Dutch producer @SteveVoid takes @StephenPuth’s “Look Away” to new heights with his fanciful remix

STEPHEN PUTH, “Look Away” (Steve Void remix)

Stephen Puth has definitely followed brother Charlie into the pop music scene on his own terms with three engaging and original singles, particularly “Sexual Vibe” from earlier this year which got to #5 on my personal chart.  While “Look Away” is another top-drawer release, it is lifted to new heights to the attention of dance music fans in Steve Void’s insanely catchy official remix.  The forlorn vibe of the song, which captures regret after a failed relationship, is countered by some significant bounce alongside of acoustic guitar and a simple set of piano riffs.  Stephen’s gentle vocal will win you over too and Steve’s tropical tinges are unexpected but most welcome.  It’s a total winner overall!

Published in: on September 14, 2019 at 2:17 pm  Leave a Comment  
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NYC’s @AdamKahatimusic takes heartbreak via a tropical route with “Let You Go”

ADAM KAHATI, “Let You Go”

21 year old Adam Kahati is a new name for dance music fans and DJ’s to get to know if “Let You Go” is any indication.  Sung with an affecting uncredited female vocal, the story that unfolds recounts a gal, out with her friends at a bar, waiting for her guy to call, or do something, anything… and she makes the brave decision to move on.  The tropical vibes turn celebratory if bittersweet because so many of us know the feeling when a relationship has to end.  “Let You Go” is definitely brisk enough for clubs to spin, I’d suggest either early evening or very late for best effect.

Published in: on September 6, 2019 at 9:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Out Of Love” (with @AC15music and @theSamuelKnight) and “Love Like This” (with @Svrcinasongs) are two top notch dance releases from @KoniOfficial

KONI & AC15 and SAM KNIGHT, “Out Of Love”

KONI and SVRCINA, “Love Like This”

It’s always a treat to keep up with the latest in high quality independent dance music releases from German producer and guitarist Koni, whether his solo projects or those of his other production group Saxity.  Every release from Koni sounds fresh and is almost always undertaken with a variety of collaborations that span around the world.

“Out Of Love” is emotional dance pop that wouldn’t sound out of place on pop radio, even next to, perhaps, the latest by Midnight Kids and Jared Lee called “Those Were The Days”.  “Out Of Love” pairs Koni with new Dominican Republic producer AC15 and the singer is Sam Knight, a Minneapolis born talent-on-the-rise.  The result is a tightly woven and affecting song deserving of your attention, which you can hear above.

Equally of note is “Love Like This”, more of a deep house effort, this time featuring Nashville vocalist Svrcina (sur-cee-na).  Her fine, consistent vocal is offset by a potent tropical-flavoured deep house rhythm that slows down with a change up to a more celebratory, carnival kind of vibe, before the key beats return.  Check it out at the above link.

UK-based producer @iamEmbody revives a classic 90’s hit as “Be Cool” with vocalists @MarcoFoster_ and #Bailey

EMBODY, MARCO FOSTER and BAILEY, “Be Cool”

It’s been a while since Lithuania-born, UK-based producer Embody has graced us with original music, after creating one of my favourite songs of Summer ’16 with “Dreamin'”.  He continues on a light tropical house vibe with “Be Cool”, which is actually a surprise cover of Des’ree’s huge 1994 hit “You Gotta Be”.  Great songs will often translate well to any setting, and “Be Cool” keeps a lot of the same familiar flavour of the original.  It’s aided immensely by the male/female duo talents of US singer Marco Foster (about whom I’ve written several times), no stranger to contributing to dance tracks himself, as well new singer Bailey.  Their voices have similar qualities that are fused together well in the production.  “Be Cool” should be a no-brainer for dance radio and clubs (remixes will help) as the original will attest to its timeless popularity.

Published in: on July 16, 2018 at 4:11 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Good times with Miami’s @ParaDocmusic and jaunty “Saying Things”

PARA DOC, “Saying Things” (free DL)

24 year old Miami producer Para Doc (aka Wesley Luttrell) has a rhythmic winner with “Saying Things”.  With a prominent tropical vibe, well placed claps, and a refrain that will have you thinking of Madonna’s “Holiday”, “Saying Things” also includes some pretty honest and direct lyrics.  So Para Doc has created a well-shaped, multi-dimensional song that happens to be pretty damn catchy, and should spice things up when it’s dropped in a set of breezy islands-tinged music.  Best of all it’s available for free at the above link so don’t waste time and add this one to your party playlist pronto 🙂

