Enjoy the frenetic techno-flavoured pace of “Love Is Never Ever Wrong” by Italy’s @DJMirkoB

DJ MIRKO B, “Love Is Never Ever Wrong”

The frenetic pace of “Love Is Never Ever Wrong” will be absolute gold to rave lovers, who are missing their regular electronic music fix.  It’s another offering from the prolific Italian producer DJ Mirko B, who follows up his recent techno rework of his own song “Let Me In”.  “Love Is Never Ever Wrong”, featuring a captivating uncredited female vocal, is a crazy fusion of Italohouse and techno, and it will leave you breathless, particularly if you’re used to a little headbanging at electronic dance shows.  With “Love Is Never Ever Wrong”, you won’t be sitting still for long!

SoCal electronic dance producer @JayB1rdmusic scores a personal best with progressive and dreamy “Escape” featuring outstanding soulful vocals by @chrxstalcreates

JAY BIRD and CHRXSTAL SARAH, “Escape”

“Escape” is a heart-wrenching, dreamy, soulful electronic ballad from SoCal producer Jay Bird, about whom I’ve written many times.  Jay has been gradually moving into a more progressive, future bass style with his songs, and “Escape”, which has been released by Adept Records, is his best to date.  And to think that “Escape” might not have seen the light of day.  When Jay took some time away from music to regroup a few years back, “Escape” was written and almost forgotten.  Rediscovering it, he added the glorious new voice of Chrxstal Sarah, and the transformation was complete.  “Escape” has precisely placed beats and drops along with an undeniable hook. Chrxstal’s vocal is a stunner, totally nailing the emotion of the song that will truly resonate with fans of this genre.  

There’s a new dynamite duo in town: @AashMehtamusic and Victor Perry @wallflowerperry pair up for the gentle electronic ballad “Weightless”

AASH MEHTA and VICTOR PERRY, “Weightless”

Well this was an unexpected delight! I’ve been writing about the music of both Chicago-based producer Aash Mehta and NYC-based singer/songwriter Victor Perry each for almost five years.  Little did I know that they were collaborating on new music, and “Weightless” is the first result.  Completely in harmony with each of their styles, “Weightless” is a gentle but progressive electronic ballad that looks on the positive side of heartbreak for fresh starts.  The singular piano riffs at the start leave you to believe you might be in store for something a little more acoustic, but the uplifting synths and beats kick in to underscore the importance of not being afraid of the unknown.  Victor’s softer tones are in beautiful understated storytelling mode, and you will be able to easily visualize hearing “Weightless” amid lights and lasers once concert-going resumes.

Published in: on January 17, 2021 at 11:06 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Create your own adventure with electronic instrumental “Ddos” by Watertown, NY’s @GhostData

GHOST DATA, “Ddos”

Ghost Data is the performing name for Watertown NY native Xzaviyer Hoffpauir, who has been making his name in the progressive electronic world as well as in the video game and animé worlds with his “Dreamsynth” sub-genre and his recordings that tell the story of “The Shepherdess”.  “Ddos” is an inspiring, aggressive instrumental that will prompt you to imagine your own adventure, whether video game or animé, as set to its music.  Its dramatic, cinematic effects hold your attention all the way through, and before you know it you have a mini-movie in your head.  “Ddos” could be the start of another story, who knows, so it’s best to pay attention with what Ghost Data has coming for us next, too.

Published in: on January 11, 2021 at 11:15 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Toronto’s @RiverTiber returns to a more progressive rock style with “Hypnotized”

RIVER TIBER, “Hypnotized”

I can’t believe it’s been almost 9 years since I first wrote about Toronto’s River Tiber, which has mainly been a studio project led by multi-instrumentalist Tommy Paxton-Beesley, though there have been a number of live performances over the years but not at least for the last three or so that I can recall.  “Hypnotized”, which is actually a two-song single, also featuring the instrumental “Rainbow Road”, is only River Tiber’s 5th single release since 2016.  But watch out, when Tommy gets on a creative roll, the fine music just pours out.  Pausing the fascination with R&B and hip hop on River Tiber’s most recent releases, “Hypnotized” is a return to the progressive rock of earlier releases out of which you can currently find When The Time Is Right and The Star Falls on streaming platforms.  Its off-kilter, blurry sounds contrast delightful jazzy elements and Tommy’s clear but laid back vocal.  His stellar guitar work sings through, especially around the halfway mark, which will make this song a treat to hear in performance. “Hypnotized” is an intriguing welcome back for River Tiber, and I’m curious where it will lead.

