10/10 (or tenoutoften) is my new feature where I write about 10 hot and fresh songs in no particular order, for your kind consideration and attention.
I will also continue to write individual blog posts about certain songs. That does not mean that songs in the 10/10 lists are any less than those featured individually.
Writing 10/10 features means I will be able to cover more songs in one shot than I’ve been able to do recently. So you get to learn about more new music that I hear but don’t always get a chance to write about.
- PETER WILSON, “Like Dynamite”
The Australian singer who so aptly brought us a different kind of “Verona” with UK singer Sean Smith returns with a two song EP, the better of which is “Like Dynamite”. It’s a complete throwback to mid-80’s danceable modern rock, with particular and welcome reference to New Order’s “Bizarre Love Triangle”. Peter’s voice really flourishes in this setting and it’s a lot of fun!
- ERIC ZAVA, DJ MIRKO B and DANIEL GORASH, “Even In Confusion”
Another song that might take some of its cues from 80’s new wave is “Even In Confusion” by Italian producers Eric Zava and DJ Mirko B with singer Daniel Gorash on vocal. Don’t even think Italodisco with this one. It’s delightful melodic house music that could be a real surprise to club DJ’s. The echoey vocal reminds me of early 00’s ATB records and totally suits the song. “Even In Confusion” is memorable and will definitely get you dancing!
- FINIS MUNDI, “Right Now?”
Accompanying his recent album release Everything After is the single “Right Now?” by Swedish producer Finis Mundi. This is sophisticated deep house for the late night time which could happily accompany songs by Bobby Nourmand or Faithless into the wee hours. It’s definitely atypical of the dance music from Sweden and taps much more into UK or Chicago/New York house rhythms for deep, dark effect.
Breaking out of Germany is the effusive pop sound of Switzerland-raised Kosovo-Albanian singer Ilira with “Do It Yourself”. The production for this song is a hybrid US/UK bounce back to about six years ago – think Miley Cyrus meets Icona Pop. Like songs from that time by both artists, “Do It Yourself” is a potent anthem for young women. It’s very distinct and has the potential to cut through a lot of other samey-sounding pop of today with its splash of a few years ago.
- BOYE & SIGVARDT, “Ganja Fiyah”
You’ll recall the unique song “Astronauts” by Danish producers Boye & Sigvardt (with MAGNÜSand UHRE) which I wrote about a few years back. After a few releases with American label Big Beat, the lads (Christian and Christian) have been trying out a variety of dance styles, and “Ganja Fiyah” is an unexpected trip into fun deep house with striking bass beats and explosive synths. Fans of Don Diablo, Afrojack and Armin van Buuren will definitely dig this one.
- JEAN JUAN and FOX & CHARM, “Strangers”
Dutch producer and Soave label head Jean Juan unleashes his second single under his new moniker called “Strangers”, this time in collaboration with Mexico-based Turkish producers Fox & Charm. It’s exotic-sounding deep house that will cause instant reaction when dropped mid-set. “Strangers” is full of propulsive rhythms and an appealing vocal that go down pretty easy. Jean Juan says he’s just getting started and I’ll look forward to what’s next!
- ELERI ANGHARAD, “Earthbound” (acoustic)
Although she classifies herself as a Country artist but hails from Wales, Eleri Angharad has a lot of pop potential if the acoustic version of the title track from her recent album is any indication. She could easily ride the wave of popularity created by the likes of Kacey Musgraves and Maren Morris, though she definitely has her own take on her craft. In fact the vocal on “Earthbound” reminds me a lot of California duo Bahari’s contribution to electronic sensation Illenium’s “Crashing”, so I could visualize her in that setting as well. Recording acoustically is not recommended unless you can really prove yourself and Eleri has no problem instilling her appealing personality into this performance.
Dutch producer BLR returns to Tiesto’s AFTR:HRS label – he was the first artist signed back in 2016 – with the enchanting “Méduse” and its seductive French vocal. You can definitely expect a dark, hypnotic trip that has late 70’s/early 80’s retro appeal that will recall music from the likes of Cerrone or Patrick Juvet. “Méduse” will definitely be a force on the dance floor with the clock strikes 12!
- TIMMY TRUMPET, BLISS N ESO, and LEE FIELDS, “High”
You may have already heard, but Australian producer/DJ Timmy Trumpet is set to be part of the European Space Agency that’s linking dance music with space travel! You can hear all about that right here, but in conjunction with that announcement is the release of Timmy’s latest single “High”. While “Freaks” continues to be played everywhere at events and on dance music radio worldwide, “High” goes back to Timmy’s jazz and R&B roots, featuring veteran US soul singer Lee Fields as well as reknown Aussie/American hip hop trio Bliss N Eso. The blend of influences remind me of early 90’s mixes that incorporated all of those styles as well as house music, and Timmy and team successfully update that sound with “High”.
- SHOWTEK and LEON SHERMAN, “Listen To Your Momma” (A-Trak remix)
You can’t keep a good song down and I’m a big believer of remixes to help good songs reach greater heights. “Listen To Your Momma” by Showtek and Leon Sherman was actually released in 2015, but it’s such a fun song with an inspired vocal that a bevy of remixes have now surfaced. The best of the bunch is from A-Trak, who recently woke us all up with the praise to to the house music gods and stern advice for DJ’s with Todd Terry in “DJ’s Gotta Dance More”, which was #1 for several weeks on my personal chart. With it’s big bounce and plenty of vinyl scratching, A-Trak’s remix of “Listen To Your Momma” should make headway to clubs and festivals all over the world this year.