SONG OF THE DAY: Anastacia – Stupid Little Things

Having survived a second bout with breast cancer, singer/songwriter Anastacia returns to the spotlight. Her music first broke into the international pop and club world fifteen years ago and clubland continues to

Afrojack Interview WMC 2014

I spoke with Afrojack at Winter Music Conference, two days after the preview party for his upcoming new album, Forget the World. Produced in conjunction with Fusion TV. Language warning – not

SONG OF THE DAY: Tiesto ft Matthew Koma – Wasted

This is such a fun record, or should I say, a ‘fun. record’ – as it sounds like what would happen if the indie pop band decided to experiment with the current

SONG OF THE DAY: Erik Arbores – Galactic 

During Winter Music Conference, a topic often discussed was how so many of the big tracks sound nearly identical.  Leave it to a young producer to bring a fresh taste to the

SONG OF THE DAY: Chocolate Puma ft Kris Kiss – Step Back

One thing you quickly realize about EDM producers is that they tend to change names every few years, so if your favorite team suddenly disappears, just do a discogs search on the

Notable Dance Podcast #055

White n3rd – SKANK Bimbo Jones & Beverley Knight – I Found OuT (The Bimbo Jones Mardi Gras Mix) WaWa & Tune Brothers – Sing (FalseFace Remix) Oliver Heldens – Gecko (Original

SONG OF THE DAY (SUNDAY FUNDAY): Boy George – My God

With it being Sunday, I was feeling a bit spiritual- and while looking through my playlists for something meaningful and emotionally uplifting, I came across “My God.” The youngsters of today might

SONG OF THE DAY: tyDi ft Dia Frampton – Stay

Aussie producer tyDi has a way with great singers. Working with Christina Novelli (“Fire and Load”) and Kerli (“Something About You” and “Glow in the Dark”), his electro tracks seem to inspire

 

SONG OF THE DAY: Anastacia – Stupid Little Things

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Having survived a second bout with breast cancer, singer/songwriter Anastacia returns to the spotlight. Her music first broke into the international pop and club world fifteen years ago and clubland continues to dance to her anthems. So, it almost makes me feel guilty to think that it has been far too long since we’ve heard new original music from her. Yes, there was the tribal track “If I Was Your Boyfriend” that she did with Tony Moran and the “Pride (A Deeper Love)” update she did with Tiesto, but the last taste of club mixes of her own original songs were from her vastly underappreciated Heavy Metal album back in 2008. Anastacia goes back to her pop/rock/dance roots with “Stupid Little Things,” by co-writing with two of her original collaborators, Sam Watters and Louis Biancaniello. The result is a powerful anthem that’s reminiscent of her early classics and screams radio for 2014. For clubland, Manhattan Clique pumps up the tempo for the verse with a commercial and modern electrodisco vibe but then slows it down to a semi-original tempo for the bluesy feel of the chorus. Often times, remixers use the slowdown trick when they can’t get a vocal to fit at a house tempo (or because they are simply too lazy to make it work, but of course, I won’t name names), but the Manhattan Clique duo (Chris Smith and Philip Larsen) show that they got the skills to make a full-fledged power vocal performance work in any context. Drag queens, twinks, and circuit boys, here is one of your summer anthems for 2014.

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Afrojack Interview WMC 2014

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I spoke with Afrojack at Winter Music Conference, two days after the preview party for his upcoming new album, Forget the World. Produced in conjunction with Fusion TV.

Language warning – not safe for work.

SONG OF THE DAY: Tiesto ft Matthew Koma – Wasted

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This is such a fun record, or should I say, a ‘fun. record’ – as it sounds like what would happen if the indie pop band decided to experiment with the current EDM trends. Singer Matthew Koma has an incredible voice and is a powerful songwriter, which is why he is in demand by nearly every major dance producer/DJ- Afrojack, Showtek, Zedd, and Hardwell are all working with him. Following the crossover hit “Red Light,” Tiesto aims for the jugular with this infectious party anthem which melds commercial pop (à la One Direction, fun!) with big room electro and that triplet sound, yet keeps the singalong vocals as the main focus. Honestly, this should be called Matthew Koma ft Tiesto or at least Tiesto AND Matthew Koma – because the catchy vocals are the main attraction and the track, though well-constructed and perfectly-suited for radio, is much more in the background. As the second single from Tiesto’s forthcoming album, it will be interesting to see if the album goes even further into the David Guetta pop direction (which is a great thing) or maintains a balance with banging club tracks. DJs will reach for the Ummet Ozcan mix which manages to keep the feel and the vibe of the original while pumping it for the big rooms with that festival sound. Don’t be surprised if this ends up on the soundtrack of the big summer movies.

Image courtesy of Ultra/Positiva/Virgin.

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