Florida electronic music producer @Trivectamusic makes Toronto club debut, new song with @Woolimusic @Excision @JulianneHope “Oxygen”

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EXCISION, WOOLI, TRIVECTA and JULIANNE HOPE, “Oxygen”

Tampa, Florida electronic music producer Trivecta (aka Sam Dobkin) easily won over Toronto dubstep fans with his alternately hard hitting and melodic style at Revival Bar last night, where he opened for dubstep master Wooli.  His set slammed super-hard at times – in anticipation of the headliner of course – but transitioned quite well and often into more melodic tones that he has been known for through some of his originals as well as his remixes.  Trivecta, like many other producers in the genre these days, is also a musician, and whipped out his guitar a few times to the utter delight of the invested audience.  Among the highlights in his set were a remixes of songs by “his buddy Gavin” Dabin with “Alive”, “Without You My Love” by Seven Lions, and the song that easily received the best crowd reaction, “Fractures” by another of his pals, Illenium (listen below).  The club was also worked up when he played Above & Beyond’s “Sun & Moon”, and when he brought out his guitar again to his own “Break Me”.  All in all, Trivecta was definitely pumped up by the audience’s warm embrace and it was an entertaining set.

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Trivecta also is part of a new release on Excision and Wooli’s EP “Evolution”, which arrived yesterday.  “Oxygen” is a heartwarming slice of emotional electronica that definitely plays to the style of Illenium’s recent Ascend album.  Featuring a touching vocal by co-writer Julianne Hope, the song alternates dramatic synths with softer moments that will appeal to fans who enjoy Illenium’s “Crashing” and other similar songs.  Check it out above.

 

“Hello My Loneliness” is radio-friendly slick pop dance from the unexpected dynamic pairing of @iamDelaneyJane and @CallMeKarizma

DELANEY JANE and CALL ME KARIZMA, “Hello My Loneliness”

Canadian singer Delaney Jane has built her reputation over the past few years as one of dance music’s most recognizable vocalists, scoring a few recent radio hits such as “La La Land” and “Throwback” in Canada in the process.  This time she’s paired with Minnesota pop/rap performer Call Me Karizma for the unexpected pleasure of “Hello My Loneliness”.  When I first saw the co-billing I wasn’t sure if it would work.  I suppose the song has been taken to greater heights because both performers are co-writers along with noted producer Shaun Frank (The Chainsmokers), who has also had a great impact with Delaney Jane’s pop-charting hits as producer and co-performer along with his own hits like the recent “Tokyo Nights”.  While Call Me Karizma has a deeply committed fan base who enjoy his harder-core emotional hip  hop, he easily slides into more pop-friendly territory that recalls his own “Life Of The Party” release from last year.  “Hello My Loneliness” is instantly appealing pop/dance that will sound great on the radio this Fall.

“Eleven” is a fun and funky crowd pleaser for your Fall playlists from Toronto’s Will Bowes @wilsonbowes

WILL BOWES, “Eleven”

“Eleven” is the most engaging song that I heard at Will Bowes’ debut performance as a solo artist this summer.  It’s a jazz-flavoured, funk-filled slice of fun that will keep your toes tapping and hands clapping along.  Will’s vocals get a real workout as he exercises his falsetto in Prince-ly ways.  The bouncing beat is familiar enough, and “Eleven” is enhanced big time by the appearance of some well placed saxophone work.  Already known as a singer with the Toronto pop/R&B/jazz collective Gold Complex, “Eleven” is an infectious must-add for your Fall playlists that would sound terrific on the radio, and a big taste of what’s to come when Will Bowes releases his first album in the near future.

Published in: on September 10, 2019 at 10:21 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“I’m Not Alright” goes full tilt deep house for @LoudLuxury with a chill vocal by @BryceVine

LOUD LUXURY and BRYCE VINE, “I’m Not Alright”

“I’m Not Alright” has a lot going forward for it to land it onto dance club playlists and keep the worldwide radio audiences happy who found Toronto’s Loud Luxury (Andrew and Joe) through the massive “Body”.  And with a penchant for including unique vocalists like both brando (“Body”) and Anders (“Love No More”), this time the boys partner with the very chill but always fun Bryce Vine.  I caught Bryce’s show last year and he knows how to captivate an audience with his good-natured, self-deprecating humour.  “I’m Not Alright” sometimes comes off as a close cousin of Milky Chance’s “Stolen Dance”, but with a deep house melody that is also reminiscent of Kungs & Cookin on 3 Burners’ “This Girl”.  Bryce’s voice is often set against a quieter acoustic portion of the song before the bass rhythm kicks in.  While “I’m Not Alright” isn’t quite as easy a sell as “Body”, Loud Luxury have another winner that will please their fans and keep the radio airplay prominent.

“Runway Lights” by Toronto’s @WilsonBowes brims with pop radio potential

WILL BOWES, “Runway Lights”

You’ve already met singer/actor and sometime voice actor Will Bowes through this blog with both his solo songs and his music as singer with the R&B/pop collective called Gold Complex.  “Runway Lights” is his new single and its appealing melody and uplifting lyrics are just what pop radio needs right now in Canada to help cut through a lot of samey-sounding dross.  Will has a rich, soulful and expressive tone which makes every word mean something, and could be a breakout talent to watch this year.  The production is straight-forward and compliments both melody and voice.  Sometimes you can’t ask for more than a pop song that has the goods and “Runway Lights” should do well and perhaps attract attention from beyond Canada in the process.

