UK pop-soul singer/songwriter @SamDickinson returns with the many delights of “Wild Sun”

SAM DICKINSON, “Wild Sun” (original and Handbag House radio edit)

Sam Dickinson has been high on my radar since the initial release of his album The Stories That Occurred back in 2013.  A pop album that straddled ballads and dance-pop with a myriad of soulful influences , it sometimes felt like the second coming of Simply Red, and received a reboot a year later in a special edition.  During that time, the Newcastle upon Tyne-based Sam ended up twice in my personal chart’s Top 10 with “Learn To Wait” and “When You Left Me”. 

Sam’s upcoming EP, From The Glass House: Part One, is again equipped with both fine ballads and dance-pop, but veers away from 80’s flavoured soul in favour of 00’s styled songs that could easily be played at pop radio.  So “Wild Sun” is the single released a month in advance of the album, and, with its chorus laced with effortless high notes, is the perfect lead-in to the album.  It’s about breaking away from a relationship and making a daring move to learn to heal and be free, even if it stings a bit.  In its video above, Sam brings the immediate expression of the song to life interspersed with scenes of a couple whose relationship is growing stale. 

There are also remixes, and the Handbag House radio edit (below), available through Spotify right now but not yet for purchase, is a club DJ’s delight.  “Wild Sun” becomes an equally uplifting but slamming house track with booming bass synths that will lift up any evening out.  This style totally embraces Sam’s voice and dance music fans need to check it out.

Pick up “Wild Sun” on iTunes and watch for the release of the remixes and From The Glass House: Part One next month!

Published in: on October 13, 2018 at 9:32 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“I Own The Sky”, new from actress-singer @JaneBadler, gets a majestic dance-pop rework by @MattPopofficial

JANE BADLER, “I Own The Sky” (Matt Pop remix)

“I Own The Sky”, in its original version, is a deliberately-paced theatrical piece written for Jane Badler by the dynamic trio of Charlie Mason, John Matthews, and Richard Hymus, some of whom also contributed to a similarly dramatic original called “Yesterday’s Tomorrows” back in 2012 when the renown American but Australia-based actress decided to take her side singing career to new pop levels.  After some truly memorable pop records and videos (“Losing You” and the totally wacked out video for “Black Silk Stockings”, for example), Jane’s “I Own The Sky”, for Energise Records again like last year’s “Sunburn”, is refashioned by esteemed British producer Matt Pop into an engaging, celebratory dance pop anthem that is totally befitting the singer’s slightly wicked public persona.  Jane even takes it to video (above) to put on display, just by herself, everything that is majestic and inspiring about the song.  Need a lift and feel like you want to grab the world and shake it by its many heads when you feel things are wrong?  Then “I Own The Sky” is especially for you!!

Published in: on October 13, 2018 at 9:32 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“The End” by breakout trio @DMAsmusic gets a dark deep house remix by fellow Aussie @YvngJalapeno

THE DMA’s, “The End” (Yvng Jalapeño remix) (free DL)

Australian trio is definitely on the breakout, currently selling out UK tour dates in support of their album For Now.  Their song “The End” is given a dark, deep house remix from fellow Aussie Yvng Jalapeño, which puts the song somewhere between Twenty-One Pilots and The Presets.  Disco beats trade places with big synths at times, which are in compelling contrast to a pleading, sometimes effectively isolated vocal about to face the inevitable.  But Yvng Jalapeño has a strong flair for what will work in a club setting, and his remix of “The End” can definitely fill a late night room with pulsating, intense sounds that capture the bleak tone of the song so well.  You can get Yvng Jalapeño’s remix of “The End” for free using the Soundcloud link above.

L.A. producer @PatrickReza nicely captures the @Illeniummusic vibe in remix of “Crawl Outta Love”

ILLENIUM and ANNIKA WELLS, “Crawl Outta Love” (PatrickReza remix) (free DL)

I like it when remixes enhance the original song more than when they switch it up and make it into something else, which sometimes is a hit-or-miss surprise.  So when L.A.’s PatrickReza got the green light from Illenium himself to tackle “Crawl Outta Love”, he did it with reverence and restraint.  “Crawl Outta Love” is one of many people’s favourite songs from the much-admired Illenium album Awake.  Patrick focuses on augmenting the melody and complementing the vocal throughout.  But wait for the crunchy breakdown which he leaves till the last minute of the song, keeping both the original vibe of the song and adding a bit more dirty, playful flavour for clubs.  Ultimately both Patrick’s and Illenium’s fans should be more than happy with this tasty remix!  Download it for free at the link above.

