German production duo @Saxity reteam with singer/songwriter @RobbieRosenlive for “The Deeper I Fall”

SAXITY and ROBBIE ROSEN, “The Deeper I Fall”

Germany’s Saxity is on a roll with some fine pop/dance songs like last year’s “Fantasy”, which, along with Victor Perry, featured “American Idol” contestant and singer/songwriter/producer Robbie Rosen.  And the fantastic Robbie – who is everywhere in the pop/dance scene right now – is back in “The Deeper I Fall”.  Like his other collaboration with Dunisco, “When I Lost You”, “The Deeper I Fall” contemplates uncertainty – but in this case falling in love – while set to a contrasting, upbeat arrangement.  It’s hard not to react with a smile when Mr. Stan Sax graces us with a smoldering saxophone hook that helps make the song travel along so quickly, and by the time it’s over you definitely want to hear more.  Thanks to all of this formidable talent, being unsure of what’s next never felt so good in “The Deeper I Fall”.

Published in: on April 19, 2021 at 8:25 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Save Me” is a hot new R&B-rock song from NYC’s @AndyxSuzuki @AndtheMethod

ANDY SUZUKI & THE METHOD, “Save Me”

The last concert I saw before pandemic lockdown included a fun set by NYC’s Andy Suzuki, when he opened for Allen Stone in my city.  The personable singer/songwriter/guitarist and his project The Method return with “Save Me”, their first new music since their third album, 2019’s Alibi.  In “Save Me”, we hear Andy mostly in Prince-ly falsetto mode while the song is anchored in a classic R&B-rock arrangement featuring thundering drums and percussion as well as Andy’s wicked guitar work.  If you enjoy music by Miguel, Anderson.Paak, Allen Stone and others who regularly straddle R&B and rock and turn those genres into one rich melting pot of style, then you can put “Save Me” near the top of your list.  Check out the well-shot supernatural-themed video above which also features The Method’s drummer/percussionist Kozza.

Published in: on April 19, 2021 at 8:25 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Better Day” is a short but sweet surprise from UK producers @thisisWh0, the amazing @NileRodgers and vocalist @JoshBarrymusic

WH0, NILE RODGERS and JOSH BARRY, “Better Day”

“Better Day” is a cool surprise for dance music fans.  Although it seems like only a taste at 2:30, it is in fact a redux of a Nile Rodgers production by CHIC’s Norma Jean called “High Society”.  To boot, Nile has been such a fan of British producers WH0 (known so far mainly for their remixes as well as wearing masks in performance) during their short three year existence, that he invited them to revisit and transform “High Society”, at Abbey Road Studios no less.  Bringing in one-time touring vocalist for Gorgon City, British singer Josh Barry, “Better Day” is a shiny treat of positivity, decked out in classic Nile Rodgers rhythm guitar while Josh’s soulful vocal takes it to even another level.  “Better Day” is proof that you never know who is listening.  Like Elton John and a few other veterans, Nile has maintained his buzz for new music and paying it forward since CHIC’s heyday 40 years ago, and as a result now we’ll be hearing a lot more new music from WH0 too.

Published in: on April 8, 2021 at 10:15 pm  Leave a Comment  
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NYC Singer/songwriter @RobbieRosenlive has two different winners with “Piece Of My Heart” with Hungarian producer/violinist @musicbyZita and “Habits” with Canada’s @musicbyMada and Germany’s inLu

ZITA and ROBBIE ROSEN, “Piece Of My Heart”

MADA, inLU, and ROBBIE ROSEN, “Habits”

NYC’s Robbie Rosen, who you know as a Top 16 “American Idol” finalist, is determined to be everywhere in 2021 so that everyone can hear his songs, all without performing in concert.  He continues his ultra-prolific lyricism and recording streak with two different winners, the ballad “Piece of My Heart” and the dance/pop earworm “Habits”.  “Piece Of My Heart” is one of those melt-worthy ballads that comes along only once in a while.  It pairs Robbie with Hungarian producer and violinist Zita, who could easily follow Lindsey Stirling’s path to make the violin more prominent in pop music. The violin harmonizes so well with Robbie’s singing, making the song a real treat.  Then there’s a collaboration of another sort, “Habits”, with two new producers, Canada’s Mada and Germany’s inLu.  It’s a more danceable pop-oriented winner with a killer chorus and cheerful synths that call for immediate repeated listens.  Stay tuned for lots more high calibre Robbie Rosen songs like “Piece Of My Heart” and “Habits” to come!

Desire is the theme of Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez’s @thereal_rsg R&B/lounge jazz flavoured “Better For You”

RAINA SOKOLOV-GONZALEZ, “Better For You”

“Better For You” is spicy R&B/pop of a slightly different bent, with plenty of lounge jazz flavour from NYC Latinx singer/songwriter Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez.  It’s a very pointed look at women who want to both desire someone and be desired, and questions men through this song why it has to be so complicated.  Yes, “Better For You’ is all about sex and is designed to make men uncomfortable while also giving extra thought to what it’s saying to them.  Raina has a classic pop style that surely draws from singers like Lena Horne, Judy Garland and Billie Holiday, while invoking a directness you hear in more contemporary singers like Pink and Amy Winehouse that doesn’t mince words to drive her messages home. “Better For You” is entertaining and provoking, proving the two can co-exist in one song.

