Listen to the soulful, snappy earworm “Chemistry Or Chemicals” by @MattBeilis

MATT BEILIS, “Chemistry Or Chemicals”

NYC’s Matt Beilis has been steadily releasing his own pop songs and becoming a go-to voice in the dance genre for the most part of this decade, with his uplifting vocal in Electric Bodega’s “Rest Of My Life” a few years back a highlight for me.  He’s also a classically trained pianist.  “Chemistry or Chemicals” is one of his strongest, catchiest originals, with a snappy hook that stands out alongside Matt’s vocal, which has an Adam Levine flavour with a touch of a rasp.  Matt’s a rarity, having a voice that can likely sing just about any kind of song and make it work. “Chemistry” is both witty and telling, a smart song that will keep you coming back to play it again and again.  

Published in: on February 2, 2019 at 11:36 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Disco’s coming back in full effect with songs like @HorseMeatDisco’s “Let’s Go Dancing” with @AmyDouglassings in a @DimitriParis remix

HORSE MEAT DISCO and AMY DOUGLAS, “Let’s Go Dancing” (Dimitri From Paris remix)

Maybe the songs just gravitate to me and find me somehow because I grew up as a teen in the era, and I’ve written about many recent records in the last few years that I’ve labelled “discotastic” or something similar to indicate a reprise in Disco music is in order.  Well I’m getting mighty convinced that’s it’s well in the works when I hear songs like “Let’s Go Dancing” by the British collective/concert promoters that are Horse Meat Disco featuring US vocalist Amy Douglas.  This is a major flashback to around early 1977 pre-Saturday Night Fever when a good part of the music scene was still trying to convince people to party, dance and have a great time to disco music.  Could it be that movement is starting again?  “Let’s Go Dancing” shows clips from Horse Meat Disco’s British and European events called Glitterbox that show people actually dancing together without the celebrity and faux chi-chi of places like Studio 54.  Similar but less well-established events are occurring in NYC so I’m hoping other major cities in North America catch on.  “Let’s Go Dancing” can easily be the good-natured theme for this resurgence, it’s beautifully sung and lots of fun.  Check out the video below and the remix from none other than the fabulous Dimitri From Paris above.

NYC’s @AndyxSuzuki @andtheMethod crank up a bluesy jam with “Medicine”

ANDY SUZUKI & THE METHOD, “Medicine”

As an introduction to their third album “Alibi”, NYC’s Andy Suzuki & The Method – singer/songwriter/guitarist Andy Suzuki and hand-percussionist/co-writer Kozza Babumba – offer up a bluesy, rhythmic jam with “Medicine”.  This is the kick-ass, guitar-heavy kind of rock music that the duo creates to floor their concert audiences on a regular basis, so you can expect nothing less than similar quality in the rest of the album.  They’ve enlisted producer Juny Mag as a co-writer as well, and if “Medicine” is any indication, their overall sound has been honed tighter than ever.  Kozza’s unique hand-percussion is something rarely heard in pop music these days, and this talent partnered with Andy’s top notch voice should find more new fans and reacquaint older ones – like from their performances on “The Rock Boat” cruises – with songs like “Medicine”.  

Published in: on January 14, 2019 at 11:28 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Mixing it up with two recent duets with Florida’s @3letterznuk – “I Wonder” with NYC’s @MarcoFoster_, and a reboot of “Fool’s Gold” with @AaronCarter

3LETTERZNUK and MARCO FOSTER, “I Wonder”

AARON CARTER and 3LETTERZNUK, “Fool’s Gold” (remix)

I’m one for connecting the dots with music, and sometimes it takes me to interesting places whether in person or with the songs themselves. 

So I had got word that NYC’s rising and talented singer/songwriter Marco Foster – always on my radar – had a new song out called “I Wonder”.  It offers a sweeter-than-usual vocal by Marco that works in beautiful contrast to a fun rap by Florida’s 3letterznuk, newly signed to Sony.  Both styles come together to make the song really gel memorably. 

And in discovering this winning pairing, I found that 3letterznuk’s re-emergence on an earlier single this past summer latched on to another performer’s own re-branding  – fellow Floridian, Aaron Carter.  “Fool’s Gold” was initially released a few years ago and was included on Aaron’s first album in 16 years (and first as an adult!) called LØVË, released earlier this year.  A remix was an awfully good idea, letting 3letterznuk’s verses flow freely over the beginning of the song, allowing a segue for the lush production and a sincerely restrained and bright vocal by Aaron that has a lot of delightful breathy qualities about it too.  

Both “I Wonder” and the remix of “Fool’s Gold” happen to have 3letterznuk in common, but they’re true 2018 sleepers waiting for you to discover them.