Published in: on February 3, 2018 at 11:49 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Eurohouse flair shines through in “Moves” by #BigFish featuring @MikeGomesmusic

BIG FISH featuring MIKE GOMES, “Moves”

If you like your tropical house with add Euro flair, then you will particularly enjoy “Moves” by Italy’s Big Fish for Tipsy Recordings.  Though the artist is new, the song does a great job of selling itself with its totally engaging melody and slick production.  It also has this vibrant vocal by Mike Gomes of American duo Xuitcasecity – not an entirely unexpected place for Mike to show up, as you’ll remember Xuitcasecity’s memorable presence last year on “Runaway” by Spirix.  “Moves” is an easy add for club DJ’s who want to encourage their audience to strut their stuff rather than simply watch the DJ at work.  Check it out at the link above.

Published in: on January 3, 2018 at 8:35 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Written In The Sand” is salt of the earth stuff for your soul from @bvdKultmusic & @HeggadonWill

bvd KULT & WILL HEGGADON, “Written In The Sand”

It all started with an Ed Sheeran remix for mystery producer/remixer bvd Kult at the top of the year and after millions of views with other remixes, he quickly segued into making his own music.  “Written In The Sand” is a perfect deep house-lite compliment to these pop days of Sheeran featuring similar-voiced UK singer Will Heggadon.  It’s a salt of the earth mix of slice-of-life lyrics with a sincere vocal that also brings the softer side of Hozier to mind.  “Written In The Sand” lilts along to a halcyon tune that whirls by like the sea breeze that allows you to start fresh in the sand again.  Tipsy Records in conjunction once again with Epic Oslo have a sublime winner with “Written In The Sand”.

Published in: on October 25, 2017 at 9:59 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Your new catch phrase? “Oom Zigga” brings the beach party courtesy of @itsPapaYa with @_MalcolmAnthony

PAPA YA featuring MALCOLM ANTHONY, “Oom Zigga” (free DL)

If you find traces of sand on your floor despite not being anywhere near a beach, then it may be the result of listening to LA-based duo Papa Ya with “Oom Zigga”, featuring New Jersey hip hop performer Malcolm Anthony.  It’s the follow up to the toe-tapper “Sunny”, and where “Sunny” got you dreaming about the beach, “Oom Zigga” takes you to the party along with some rhythmic chanting that you might find more in a campfire song from yesteryear.  But like “Sunny”, “Oom Zigga” is straight up fun that you don’t want to think about too much, otherwise you’ll simply prevent the title phrase from getting stuck in your head.  The beach boy pop/hip hop blend goes down easy, and you can get your own copy of “Oom Zigga” for free at the Soundcloud link above.

Papa Ya is touring with MAX in some of his upcoming US shows so watch out for them!

Published in: on September 29, 2017 at 9:22 pm  Leave a Comment  
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L.A.-based @Lash_music has silky tropical vibes with “I’m Gonna Be There”

LASH, “I’m Gonna Be There”

Lash was once a duo but it’s all Kelvin Beato now as he reveals his new single “I’m Gonna Be There” for Enhanced.  It’s quite a lovely story of commitment through ups and downs, skewing more of a pop side than what you might find in clubs.  And what’s most attractive about “I’m Gonna Be There” is the gentle, silky tropical vibes that can only come from someone who grew up with it all around him – Kelvin is native to the Dominican Republic.  “I’m Gonna Be There” is familiar but fresh and holds a lot of promise as a breakout for someone like Kelvin who grew up with adversity at his doorstep and is now flourishing through some pretty cool music.

Published in: on September 25, 2017 at 10:03 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Perfect getaway: “Sun Goes Down” by @officialKoni & #Jeongwoo featuring Toronto’s @LiliannaWilde

KONI & JEONGWOO featuring LILIANNA WILDE, “Sun Goes Down” (free DL)

“Sun Goes Down” is a logical follow-up to German producer Koni’s irresistible “Mad About You” (featuring Danelle) from earlier this year.  Relying on a similar and distinct vocal from Toronto’s Lilianna Wilde, “Sun Goes Down” is about the time to make your perfect getaway for romance, fun or whatever.  Like a number of Koni’s songs, this time in collaboration with mystery collaborator Jeongwoo, the overall sound is bright and resonating with easy-to-enjoy tropical flavour.  Koni knows his audience and hones his craft well, and besides “Sun Goes Down” there’s more new music coming down soon to enjoy.  Get “Sun Goes Down” for free at the link above while you can 🙂

Published in: on September 18, 2017 at 10:34 pm  Leave a Comment  
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