It’s summer all year long with “Poolside Vibe” by @PrettySister and @therealMarcLo

PRETTY SISTER & MARCLO, “Poolside Vibe”

The sound of “Poolside Vibe” is rich and slick, and will transport you into a summer mood regardless of the weather outside.  It’s chill, soulful, 70’s influenced west coast fun brought to you by two performers that you know from other work.  L.A. singer/songwriter/producer Pretty Sister has had a faithful and engaging cover of Ginuwine’s “Pony” circulating in clubs for the last few years, and you wouldn’t necessarily associate that performance with this one.  Pretty Sister – aka Zak Waters – has also produced or co-written songs for Betty Who, VINCINT, Nathan Sykes, and JoJo.  And Miami’s Marcus Lomax is actually a member of noted production sextet The Monsters & The Strangerz, who during the last 10 years have not only produced Zedd’s massive “The Middle”, but notable releases by Fifth Harmony, Nick Jonas, Jason Derulo, Jennifer Lopez, Maroon 5, and a slew of others.  This time MarcLo offers up his very fine voice (in anticipation of a forthcoming album) and both he and Pretty Sister make the most of this winning collaboration, which bears repeating.

Published in: on August 9, 2019 at 10:27 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Some keen observations from L.A.-based singer/songwriter Axel Mansoor @iamAxelM through new songs “Paradise” and “London Grey”

AXEL MANSOOR, “Paradise” and “London Grey” (with Yann Lauren)

An ever-listenable favourite of this blog, singer/songwriter Axel Mansoor, returns with two new songs that each have their own observations on particular subjects.  “Paradise” is the more produced of the two songs which uses the title as a metaphor for something that we are seeking but might never find, since it may, in one way or another, be right in front of our noses.  It’s a witty observation from Axel who always enthralls us with interesting perspectives in his lyrics.  Of equal interest is the more acoustic “London Grey”, featuring Yann Lauren, which takes the frustration of having too many stressors in life compounded pretty much by one season all year long in L.A., and puts them up for grabs in favour of the variety of environments of other places in the world, such as the often grey London of the title.  Axel himself has resided in many places throughout the world – he was raised in the small Indian Ocean republic of Mauritius – so his take on the beautiful but lonely L.A. will resonate with many others.  Check out both songs using the links above.

 

Published in: on August 3, 2019 at 10:35 pm  Leave a Comment  
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In both “Graduate” and “Rainbow”, @SimonCurtis tugs at our hearts while being that sweet, reassuring voice

SIMON CURTIS, “Graduate” and “Rainbow”

Following up the dreamy “Love” from earlier this year, L.A.-based pop singer/songwriter and author (“Boy Robot”) Simon Curtis continues what looks to be a fruitful partnership with producer/songwriter Danny Garibay for his new AA single, “Graduate” and “Rainbow”. 

“Graduate” (above) is about knowing when you’re at one of many plateaus we all have in life and need to take that next, often difficult, step to move on.  It’s such a thoughtful song that many young people need to hear – it’s intended to help someone turn on that light or flick that switch that triggers determination and drive, and avoid falling back and being complacent about what’s happening in one’s life.  “Rainbow” (below) sounds like a simple, stripped-back pop ballad on the surface.  But again it’s got a strong message about being resolute in who you are as a person, and being a colourful and shining light not only for yourself but others too.  

“Graduate” and “Rainbow” are definitely two of the more intricate, heart-tugging, and selfless songs that Simon and team have created.  In both songs, he stays mostly in his ever-effortless-sounding high register – which he continues to keep so well-polished – that will be a big draw for his many fans of the Robot Army.  As with “Love”, “Graduate” and “Rainbow” continue a new and intriguing chapter for Simon that may seem many steps away from the music of previous releases R∆ and 8bit Heart, but with Simon you can always expect the unexpected and definitely never say never!  More to come!! 

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L.A. duo @CosmosNCreature return with experimental and electronic @SteveAoki-produced “The Wonder”

COSMOS & CREATURE, “The Wonder”

It’s a bit of a stretch away from the electronic dance/pop with which we’ve become familiar with L.A. duo Cosmos & Creature through their own releases or their numerous features over the last few years.  This time, Molly Moore and Brandyn Burnette get some huge and intriguing assists from Steve Aoki, who produced and co-wrote “The Wonder”.  It’s an other-worldy, trippy, trappy-sounding effort on which Molly (who also co-wrote) is most showcased this time.  The song seems to use echoes as a device to represent either an overload of emotions or information that leave us caught up in wonder, only to be taken away from it, willingly or not.  “The Wonder” is C&C at their most experimental and creative and fans will definitely dig it.

