“Can You Hear Me” is a sparkling electropop collaboration from The Netherlands’ @GianniMarino and #BoyProblems with Sweden’s ILY on vocals

GIANNI MARINO & BOY PROBLEMS and ILY, “Can You Hear Me”

No doubt about it, “Can You Hear Me” by veteran Dutch producer Gianni Marino is a sparkling end-of-summer feel good anthem about not neglecting that special person who is mad about you.  He’s created it in partnership with Boy Problems – the pseudonym of a well-known, platinum-selling producer who chooses to remain anonymous for this side-project.  And showcased in the mix is the wonderful voice of Sweden’s ILY, in a perfect fit for a Tipsy Records pop/dance release.  “Can You Hear Me” contains a bounty of high end synth sounds that compliment ILY’s vocal and make the song instantly memorable.  And you definitely can’t knock Gianni’s slick pairing with Boy Problems, whoever he may be, maybe we’ll find out one day…  

Published in: on September 14, 2018 at 9:14 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“No Way” is decisive for the dance floor from Sweden’s @weare JRL

JRL, “No Way”

Back with another strong dance record following last Spring’s feast of emotions in “Break Your Fall” are Swedish production wizards JRL with “No Way” for Tipsy Records.  The convincing uncredited female vocal and the resolute story are way up front in this particular song.  The rhythm will certainly take over and send you whirling away, and the JRL lads do go hard with the synths to bring the song home.  JRL are always consistent quality -wise with their records and “No Way” should continue to bring them fans and club DJ believers.  Add “No Way” to your Deep House Party playlist using the Spotify link above.

Published in: on August 23, 2018 at 10:37 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Take a ride with “Charlie”, new from Sweden’s @weareBrohug

BROHUG, “Charlie”

Who knows how some songs get their titles, particularly instrumentals.  For every “Pizza” by Martin Garrix there is a “Charlie”, the latest from Sweden’s Brohug.  The boys swing in kind of a flamboyant but classic house style in this one which could end up being the opening song in one of their sets.  “Charlie” is playful and cheesy as it gets deeper and dirtier as it goes along, and there’s lots happening in the mix to make the song’s three minutes fly by.  “Charlie” is a fine one for clubs where DJ’s can mess with the multi-coloured and strobe lighting and help make the song as flashy and sassy as it should be.  Add “Charlie” to your Drop That House playlist using the Spotify link above.

Published in: on June 16, 2018 at 9:03 pm  Leave a Comment  
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It’s house music with an earnest and emotional spin – “Falling Apart” by Sweden’s @Erlandomusic

ERLANDO, “Falling Apart”

“Falling Apart” is one of those songs that grabs you by both ears with its earnest, emotional story, against a thumping, but not overpowering, house backdrop.  It’s brought to you by Sweden’s Erlando, seemingly a relative newcomer but you might have known his music under the moniker Sinco up till about a year ago.  “Falling Apart” has a bit of a trick to it.  Just when you think the story might not be going anywhere at a quiet bridge around the 1:10 mark, it deliberately keeps you waiting for an even better half of the song.  This is a clever production foil that is rarely heard, when so many songs fall apart early.  Erlando thus is one to watch out for and “Falling Apart” definitely has the goods to find its way onto your Emotional House playlist using the Spotify link above.

Published in: on April 27, 2018 at 9:32 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Swedish production trio @weareJRL goes for the heart with “Break Your Fall” featuring Cammie Robinson @UKCammie

JRL featuring CAMMIE ROBINSON, “Break Your Fall”

“Break Your Fall” is the follow-up to JRL’s deep house collaboration with Ludvigson back last Fall with “Waiting On You”, once again for Tipsy Records.  This time the Swedish production trio goes straight for the heart with a rich melody and hook accentuating some high notes in an electronic ballad led by a knowing but warm vocal by UK singer Cammie Robinson (hailing from my grandmother’s home town of West Yorkshire).  “Break Your Fall” may be familiar but it’s timeless and captivating which will bring it home for most listeners and should garner a few close-ups on the dance floor too.  You’ll know what I’m talking about when you give it a spin at the link above.

