The soulful voice of UK singer/songwriter @SamDickinson is back with a deep house remix of his cover of Mica Paris’ “Carefree”

SAM DICKINSON, “Carefree” (Blackjack remix)

Following up his fine album release from last year called Off Script, Sam Dickinson is back to bridge the gap between his next original release with some remixes of songs from Off Script.  I’ve been writing about Sam’s music since his first album released in 2013, and first up is a fantastic choice – his cover of Mica Paris’ 1998 single “Carefree”.  Sam’s a huge fan of Mica as well as British soul music of the 80’s and 90’s, and his rendition is a tantilizing homage. Remixed for the dance floor, Blackjack gives it a deep and dirty house redolent in bass, and it’s right on point without taking anything away from Sam’s original execution.  This remix of “Carefree” is a great start in reintroducing listeners to songs from Off Script – more to come!

L.A.’s @Shuhandz releases classical-tinged electronic dance instrumental “Deliverance” as remixed by @sirJosephThrash

SHUHANDZ, “Deliverance” (Joseph Thrash remix)

Although he’s been making music for the better part of the last decade, you may have only encountered the music of Shuhandz recently, as it was for me with last year’s “Sweet Spot” with Mahalo.  The L.A. producer definitely has a flair for the chill side of electronic dance music as would be evidenced by the original version of “Deliverance”. The recent remix by Joseph Thrash is less deliberately paced and much more fluid, kind of like a rhythmic and cinematic travelogue, which you can hear in music of similar producers like Tez Cadey and Cloudchord.  I really appreciate the classical-oriented piano in “Deliverance” which really stands out and brightens the mix. This is hardly background music – there’s lots here to tweak your ears.

Join the journey with R&B singer/songwriter Niki Darling @NikiDarlin with new single “Take You There”, also in a 90’s favoured @_blacksilence house remix

NIKI DARLING, “Take You There” (original and Black Silence remix)

The last four years have created nothing but once in a lifetime opportunities for American R&B singer Niki Darling. Although you’re likely to hear Tina Turner-meets-Lady Gaga with a dash of Prince (obviously, that name…) in her voice and style, I would also add the diversity of Chaka Khan, Sia, and Kelly Rowland into the mix. Her talents have taken her from leading NYC hip hop group Pants Velour to numerous destinations around the world, including Morocco, Beijing, and Ibiza, working in a full-time career in music. In fact, she was in London when the pandemic struck, and, as was documented by the BBC at the time, she was unable to return to the US for several weeks.

Her new single and video (up top) for “Take You There” document her journey as a message that shows you can overcome struggle and achieve your passion through commitment and lots of hard work – an old ethic, but it works. Her powerful tones resonate throughout “Take You There” and are totally suited for the percolating 90’s flavours that British remixer Black Silence adds to the song to make it highly club-worthy (link below). The well-edited video gives you a sense of something I firmly believe in – when one door closes, another opens. And another door for Niki Darling is set to open when a full album arrives in 2021.

The right remix brings “I Thought You Were My Friend” by UK singer/songwriter @JamesLeon1 to new heights courtesy of @Pollarik

JAMES LEON, “I Thought You Were My Friend” (Pollarik ’86 remix)

Artists should never give up on a good song.  Originally released last year, London-based singer/songwriter James Leon attracted some fair attention with “I Thought You Were My Friend”. Despite its strong lyrics, I think the mix of the song was missing something.  Producer/remixer Pollarik has worked on some of James’ other songs, so who better to reignite “Friend” with a sizzling 80’s-flavoured remix that is just begging for a dance floor complete with mirror disco ball.  James’ vocal sounds great too in this strut-worthy mix.  Electronic dance music fans, especially those with retro dance fever, will have a blast with this one.

The voice of Scotland’s Ben Davidson @bdavidsonmusic shines on both the @HandbagHouse remix of “Anything” and @DSMmusic’s ballad “In The Rain”

BEN DAVIDSON, “Anything” (Handbag House remix)

DSM and BEN DAVIDSON, “In The Rain”

Scotland’s Ben Davidson has one of those captivating voices that will alternately make an uptempo song more vibrant or let a softer song make you melt.  

Ben recently released the single “Anything” for Energise Records, but in its original mix I find his vocal doesn’t so much go hand-in-hand with the production’s additional layers of sparkle.  In its remix by Handbag House, “Anything” is so well suited for the deep house genre that you would think it was the original mix.  Like with Sam Dickinson’s “Wild Sun” last year, Handbag House offers a solid alternative for dance clubs to relish.

While Ben co-wrote “Anything”, it and “In The Rain” were co-written by Dan Scholes, a veteran British producer who also records as DSM.  Instead of Ben, “In The Rain” was co-written with Canadian Kim Williams, and it’s an independent release that puts Ben into more-than-comfortable ballad territory, which invokes a story of a past relationship and being constantly haunted by the anguish some memories can cause.  DSM and Ben are so in tune together, making “In The Rain” a stylish and memorable treat for those who like softer music with a great voice to lead the way.