Published in: on July 16, 2019 at 9:47 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“I’m Not Alright” goes full tilt deep house for @LoudLuxury with a chill vocal by @BryceVine

LOUD LUXURY and BRYCE VINE, “I’m Not Alright”

“I’m Not Alright” has a lot going forward for it to land it onto dance club playlists and keep the worldwide radio audiences happy who found Toronto’s Loud Luxury (Andrew and Joe) through the massive “Body”.  And with a penchant for including unique vocalists like both brando (“Body”) and Anders (“Love No More”), this time the boys partner with the very chill but always fun Bryce Vine.  I caught Bryce’s show last year and he knows how to captivate an audience with his good-natured, self-deprecating humour.  “I’m Not Alright” sometimes comes off as a close cousin of Milky Chance’s “Stolen Dance”, but with a deep house melody that is also reminiscent of Kungs & Cookin on 3 Burners’ “This Girl”.  Bryce’s voice is often set against a quieter acoustic portion of the song before the bass rhythm kicks in.  While “I’m Not Alright” isn’t quite as easy a sell as “Body”, Loud Luxury have another winner that will please their fans and keep the radio airplay prominent.

“Beast” by @Puraridj and @MAKJ easily takes command of the dance floor

PURARI & MAKJ, “Beast”

“Beast” definitely has a lot of firepower for the dance floor in just under two minutes.  That’s because it’s a collaboration of two well-established young producers, New Jersey’s Purari and SoCal’s MAKJ, who caught Hardwell’s ear for release on his own Revealed Recordings.  “Beast” is an easy progressive house festival banger to be sure but it’s also an extremely well-crafted piece of music.  Lush synths go really big then quiet, and there seems to be some techno inspiration that recalls the work of past big names such as Josh Wink.  Quite simply there’s a lot that happens and the powerful chorus will truly take command of the dance floor when it plays.  “Beast” goes for the big bounce and leaves you wanting even more.

Published in: on June 23, 2019 at 9:10 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Blue” is tight deep house with a few twists from Netherlands-based producers @Revelriesmusic with L.A. producer @thisisRobTirea and vocalist @Kayraelien

REVELRIES & ROB TIREA and KAYRAE, “Blue”

With every single they release, Netherlands-based Emirati producers Revelries put a unique twist on dance music, usually in the house or deep house sub-genres.  This time with “Blue” they work with L.A. producer Rob Tirea and vocalist Kayrae, who co-wrote the song.  An urgent and expressive vocal is set against a driving house rhythm, with a few impressive pauses along the way, that command your attention to make “Blue” not your ordinary-sounding dance track.  The producers spike it with elevated bass synth work  and everything works well together.  “Blue” is a bit left of centre and may not be an immediate draw, but stick with it and you’ll look forward to hearing it more and more.

It’s 10/10 #03: New songs from @JayB1rdmusic and @DanniCarra, @Prizmofficial, @NickHagelin and @itsPaxton, @DaveWinnel, @JanosBAndersson, @thisisMokita, @iamNickPeters and @JamieGreymusic, @weareGODAMN, @Aadysimusic, and @iamAxelM

10/10 #03

10/10 (or tenoutoften) is this blog’s new feature where 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. 

Writing 10/10 features 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. 

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  • JAY BIRD and DANNI CARRA, “Let You Down” (free download)

“Let You Down” marks a personal best for SoCal producer/remixer Jay Bird.  It’s one of those songs where every aspect has been carefully crafted, balanced, and executed.  With a beautiful melody and danceable rhythm that doesn’t bow to any particular dance sub-genre, “Let You Down” is a warm and inviting story about being dedicated to a special someone.  It also marks another collaboration with singer Danni Carra (check out my blog post about “The Reason”, which was released earlier this year).  “Let You Down” is a generous free download – get it while you can at the link above.

  • PRIZM, “The Prizm”

L.A. based producer Prizm returns after a bit of a break to showcase his melodic side after a few harder edged tracks last year.  “The Prizm” has an uplifting, anthemic quality about it at times, and veers into softer, emotional EDM about half way through before the beats return and lead to a quiet ending.  The song reminds me, production-wise, of others that have come from Sweden in the past few years, using a pitched up vocal to carry it through.  The result is a creative and diverse release that should serve as a springboard for Prizm.  

  • NICK HAGELIN and PXTN, “Good Time”

“Good Time” is a breezy Latin-infused song meant for mid-evenings as the sun is setting.  It comes from always charming Atlanta-based singer/songwriter and ballet dancer Nick Hagelin, about whom I’ve written for many years, including long before his Top 10 finish in Season 10 of “The Voice”.  Taking time to balance raising a young family and maintain his professional dancing while recording and writing songs, “Good Time” marks Nick’s first release in about two years with a nice change of pace, still sounding fresh and improvised at times.  Here he brings along his buddy from “The Voice”, fellow Top 10 finisher Paxton Ingram (here billed simply as PXTN), which adds an in sync energy to the song.  Here’s to more new music from Nick Hagelin!

  • DAVE WINNEL, “Ksamil”

Dave Winnel is an Australian producer/remixer who divides his time between Sydney and The Netherlands, thanks to his work with Armin van Buuren and many others associated with the Armada label.  Only recently starting to release his own material, a four song EP called Lily Of The Valley (The Journey) has arrived from Dave.  Amid some imaginative, more progressive songs comes “Ksamil”, which has a different presence from the other songs.  “Ksamil” is small beach-side village in Albania in which Dave wrote it.  In contrast to some percolating synths, it’s got relaxing and gentle elements that make it perfect for an outdoor festival on a sunny day.  Play this one back-to-back with Tez Cadey’s “Logic” and create your own mini-voyage.

