring Irish Soulflower.  There is no doubt in my mind that Janet Jackson deliberately took a similar direction with her great new single “No Sleeep”.  It’s not easy to be lush and restrained in these days of powerhouses like Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, and Iggy Azalea ruling the R&B charts.  Put Traedonya! in the same company as Janet or Alicia Keys or Mary J. Blige, and listen to the way that her flavour glistens to the music.  Bar none, having grown up in a household where classic R&B was played much of the time, Traedonya! knows the way that style should be done on “Simply Beautiful UR”.  Download this delight for free right here.

Published in: on August 5, 2015 at 7:39 pm  Leave a Comment  
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