Published in: on December 28, 2018 at 9:44 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Lush and dreamy production highlights “My Position” by @Prince_Paris and MindTrix @trixyourmind

PRINCE PARIS & MINDTRIX, “My Position”

What I like best about “My Position” is that it really bowls you over from all directions with its lush, dreamy soundscapes, creating its own “Wall of Sound” vibe.  It’s one of the new releases from Montreal producer Prince Paris, previously known as one half of the worldwide success called Paris & Simo, with Simo now behind the scenes and all eyes on Paris.  Prince Paris is paired with NYC producer Mindtrix and they make more than the most of what would be an average song in other hands.  It’s also represented by a powerful, diverse uncredited vocalist whose tones ride the masterful production.  It’s no wonder that this ended up as a Tipsy Records release – a high calibre record that wastes no time in making you groove right along.

Published in: on October 28, 2018 at 9:07 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Freestyle dance music star @LisetteMelendez is back in a big way with empowering “Rise”

LISETTE MELENDEZ, “Rise”

One dance music sub-genre that still has many fans around the world is Freestyle, which was prominent particularly in NYC and Miami from the mid-80’s through the mid-90’s.  NYC singer of Puerto Rican heritage Lisette Melendez had a number of charted hits in the early 90’s such as “Goody Goody”, “Together Forever”, and my favourite “A Day In My Life (Without You)” (I’ve still got the 12″ vinyl!), and she’s back with “Rise”.  It’s an engaging and empowering song dedicated to anyone who’s going through a difficult time, but particularly women, hence the “Rocky” or “Karate Kid” inspired video with a young woman as the lead.  “Rise” works because of its sparkling contemporary production, which incorporates many elements of Freestyle which Lisette’s fans enjoy.  The singer sounds just great and club DJ’s should embrace “Rise” and its many remixes.

Published in: on October 28, 2018 at 9:07 pm  Leave a Comment  
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New partially-masked producer @Aadysimusic offers up wild and futuristic “Myth”

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AADYSI, “Myth” (free DL)

Joining the mystique of fellow producers like Alan Walker by wearing a partial mask, the otherwise NYC-based Aadysi (say it like ‘odyssey’), who’s a student of the ICON collective (like Jauz or NGHTMRE), has a lot going on in his instrumental “Myth”, which is available below for free while it lasts.  It’s a striking song that has a lot of different movement within, from isolated piano sounds to grinding, wild ‘forbidden bass’ trap and almost industrial flavours.  “Myth” somehow all works because it’s so unpredictable and makes you anticipate that Aadysi’s music could be a lot of fun in the offering.  Its nearly 3 minutes come and go in a flash, so I’ll definitely be interested in hearing what’s coming from Aadysi.

 

 

Published in: on October 21, 2018 at 5:11 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Your Love” is big-sounding deep house with retro flavours from NYC’s @MishaKmusic

MISHA K, “Your Love”

Continuing to be a regular name to watch on the club and festival circuits is NYC’s Misha K.  Like a growing number of producer/DJ’s these days, Misha K is also a trained musician on piano, born into a family of Russian classical musicians.  So a steady ear-catching melody is a given, but what drives “Your Love” home is its simple chorus of only a few, but big-sounding, synth notes.  Surrounding it all is an uncredited soulful vocal that seems to be borne out of early 2000’s British or Chicago house music.  Misha K is already a known protégé with the best of them – lately Hardwell and especially Galantis – so “Your Love” is definitely a big attention-getter for clubs.

Published in: on October 9, 2018 at 9:55 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Ride” is NYC singer @Reigenmusic’s alt.pop ode to escapism, friendship and first attraction

REIGEN, “Ride”

Ever experimenting and challenging boundaries within the pop music realm, NYC indie alt.pop/dance singer Reigen follows up this year’s “Rollin'”, “Smoke Drink Party”, and his winning cover of The Cranberries’ “Dreams”, with “Ride”.  It seems simple in the video – two teen guys hanging out on a quiet night after midnight when they’re out for bike rides on deserted streets for everyday escapist fun. But of course as life constantly throws complicated curves to us, friendship for one is obviously turning to more of an attraction, leading the other to ponder at the end, and you can sense the exhilaration.  Reigen’s singing is bold and impressive, working with a complex and busy but uplifting arrangement that works well with the lyrics.  While the song sings about a ‘ride or die’ relationship that for some of us ends up being forevermore with the best of friends, for others it takes another path.  Watch the video at the link above.

Published in: on September 1, 2018 at 3:23 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Pump that bassline: “9 To 5” has spicy retro flavours from NYC’s @TruthxLiesmusic and @Holymanmusic

TRUTH x LIES and HOLYMAN, “9 To 5”

It’s been a while since I’ve written about NYC duo Truth x Lies, but they have a winner for clubs with “9 To 5” in collaboration with fellow New Yorker Holyman.  There’s not much lyrically to the song but its chorus is consistent with what club goers want to hear because there is no “9 To 5” in the dance music world 😛  What gives this one edge is its sly, retrotastic synth bassline, which sounds like it was inspired from some of the best disco and dance records of the 70’s and 80’s.  It all works together well, making the Truth x Lies and Holyman a collaboration that could be repeated, and club DJ’s should appreciate the extended mix.  Add “9 To 5” to your Dance The Night Away playlist using the Spotify link above.

Published in: on June 24, 2018 at 5:33 pm  Leave a Comment  
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