Scotland’s Ben Davidson @BDavidsonmusic returns with the pure pop of “Learning To Let You Go”

BEN DAVIDSON, “Learning To Let You Go”

Ben Davidson is someone who can sing just about any pop song and bestow a crisp, shiny quality on the song that is a tribute to his effortless style.  The Scottish singer, also known for his Broadway roles in the UK, is back with “Learning To Let You Go”.  Like recent predecessor singles “The Chain” and “Fallin’ In”, which will also be featured on his upcoming album, “Learning To Let You Go” tells a familiar story that is part of most people’s lives.  Ben’s crystalline performance makes it all fresh, and the production throws back to a simpler time when pop music was less about dazzle and effects and more focused on a relatable story, melody and rhythm.  “Learning To Let You Go” is solid and appealing, and I’ll look forward to hearing more new music from Ben in the coming year!  Add “Learning To Let You Go” to your Thoughtful Pop playlist using the Spotify link above.

Published in: on September 3, 2018 at 1:52 pm  Leave a Comment  
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80’s-style Europop is revisited successfully by @AllanJay101 with “Almost In Heaven”

ALLAN JAY, “Almost In Heaven”

Scotland’s Allan Jay is a relative newcomer to the dance music scene, making himself known over the past few years through opening for acts like The Vengaboys and Blue in Europe and the UK.  He’s had a number of club successes including a cover of Paul Lekakis’ 80’s hit “Boom Boom Boom”.  So it’s no surprise that his latest original single for Energise, “Almost In Heaven”, is also a well-conceived throwback to 80’s Europop.  But both the lyrics and Allan’s vocal right from his first notes capture a lot of today’s sentiments about letting loose and having a blast on the dance floor with someone special, making it more of a stylistic tribute than an easy carbon copy.  It’s a pretty easy sell to international audiences, including fussy North American club goers, who should embrace it in the same way as songs by the likes of Cascada in recent years.  Add “Almost In Heaven” to your Whirling Europop playlist using the Spotify link above.

Published in: on May 5, 2018 at 10:08 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Collaborations like this do work: @FFS_music with “Johnny Delusional”

FFS, “Johnny Delusional”

It’s the perfect slice of alt.rock to tickle your fancy as we head into the summer months.  From their self-titled album, due this week, is FFS with “Johnny Delusional”.  FFS = Scotland’s Franz Ferdinand + legendary U.S. brother duo Sparks.  And while that pairing may cause heads to scratch initially, when you hear “Johnny Delusional” you will know exactly why it works.  For Sparks arrived on the music scene well over 40 years ago with their irreverent, unique, and yes sometimes confusing approach to pop/rock, which worked well for them particularly in the UK with many Top 10 hits that spanned from the glam rock through the disco eras.  In the 80’s they found themselves part of the new wave cadre, with their biggest pop successes in North America in 1982-83.  Then came another revival, with more inventive dance music (recalling their 1979 collaboration with Giorgio Moroder) in the mid-90’s.  But Sparks have never been idle, and bring a fresh approach to today’s alt.rock with Franz Ferdinand, themselves mainstays of the UK charts in the last decade.  The video may have your head spinning a bit with the seamless editing and seemingly endless camera work similar to the videos for The White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army” or even the feel of the one-take 80’s video of “Girls with Guns” by Tommy Shaw.  But “Johnny Delusional” has built a bridge from the 70’s to today, with humour and sarcasm in the lyrics that recalls both Sparks and Franz Ferdinand.  Try to escape this one on alt.rock radio for the rest of the year… it will only grow on you.

Published in: on June 6, 2015 at 10:11 pm  Leave a Comment  
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