Will Bowes plays The Drake Hotel in Toronto on Monday, July 22 – see you there!

 

Published in: on July 16, 2019 at 9:47 pm  Leave a Comment  
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More intriguing alt.rock from new #Toronto duo #Homestead with “Rather Be Friends”

HOMESTEAD, “Rather Be Friends”

If last month’s “Runaway” was an interesting slice of alt.dance music, then “Rather Be Friends”, by Toronto duo Homestead (producer/guitarist Liam DeBoer and vocalist Joël), ups the intrigue ante a few more notches.  You must stick with this one.  The beginning definitely starts off a little slow, but just after the minute mark things start to brew, and electronics creep in.  Then with some change-ups to Joël’s vocal, at times sung/spoken, the mystery of the song starts to reveal itself – who is it that would actually ‘rather be friends’ here?  The last minute of the song is well worth waiting for, as Joël’s vocal totally rocks out and catches you by surprise.  Like with “Runaway”, there’s a lot of mystique in “Rather Be Friends”, but this time it’s more rock-flavoured and could appeal to fans of Toronto’s Edge 102 or Indie-88, where it should find favour on either of their playlists.  I guess we will never entirely know what’s up Liam’s and Joël’s sleeves, and because of this, a few songs in, Homestead as a project has a lot of potential.

Published in: on July 16, 2019 at 9:47 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Sweden’s @DimitriVangelis and @Wymanofficial go big and majestic with Toronto’s @Dzekoofficial in “The King”

DIMITRI VANGELIS & WYMAN and DZEKO, “The King”

“The King” is definitely an intriguing instrumental release that will go a long way at festivals.  Swedish duo Dimitri Vangelis and Wyman truly go big and majestic with this one in partnership with my fellow Torontonian, the Juno Award-nominated Dzeko (whose set I got to see back in March in Miami).  “The King” could easily be a set opener, with its sweeping start which leads into a minute and a half of solid A+ trance… and then it comes to a halt, taking its well-paced time to build up again after 40 seconds or so.  If this wasn’t done so right, the audience could easily bail on the song, but one could visualize some kind of royal making his or her pointed and quiet walk, only to raise his/her hands to let the proceedings recommence.  And so, let the crowd go wild for the rest of the song’s 3:29.  “The King” is one unique song for the electronic dance music world so be prepared to hear it all summer and into the winter festival months.

Toronto’s @RiverTiber returns with gentle, soulful alt.pop of “Taurus”

RIVER TIBER, “Taurus”

There have only been a handful of songs released by Toronto’s River Tiber since the acclaimed Indigo album a few years back.  Multi-instrumentalist Tommy Paxton-Beesley must definitely have a few cards up his sleeves to help guide us where he is going next after an album full of hip hop and electronic influences that showed he can tackle any style and succeed.  So with “Taurus” – and I do understand Tommy falls under that sun sign – we have a gentle, soulful alt.pop song with some folk influences that seems to bring out in its lyrics some common traits of a Taurean – being committed and resolute.  There are no drums here, just guitar, bass and piano, all of which are played by Tommy, with ever-able assistance from long time pal Justin Nozuka, who also sings backup vocals.  So while “Taurus” goes down easy, it does make you wonder what’s coming, always worth the wait in the evolution of River Tiber.

Published in: on May 26, 2019 at 10:32 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Toronto’s @NikkisWives offers imaginative new single “Real Girl”

NIKKI’S WIVES, “Real Girl”

Toronto trio Nikki’s Wives continue with singles to preview their next EP or album with “Real Girl”.  It’s about the public’s perception of women in music or the arts in general, often forgetting about the real person underneath the persona.  The song is pretty theatrical and definitely away from the band’s harder, edgy sound.  It was appropriately showcased at the concert I saw in April with some on stage play, as you will see from my second photo below.  Nikki’s Wives is a band that offers bold new music with tight instrumentation, a top notch singer, and great interplay among the band of Nikki, Dylan and Nate.  As they continue to break out, 2019 is your year to get to know Nikki’s Wives 🙂

 

Published in: on May 20, 2019 at 11:43 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Toronto producers/DJs @weareFlightSchl have out-of-the-box radio hit with “Figure It Out” with vocals by @CVBZmvsic

FLIGHT SCHOOL and CVBZ, “Figure It Out”

If you reside in Canada and listen to pop radio, then without a doubt you have already heard “Figure It Out” by Toronto producers/DJs Flight School with vocals by L.A.-based singer/songwriter CVBZ.  With help from winning an iHeartRadio contest for this independent release, the Toronto’s Guillaume Viau and Conor Stief, who each had separate careers on the bubble mainly as remixers, joined forces to become Flight School.  “Figure It Out” features the distinct voice of CVBZ, who has already been written about in these blog pages several times as one to always watch.  The song should by all rights be this year’s “Body” (the Loud Luxury smash) at radio, and I expect it will follow a similar path to be a worldwide hit.  Very rarely these days do songs breakout from radio but “Figure It Out” is that positive and worthy exception!

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Published in: on April 28, 2019 at 3:33 pm  Leave a Comment  
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