Check out @PLSandTYbased’s wildly original “Run Wild” (also in a @LucaLush remix) and “Feeling Forever”

PLS&TY, “Run Wild” (original and Luca Lush remix) and “Feeling Forever”

For about the last two years, I’ve been frequently touting the praises of L.A-based, Florida-bred producer/remixer PLS&TY.  With originals like “Down For Me” and “Good Vibes”, the artist also known as Tommy Leas is coming into his own, and he’s garnering so much attention that major labels are seeking him out.  He’s also just landed on an upcoming south-west US tour opening for Elephante. 

His most recent ‘double A-sided’ release of “Run Wild” and “Feeling Forever” (both above) actually came out in June but I somehow missed it until remixes of “Run Wild” recently came to my attention.  These songs are PLS&TY like you’ve never heard him before.  “Run Wild” samples an acapella Finnish folk track called “Käppee” and creatively uses it as both hook and chorus of the song.  The song is indeed a pretty wild future bass concoction that will both take you aback and bowl you over.  Luca Lush will also make your ears perk up with a fun drum ‘n bass turn (below) that punctuates the chorus.  “Feeling Forever” is more chill but still futuristic, and explores an Indian-influenced sound with unique vocal-sampled hook.  The song has lots of bright moments with percussive highs and flute-y sounding synths.  

Both “Run Wild” and “Feeling Forever” show off the many talents of PLS&TY and he is definitely someone for whom you should keep your ears on in the next year or so to hear where he goes next.

“Don’t Break My Heart Again” is delightful Europop-flavoured dance music from Australia’s Peter Wilson @Pete80s in a @Stormby_music edit

PETER WILSON, “Don’t Break My Heart Again” (Stormby edit)

Australia’s Peter Wilson is on a roll after last year’s duet of “Verona” with UK singer Sean Smith and this past Spring’s “Like Dynamite” with “Don’t Break My Heart Again”.  Perhaps a too straight-forward pop song in its original mix, the song is elevated in a number of remixes particularly by Matt Stormby, who spins and whirls it straight onto the dance floor.  Neither the edit nor the club edit send the song over the top, keeping Peter’s urgent vocal front and centre.  Its European flavour definitely has 1984-1985 inspiration and the retro appeal is definitely complimentary to its classic overall pop sound, which would fit in very well with EuroVision (just sayin’…).

Ever-naughty trio @LiquidDietmusic return with steamy remixes including “Looking For Love” (Night Stalker mix)

LIQUID DIET, “Looking For Love” (Night Stalker mix)

I enjoy some songs that veer to the naughty side, and when I think of those, NYC/LA trio Liquid Diet (Billy, Georgia and Jonny) always comes to mind.  Recently, some remixes from songs from their album Double Life have surfaced on an EP titled Double Life: Sloppy Seconds.  So it’s time to reacquaint yourself with “Looking For Love” in its slinky Night Stalker mix, which comes in both playful radio edit and more seductive extended mix forms.  As you might anticipate, it’s about ‘looking for love in all the wrong places’.  Musically, the song takes you back to the mid-80’s around the time when Michael Jackson’s Thriller gave everyone in North America the okay to get back dancing again.  Think Billy Idol meets ABC while incorporating a verse from The Doors’ “Hello, I Love You”.  With the music of Liquid Diet, it’s a must to let your hair down, get loose, and just give in to its sinewy charms 🙂 Check out the enticing video for “Looking For Love” above.

It’s 10/10 #02: New songs from @pete80s, #EricZava @DJMirkoB & @GorashDaniel, @finis_mundi_, @Iliramusic, @Boye_Sigvardt, @JeanorJuan & @FoxandCharm, @EleriAngharad92, @BLRofficial, @TimmyTrumpet @BlissNEso & @LeeFields12, and @Showtek & @LeonSherman in an @ATrak remix

10/10 #02

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. 

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  • 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.

  • ILIRA, “Do It Yourself”

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.

  • BLR, “Méduse”

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.

 

 

 

 

 

German duo @weareSteamPhunk’s “Hometown” featuring @CarrieLanemusic gets a spirited remix by @Uniryde

STEAM PHUNK and CARRIE LANE, “Hometown” (Uniryde remix)

“Hometown” by Germany’s Steam Phunk featuring American singer Carrie Lane was released about a year ago as a mid-tempo dance track that recalls songs like “Closer” by The Chainsmokers.  This spirited remix by new producer Uniryde could definitely reignite interest in the song.  The remix captures the poignancy and reflective appeal of the original, but aims to make you bounce along to a more carefree, fast paced rhythm track.  “Hometown” will definitely grab your ears and your feet, so be sure to check it out at the link above.