CR3ON and GWENDOLYNE, “Mr. Lonely”
In the past few years, Dutch producer CR3ON has moved away from producing and remixing others in favour of his own electronic dance flavours. With built-in support from the likes of Tiesto and Don Diablo, as well as labels Spinnin’ and Armada and now Steve Void’s Strange Fruits, CR3ON is out to dazzle the rest of the world. His latest single is “Mr. Lonely”, which brings back singer Gwendolyne from his earlier releases. It’s an infectious emotional dance pop number – no relation to the classic Bobby Vinton hit at all – that will certainly cheer you up if you’re down. The rhythm shifts from a bassy deep house backdrop to brighter and lighter notes that keep the groove pumping.
FANNYPACK, “Just A Bitch”
Quickly following up their sparse but friendly song “Simple” about a month later, once again for the Strange Fruits label, Dutch duo Fannypack offer another side to their talents with “Just A Bitch”. Using another slight arrangement that gradually exudes a midtempo, funky rhythm, “Just A Bitch” is sweetly sung to portray the subject clearly in love while still being totally at odds with her, and the lyrics don’t mince any words. It all works quite well, and Fannypack definitely have an unusual but likable song to which many of us will still relate. Check it out at the link above.
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.
MAFF BOOTHROYD, “Take Me Away”
Maff Boothroyd is known in the UK as a club and event promoter, as well as a producer and DJ. And while his previous music has also found enough traction from some Asian audiences, it’s a diverse song like “Take Me Away” that could open doors in other major markets. It’s a riveting bass thumper that is set in motion from its first note, and doesn’t let up. No hidden agendas here, “Take Me Away” is a bona fide club jam that will add sizzle in the momentum of a deep house set. You can hear many familiar classic house influences particularly from the 90’s which give the arrangement a lot of welcome warmth. Don’t be surprised to hear “Take Me Away” creep into sets throughout festival season.
DFUX and PERSHARD OWENS, “Remember”
If you like your deep house luscious and romantic at a percolating 126 bpm, then “Remember” is for you. It’s brought to us by rising British production duo DFUX (George and Joss) and features the rich and powerful tones of Georgia-based singer Pershard Owens. According to DFUX, the song started out as something totally different and more jazzy, and once they had Pershard’s voice for the record, almost everything changed and the song was essentially rewritten. Indeed, like commanding voices such as Gregory Foster on Disclosure’s “Holding On” or Mike Yung’s recent vocal for Martin Garrix on “Dreamer”, Pershard’s tones are what make the song most memorable, against a solid, swinging rhythm that will get you up out of your seat. DFUX have more projects in the work this year, so watch out for regular music from them!
With “Simple”, less is more which allows the Dutch duo Fannypack – Tom Ferro and MC Buju – to focus on vocals and melody that truly work well, with a definite eye on the pop charts. The song builds beautifully, igniting its story with a knowing vocal, and developing the melody to offer its hook well before the minute mark. By then, you’re drawn into “Simple” for its duration. The arrangement is slight and bright, and the vocal conveys a straight-forward emotion that will make you think twice. “Simple” sounds like a winner to me and remixes might be beneficial for it to make inroads in dance clubs.