Get to know @Kantormusic with hard-hitting, melodic and futuristic “Bodies” with vocalist #Rochee

KANTOR and ROCHEE, “Bodies”

Many of you already know Philadelphia’s Greg Kantor as producer/DJ 5 And A Dime, who I’ve written about before in these blog pages.  He’s put 5 And A Dime into the past and kickstarted a project under his own last name which came to life a few weeks ago in a live performance in NYC.  The new song is “Bodies”, and it’s everything melodic and passionate about hard-hitting futuristic-sounding dance music that you can enjoy.  “Bodies” also features NYC Rochee in a very different setting from when we last heard him (Otto Botté’s spicy Latin-flavoured 2017 release “Rocola De Verano”).  Its complexities are heightened when you watch the live performance of it below.  With obvious inspiration from Dance Dance Revolution, Kantor has created live performance technology he called The Grid, which definitely brings a new dimension to a DJ/producer’s performance.  Check it out below and add “Bodies” to your Meet The Future dance playlist using the Spotify link above.

Published in: on September 9, 2018 at 8:04 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Boom! Big room is back with the bounce of “Loving You” by Italy’s @djPromiseLand

PROMISE LAND, “Loving You”

Veteran Italian production duo Promise Land aren’t as well known in the rest of the world as they are in Europe, despite their noted remix of Swedish House Mafia’s “Don’t You Worry Child” back in the day.  With influences spanning the best of the best of the last two decades, Nazario and Fabio bring us “Loving You”, which highlights a retrotastic big room sound that fuses that anthemic style with an emotional melody.  “Loving You” is geared to be a highlight of not only a high energy club evening but a festival set too.  Promise Land have a lot more coming your way soon and “Loving You” creates an engaging foundation.  Add “Loving You” to your Big Room Is Back playlist using the Spotify link above.

Published in: on September 6, 2018 at 9:05 pm  Leave a Comment  
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UK-styled progressive house from Australia’s Right-O & Rore Groove with “Can’t Think”

RIGHT-O & RORE GROOVE and MIKECITY, “Can’t Think”

“Can’t Think” is an interesting slice of house music that’s a little more on the progressive side, taking you to a few unexpected places courtesy of the collaboration of Australian producers Right-O and Rore Groove with vocals by L.A. singer MikeCity.  What you’ll hear above is a mix that’s ideal for clubs.  While it starts off in familiar pop territory with an inviting vocal from MikeCity, it proceeds to step into a wilder direction instrumentally that really makes the song percolate and helps sustain its 4 minute length before it revisits more of MikeCity’s singing in its last minute.  “Can’t Think” has a lot of undeniable appeal.  I think it also has potential for dance music radio, though I think an edit would be helpful.  But as is, “Can’t Think” is slick and fun, with a lot of extra extra!

Published in: on September 1, 2018 at 3:23 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Watch the haunting, stunning video for “Chess” by @_ANIQO

ANIQO, “Chess”

At the end of last year, I wrote about “New Signs” by German singer/songwriter ANIQO.  She’s followed it up with a haunting, compelling video for “Chess”, also from her upcoming album Birth.  Sounding perhaps most like Sinéad O’Connor with a dash of Björk in this song, “Chess” is a deliberately paced, progressive slice of electronica, also recalling Laurie Anderson’s initial works, which is enhanced greatly by the imaginative visuals in the video.  It’s somewhat reminiscent of the intrigue of changing faces in the classic video for “Cry” by Godley & Creme from back in the 80’s.  Except there’s only one face, or partial face, in the video, and it’s ANIQO.  “Chess” is not for everyone but it’s bold and adventurous to the credit of the singer/songwriter and her video partners.  I would definitely suggest exposure for the video through various competitions such as one I eventually saw at SXSW – potential award calibre material here in my opinion!

Published in: on April 28, 2018 at 11:06 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Fierce remixing with no compromise: @Vicetone takes on @The_Prodigy’s “Omen”

THE PRODIGY, “Omen” (Vicetone bootleg remix)

No kind of advance warning will prepare you for the big bounce of Vicetone’s bootleg remix of The Prodigy’s 2009 UK Top 5 hit “Omen”.  The Dutch duo already dropped an excellent original in January with “Fix You”, but this updating of “Omen” is something that club DJ’s should be seriously considering for a powerhouse set.  This remix is completely fierce and The Prodigy’s fans should be more than happy with it.  Taking inspiration from the industrial electronics of the 80’s as well as The Prodigy’s mid 90’s heyday (think more of “Breathe” than “Firestarter”) combined with a new instrumental backdrop – those strings sounds are killer! – give Vicetone’s remix of “Omen” the potential for the song’s revival.  It’s a totally wicked surprise that commands your attention.  Vicetone should now be on your ‘watch list’ for anything that comes from them in 2018 🙂

Published in: on March 3, 2018 at 10:46 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Chicago’s @Snowmassmusic fires up progressive dubstep instrumentals “Breaking” and “Duffle Bag”

