“Love Is Alive” by @LouisTheChild featuring @Elohimmusic gets the @ChetPorter treatment

LOUIS THE CHILD featuring ELOHIM, “Love Is Alive” (Chet Porter remix)

Chicago duo Louis The Child and Toronto’s Chet Porter on the same record, you ask?  The styles of these rising stars on the dance music scene fuse perfectly in this remix of “Love Is Alive”.  Supporters of the original, featuring on-the-bubble vocalist Elohim, will be pleased as “Love Is Alive” is ‘Chet-ified’ (yaaasss it’s gonna be a thang trust me!).  There’s a huge focus on melody and exotic, progressive synth sounds, as might be expected by Chet fans, while keeping the essence and hook of the song intact.  The remix is thoughtful, warm and gentle, and will be a floor-filler in clubs at the right time in an evening.  With all three acts currently touring, the song will definitely be well-in-hand throughout the Fall.  Be sure to catch any or all of them when they come to your city 🙂

Published in: on September 2, 2017 at 4:24 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Oops upside your head: L.A. duo @Ojivolta’s remix of “iSpy” by @superduperKyle featuring @LilYachty will make you spin

KYLE featuring LIL YACHTY, “iSpy”

I’m always listening for remixers who take the time to totally transform a song, and sometimes it happens even with a big hit like Kyle’s “iSpy” featuring Lil Yachty.  It’s even better when it’s a song that never really caught my ear in its original version.  Well L.A. duo Ojivolta will have your head spinning with this dirty but highly playful remix.  It doesn’t even sound like the original until about halfway through, and even then it’s the equivalent of being doused with hot sauce, making “iSpy” even more full of zing and oomph.  Ojivolta know how to work their magic around the vocals very well, leaving your ears a bit exhausted as the song wraps up with a wonky dubsteppy finale.  Check out this one at the link above and DJ’s should plan to add it mid-set when the audience will least expect for instant reaction!

Published in: on September 2, 2017 at 4:24 pm  Leave a Comment  
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.@KidFroopy transforms “Cut To The Feeling” by @CarlyRaeJepsen into the club hit that it should be

CARLY RAE JEPSEN, “Cut To The Feeling” (Kid Froopy remix)

After the recent release of his excellent original “Drive Slow” (#20 on my chart), I was thrilled to see Iowa’s Kid Froopy land one of the official remixes of Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Cut To The Feeling”. Music friends of mine adore the song; I’m somewhat indifferent to the original as I feel it’s more of a Katy Perry/Kylie Minogue throwback.  And certainly radio has ignored the song, with the over-saturation of “Call Me Maybe” still seemingly affecting the singer for a follow up after five years.  But Froopy creates a more deliberate rhythm that’s perfect for clubs and reshapes it into the dance hit that it rightly should be. So watch out worldwide club charts – and maybe radio could follow. 

Kid Froopy opens for Terror Jr. on their “Grapeland” already sold out in San Francisco, Montreal, Chicago, Brooklyn, and Toronto – L.A. music peeps still have a chance for tix!

Published in: on August 26, 2017 at 4:07 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Less Lonely” by @djFrankWalker goes big and emotional in a @YoungBombs remix

FRANK WALKER, “Less Lonely” (Young Bombs remix)

Canada’s West Coast production duo of Tristan and Martin, aka Young Bombs and recently praised in Billboard twice including by The Chainsmokers, keep it Canadian in their latest remix of “Less Lonely” by Toronto’s Frank Walker, who happened to play the Veld festival this month in his (and my) city.  Frank’s songs have been remixed by the likes of Sam Feldt and he himself has remixed Nick Jonas among others.  In this Young Bombs remix, “Less Lonely” (originally from Frank’s EP 24) goes high on emotion with some key, languid, big drops that surround the pleading chorus of ‘take me home’, sung by a compelling but uncredited singer.  It’s one of the lads’ best efforts yet, always switching it up to keep you intrigued whether it’s last year’s gorgeous “Lost” by Connor Phillips or this year’s fun “Love Like We Used To” by Captain Cuts.  Check it out at the link above and pick it up at your favourite digital store.

Published in: on August 16, 2017 at 10:17 pm  Leave a Comment  
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NYC-based @dearMothica is one to watch with “Self-Destructive”, also paired with dance producer ye. (@pronounced_yea)

MOTHICA, “Self-Destructive”  

ye. x MOTHICA, “Self-Destructive” (free DL)

NYC-based, Oklahoma born singer/songwriter Mothica is definitely one to watch with her stylish but affecting alt.pop which can straddle rock and electronic dance music genres.  From her recently released EP Heavy Heart is “Self-Destructive”, featuring the singer’s Lorde-meets-Melanie Martinez via Molly Moore expressive voice and a sometimes sparse instrumentation which volleys back and forth with some powerful hooks.  This lends the impression that we all have had sometimes when we do something self-destructive to ourselves either in isolation or in full drama in front of others.  The tone of the song therefore is very well-suited to remixes, of which there are plenty, but I would draw your attention to the collaboration with Syracuse producer on-the-rise who calls himself ye. (that’s pronounced ‘yea’).  Being self-destructive is taken to a playful level here which club goers will enjoy.  Opening for Toronto quartet Blajk last week, Mothica’s live show emphasizes a tight set augmented more by some striking guitar work than the synthesizers on record, which also gives a different dimension to her songs.  Check out the original above and the collaboration with ye. (available as a free download) below.

