“Take Me Down” is new from #Toronto powerhouse vocalist @JuliaCarlucci

JULIA CARLUCCI, “Take Me Down”

Following up her 2015 EP For Me is Toronto’s Julia Carlucci with “Take Me Down”.  Regardless of how you find your music – through radio, digital playlists, or online – “Take Me Down” is vocal-driven R&B-inspired pop whose intent is to bring the house down and make you remember who sung it.  And with the video showcase above, Julia has an appeal that could transcend Lady Gaga, Cher, and Céline Dion, even though her most immediate inspirations are the likes of Alicia Keys and Beyoncé.  Set in a classic pop setting with orchestra backing, I’m certain you’ll be hearing more of Julia Carlucci as word gets out about “Take Me Down”, as they already have in other parts of the world (Japan and Indonesia, being two)!

Published in: on March 18, 2017 at 8:26 pm  Leave a Comment  
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The Evolution of @DiegoGomesmusic begins with “Understand Me”

DIEGO GOMES, “Understand Me”

Long a fan himself of hip hop, dance music and big trap beats, Toronto’s Diego Gomes begins his evolution with a foray into dark, emotional hip hop with “Understand Me”.  The need to be wanted and taken seriously in the lyrics is put into stark contrast with a beat-heavy, bleak melody, which is given context by the video, where the singer met the wrong kind of gal, is stuck in awful place, and seemingly has no way out.  While this is hardly anything new – obviously influenced by the classic likes of Eminem and Akon, but probably some newer young turks as well – it’s well done enough to gain some respect from fans of this style of hip hop.  It will be a stretch for the singer’s long-time Canadian fan base of his pop songs, but stick with Diego as he evolves because he has much more to offer coming up this year.  Check out the video for “Understand Me” above.

Published in: on January 30, 2017 at 10:30 pm  Comments (2)  
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“You” is captivating progressive soul from #Toronto-based singer/songwriter @itsJoelmusic

JOËL, “You”

Toronto-based singer/songwriter Joël Lemay is back, dabbling this time in acoustic progressive soul with “You”.  You’ll recall that when I wrote about Joël’s “You Fucked Up” last Spring, it received the most blog post views I had in a few years for one post, and the song subsequently reached #12 on the BILLCS Top 30.  “You” is very understated for Joël, after seeing his live show back in November, it seems like it draws on the potency of songs by R&B singers like D’Angelo and Maxwell, and also fits alongside recent songs by the likes of Brandyn Burnette.  Where the song ignites more is about 2/3 of the way through when some wild background vocals surface and bring out a different side to the song.  Be sure to stick with “You” all the way through at the link above to hear more of what the music of Joël is all about. 

Published in: on January 26, 2017 at 11:31 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Hey it’s new music from @ElevenPastOne called “Wrong Way Home”

ELEVEN PAST ONE, “Wrong Way Home”

The talented quartet from just east of Toronto surprised us last week with “Wrong Way Home”, a gritty funk-edged taste of what’s to come after the domestic success of their 2014 album The World Is Ours.  With Daniel Richter’s slick and ever-listenable voice leading the way, I’m hoping these guys will breakout into the rest of North America.  I’ve seen them a number of times in concert and they are the real deal in solid musicianship.  “Wrong Way Home” may be a little darker than some of their other songs but continues to show that there’s more to Eleven Past One than just the catchy pop song you hear on the radio.  Can’t wait to hear more.

Published in: on June 6, 2016 at 9:19 pm  Leave a Comment  
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@DzekoandTorres continue with more emotional dance/pop with “Home” featuring #AlexJoseph

DZEKO & TORRES featuring ALEX JOSEPH, “Home”

Toronto’s Dzeko & Torres are smashing it on the BILLCSTop30 with their collaboration with Hellberg called “Care For Me”.  They follow that up with an equally emotional track that could fare well on dance music radio called “Home”.  Also available in various remixes, “Home” features a memorable, earnest vocal by Alex Joseph which will remind you a lot of Ryan Tedder.  The layered production keeps the sound and vibe moving enough to be a captivating 3 minute single.  Watch for this one to do well in dance radio and club circles and pick it up on iTunes.

Dzeko & Torres return to play home base Toronto on Friday, April 29, 2016 at Uniun.

