“Take It Off” continues light-hearted fun from L.A.’s @TwoFriendsmusic

TWO FRIENDS, “Take It Off”

Continuing a steady stream of original songs for L.A.’s Two Friends (Matt and Eli) is “Take It Off”.  Not surprisingly, it’s a light-hearted blast guaranteed to make you bounce on the dance floor.  But this one is also a smart pop tease, with absolutely the right choice of (uncredited) female vocal to make it work.  The sound of Two Friends has grown immensely in the last four years.  They add spot-on hooks and a variety of crisp keyboard sounds that make their music unmistakably identifiable.  And you know when Two Friends release a song that you’re gonna have a great time.  What more can you ask?  “Take It Off” is fun and infectious ear candy.

Two Friends are playing a show tonight (February 15) at Toybox Nightclub in Toronto and I wouldn’t miss it 🙂

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“Yellow Brick Road” is electro-soulful from @weareFannypack and singer @SeannBowe

FANNYPACK and SEANN BOWE, “Yellow Brick Road”

Making it three solid singles in a row are Dutch producers Fannypack with “Yellow Brick Road”.  And this one’s quite different from the others (“Simple” and “Just A Bitch”), tapping into electronic sounds and altered vocals that one might find in contemporary R&B or Hip Hop, which may help introduce Fannypack’s music to fans of those genres. L.A.-based Seann Bowe is the vocalist, and he was also nominated for a Grammy this year as a co-writer of “Happy Hour” by Weezer, which makes him an interesting choice for an electronic release.  “Yellow Brick Road” has an extremely strong first minute which aptly connects the theme and the soul-searching distorted vocal, and then the melodic hook arrives to only make you want to hear more.

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The pairing of @SunsetCitymusic and @SJademusic bring Australian summery sounds to us with “Forget It All”

SUNSET CITY and SAMANTHA JADE, “Forget It All”

Australian trio Sunset City returns with fellow Aussie Samantha Jade trading off vocals with singer Parker Rose in “Forget It All”.  This is a blast of summer from Down Under, with Parker and Samantha having a great time singing about how to let your troubles slip away and have fun.  Having AUS X-Factor winner, number one recording artist and actress Samantha on board definitely takes the song to another level, and despite being relatively new on the music scene, Sunset City are quickly making great strides with a song like “Forget It All”.  There’s lots of potential here for pop radio and dance clubs everywhere so be sure to watch the lyric video above.

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“Love” is a warm, beautiful return for L.A.-based singer/songwriter @SimonCurtis

SIMON CURTIS, “Love”

Putting his previous musical personas on hold – the lonely boy robot of the 8bit Heart mixtape  who stole our heart, and the intense rebel of the album R∆ – L.A.-based singer, songwriter, and author Simon Curtis makes a more than welcome return with “Love”, his first new music since 2013’s Love, S EP.  Instead of being brokenhearted and/or looking for love or sex, “Love” is about being comfortably, rapturously in love, spiritually and physically.  It’s a beautiful and warm song, accenting a soulful side of Simon that hasn’t really shone through in his other works.  His on-point high register amid his always fine vocal draws with familiarity from the music of one of his inspirations (and fans!), Darren Hayes, while the music has a sexy groove with an instrumental pause 3/4 way through that parallels any soft, romantic, and speechless interlude that you might have with a partner.  It helps “Love” reach its 4 minute length without issue.  With “Love”, Simon Curtis offers the aftermath of what is sometimes a lifetime journey to get to all of the right moments we want and more.  It reassures us that “Love” is indeed out there waiting for all of us.  I can’t wait to find out where Simon will take us next!

Published in: on February 14, 2019 at 11:46 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Check out the soft, sexy, unique vibe of “Handle” by @Revelriesmusic with #MFLR

REVELRIES and M F L R, “Handle”

Making it four intriguing singles in a row, “Handle” by Netherlands-based Emirati producers Revelries is probably their most unique one thus far.  Highlighting the soft and breathy vocal style of Atlanta singer M F L R, “Handle” has the underlying vibe of a George Michael song without sounding like the singer.  It’s also got many sexy rhythmic and chill, atmospheric qualities… but gosh if it isn’t next to impossible to figure out what it’s all about… and, to be honest, it doesn’t really matter.  There are many fine songs out there that draw you in for other reasons than lyrical content and this collaboration of Revelries and M F L R takes a lot of risks in “Handle” that just work.

