L.A.’s @weareMako pushes boundaries with futuristic rock-electronica of “Coyote”

MAKO, “Coyote”

When I last saw Mako – L.A.-based singer/songwriter/producer Alex Seaver – in concert over a year ago, he tipped me off after the show that his next releases would be much more adventurous and progressive.  And while he’s been busy scoring the video game series League Of Nations and collaborating with the likes of Illenium and The Glitch Mob, there was nothing to prepare me and his fans for “Coyote”.  The dance/pop of “Smoke-Filled Room” and “Breathe” now has to make room for a new futuristic, intense and emotional side of Mako.  “Coyote” is a dark song that you might find amping up a critical scene in a movie rather than on the dance floor.  It’s challenging but draws you in, allowing you to expect the unexpected without being polarized.  Mako has a dedicated fan base that I think will easily embrace “Coyote”.  I’d also definitely pitch the song to fans of Illenium, Odesza, Rufus Dü Sol and others who continue to successfully test the waters with songs and styles that stimulate and instigate your attention.  Like other performers such as Lemaitre, I must remind you that Mako is also a rock band led by Alex and there is prominent guitar and other live instrumentation amid the electronics in “Coyote” too.  Check out the animated lyric video above.

Published in: on April 15, 2019 at 9:35 pm  Leave a Comment  
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It’s a happy-go-lucky throwback – and instant Graduation Song for 2019 – for @itsPapaYamusic with “Yesterday”

PAPA YA, “Yesterday”

Every once in a while L.A. duo Papa Ya grace us with a new, cheery slice-of-life song.  This year we have the wistful bop “Yesterday”, obviously written with a past love in mind.  But with a delightful video of home movies and a summery synth melody, “Yesterday” also has Graduation Song 2019 written all over it and to me should be marketed as such!  This is a no-brainer, feel good, singalong in whose lyrics anyone can see themselves.  Do yourself a favour and stream and download “Yesterday” and remember where you read about it!

Published in: on April 13, 2019 at 9:21 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Unity is beautiful in “Shoulder To Shoulder” by @thebandWOLVES

WOLVES, “Shoulder To Shoulder”

L.A.-based trio WOLVES – Mark, Sean and Rocky – want you to unite for all of the right reasons and continue to be hopeful in “Shoulder To Shoulder”.  And according to the band “This single is dedicated to the life, work, and principals of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” There’s great talent in this record and it’s terrific to see it emerging to promote unity and social justice.  To boot, it’s an earworm of a pop anthem that doesn’t let up and would probably sound even better and more urgent in concert.  Songs like “Shoulder To Shoulder” will definitely help WOLVES get attention, and I look forward to hearing more from them.  Check out the lyric video above.

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Published in: on February 18, 2019 at 5:40 pm  Leave a Comment  
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German duo @weareSteamPhunk’s “Hometown” featuring @CarrieLanemusic gets a spirited remix by @Uniryde

STEAM PHUNK and CARRIE LANE, “Hometown” (Uniryde remix)

“Hometown” by Germany’s Steam Phunk featuring American singer Carrie Lane was released about a year ago as a mid-tempo dance track that recalls songs like “Closer” by The Chainsmokers.  This spirited remix by new producer Uniryde could definitely reignite interest in the song.  The remix captures the poignancy and reflective appeal of the original, but aims to make you bounce along to a more carefree, fast paced rhythm track.  “Hometown” will definitely grab your ears and your feet, so be sure to check it out at the link above.

 

SoCal’s Inspired & The Sleep @insprdandtheslp is back with positive grooves of “Stay”

INSPIRED AND THE SLEEP, “Stay”

SoCal indie duo Inspired And The Sleep (aka singer/songwriter/producer Max and multi-instrumentalist Bryce) get their groove on this time with “Stay”.  And why not – it’s about being deep in the throes of love, so there are nothing but positive vibes here.  Max’s gentle and knowing vocal sets the stage while the groove generates an easy going but funky rhythm to make it all work well.  Picture a late night drive down PCH as the warm winds blow from the deserted beaches while you’re with your special someone.  “Stay” is the ideal soundtrack for those kinds of moments.

Published in: on December 16, 2018 at 11:25 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Late night fun awaits with “Don’t Think Twice” by @Revelriesmusic & @SamSmyers with @Oktavianmusic

REVELRIES & SAM SMYERS and OKTAVIAN, “Don’t Think Twice”

The Emerati duo based out of The Netherlands, Revelries, quickly follows up two fine singles in the inspiring “Infinitum” and the exotic “Naked” with the deep house rhythms of “Don’t Think Twice”.  This one’s in partnership with L.A. producer Sam Smyers and features another solid but all too rare vocal by L.A.-based Dutch singer Oktavian, who you know from his work with The Him and Lady Bee among others.  “Don’t Think Twice” is about late night fun when you’ve maybe had a drink too many, and your first and best choice may not be the one you decide to take, hoping that all works out well in the end.  The rich production is perfect for late night club sets and “Don’t Think Twice” is nothing if dance radio friendly as well.  

WORLD PREMIERE: Spain’s @We_Architects meet L.A.’s Eddy Faulkner @Eddyftw2 for lyrical banger “Fire”

WE ARCHITECTS featuring EDDY FAULKNER, “Fire”

We all need someone in our lives who helps to keep us going to the next level at whatever stages in life we are at.  That’s the basis of L.A.-based singer/songwriter Eddy Faulkner’s “Fire”, for which I have its world premiere 🙂 He’s paired up with Spanish producers/DJs/remixers We Architects, who have recently dropped a number of remixes such as Robin Schulz and David Guetta’s current collaboration.  You’re on the right track if you might believe that this is a lyrical pop song set for a worthy transformation for the dance floor.  Though “Fire” is somewhat understated at the start, relying on Eddy’s voice and story to draw you in, the song is jump-started around the minute mark by We Architects’ engaging production ,which allows the song to take off in a direction you wouldn’t have expected from the beginning.  The balance of the music is so suited for Eddy’s expressive vocal, and “Fire” becomes a dramatic but touching celebration of the sparks in our lives that are often needed.  Add it to your Spotify playlist using the link above.

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