Published in: on April 17, 2016 at 2:14 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Toronto-based singer/songwriter Joël LeMay (@itsjoelmusic) scores with his R&B flavoured story “You Fucked Up”

JOËL, “You Fucked Up” (free download)

Toronto has many fine up and coming performers who are finding themselves in the midst of a keener interest in R&B/soul – which Toronto has always fancied back to the 1950’s.  And yes I’m talking about beyond Drake and The Weeknd who we really have to thank for flinging the door open wide. 23 year old Joël LeMay actually hails from closer to North Bay from a family of music-makers, but is rooted in Toronto now to create his craft.  “You Fucked Up” is an excellent start.  It’s a fine piece of storytelling when your lover is cheating and has ‘splainin’ to do.  But that seems to happen after she drinks lots of whiskey, so what kind of mess have you got yourself into?  “You Fucked Up” is over 4 minutes long but breezes by because of the gritty, captivating vocal that makes you want to hear this story.  The production by Manuso Joshua is deftly subtle, allowing the song to bask in R&B/soul/alternative folk flavours.  If “You Fucked Up” is any indication, Joël should do well both as a solo performer and an in-demand featured vocalist who can adapt to many styles.  Download “You Fucked Up” for free at the link above and watch for more new music every month from Joël.

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Published in: on April 1, 2016 at 8:58 pm  Comments (2)  
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#Toronto #EDM duo @Pairanoid teams up with @thisAlexandria for “Carry On”

PAIRANOID featuring ALEXANDRIA, “Carry On”

One aspect of a great song that will always attract listeners is the ability to relate to something we all have in common.  “Carry On” captures this so well and will immediately draw people to the dance floor as a result.  It’s by some talented fellow Torontonians, production duo Pairanoid and singer Alexandria, whose low and high ranges and power are all used to full effect in “Carry On”, and you’ll want to hear more from all of them as a result.  Next up for Pairanoid is a collaboration with Shaquille O’Neal!  You can download and stream “Carry On” from all platforms.  Always great to hear more local talent emerging in Toronto’s very active dance community 🙂  Watch the video below.

Published in: on March 5, 2016 at 5:53 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Sweet 80’s pop/R&B throwback: “Knock Me Off My Feet” by Toronto’s @DanTalevski

DAN TALEVSKI, “Knock Me Off My Feet”

Regular readers of this blog know that two songs from 2015 that I wrote about prominently were “Guilty As Sin” (which finished as my #10 song of the year) and “My Religion” by Toronto singer/songwriter Dan Talevski.  Dan’s talent can slide very easily into the list of many Canadian performers that broke out in 2015, but he will need a few more songs under his belt to find that wider audience that will eat up his songs.  “Knock Me Off My Feet” is simply sweet 80’s-influenced pop/R&B  (with obvious an obvious Michael Jackson reference point) that will have no problem getting national radio play across Canada and could easily turn heads outside of Canada.  It contains a universal message with another fine vocal that fits into the pop/R&B style so smoothly.  It’s not as spicy or edgy as his previous singles lyrically but Dan Talevski is well on his way with “Knock”, which should have some long legs and last through the summer.  Pick it up on iTunes.

Published in: on February 14, 2016 at 5:20 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Meet Toronto’s @JulianTroiano with the soulful “Try”

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JULIAN TROIANO, “Try”

Canada has produced so much talent this year to the attention of the rest of the world that there is always room for others.  Toronto’s Julian Troiano is one that you should pay attention to.  Not only does he have great pedigree (being the nephew of the renown late guitarist Domenic Troiano) but there’s deep down soulfulness afoot if “Try” is any indication.  The gospel backdrop in the song along with Julian’s soaring voice makes try instantly memorable and is the kind of song that would quell a noisy room into complete silence.  I heard some of Julian’s music a couple of years back but that seemed like a false start.  Time to build on “Try” and let’s hear much more from Julian in 2016.  You’ll be very glad you downloaded “Try” for free below 🙂

Published in: on December 22, 2015 at 4:23 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Toronto-based pop singer @KendalThompson drops EP “One” full of R&B flourishes

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KENDAL THOMPSON, One (EP)

Kendal Thompson is a promising Toronto-based singer (from just outside of Toronto in Alliston) you may recall from past blog posts in early 2014, but more importantly when she issued her single “Be Mine” as a Valentine’s Day treat initially for free download.  Accompanied by a sexy and intriguing video, “Be Mine” got to #16 on my personal chart.  Kendal is back with a new release called One, after dabbling more on the side of acoustic pop and folk songs.  The five songs in One are more in the vein of “Be Mine”, but instead of reaching back into bluesy influences, the focus here is on 90’s R&B/pop with dashes of jazz and blues.  And because the days of Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, and Mary J. Blige have gone on to influence others, thus we hear more current inspiration in the styles of Rihanna or Beyoncé in Kendal’s music.  Overall it’s an enjoyable record with the sizzle of “Burn” and “Run” in full gear, while the best is definitely saved for last.  “Secret” is my favourite, joyous and engaging, featuring Kendal’s best vocal within, and could easily find a place on the radio.  The One EP is a great showcase for a diverse performer who grows with every release and here finds her pop niche.  Give a listen to the songs in One by clicking right here.

Published in: on November 28, 2015 at 5:19 pm  Leave a Comment  
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