Published in: on August 16, 2017 at 10:17 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Love is the subject: Unite and dance to “Nation Of Love” by @meetMikeSal (@Vincenzo_Salvia remix)

MIKE SAL, “Nation Of Love” (Vincenzo Salvia remix)

After this past weekend and since last Fall, more than ever I think we need songs like “Nation Of Love” by Atlanta-based singer/songwriter Mike Sal.  In its original mix, it’s a happy, glorious tune about uniting in the name of love and having some fun while we’re at it.  I’ve been predisposed to it for a while now in anticipation 🙂 and am glad to see it on official release.  However, even better, it’s also available in a number of remixes! Italy’s Vincenzo Salvia’s bubbly Europop take is like the dreamiest of icing on the cake.  It’s got a familiar 80’s flavour befitting Erasure or Pet Shop Boys, and will keep you smiling throughout.  I would definitely throw this over to club DJ’s to play at a high point in an evening when you want absolutely everyone on the dance floor.  You can pick up the original and remixes of “Nation Of Love” on iTunes.

Published in: on August 14, 2017 at 2:53 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Producers @MRBNBelgium lend sparkle to jaunty “Somewhere” by @WildCubmusic

WILD CUB, “Somewhere” (MRBN remix)

Sometimes it’s best not to take the ‘quirky’ out of the mix at all for best results.  Belgium’s MRBN have managed to transform the jaunty and eccentric “Somewhere” by L.A. trio Wild Cub into a sparkling crowd-pleaser.  In its original form “Somewhere” is a playful 90’s-inspired romp – think Mighty Mighty Bosstones.  In its remix, the vocals come off sounding more raw and from the 80’s – reminiscent of say The The’s Matt Johnson or Echo & The Bunnymen’s Ian McCulloch.  The horns are replaced by glistening synths and the song retains its jubilant chorus.  So MRBN have kept the ‘quirky’ appeal of the original all intact while making significant changes to lend more appeal to dance music fans and clubs.  You can hear their remix of Wild Cub’s “Somewhere” at the link above.

Published in: on July 25, 2017 at 9:38 pm  Leave a Comment  
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2K17 remix: “Male Stripper” by MAN2MAN (@PaulZoneNYC) featuring @LolaDutronic

MAN2MAN featuring Lola Dutronic, “Male Stripper” (Lola Dutronic 2K17 remix)

The 1987 UK Top 5 hit “Male Stripper” by MAN2MAN Meets Man Parrish was everywhere there was dance music that year, it was a positively inescapable guilty pleasure of sorts.  2017 seems like the right time to revive it, and MAN2MAN vocalist Paul Zone has worked with Canadian duo Lola Dutronic to make it shine once again.  With added production and vocals by Lola Dutronic’s Stephanie B, the remix really embraces the fun side of the song.  And given that it’s pretty well skipped an entire generation of music fans, “Male Stripper” is bound to sound as fresh and outrageous to dance music fans as it did 30 years ago.  Don’t be at all surprised if you hear this at a club sometime soon – long-serving DJ’s will embrace it and get the word out.  Check it out above and pick it up at your favourite digital store.  And for fun, also watch the original “Top Of The Pops” clip below which really teased the hell out of its studio audience 🙂

Published in: on July 20, 2017 at 10:12 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Chicago’s @Autografmusic returns with @GianniKosta remixing the romantic “You Might Be” featuring @supLils

AUTOGRAF featuring LILS, “You Might Be” (Gianni Kosta remix)

“You Might Be” is the kind of dance record that immediately goes to the front of the line for attention.  It’s new from Chicago production trio Autograf through Warner’s Big Beat label, and featuring soaring singer Lils (formerly Lily Elise) in a lush official remix by France’s Gianni Kosta.  “You Might Be” is a bubbly, romantic, tightly-recorded song whose lovely wash of layered synths and dreamy vocal are a far cry from the non-descript pop EDM that pervades the radio today.  While it’s definitely love-at-first-listen for “You Might Be”, I’ll guarantee the more you play this one, the more it will sink in, and it will definitely create an uplifting presence on the dance floor.  It’s yours to check out at the link above.

Published in: on July 14, 2017 at 3:54 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Hard to resist dynamic “Magic” by Same Difference’s @SeanSmithsolo in an @Andy_Sikorski remix

SEAN SMITH, “Magic” (Andy Sikorski remix)

After coming third in season four of the UK’s “X Factor”, Sean and Sarah Smith, the brother-and-sister duo called Same Difference, garnered a Top 20 hit and acquired quite a following for years in their country which didn’t extend much beyond its border.  And after a third album that was to contain production by the likes of Pharrell Williams didn’t materialize in 2014, the duo called it a day.  In the meantime, Sean has stepped out on his own, and with new songs like “Magic” (for Energise Records), he may yet get that international attention.  With a buff’n blond, sultry new look and a sexy new video (below), all of the right buttons are being pushed, and taking it one better is the sweeping dance remix (above) by Andy Sikorski which would fit into a club set anywhere.  Featuring a powerful and honest vocal, sometimes all it takes is the right song, and Sean Smith has the goods with “Magic”.

Published in: on June 3, 2017 at 5:37 pm  Leave a Comment  
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