  • JANOS, “Zero”

Janos is a Norway-based Swedish singer, songwriter and musician who has been releasing music for most of this decade, receiving some attention at home and in England.  “Zero” is danceable alternative pop-rock with an outside-of-the-box approach to songwriting.  I’m really not too sure what the song is actually all about but there’s an affable vocal, tight instrumentation and production, as well as a carefree feel that, despite Janos’ European origins, reminds me most of 90’s American bands like Third Eye Blind or The Rembrandts.

  • MOKITA, “Til I Don’t”

Current blog favourite Nashville-based singer/songwriter Mokita continues his sturdy roll of top notch songs with “Til I Don’t”, following “All Into Nothing” (with R3HAB), “London”, and “Kiss And Tell”.  “Til I Don’t” is a quickie at only 2:07 and perhaps his slightest of the four, but it’s tightly crammed with words from Mokita’s always interesting perspective on relationships.

  • NICK PETERS and JAMIE GREY, “Where Did You Go”

18 year old French producer Nick Peters has released a few consistent singles of his own since 2016, while providing remixes for others such as Major Lazer.  Regular blog readers know how much I enjoyed his 2017 collaboration with Frank Pierce and Scott Vega (now known collectively as Juscova) called “No Love In Brooklyn” (#4 on my personal chart).  “Where Did You Go” is top drawer and benefits from anchored deep house beats and rhythms, and a memorable, soulful vocal from British singer Jamie Grey.  The radio edit alters the pace slightly, so go for either version, focused on the beat or the lyricism, as you see fit.

  • GODAMN, “Kickers”

Although they were previously known under other names in the dance music scene, GODAMN is a Swiss production duo who have been getting support from the best in the biz since they emerged under this name in 2017.  Their latest, “Kickers”, is a fun bass house production that would highlight any club DJ’s set and trigger instant reaction from lovers of this sub-genre.  GODAMN have a clever, bouncy club hit in the making with “Kickers” so lend an ear for it this Spring and Summer.

  • AADYSI, “Don’t Need You”

Taking its cue seemingly from both techno-styled trap and science fiction movie themes, NYC producer Aadysi is back with “Don’t Need You”.  Featuring Aadysi’s own vocal, the song starts off with some punchy beats, but slows down into a trap-influenced rhythm which morphs into some unexpected and smartly made progressive synth pop.  “Don’t Need You” then circles back to its heavier edges before a soothing, spacey ending.  It’s a stylish electronic kiss off to a past relationship that’s well worth your attention.

  • AXEL MANSOOR, “Busy”

L.A.-based singer/songwriter Axel Mansoor continues his consistent string of releases with “Busy”.  Ever the interested observer in relationship, Axel provides a convincing story to ensure that you do not forego who and what are right in front of you every day.  A midtempo beat and some well-placed synth work carries a lilting acoustic guitar melody that will make you clap or tap along.  “Busy” is indie pop that goes down easy while providing honest food for thought.

“Grateful” is a winning reggae/hip hop/R&B preview of the upcoming album by @EMAN8

EMAN8, “Grateful”

When Brandyn Burnette announced last year that he would be recording solo as EMAN8 going forward, we knew that he was definitely going to spread his wings stylistically.  To date, singles such as “Amen” and “Inspired” have seen the L.A.-based singer/songwriter go back to his St. Louis blues and soul roots without losing any pop elements.  “Grateful” is possibly the best preview yet of EMAN8’s upcoming album.  It’s a song that simply makes you smile, drenched mainly in Bob Marley and Jimmy Cliff reggae rhythms which connect with the soul and hip hop inspiration that have been integral parts of Brandyn’s previous releases.  One thing we have all learned from his music is that EMAN8 wears his feelings on his skin – what you see is always what you get.  “Grateful” is perfect soul food for feel-good sunny days where we can chill and enjoy and be thankful for one other.

Published in: on May 5, 2019 at 5:04 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Mood”is an engaging dance floor filler from NYC’s @Zack_Martino and L.A.-based singer @IamDysonmusic

ZACK MARTINO and DYSON, “Mood”

“Mood”, by rising NYC producer Zack Martino and L.A.-based singer Dyson, strikes a solid balance between emotional story-telling pop and electronic dance music that’s anchored by a delicious deep house bass synth hook.  Dyson sings about what puts her in the right mood which immediately translates into fun for the dance floor.  Young Zack Martino has come a long way in a short while, from steady remixes for the likes of The Chainsmokers through to originals which have received the seal of approval from almost every major dance producer.  He was also showcased at Armada Music’s main event at Miami Music Week this year and recently remixed label head Armin van Buuren’s “Lonely For You”.  “Mood” draws you in well before the first minute and could be a worthy dance radio follow up to Zack’s big Dance Mix/Show Airplay hit “Hold On To Me” and his #1 club remix of VASSY & Lodato’s “Doomsday”.

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