Published in: on October 6, 2018 at 7:37 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Young NYC-based producer @iamCRVEU spices up “Favorite Color Is Blue” by @DeLongmusic and @KFlay for clubs

ROBERT DELONG and K.FLAY, “Favorite Color Is Blue” (CRVE U remix)

You can hear the influences of Green Day, Linkin Park and others in “Favorite Color Is Blue” by L.A.’s Robert DeLong with a cool feature by hip hop rocker K.Flay, now available in a variety of remixes to maximize its appeal for dance clubs and electronic music lovers.  Teenage producer CRVE U definitely bridges the alt.rock style with a flurry of busy synths that make the song sound even better when cranked up loud.  The mix almost has a tribal feel at time, but it seamlessly winds its way back to Robert and K.Flay’s infectious collaboration and chorus which are what make the song so memorable in the first place.  CRVE U has always opted for unconventional mixes, and “Favorite Color Is Blue” is yet another reason for you to keep an eye on his ongoing progress.

Published in: on August 10, 2018 at 2:41 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Another sparkling summer song is “Ride” by @Naikamusic in a @Konimusic remix

NAÏKA, “Ride” (Koni remix)

It’s been out for a little while now, but not to be missed is Miami singer Naïka’s “Ride”, perfect for those sunny day drives or dance parties on the beaches, aided immensely by a sparkling, synth-soaked remix from Koni of the German duo Saxity.  I enjoy Naïka’s solid, direct vocal, which adds to the fun appeal of the song and its “ra-pa-pa-pa-pa-pum” hook.  There’s nothing better to do here but get into your car and crank up “Ride” as the song instructs you to do and let the music take you away.  Add the Koni remix of “Ride” to your Summer Getaway playlist using the Spotify link above.

Published in: on August 10, 2018 at 2:41 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Compromised” by L.A. indie soul artist Tim Atlas @TimothyAtlas gets a sparkling remix by @Christofimusic

TIM ATLAS, “Compromised” (Christofi remix)

In its original form, “Compromised” by L.A. indie soul artist Tim Atlas is a gentle, free-flowing song about not knowing what to do about a particular crush on someone.  Also from L.A., producer Michael Christofi is pretty selective about what he releases and remixes, and his spin on “Complicated” is upbeat and sparkling.  It brings out the genuine wonder and joy of curiosity that will have no problem getting you to shuffle out onto the dance floor.  Tim’s vocal to me also tends to shine a bit more in this remix, whereas the original is focused more on melody and lyrics.  “Compromised” as remixed is quite an unexpected pleasure that will help the song find a wider audience.

Published in: on August 4, 2018 at 3:06 pm  Leave a Comment  
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UK singer @JamesLeon1 launches ProjectXS with the urgent house of “FOMO” (DJ Breeezr remix)

ProjectXS featuring JAMES LEON, “FOMO” (DJ Breeezr remix)

UK singer/songwriter James Leon returns with a promising kickstart in the form of ProjectXS with “FOMO”.  In its original version, it’s a hard-hitting electronic pop single that brings to mind early FrankMusik circa a similar song from earlier in this decade, “The Fear Inside”.  Thus far it’s been reshaped into three remixes, the best of which is the DJ Breeezr remix.  This one tones down the original and gives it a more approachable house backdrop, which brings out the desperation of the lyrics suitably for the dance floor venue.  There are a lot of underlying classic 80’s influences from the likes of Erasure and Pet Shop Boys in the foundation of “FOMO” which help get its chorus stuck in your head.  Watch for more solid dance pop to come our way from James and ProjectXS.

Published in: on July 2, 2018 at 9:12 pm  Leave a Comment  
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A soaring @JayB1rdmusic remix enhances dreamy “Wasted A Moment” by Pink Lemonade @PinkLemon4ever

PINK LEMONADE,  “Wasted A Moment” (Jay Bird remix)

Sometimes it does take a remix to show another side to a song, or to bring a little more flavour to it that works in harmony with the intent of the original.  Such is the case with UK duo Pink Lemonade’s “Wasted A Moment”, which in its original version is an atmospheric mid-tempo ballad.  You’ve read a few posts this year about Southern California producer Jay Bird’s songs, and he brings his distinct melodic flair to the dreamy landscape already created by Pink Lemonade in the song.  It’s a rich-sounding production that accentuates high end drum beats, and really soars in key places in the song, so it doesn’t come off as busy or over-produced.  “Wasted A Moment” becomes more of an anthem for savouring those special times in your life.  Check out the remix at the link above and download it for free!

Published in: on June 22, 2018 at 10:43 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Pretty Girl” by @Clairo gets a future bass makeover from red hot @Whethanmusic

CLAIRO, “Pretty Girl” (Whethan bootleg)

Red hot Chicago 19 year old producer Whethan – currently very active with his recent single “Be Like You” featuring Broods – puts an interesting spin on Clairo’s “Pretty Girl” in a bootleg remix.  He essentially takes the chorus of the Boston singer’s chill cousin of a Lana Del Rey song and flips it sideways, giving it a snappy beat which then evolves into a futuristic synth mini-jam session just more than halfway through.  Clairo’s vocal picks it up again with the chorus and it’s over in a snap.  It’s a cute, breezy remix which definitely shows a different side of Whethan.  

Published in: on June 7, 2018 at 9:44 pm  Leave a Comment  
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