There’s a lot of great music coming out from down under right now – last week was the great new single from Helen Corry “Time,” and today we have an exclusive remix premiere from producer/DJ duo Denzal Park. “One Way Home” is an uplifting progressive pop single with a powerful chorus and a strong, uniting positive message. Actually, the lyrics are a bit open to interpretation and the message could be inspirational or religious depending on your perspective. The singer Jon Hume should sound familiar as the lead singer of Evermore, the Aussie rock band that had a major club hit thanks to a Dirty South remix. Speaking of remixes – the mixes by Arston and WasteLand both energize the track in a progressive/stadium direction, while Marek bangs out a harder electro and Fear of Dawn slows it down for a funkier synth-pop/nu-House take (reminiscent of Fear of Tigers, actually). While on the Denzal Park tip, be sure to check out their recent “Look Back” single with Eyelar, and their track with Zoe Badwi “Torches.”
Looking for the next insidious earworm after “Call Me Maybe?” Studio Killers is the creation of producer James F Reynold, who has mixed and produced tracks for Tinie Tempah, Selena Gomez, Mark Knight, Jessie J, and The Saturdays. The cartoon virtual band is an update of the Gorillaz model- creating electropop which pays homage to Goldfrapp, Kylie Minogue, and Almighty. “Ode to Bouncer” is singer Cherry’s story of needing to dance but being blocked at the front door by an evil bouncer and trying all of her feminine tricks to get in. Cherry’s voice alternates between sing-talk (a British Ke$ha) and angelic singing for the absolutely gorgeous chorus. The production is ultra-slick electro synth-pop with a key change at the chorus which will burn itself into your subconscience. While the remixes by Fear of Tigers, Lee Mortimer, and Manhattan Clique are all really good, the charming original makes the inclusion of an Extended DJ Edit a very wise choice. The video is a hallucinatory cartoon treat and leaves us anxiously awaiting more graphic depictions of Cherry’s adventures with the Studio Killers.