SNØWMASS, “Breaking” and “Duffle Bag” (free DL’s)

Keeping us guessing as to what else is under that black hat with the red ribbon and snowman get up, Chicago’s Snøwmass creates a fiery original musical storm with two progressive dubstep instrumentals, “Breaking” and “Duffle Bag”.  They follow up the potent electronic epic “Crossfire” which I wrote about just before the top of the year.  “Duffle Bag” is a party cranker where you’ll just want to get silly and loose as Snøwmass keeps the rhythm and synths in high gear. “Breaking” is perhaps more adventurous and seems to be owing more to 80’s electronic forces like Ryuichi Sakamoto, Jean-Michel Jarre, or even Mike Oldfield as it weaves a more melodic and cinematic soundscape.  The music of Snøwmass is of the highest calibre and is well worth following to see where he takes us next.  After years of infectious remixes, it is definitely his time for more original songs to have their due.  Download “Duffle Bag” and “Breaking” for free at the links up top.

Published in: on March 1, 2018 at 9:48 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Unconventional “Moan” by @yourVALNTN in a @therealShiShi remix will keep you listening

VALNTN featuring TREVOR DERING, “Moan” (ShiShi remix)

In a progressive remix where some sexy flute sounds marry with the classical repetition of subtle synths, “Moan” by German producer VALNTN (now based out of Boston) will keep your ears transfixed.  We got to know the global sounds of New York-based producer/remixer ShiShi last Fall with his Bollywood/disco fusion of “Aarti”.  There are definitely some south east Asian tones placed nicely within “Moan”, which complement American singer Trevor Dering’s gritty and very committed vocal.  “Moan” could have ended up sounding silly in the wrong hands, but instead it ends up being memorable and quite the perfect song to have been released on February 14, given after all that it is by VALNTN 🙂  Be surprised and check out “Moan” at the link above.

Published in: on February 21, 2018 at 10:13 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“100” by L.A.-based singer/songwriter @Kaufaudio is edgy, cinematic electronica

KAUF, “100” 

A singer/songwriter who is very passionate about his craft is L.A.-based Ron Kaufman.  His songs would usually appeal to those who enjoy James Blake or Jean-Michel Jarre, with influences back to 80’s new wave and other progressive electronic artists.  The music of Kauf is highly cinematic and begs for accompanying images, but “100”, from his recent album Regrowth, is edgier and more suited for club goers.  Its pulsating melody with sharp guitar riffs and layers of synths is well-suited to Ron’s expressive voice and his songwriting, which tends to remind me a lot of Depeche Mode’s late 80’s and early 90’s heyday.  Kauf can acquit itself nicely in band format – keyboards, guitars, drums – as I witnessed again this past Friday in concert in Toronto.  Check out “100” at the link above, as well as the entire Regrowth album, available on Bandcamp right here.

Published in: on January 21, 2018 at 10:02 pm  Leave a Comment  
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New Seattle production duo @weareSolstis bring on the crunchy, progressive instrumental “Open Your Eyes”

SOLSTIS, “Open Your Eyes” (free DL)

Seattle producers Solstis are out to convincingly make their mark with “Open Your Eyes”, their latest original song from their upcoming album Nowhere.  It’s a busy, crunchy instrumental that fuses trap with old school industrial electronic dance music.  You can hear classical influences as well as 80’s inspiration that alternately recalls The Art Of Noise and Ministry, not quite what you would expect in one song.  “Open Your Eyes” is indeed an aggressive dance track, not suited for every club.  But its complex and unpredictable arrangement will compel you to listen, and at the end of its 3:26 length you will want to hear more.  Download “Open Your Eyes” by Solstis for free at the link above.

Published in: on January 19, 2018 at 9:36 pm  Leave a Comment  
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French producer @Khamsinmusic goes huge future bass with “Second Guess” featuring @Anukamusic

KHAMSIN featuring ANUKA, “Second Guess”

At times sometimes sounding a bit contrary to its lyrics, “Second Guess” comes confidently from French producer Khamsin, who, along with Kidswaste and Rusty Hook, is another member of the collective Slow Hours.  With a major bonus, it features vocalist Anuka, who you’ll remember from her persuasive singing in last year’s “Heavy Hearted” by Murky.  When the song is quiet, the arrangement surrounds Anuka’s voice like a velvet envelope.  But when it’s loud, it’s almost a future bass battle cry complete with knights, catapults, and castles all a rage in your head.  “Second Guess” has a big movie soundtrack with a fairy tale love story of uncertainty.  It will make you shiver and then want to cheer.  Khamsin isn’t about to leave any stone unturned in in this majestic production.  He is definitely one to watch with “Second Guess”.  Add it to your big and loud electronic playlist using the Spotify link above.

Published in: on January 15, 2018 at 9:06 pm  Leave a Comment  
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