“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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“Heaven” returns as a bigger bolder dance anthem courtesy of @Dzekomusic & @RiggiandPiros and @beingVeronica

DZEKO and RIGGI & PIROS and VERONICA, “Heaven”

Indeed, the 80’s #1 by Bryan Adams that originally started life as a ballad in a film called “A Night In Heaven” with Christopher Atkins and Lesley-Ann Warren has been reinvented and transformed many times, but none more successfully than DJ Sammy’s Europop version that became a worldwide smash in 2003.  As readers know, I’m particularly selective about what cover versions I enjoy.  And while some may think that 15 years may not have been long enough to welcome a new version to clubland, Toronto’s Dzeko and New Jersey’s Riggi & Piros fire it up and set it ablaze, aided by a winning vocal by another Torontonian, Veronica, who did well in Europe (and particularly Belgium with a #1) last year with “In The Mood”.  So this new version is definitely less pre-fab and more anthemic than the DJ Sammy version, from which it still draws inspiration.  And does it work?  Yep it sure does, for both clubs and radio. I’ll put money on radio stations – particularly in Canada, to support homegrown talent of Dzeko and Veronica – playing it to follow up Dzeko’s collaboration with Tiësto on “Jackie Chan”.  And I’d love to hear some remixers share their new takes on this pop classic to help broaden its appeal to receptive club DJ’s.

Published in: on January 14, 2019 at 11:28 pm  Leave a Comment  
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With festival and club fireworks to come, @Dzekomusic and @RiggiandPiros give us a definitive summer “Anthem”

DZEKO vs RIGGI & PIROS, “Anthem”

In one short week since its release, “Anthem” from Toronto’s Dzeko and one of New Jersey’s finest dance production duos Riggi & Piros has garnered the support of just about every major DJ in the world, so you can expect EDM domination during the balance of the summer.  All it takes is the 10 deliberate notes in “Anthem” that comprise the unassuming hook and will absolutely slay dance music lovers.  There’s a real throwback melody to late 90’s Eurodisco too within the future house core of the song  that’s highly appealing and causes utter glee with fans of this genre.  With Dzeko now everywhere on the charts with Tiësto and “Jackie Chan”, “Anthem” will follow by conquering festivals and clubs everywhere.  You have been warned!!

Love drunk: @YoungRisingSons rock out to “Whiskey”

YOUNG RISING SONS, “Whiskey”

New Jersey alt.rock trio Young Rising Sons have honed their band skills over the past few years touring to support the likes of The 1975 and Halsey, and are now coming to attention with songs like “Whiskey”.  The band comes from the same indie record source (Dirty Canvas) that brought us American Authors.  “Whiskey” features an appealing story that could be easily translated into a video, when someone falls hard for someone to the point that you’re high on the infatuation, ‘love drunk’ so-to-speak.  The guitar and synth-fueled melody keeps the pace moving while the vocal is nothing less than convincing and would probably be much stronger and edgy in concert.  So if you’re an alt.rock fan who like an electronic flair in the music, best watch for Andy, Julian and Steve when Young Rising Sons come to a city near you.  Check out “Whiskey” at the link above.

Published in: on March 11, 2018 at 12:55 pm  Leave a Comment  
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