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“Let It Go” is bright and tasty future bass from Toronto’s @Wildfirebeats

WILDFIRE, “Let It Go”

“Let It Go” is meant to be played from huge speakers at an outdoor club pool party, with enough high-end future bass sounds to resonate around the block.  It’s all brought to you courtesy of Toronto-based producer Wildfire (aka Paul O’Brien) with bright and shiny synths and a crisp female vocal.  The rhythm of “Let It Go” struts along well until a few well placed drops cause you to lose control and let your body flow right along.  I do believe Wildfire has a lot of potential with “Let It Go”, and the producer has already received past support from the likes of The Chainsmokers and Alison Wonderland.

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What’s on “The Other Side”? L.A.-based singer/songwriter Axel Mansoor @iamAxelM sings about those choices

AXEL MANSOOR, “The Other Side”

Axel Mansoor is an Emmy Awards-nominated singer/songwriter who has the rare talent for grasping particular moments in time and putting it into music.  We’ve already experienced glorious songs like “Wasted My Love” and “Out Of My Head”, but this time with “The Other Side”, Axel sings about making choices in a soft, soulful, high register.  This gives a gentle side to dealing with such decisions, making them part of everyday life rather than something to stress over, and by song’s end something that is resolute.  “The Other Side” has a delightful mid-tempo arrangement with solid harmonies and guitar work, and continues to earmark the growth of this talented performer.

Published in: on February 9, 2019 at 11:02 pm  Leave a Comment  
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France’s Krono have a soulful, retro-flavoured winner with “Perfect Strangers” featuring PIOTR

KRONO and PIOTR, “Perfect Strangers”

The French brothers that recorded under the name Krono had a viral favourite particularly in Europe a few years back with their remix of Aaron Smith’s “Dancin'”.  After releasing an album and receiving plenty of support from most major DJ’s, Krono are back via Tipsy Records with “Perfect Strangers” from the upcoming album The Kid Life.  These lads are classically trained and know how to keep a melody moving.  And with great help from singer PIOTR, the song has major 90’s/00’s retro appeal with a soulful voice that takes cues from Jay Kay of Jamiroquai and Adam Levine.  Add a dark and mysterious undercurrent to the song and “Perfect Strangers” should have know trouble making lots of friends in due order.

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Watch out for new UK singer/songwriter @NatalieShay with “Yesterday”

NATALIE SHAY, “Yesterday”

After winning a slew of recent awards in her native London, which led to a story in Billboard last month, Natalie Shay is more than ready to shine in the worldwide spotlight that a solid song like “Yesterday” might bring for her.  Co-written and recorded with Jonathan Vears, who has worked with the likes of Imagine Dragons, “Yesterday” is richly layered, punchy pop/rock that recounts a relationship that was never meant to be.  Natalie’s style often recalls artists like Alanis Morissette, or perhaps even her own namesake, Natalie Imbruglia – one that will rock right out but still capture a beautifully trained voice with expressive qualities.  “Yesterday” is a worthy introduction to a new talent that we will hear more of throughout the year.

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Toronto duo @Isla_Den bring chill, danceable, electronic story-making to your attention with “Navi.6”

ISLA DEN, “Navi.6”

I’m not sure what “Navi.6” is all about, but I think that’s part of the appeal behind the new single from Toronto electronic duo Isla Den (aka Ellie and Michael).  This is indie DIY story-making electronica that throws me back to the early 80’s when folks like The Cocteau Twins were emerging to bring another side to the new wave sounds that became more popular, with a vocal here that recalls late 80’s UK groups like The Sundays or The Heart Throbs.  What I also like about “Navi.6” are the inspired tempo shifts, and the spiritual, other-worldly side to some of its lyrics, particularly later in the song.  “Navi.6” is a fine song to generate interest in what Isla Den are all about after receiving some attention last year with a debut EP.  The duo received subsequent acclaim for bringing their songs to life through visuals in concert, and a follow up EP is coming soon.

Isla Den play The Garrison in Toronto on Saturday, February 16, 2019.

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