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.  

Veteran Dutch producers @LNYTNZ embrace wild abandon with “Anyway” with vocal by @XERXESBAKKER

LNY TNZ and XERXESBAKKER, “Anyway”

There are times, sometimes regularly for some of us, when we have to JUST DO IT.  “Anyway”, by Dutch duo LNY TNZ, embraces these acts of wild abandon feverishly.  Singer/songwriter XERXESBAKKER adds a most suitable anthemic vocal to flow with familiar but engaging beats that will simply make you want to bounce.  What I also like about “Anyway” is its rock flavours that recall classic stadium acts and which other performers like San Holo are bringing to their live performances.  “Anyway” is a memorable crowd-pleaser for those wilder club and festival moments when letting loose never goes out of fashion.

Published in: on November 22, 2018 at 10:56 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Naked” is a risky, exotic cornucopia of dance flavours from Emirati production duo @Revelriesmusic and Romanian singer @Jeokofficial

REVELRIES and JEOKO, “Naked”

Following quickly on the heels of the success of their recent pop/dance single “Infinitum” (currently #12 on my personal choice), Netherlands-based Emirati production duo Revelries take some significant musical risks with the exotic flavours of their latest release, “Naked”.  Using their Arabic roots as the sonic motif, “Naked” is both sexy and charming with an intriguing if brief story unfolding from Romanian but France-based singer Jeoko.  Her jazz and R&B vocal influences marry well with the uncharacteristic backdrop, but Revelries never lose focus of the song’s deep house flavours which will work well in a late night dance club atmosphere.  It pays to take chances and the benefits of “Naked” will shine through in due course.

Published in: on October 28, 2018 at 9:07 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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“What You Do” is a must for the club and festival circuit from British duo @KuDeTaofficial and Dutch producer @JoeStonemusic with singer Sylvia Mwenze

KU DE TA & JOE STONE and SYLVIA MWENZE, “What You Do”

There are some songs that just belong in clubland, so you can expect to hear “What You Do”, as made in the collaboration of British production duo Ku De Ta (as in coup d’état) and Dutch producer Joe Stone, for the rest of the Fall and into Winter.  “What You Do” has a splendid uptempo house rhythm and a vocal by Sylvia Mwenze that is nothing short of perfect for this kind of song.  And there is nothing better to do with this kind of record but to loosen up, put on those dancing shoes, and groove the night away.  Joe Stone has been known to make some crafty, infectious tracks, such as 2015’s “The Party” which brought back Montell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do it” to clubs 20 years later.  Matched with Ku De Ta, and to keep us happy, these guys could definitely work on another record or five 🙂

Published in: on October 23, 2018 at 11:50 pm  Leave a Comment  
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The Netherlands’ #Ronko returns to embrace his inner warrior with fiery variety in his EP “Ronin”

RONKO, Ronin (EP)

The Netherlands-based producer Ronko is a veteran returning in a new guise and with fiery warrior intent with the songs in his new EP Ronin.  Of course, the title is a reference to his Japanese roots – a ronin is a warrior without a lord or master.  So dance clubs need to be on guard for the variety within from the man who was one of Martin Garrix’s teachers and early remixers previously known as Haverklap.  The best of the four seriously short songs within are “Round House Kick” (above), which channels some 70’s Giorgio Moroder influence into contemporary house.  “Sakura” is a top notch, dramatic instrumental to round out the EP, which also features the even-briefer “Bun It Up” and the dancehall inspired “Riddim Kick”.   Overall it’s a diverse return for Ronko which is already getting attention worldwide from tastemaker DJ’s.

Published in: on October 6, 2018 at 7:37 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Blackout” is a big techno-house speaker-shaker from @ChocolatePuma and @Firebeatz

CHOCOLATE PUMA and FIREBEATZ, “Blackout”

Dutch legends Chocolate Puma and Firebeatz are huge festival and club draws unto themselves, so it makes total sense for them to pair up again on “Blackout”, even if it’s for a brief 2:18 (which can only mean that remixes are much needed!).  If there’s any style that’s made strides in dance music in 2018 it’s the influence of 90’s techno.  “Blackout” is a helluva speaker-shaker meant for big crowd moments in dance clubs, and it only takes two minutes for a song to create defining moments for club goers.  Hence the need for multiple remixes here.  “Blackout” is powerful stuff and sometimes ya just gotta let the masters do it at their best!

Published in: on September 25, 2018 at 10:27 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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