Published in: on January 2, 2021 at 9:33 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Be sure to put French producer @iamWizzay on your radar with “Jealous” from his new EP “Who I Am?”

WIZZAY, “Jealous”

After getting my attention not long ago with the earworm “Hooked” (featuring Canadian singer Rachel Woznow), 18 year old French electronic dance producer Wizzay is back with an immensely well-rounded 5 song EP called “Who I Am?” for Tipsy Records.  It collects together his three previous singles, including “Hooked”, and adds two new songs.  One of those is the highlight of the EP for me, and that’s “Jealous”.  It’s really strong on melody and creates a beautiful build up in just under the first minute before it busts loose as a progressive-sounding trance-influenced dance track.  It’s also carried by a potent and affecting male vocal that will quickly get under your skin.  The vocalist isn’t credited and I can’t reveal him – let’s just say he is currently represented on my personal chart in one form or another, and has appeared on it several times.  Kudos to Wizzay for a consistently enjoyable EP – I know we’ll be hearing much more from him!

Published in: on November 22, 2020 at 11:29 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Canada’s @WeAreFurymusic bring a potent @Synymata remix to “Don’t Know Why” with vocal by @NDanyka

WE ARE FURY and DANYKA NADEAU, “Don’t Know Why” (Synymata remix)

Rising Canadian production duo We Are Fury continue to bring the goods, this time with a remix of “Don’t Know Why”, a track from their recent album Duality which features talented Toronto singer/co-writer Danyka Nadeau.  Milwaukee producer/remixer Synymata takes a very good song on its own and elevates it in a potent future bass remix.  This remix makes the song larger and more emotional at times, separating out the lovely flow of the original into segments punctuated by some formidable synth work.  Future bass and progressive electronica enthusiasts will be completely in their element, and those who have enjoyed We Are Fury’s album will be keen on this one. “Don’t Know Why”, as remixed, will sound great in big venues and could work well in a video game soundtrack too.

Leap of faith: “Jump With You” is by up-and-coming teen producers Kai Stevens & Catchphrase with vocalist Kate Klein

KAI STEVENS & CATCHPHRASE and KATE KLEIN, “Jump With You”

NYC-based producer/remixer and multi-instrumentalist Kai Stevens follows up his electronic ballad from this past summer, “Hero”, with “Jump With You”.  The song should also appeal to fans of Illenium, Galantis and Adventure Club in terms of melody and emotional qualities, rather than bigness of production.  It’s promising work in collaboration with two other newcomers, 19 year old Buffalo NY producer Catchphrase and the touching voice of Kate Klein.  The song’s story about taking an unexpected leap of faith when you fall for someone will resonate easily with fans of any progressive electronic dance music including the ‘sadboi’ sub-genre.

Go deep with “Time Pass” by Florida-based electronic dance producer @Kaufaudio

KAUF, “Time Pass”

A few years back, a series of well-received singles led to the progressive electronic album release Regrowth by Florida-based producer/remixer Kauf (aka Ron Kaufman).  Kauf continues his dreamy, deep synth soundscapes with “Time Pass”, one of several singles which I note that he has released this year.  This one is soothing for the electronic soul in all of us, almost a theme from another time in music (the 1970’s perhaps?) when whiling away the time seemed like a great idea.  In today’s world, we take it for granted, and time slips just slips away because we’re too busy to enjoy it.  So find yourself a quiet place, put your headphones on, close your eyes, and go deep into Kauf’s “Time Pass”.

Published in: on November 1, 2020 at 8:48 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Look out 2021, Alison Wonderland @awonderland is about to take over the electronic dance music world with songs like “Bad Things”

ALISON WONDERLAND, “Bad Things”

There is no denying that Alison Wonderland has paid her dues in her 11 years in the music business to become the superstar producer and performer that she is today. The L.A.-based, Sydney, Australia-born producer is the benchmark for fellow women in electronic dance music, thanks to scoring two #1 electronic dance albums and giving numerous well-received (by fans and critics) performances at festivals over the past few years. With 2020 being a transitional year for music, it was refreshing to hear her surface in the atypical duet with Chet Porter on “bummed” earlier this year, and take part online in performance to the delight of her fans as well – her excellent Digital Mirage set is below. Enter her new single “Bad Things”, and you can just envision a new festival set in your mind. The song features magnificent synth work and production, and a chorus that will have you swaying. I can’t wait to hear what’s in store for Alison Wonderland next year. Check out the intriguing video above.