Published in: on March 14, 2021 at 10:03 pm  Leave a Comment  
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American electronic producer @ZAXXofficial returns with techno-infused “CHAOS”

ZAXX, “CHAOS”

While American electronic producer ZAXX has been known in the past for his dynamic big room sets, as well as potent remixes for the likes of The Chainsmokers, Elephante, and 3LAU, his new song “CHAOS” is on a bit of a different bent. With some instrumentation that could be a sample from Martin Garrix’s “Animals” setting the stage, “CHAOS” is a throwback to the 2013-14 years after big room and high arpeggios made their mark, and producers were searching for more innovative, often techno-inspired rhythms. And when you have a song called “CHAOS”, expect some well-placed big drops. A huge future bass mid-section becomes the song’s main hook, around an affecting uncredited female vocal.  No question, this song is supposed to be played very loud at clubs and festivals, and I hope DJ’s will remember to include “CHAOS” for maximum effect.  

Published in: on March 11, 2021 at 10:23 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Myself In You” is the fun new collaboration by Italy’s Lordnox and NYC’s Victor Perry @wallflowerperry

LORDNOX and VICTOR PERRY, “Myself In You”

A song like “Myself In You” sets the stage for a brighter Springtime where hope (and maybe love) is in the air.  It’s brought to you by Italian producer/DJ Lordnox and NYC singer/songwriter Victor Perry.  Lordnox provides a slick soundscape to structure the setting for Victor’s voice to pull out all stops in the winning chorus. For any average singer, getting through the chorus in all high notes is a challenge, but Victor’s talents make it seamless, which helps make the song even tighter.  Songs by Lordnox and Victor have collectively accrued over 25 million streams, so wisely bringing them together not only works out beautifully with “Myself In You” but bears repeating.  

Published in: on March 4, 2021 at 10:14 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Boys” is non-stop bass synth-soaked deep house fun from @LoloMayhew and @INViDAmusic

LAUREN MAYHEW & INViDA, “Boys”

Let’s hear it for “Boys”! Following in the musical train of thought of Britney Spears and Charli XCX, Florida singer/songwriter/actress Lauren Mayhew (recently of “Trollstopia”) and NYC dance producer INViDA bring you some ear-catching, foot-stomping, bass synth-soaked deep house fun of “Boys”.  It’s a fun and flirty banger that’s keeps the spirit of clubbing and having a great time alive during these strange times. It’s also an all-encompassing anthem for the LGBTQ community that will elicit chanting on the dancefloor. Lauren’s alluring vocal is an immediate match for INViDA’s fierce techno-flavoured synths and melody.  It’s their second collaboration following the tropical house flavours of “Lies”, and it’s a partnership that continues to beg repeating. “Boys” is out to do nothing short of slay you, so listen to your feet, wait for that drop and there’s no looking back!  Check out the eye-catching and immensely enjoyable video above.

Published in: on February 22, 2021 at 10:36 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Canadian producer @Kayliox returns with the melodic deep house of “Lost Control” with Victor Perry @wallflowerperry on vocals

KAYLIOX x VICTOR PERRY, “Lost Control”

Quebec’s Kayliox cemented himself in the electronic dance music scene in the mid 2010’s with a steady stream of fresh songs and remixes as well as club and festival appearances around the world, including at Tomorrow World and Paradiso.  After a bit of a break and becoming a master sound engineer, Kayliox returns with the soulful deep house of “Lost Control”.  From its piano beginnings till its last sung note, it’s 2:48 of pop bliss – if you’re in the mood for something lyrical and melodic, or a club banger, it’s all tidily rolled into one.  The icing on the cake is Victor Perry’s sweet, varied vocal, which has a few showcase moments unto itself and is decidedly different from his lovely new solo song “Stories”.  The chemistry between Kayliox’s beats and synths and Victor’s singing is of such high calibre that I’m sure we’ll hear it again sometime soon.

Published in: on February 6, 2021 at 11:04 pm  Leave a Comment  
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NYC trio @JanuaryJane crush it with their version of @HallOates’ “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)”

JANUARY JANE, “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)”

For some people, Daryl Hall & John Oates’ #1 smash “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)” would be untouchable as one of their best classics.  It’s also my favourite Hall & Oates song, so the fact that I’m writing about the recent cover by NYC’s January Jane is a very, very good thing – as readers of this blog know, I’m not one for cover versions in general.  The trio however just crushes it with a straight up pop/rock version with superb guitar work by Mitch Mitchell and a vibrant, on-point and totally different vocal from the original by singer Pat Via.  Not to worry, “I Can’t Go For That” still retains some of the soulful elements that made it such a draw back in the day. January Jane appears to have been mainly a live performing act over the past few years, and is rounded out by the bright notes of keyboardist Peter Scialla. They’ve done Hall & Oates justice by making their own mark on “I Can’t Go For That”.