Published in: on March 16, 2018 at 9:47 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Won’t Be Found" is fine alt.rock storytelling from Sweden’s @SimonAlexmusic

SIMON ALEXANDER, “Won’t Be Found”

Lest you think that pop/dance and EDM are the only genres to find their way outside of Sweden, then Simon Alexander’s “Won’t Be Found” is a convincing alternative. This is fine storytelling alt.rock that draws upon a myriad of classic influences which has a compelling vocal and memorable hooks that will draw you into the intriguing lyrics as they unfold. The song, from Simon’s EP of the same name, also features a well shot and thought out video that will keep you scratching your head until the end. “Won’t Be Found” is deserving of attention for rock fans looking for something decidedly different. Watch the video at the link above.

Published in: on February 17, 2018 at 3:19 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Newcomers @BeauCollins & #Osrin offer sophisticated and pretty “Wonderland” featuring @allaboutMaggie

BEAU COLLINS & OSRIN featuring MAGGIE SZABO, “Wonderland”

It’s another global collaboration, this time newcomer producers Beau Collins from The Netherlands and Sweden’s Osrin with the sophisticated and pretty “Wonderland”.  Not only does “Wonderland” have layers of interesting synths and drops in all the right places, it features an appropriately gracious vocal by award-winning Canadian singer Maggie Szabo, who is now based out of L.A.  That vocal is always on point, and I enjoy that that producers have kept it a little gritty in spots.  The signs are all pointing to 2018 being a year filled with futuristic emotional electronic pop, whether sad or uplifting, and “Wonderland” is off to an early start in that regard.  And if these guys are as young as they look, then we’ll be hearing plenty more of Beau Collins and Osrin.

The Hardest Part often is “Waiting On You” by @weareJRL & #Ludvigsson featuring @theMaxLandry

JRL & LUDVIGSSON featuring MAX LANDRY, “Waiting On You”

“Waiting On You” is a slice of Swedish pop that sincerely conveys the angst in relationships when waiting for the other half to make an important decision.  Production trio JRL and newcomer Ludvigsson let a bright future bass-influenced melody lead the way while US singer Max Landry, having previously worked with JRL as well as D-12 and Boldy James, sells the story with conviction.  And though “Waiting On You” will be very convincing in clubs come slow dance time, all involved manage to capture the essential elements of pure pop without dominating it with tricks and vocal effects which would detract from the core of what it’s about.  Listen to “Waiting On You” at the link above.

Published in: on December 5, 2017 at 11:41 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Remix this: Swedish producer Philip Mikal (@pmikal) and fun, zesty “Waiting 4” featuring @Ola_official

PHILIP MIKAL featuring OLA, “Waiting 4” (free download)

If you’ve been missing some Jamiroquai or Penguin Prison power in your playlists, then the fun and soulful house track “Waiting 4” by Sweden’s Philip Mikal featuring vocalist Ola should do the trick.  It’s a zingy and zesty track with instant club appeal.  And if you’re a producer or remixer, Philip currently has a competition underway (deadline August 17) in exchange for prizes for remixes, and the right ones can take the song to even bigger places.  If not, you have yourself a free download for the listening at the above link.

Published in: on August 5, 2016 at 8:27 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Austin producer/DJ @Cloudchord puts the dance/funk into “Need You” by @EmberIsland_

EMBER ISLAND, “Need You” (Cloudchord remix)

Swedish trio Ember Island, who recently visited the U.S. for SXSW among other venues, have a beautiful could-be-hit with “Need You”.  But Cloudchord’s funky dance remix could put it on the club map with ease.  Following up his engaging remix of Jamie xx’s “Loud Places” (currently on my personal chart), “Need You” is heavily influenced by the classic sounds of yesteryear R&B and disco which when mixed up with today’s flavours results in progressive nu-disco that will stand out in a club mix.  What I dig most about this one is the slick and crunchy guitar work which can hold its own against and be mixed with records by Nile Rodgers/Chic, Scissor Sisters, and more.  Don’t pass up this remix of “Need You”, be sure to download it for free using the Soundcloud link above.

Published in: on March 26, 2016 at 1:29 pm  Leave a Comment  
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