“Yellow Brick Road” is electro-soulful from @weareFannypack and singer @SeannBowe

FANNYPACK and SEANN BOWE, “Yellow Brick Road”

Making it three solid singles in a row are Dutch producers Fannypack with “Yellow Brick Road”.  And this one’s quite different from the others (“Simple” and “Just A Bitch”), tapping into electronic sounds and altered vocals that one might find in contemporary R&B or Hip Hop, which may help introduce Fannypack’s music to fans of those genres. L.A.-based Seann Bowe is the vocalist, and he was also nominated for a Grammy this year as a co-writer of “Happy Hour” by Weezer, which makes him an interesting choice for an electronic release.  “Yellow Brick Road” has an extremely strong first minute which aptly connects the theme and the soul-searching distorted vocal, and then the melodic hook arrives to only make you want to hear more.

Published in: on February 15, 2019 at 11:11 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Check out the soft, sexy, unique vibe of “Handle” by @Revelriesmusic with #MFLR

REVELRIES and M F L R, “Handle”

Making it four intriguing singles in a row, “Handle” by Netherlands-based Emirati producers Revelries is probably their most unique one thus far.  Highlighting the soft and breathy vocal style of Atlanta singer M F L R, “Handle” has the underlying vibe of a George Michael song without sounding like the singer.  It’s also got many sexy rhythmic and chill, atmospheric qualities… but gosh if it isn’t next to impossible to figure out what it’s all about… and, to be honest, it doesn’t really matter.  There are many fine songs out there that draw you in for other reasons than lyrical content and this collaboration of Revelries and M F L R takes a lot of risks in “Handle” that just work.

Published in: on February 14, 2019 at 11:46 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Dutch producer @MarcBenjamins has slick, anthemic pop in “Out Of Touch”

MARC BENJAMIN, “Out Of Touch”

Dutch producer is a household name in his home country and well known in south east Asia too, where he’s performed at several festivals.  Over the last six years, he’s worked with the best of the dance music biz from Zedd to Laidback Luke to Nicky Romero to Afrojack, and recorded with almost every major indie dance label.  This time Tipsy Records has his latest, more pop-inflected release, “Out Of Touch”.  Its slick sound and anthemic hook is matched by an on-point uncredited male vocal, which all make “Out Of Touch” stand out in a set of tunes.  I think remixes could up the ante for “Out Of Touch” but as is Marc Benjamin has a far above average pop/dance release which should continue to get attention from those friends in high places!

Published in: on February 2, 2019 at 11:37 pm  Leave a Comment  
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UK producer @AntonPowers and Dutch duo @RedondoNL concoct a fresh retro blast with “Make Your Move”

ANTON POWERS & REDONDO, “Make Your Move”

I suppose a revival was due and fortunately UK producer Anton Powers and Dutch duo Redondo make it all fresh again with “Make Your Move. Anton of course is no stranger to the charts, with the Top 5 UK hit “Alone No More” with Philip George and famed A&R guy for 3 Beat Productions (think ‘This Girl” by Kungs & Cookin on 3 Burners).  You also heard Redondo paired recently with Alyx Ander for “Casually”.  Think way back to 2004 when Junior Jack’s “Stupidisco” created a worldwide smash around the chorus of one of The Pointer Sisters’ best 80’s songs “Dare Me”.  This time, take some added lyrics, a winning set of vocals, and brisk (and not campy Junior Jack) production and you have “Make Your Move”.  It’s a fun throwback and should have no problem winning over dance club goers anywhere.

It’s a love/hate relationship in “Just A Bitch” by Dutch duo @weareFannypack

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.

Published in: on January 27, 2019 at 11:51 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Big Room goes booom with “Let’s Get This Thing Started” by Dutch producer @DJJohnChristian

JOHN CHRISTIAN, “Let’s Get This Thing Started”

Big Room is no longer a dirty dance music term when people like John Christian decide to make a huge anthem like “Let’s Get This Thing Started”.  John’s a Dutch producer whose White Villa Studios has been the destination for Madonna, Usher, Black Eyed Peas, Tiësto, Marshmello, and many more A-List performers.  So he’s not so well known to the rest of the world as a recording artist but “Let’s Get This Thing Started” should change that.  This is high quality, instantly enjoyable dance music with a frenetic pace that’s going to kick off many a festival set.  Be prepared to bounce for three and a half minutes of high energy fun!  Oh yeah – and that sneaky, familiar melody that slips in quietly?  Remember Hot Butter’s 1972 hit “Popcorn”?

Dutch duo @weareFannypack straddle pop and dance flavours with the straight-forward emotion of “Simple”

FANNYPACK, “Simple”

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.

Published in: on December 31, 2018 at 2:14 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Tough aftermath: “Closure” is a special release for @SteveVoidmusic with vocalist Andy Marsh

STEVE VOID and ANDY MARSH, “Closure”

“Closure” marks the 100th release for Dutch producer Steve Void’s Strange Fruits label.  And that’s a fast steady pace of 100 releases too which have definitely caught the eyes and ears of the dance music part of the music biz.  “Closure” quite honestly is one of Steve’s own best releases.  It’s a great song about how relationships end and some people need closure before they can move on, which often does not happen at all.  The production has a grooving synth bass line and Andy Marsh’s vocal convincingly puts you in that moment that you might not ever want to be in.  But “Closure” let’s you wrap it all up and dance away your own troubles in the process.

Published in: on December 14, 2018 at 12:35 am  Leave a Comment  
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A wicked keyboard melody fuels “Paradigm” by @JayHardway

JAY HARDWAY, “Paradigm”

Dutch producer Jay Hardway is pretty consistent with a steady stream of dance floor and festival favourites to draw from in his repertoire.  Add up high on that list, his latest instrumental “Paradigm”.  I’m not sure if it’s intended, but there’s an incredible late 70s/early 80’s vibe about the song, and it rests in the keyboard hook.  While I can definitely hear a classical melody at its core, I immediately think of some of the instrumental work in Giorgio Moroder’s seminal “From Here To Eternity” as well as some of the synth lushness that’s identified with European hits like FR David’s “Words”. And while I might be totally wrong about all of that, dance music fans will still be hanging on that synth hook while the song shifts into lower gear and then revs back up, similar to what you’ll hear that worked so well in recent songs by Arty and Martin Garrix.  In any case, “Paradigm” is a winner that will sound fabulous through monstrous festival speakers.

Published in: on December 3, 2018 at 11:39 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Late night fun awaits with “Don’t Think Twice” by @Revelriesmusic & @SamSmyers with @Oktavianmusic

REVELRIES & SAM SMYERS and OKTAVIAN, “Don’t Think Twice”

The Emerati duo based out of The Netherlands, Revelries, quickly follows up two fine singles in the inspiring “Infinitum” and the exotic “Naked” with the deep house rhythms of “Don’t Think Twice”.  This one’s in partnership with L.A. producer Sam Smyers and features another solid but all too rare vocal by L.A.-based Dutch singer Oktavian, who you know from his work with The Him and Lady Bee among others.  “Don’t Think Twice” is about late night fun when you’ve maybe had a drink too many, and your first and best choice may not be the one you decide to take, hoping that all works out well in the end.  The rich production is perfect for late night club sets and “Don’t Think Twice” is nothing if dance radio friendly as well.