Nashville duo #ApolloLTD’s “Heaven (All Around You)” is a delightful piano-driven ballad

APOLLO LTD, “Heaven (All Around You)”

A well-known singer/songwriter posted this past week wondering what songs kids would slow dance to these days.  Look no further than Nashville duo Apollo LTD’s “Heaven (All Around You)”.  It’s a gracious but still edgy ballad, with Jordan Phillips’ passionate vocal letting loose, rasp and all, near the end, and Adam Stark working all kinds of magic on the keys.  The lyrics will speak easily to many who enjoy the music of All-American Rejects, All Time Low, or Simple Plan, and there is definitely retro 80s/90s appeal to “Heaven (All Around You)”.  Watch the nicely shot video above for full effect.

Published in: on February 18, 2019 at 5:40 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“London” will leave you kinda sorta breathless from Nashville’s @thisisMokita

MOKITA, “London”

If you’re not entirely familiar with Nashville vocalist Mokita, the name may be ringing a recent bell or two thanks to his stellar tones on R3HAB’s latest and very memorable “All Into Nothing”, which I wrote about last month.  Mokita’s latest solo work, “London” is a straight-forward travelogue about missing the one you love.  BUT it suddenly leaves you tongue-tied and kinda sorta breathless with a *deep sigh* that should say it all by the 35 second point when Mokita sings acapella “you would die if you knew I was here”.   And after that, there’s no turning back, you’re swept up and transported to London and engaged in a delightful love story that maybe ends a bit too soon.  “London” is delicious but lighter electronic dance pop than usual (and kudos to Armada for going with it), and strangely enough it uses a lot of the same tricks of more hardcore tracks – like pauses that could be otherwise be drops – that make you want more.  “London” could be a dark horse radio-hit-in-waiting to watch.

Published in: on January 14, 2019 at 11:29 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Nashville’s @SpazzCardigan’s “DOIDOIT” is jaunty, playful, slice-of-life

SPAZZ CARDIGAN, “DOIDOIT”

Multi-instrumentalist Spazz Cardigan is back with a playful slice-of-life called “DOIDOIT”, following this past Spring’s whimsical “Episode”.  While being entertained by its jaunty keyboard work – Spazz is a classically trained pianist –  and other live instruments, “DOIDOIT” will definitely have you thinking throughout the song about why things are the way they are, and why you’re the way you are.  Its sly humour that reminds me of the Jason Mraz of old while being channeled through a deft arrangement that would please Charlie Puth fans.  But “DOIDOIT” is really about getting through all of those questions to figure out that all Spazz wants is to be in love – many of you will no doubt relate!  The anthemic finale of the song will leave you wound up with a smile on your face.  Don’t underestimate the talented Spazz Cardigan, who will sing and write and play his way to many successes to come.

Published in: on December 3, 2018 at 11:39 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Nashville duo @weareApolloLTD will lift you higher “On The Way Up”

APOLLO LTD, “On The Way Up”

“On The Way Up” by Nashville duo Apollo LTD takes a trademark anthemic sound that bands like Imagine Dragons offer to pop and mainstream radio fans, but transforms it through a big synth arrangement for clubs.  That doesn’t mean at all that the song is all fist-pumping power.  “On The Way Up”, in fact has a dynamic arrangement that brings the music down to those quiet, phone-flashlight moments before it erupts again.  Plus, Apollo LTD clearly knows how to get you to those unmistakable highs thanks to an immensely catchy chorus.  So “On The Way Up” ends up having wide appeal that should be supported by pop, rock and dance music fans alike.

Published in: on November 22, 2018 at 10:56 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Nashville pop/soul singer @RLumRmusic’s “With My Words” is one to watch

R.LUM.R., “With My Words”

Take a classic song structure and pair it with a great vocal and heartfelt lyrics and you have “With My Words” by Nashville pop/soul singer R.Lum.R.  He’s definitely one to watch for with this song.  Reminiscent particularly of Sam Smith’s “Like I Can” at times, R.Lum.R. often sings in the same timbre that has made many of Sam’s songs so successful.  But that’s where the comparison stops.  Taking cues perhaps from an un-enhanced Tory Lanez kind of style that is somehow channeled via 90’s R&B like from Jodeci or Brian McKnight, with songs like “With My Words”, R.Lum.R. could easily sneak into the fan realm of singers like Miguel with his personable, honest branding.  

Published in: on October 23, 2018 at 11:50 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Progressive dance duo @SayLessmusic return with blistering trap of “Rapture”

SAYLESS, “Rapture” (free DL)

When you think Nashville, you often think of country and pop music more than other genres.  It’s a diverse place musically, so finding a creative progressive dance duo from that city may not be entirely unexpected.  I wrote about the duo SayLess last year, and their follow up song is “Rapture”.  Taking cues from acts such as Say My Name, VVL, Lit Lords, and Bailo, “Rapture” straddles melodic and accessible pop dance music with a heavily creative and dirty side, featuring a blistering drop and impressive instrumentation that should make it stand out within the trap sub-genre.  The song structure is appealing, and not a turn goes by without SayLess keeping you wondering what’s coming next.  I don’t know a lot about trap as a sub-genre, but I do know when songs will ring bells with their intended audience.  “Rapture” will have hard core trap fans sold, and should also draw in dance music fans looking for something a touch different and well done.  Get to know SayLess by downloading “Rapture” for free at the link above.

Published in: on May 5, 2018 at 10:08 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Fun Loving Nashville Troupe @TheAquaducks “This Far”

THE AQUADUCKS, “This Far”

Last September, I introduced you to the relatively newly formed rock/jazz/R&B outfit The Aquaducks, who hail from Nashville.  The band has tightened its sound and with a more professional video to support “This Far”, they continue to get across their fun-loving, live-off-the-floor sound which is pretty well guaranteed to blow the roof off of any small club.   Creigh Reipe’s crisp vocal and Paul Violante’s inviting sax lead the way in the performance part of the video amid the funky jazzy business.  And in the rest of the loosely structured but amusing plot, the band seems to be trying to play in the legendary Ryman Auditorium but ends up running around Nashville under watch.  Quack to that 🙂  I’m hoping that “This Far” is the start of the quality work that you will get to know from The Aquaducks.

Published in: on August 3, 2013 at 11:02 pm  Leave a Comment  
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