Toronto producers/DJs @weareFlightSchl have out-of-the-box radio hit with “Figure It Out” with vocals by @CVBZmvsic

FLIGHT SCHOOL and CVBZ, “Figure It Out”

If you reside in Canada and listen to pop radio, then without a doubt you have already heard “Figure It Out” by Toronto producers/DJs Flight School with vocals by L.A.-based singer/songwriter CVBZ.  With help from winning an iHeartRadio contest for this independent release, the Toronto’s Guillaume Viau and Conor Stief, who each had separate careers on the bubble mainly as remixers, joined forces to become Flight School.  “Figure It Out” features the distinct voice of CVBZ, who has already been written about in these blog pages several times as one to always watch.  The song should by all rights be this year’s “Body” (the Loud Luxury smash) at radio, and I expect it will follow a similar path to be a worldwide hit.  Very rarely these days do songs breakout from radio but “Figure It Out” is that positive and worthy exception!

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Published in: on April 28, 2019 at 3:33 pm  Leave a Comment  
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L.A’s @Mahalo_dj collaborates with Poland’s @Milkwish for dark deep house of “Alone Again”

 

MAHALO and MILKWISH, “Alone Again”

Led by a silky and soulful uncredited male vocal, “Alone Again” is haunting late night deep house in another collaboration between L.A.-based Mahalo and Poland’s Milkwish that got the attention of Tiësto’s AFTR:HRS label.  It’s a fine late night driving song with rich synth work that’s a solid bookend follow up to the recent “Go Ahead”, which is sitting in the Top 10 of my personal chart.  If those two songs aren’t enough, the ultra-prolific Mahalo (aka Nick Jay) also has two more releases, the more pop-oriented “Falling” with Lipless and singer Carly Paige, and the biting “So Cold”, with DLMT and vocalist Lily Denning.  “Alone Again” is my choice out of the three, but check out the other two below for different sides of this talented guy!

“Take It Off” continues light-hearted fun from L.A.’s @TwoFriendsmusic

TWO FRIENDS, “Take It Off”

Continuing a steady stream of original songs for L.A.’s Two Friends (Matt and Eli) is “Take It Off”.  Not surprisingly, it’s a light-hearted blast guaranteed to make you bounce on the dance floor.  But this one is also a smart pop tease, with absolutely the right choice of (uncredited) female vocal to make it work.  The sound of Two Friends has grown immensely in the last four years.  They add spot-on hooks and a variety of crisp keyboard sounds that make their music unmistakably identifiable.  And you know when Two Friends release a song that you’re gonna have a great time.  What more can you ask?  “Take It Off” is fun and infectious ear candy.

Two Friends are playing a show tonight (February 15) at Toybox Nightclub in Toronto and I wouldn’t miss it 🙂

Published in: on February 15, 2019 at 11:11 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Yellow Brick Road” is electro-soulful from @weareFannypack and singer @SeannBowe

FANNYPACK and SEANN BOWE, “Yellow Brick Road”

Making it three solid singles in a row are Dutch producers Fannypack with “Yellow Brick Road”.  And this one’s quite different from the others (“Simple” and “Just A Bitch”), tapping into electronic sounds and altered vocals that one might find in contemporary R&B or Hip Hop, which may help introduce Fannypack’s music to fans of those genres. L.A.-based Seann Bowe is the vocalist, and he was also nominated for a Grammy this year as a co-writer of “Happy Hour” by Weezer, which makes him an interesting choice for an electronic release.  “Yellow Brick Road” has an extremely strong first minute which aptly connects the theme and the soul-searching distorted vocal, and then the melodic hook arrives to only make you want to hear more.

Published in: on February 15, 2019 at 11:11 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Love” is a warm, beautiful return for L.A.-based singer/songwriter @SimonCurtis

SIMON CURTIS, “Love”

Putting his previous musical personas on hold – the lonely boy robot of the 8bit Heart mixtape  who stole our heart, and the intense rebel of the album R∆ – L.A.-based singer, songwriter, and author Simon Curtis makes a more than welcome return with “Love”, his first new music since 2013’s Love, S EP.  Instead of being brokenhearted and/or looking for love or sex, “Love” is about being comfortably, rapturously in love, spiritually and physically.  It’s a beautiful and warm song, accenting a soulful side of Simon that hasn’t really shone through in his other works.  His on-point high register amid his always fine vocal draws with familiarity from the music of one of his inspirations (and fans!), Darren Hayes, while the music has a sexy groove with an instrumental pause 3/4 way through that parallels any soft, romantic, and speechless interlude that you might have with a partner.  It helps “Love” reach its 4 minute length without issue.  With “Love”, Simon Curtis offers the aftermath of what is sometimes a lifetime journey to get to all of the right moments we want and more.  It reassures us that “Love” is indeed out there waiting for all of us.  I can’t wait to find out where Simon will take us next!

Published in: on February 14, 2019 at 11:46 pm  Leave a Comment  
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What’s on “The Other Side”? L.A.-based singer/songwriter Axel Mansoor @iamAxelM sings about those choices

AXEL MANSOOR, “The Other Side”

Axel Mansoor is an Emmy Awards-nominated singer/songwriter who has the rare talent for grasping particular moments in time and putting it into music.  We’ve already experienced glorious songs like “Wasted My Love” and “Out Of My Head”, but this time with “The Other Side”, Axel sings about making choices in a soft, soulful, high register.  This gives a gentle side to dealing with such decisions, making them part of everyday life rather than something to stress over, and by song’s end something that is resolute.  “The Other Side” has a delightful mid-tempo arrangement with solid harmonies and guitar work, and continues to earmark the growth of this talented performer.

Published in: on February 9, 2019 at 11:02 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Inspire to be “Inspired” according to @EMAN8

EMAN8, “Inspired”

From his forthcoming album, EMAN8 (aka Brandyn Burnette) has given all of the Louisiana feels it takes for a joyous backdrop to his new song “Inspired”.  The St. Louis native, currently based in L.A., goes back to his younger roots to get inspired to inspire others, and that’s a worthy trip to take.  Co-written once again with his gal Molly Moore, “Inspired” follows up his debut EMAN8 single “Amen” with an equally uplifting theme, but the rock ‘n roll psychedelia and gospel of that song have been replaced with down home blues and R&B.  EMAN8 continues to make inroads with his own appealing version of ‘progressive soul’ and “Inspired” is just the right song to attract other similarly minded folks to the message.

Published in: on February 3, 2019 at 11:02 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Soul-tinged, intense new pop/dance from Copenhagen’s @FabianMazur “Settle”, with L.A. singer/songwriter @ZacPoor

FABIAN MAZUR and ZAC POOR, “Settle”

Copenhagen’s Fabian Mazur, very well known in Europe these past 8 years, opts for more pop/dance/soul flavours with “Settle”, a release for The Music Elk.  It’s an intense, deliberately-paced dance song featuring the welcome return of L.A. singer/songwriter Zac Poor, who I’ve written about several times in these pages.  Zac sings and co-wrote the song.  His vocal has a gritty, soulful quality here that usually doesn’t appear on European dance songs, thereby making it seem like something hailing from the UK when it’s not.  And I have definitely missed hearing his power and range!  In fact, “Settle” recalls the soulful dance of 90’s groups like Stereo MC’s but wrapped up with a lot of contemporary finesse.  Fabian definitely knows how to swing a few hooks, and the electronic elements of the song keep it brewing steadily.  “Settle” may not be instantly memorable by title but chances are you’ll be adding it to a playlist or three of your own.

Published in: on December 14, 2018 at 12:35 am  Leave a Comment  
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