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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Soulful and tropical: “Secrets” by @TheHim featuring @CubRayanmusic

THE HIM featuring CUB RAYAN, “Secrets” (free DL)

With each release, Dutch duo The Him continue to mix it up for your dancing pleasure.  “Secrets”, featuring new vocalist Cub Rayan, is a sleek soulful song with lots of sexy tropical vibes.  Steven and Jeroen know how to keep their mix tight, so the words and music of “Secrets” form a solid pop song that could fit well on dance music radio, but with enough of a house groove to stand out in a club set as well.  After last year’s “Balance” and this year’s recent “I Wonder”, along with featured sets throughout North America and Europe, The Him remain one of the more impressive and diverse producer/DJ duos out there.  Download “Secrets” for free at the link above.

Published in: on June 23, 2017 at 7:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Your personal tropical house party begins with the @KamauMusic remix of @Faydee’s “Nobody” with @KatDeLuna and #Leftside

FAYDEE featuring LEFTSIDE and KAT DeLUNA, “Nobody” (KWM remix)

For North American audiences, the vibrant summer tunes are starting to emerge, and of course one of the first places they might come from is Australia, where their summer is on the wane.  Faydee’s “Nobody”, featuring dancehall singer Leftside and a shining appearance by Kat DeLuna, is most reminiscent of the same kind of tropical party music that Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull marry together and bring to a concert setting.  So in other words, just don’t think, let go, have a great time and dance it up!  The Kamau World Music (KWM) remix amps up the tropical/dancehall party vibe over the original and somehow makes it even more instantly appealing.  “Nobody” has already had success in Australia and Germany, is definitely one to watch.  It could bring the likeable Faydee more North American success after co-writing and appearing on “I Need Your Love” by Shaggy, Mohombi and Costi, a surprise gold-certified Billboard Hot 100 hit in 2014.  Listen and let loose to the KWM remix above.

High quality musicianship, ear-pleasing melodies all showcase @Cloudchord’s excellent new album “Imprint”

CLOUDCHORD, Imprint

Austin-based Cloudchord (aka Derek VanScoten) has released his first album under that moniker called “Imprint”, and it will definitely leave its mark on you, warranting multiple listens to beautifully layered songs full of striking and bright high end that will leave you in a great mood afterwards.  And it’s more likely to make you want to dance than not!

I’ve mentioned it before, but Cloudchord isn’t just an EDM producer/remixer, he’s a studied musician, and his diverse guitar work kicks Imprint up many notches.  The use of other live instruments like trumpet as well as top notch, complex synth melodies should call attention to other producers and arrangers.  The album is mostly instrumental, and seems to take a lot of cues from progressive ambient musicians like Brian Eno and Jean-Michel Jarre, with a lot of heavy jazz influence too from people like Pat Metheny (specifically his 80’s works).  But there are those slamming beats too, which fall out of deep house, tropical and future bass sub-genres, which should totally win over club DJ’s.

The release of Imprint was preceded by two of its songs, the sunny “Golden XO” (which I wrote about a while back) and “Light U”, with its perky rhythm and vocal effects.  The other songs that stand out to me are the imaginative “Aviator”, with all of its lovely melodic shifts – it could be made into a mini-movie in itself – the playful and complex “Lacuna”, “Sidewalk Spirits” (notable guitar work here), “Lavender Mimosas”, and “Birdbath and Beyond” (definitely loving some of the humour in the titles).  

If you enjoy your EDM drenched in variety within that genre, along with countless other influences, then Cloudchord’s Imprint is meant for you for a thorough listen.  Check it out at your favourite digital store using the link above.

Published in: on April 12, 2017 at 10:28 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Rejoice in your own “Nostalgia” by Victor Perry @perksofbeingvic in a playful @RyanLee1993 remix

VICTOR PERRY, “Nostalgia” (Ryan Lee remix)

You never know what a solid set of songs on a shining EP might start!  Southern Georgia-based R&B/pop singer Victor Perry’s 4 A.M. Nostalgia begat the simply lovely “Rainbows” and a slew of intriguing remix interpretations.  Zewmob’s Ryan Lee has got the goods with “Nostalgia”, which gleams colourful 1990’s dance party but is also spiked with 80’s synth drum sounds and lots of high end to compliment Victor’s shining vocal (and wait for a glorious few moments before the 4 minute mark).  You can’t go wrong with this joyous, happy song 🙂 but be sure to pick up your copy using the “BUY” button at the link above (you may just be able to get it for free, too).

Published in: on January 16, 2017 at 10:48 pm  Leave a Comment  
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