Sweden’s rising duo @NOTD go all #Ninjawerks with “Start It Over”, with @CVBZmvzic and #ShyMartin

NOTD featuring CVBZ and SHY MARTIN, “Start It Over”

It’s so cool to see young and rising Swedish producers NOTD (Tobi and Sam) alongside greats like Alesso, Tiësto, Arty, 3LAU, Kaskade, Nero, and Dillon Francis on the new Ninjawerks Volume 1 compilation with “Start It Over” – and gotta like the boys animated Ninja-style in the artwork above too (real pic below)!  NOTD, who had a Billboard Top 10 dance club play chart entry with “I Wanna Know” with Bea Miller this past summer, brings along Oregon-based vocalist CVBZ, already written about several times in these blog pages, and fellow Swedish singer Shy Martin, who released her first EP this year.  “Start It Over” isn’t the usual kind of dance song you’d find associated with something like Ninjawerks, but clearly the high-profile man behind those projects is looking for a diverse mix, and NOTD delivers.  “Start It Over” is a catchy production that seamlessly blends two splendid and distinct vocals that likely otherwise wouldn’t be matched up, and the bold moves certainly work.  Expect even more big things in 2019 from NOTD.

NOTD

Published in: on December 22, 2018 at 11:54 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Sweden’s @weareBROHUG offer more pop-friendly, hip hop/R&B-influenced “Be Somebody”

BROHUG, “Be Somebody” (single and club mix)

It’s a real departure from their usual heavier EDM sound, but Swedish trio Brohug return with the more pop-friendly “Be Somebody”.  Although many songs with that title have surfaced of late, “Be Somebody” draws on hip hop and R&B influences with an uncredited female vocal for a song that could be come one of Brohug’s festival favourites in either its single or club mixes. The single mix (above) has a surprising breakdown that fits in quite well, whereas the shorter club mix (below) focuses less on vocal verses and hip hop flavours in favour of deeper, progressive house rhythms and anthemic focus on its title.  Both versions of the song have their positives, but if you think Brohug were all about a specific sound and style then consider yourself proven wrong by “Be Somebody”. 

BROHUG play Toronto club Uniun on Friday December 7.

Published in: on November 25, 2018 at 10:46 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Alive” by @JackWins and #ILY brims with exhilarating feels

JACK WINS and ILY, “Alive”

Dutch producer Jack Wins returns with “Alive”, an exhilarating slice of dance/pop that features go-to Swedish vocalist ILY – you know her most recently in these blog pages from Gianni Marino & Boy Problems’ “Can You Hear Me”.  Her recognizable voice helps make “Alive” a winner, with its high end percussive hook that reminds me of recent releases by Australia’s JYYE.  But it’s the positive feels that will pull people out onto the dance floor and “Alive” should keep club goers happy into the winter months.

Published in: on October 28, 2018 at 9:07 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Rock out with the intriguing “Last Dance” by Sweden’s Simon Alexander @SimonAlexmusic

SIMON ALEXANDER, “Last Dance”

I introduced you to Swedish singer/songwriter Simon Alexander earlier this year with the taut “Won’t Be Found”.  His latest single “Last Dance” is an immediate ear-grabbing alt.rock tune with a memorable chorus that arrives uncharacteristically at the 30 second mark.  From there in, you’re already swept into the intrigue of the song and how the couple in the song came to their last dance.  The guitar work is solid and a well-balanced production keeps the song moving fluidly.  Simon has both power and range in his voice, which could also be spotlighted well in an acoustic rendition of this song.  As is though, “Last Dance” is a fresh-sounding radio-ready rocker that wraps up handily just before the three minute mark.

Published in: on October 6, 2018 at 7:37 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“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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