“The Lonely” by Miami producer/DJ @EchePalante is a thoughtful deep house anthem for these times

ECHE PALANTE, “The Lonely”

While he’s been focusing more on remixes these past few years than original releases, Miami producer/DJ Eche Palante’s first one for 2020 kicks off with a huge bang with “The Lonely” for Tipsy Records.  Hardly typical of its title, it’s a thoughtful, melodic slice of deep house featuring a fantastic, uncredited vocal by the song’s writer, Mike James, that turns it into a crowd-pleasing anthem by the 2 minute mark.  “The Lonely” is a must for any dance music playlist, with tremendous radio crossover potential.  Expect club DJ’s to welcome this one with a warm embrace come reopening time.  You won’t ever be lonely when you listen or dance to “The Lonely”!

Published in: on July 25, 2020 at 9:47 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“All In” is melodic electronica from @DJNittiGritti and vocalist Jimmy Levy

NITTI GRITTY and JIMMY LEVY, “All In”

“All In” is the title song of the latest EP by Miami-based producer/DJ Nitti Gritti (aka Ricky Mears), with an emotional vocal from collaborator Jimmy Levy.  Nitti Gritti has been a discovery for me through online festivals these past few months.  I was totally impressed with a set I saw him spin a few months ago, which led me to listen to the All In EP and zero in on the title song, which is now starting to pick up dance music radio airplay in the US. 

What I didn’t know is that Nitti Gritti has also honed his craft for the last four years producing in the Latin Music genre.  Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull’s “Move To Miami”?  “Hold You Tight” and “Bubble Up” by Diplo?  He co-produced all of them, and remixed “Miami”.  He’s also remixed hits by Bazzi, Ellie Goulding, Dillon Francis, Krewella, and many more.  Last year he received a Latin Grammy for co-producing “200 MPH” by Bad Bunny and Diplo. 

So on another side of the spectrum, Nitti Gritti makes progressive and melodic bass house, and “All In”, with its compelling imagery, is a noteable and accessible song that you’ll be hearing all summer long, appealing to fans of Illenium, Said The Sky and others.

Miami-based producer/DJ @VictorPorfidio re-invents an 80’s classic, deep house style with “To My Heart”

VICTOR PORFIDIO, “To My Heart”

“Tell It To My Heart”, the 1988 Grammy-nominated smash by Taylor Dayne, is not a song to mess with unless you know what you’re doing.  A few years ago, Jason Walker and Bimbo Jones had some success with a rendition that slayed because of Jason’s off-the-charts vocal.  Miami-based, South America-born producer/DJ Victor Porfidio gives the song a deep house work-over as “To My Heart”.  With a big, rich, soulful vocal by a singer he refers to as Big Mike, this version comes off as UK soul-meets-Miami deep house.  It’s one helluva fast-paced surprise that should be embraced by DJ’s everywhere.  This version also makes me wonder what the song would sound like as old school freestyle.  “To My Heart” is definitely one to find and embrace!

Published in: on June 13, 2020 at 10:09 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Miami-based producer @Ebaniez works the dance floor with sturdy house rhythms of “Here For Me” featuring vocals by Naomi V

EBANIEZ and NAOMI V, “Here For Me”

It’s always cool when an artist works hard to confidently release music that will appeal to their target audience.  Such is the case with Miami-based newcomer Ebaniez, who has carefully been honing his craft for the last few years.  He has resurfaced with “Here For Me”, a sturdy house track that will immediately draw you in with an infectious first two minutes and a crystalline, wistful vocal by Naomi V.  “Here For Me” pleads with club goers to stay on the dance floor to share in the story.  Ultimately the song is a tad too long with little more to say beyond three and a half minutes to warrant its length.  But more conciseness will come in time and Ebaniez delivers a solid song for your listening and dancing pleasure.

Published in: on January 5, 2020 at 6:48 pm  Leave a Comment  
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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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“Heart Beat Faster” is sexy, slick deep house from @UNOMASmusic and @TeoMandrelli

UNOMAS & TEO MANDRELLI, “Heart Beat Faster”

Leave it to some sexy, slick deep house music coming out of Miami to be one of your winter warmers!  Both UNOMAS and Teo Mandrelli are based out of Miami, though with Teo being from Italy, there’s definitely a more European flavour to this collaboration.  The lads have been well-represented through a feature on Oliver Heldens’ mix series, and have recorded for most major dance labels such as Ultra, Spinnin’ and Heldens’ own label.  The carefree melody and appropriately enticing female vocal make “Heart Beat Faster” worthy of major club attention.  Both producers know how to mix harder edged sounds and graceful synths to come up with a memorable song that’s easy to digest.

We can never get “Too Much” of Miami house music courtesy of @AdamFostermusic

ADAM FOSTER, “Too Much” (free DL)

Miami house music producer Adam Foster returns with another slice of reverent dance music with “Too Much” for Xtended Records.  Featuring a sassy and soulful vocal, “Too Much” takes its cues from early 80’s dance music just at the time that house music was starting to surface out of the major dance music centres of Chicago, New York, and Miami.  It’s got a positive vibe that is strictly meant for the dance floor.  Adam’s fellow DJ’s will eat this one up and I hope word gets out about “Too Much” before long.  It’s also great to see that Adam will be taking his house specialty to Europe this summer. You can get “Too Much” for free at the link above – it will slide into just about any dance playlist!

Published in: on May 27, 2017 at 6:12 pm  Leave a Comment  
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