SONG OF THE DAY: Katrina – “Ready to Love”

The first time I heard Dave Aude’s mix of “OPM” from Star Search alumna Katrina, I was instantly drawn to the catchy hook, sing-along chorus, and of course, the playfully fierce vocal. After seeing her perform live at the Promo Only Summer Sessions last year, I quickly became a fan. When she was on tour with Meat Loaf, I chatted with her at the Ryman and she mentioned that she was working with Frankmusik. Needless to say, I’ve been anticipating the release of “Ready to Love,” and it’s even better than I’d imagined. A fully-realized dance pop song complete with sing-a-long chorus, energetic beats, a catchy strat/guitar hook (which has my trainspotter brain going crazy), and great vocals/vocal production, the song is “ready” for mainstream radio. For clubs, there is a plethora of strong remixes by Joe Gauthreaux, Mike Rizzo, and Dark Intensity. Seamus Haji’s take stands out as my favorite, following up his recent remixes of Usher and Ne-Yo with this smooth blend of body and soul with energetic electro. Watch for the remixes to be released next month and enjoy a preview of the original version below.

Original – Listen

Seamus Haji – Listen

SONG OF THE DAY: Frankmusik – “Maps”

Back in the ’80s, the TV show Dallas decided that a whole season had been bad for the overall storyline, so they wrote it off as an extended dream sequence.  Let’s just all agree to do that with Frankmusik’s second album ‘Do It In the AM,” since his new single “Maps” is such a return to the excellent form of his landmark debut, ‘Complete Me.”  The lovely discordant feel of blending emotionally stirring symphonic production for the verses with frantic electropop for the chorus is the kind of brilliant madness that we all fell in love with when we first discovered “3 Little Words” and “Better Off As Two.”  His songwriting has moved away from the wannabe party boy and back to the heartfelt storytelling that we love him for.  Interpreted as a farewell-to-love song, “Maps” was the perfect clearing the slate/starting over song to be released on Valentine’s Day.  Interpreted as a response to his former record label, it’s the best artist screw-you message since Sara Bareilles told off Amanda Ghost in “King of Anything.”  With “Maps” and his production of Katrina’s new single “Ready to Love,” we anxiously await diving into his new EP Far From Over and the rest of his upcoming third album, due to be released in April.

Image Courtesy of Frankmusik.

REVIEW: Frankmusik – ‘Complete Me’

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Written by: Ben Norman

When I first heard Frankmusik’s mix to Alphabeat’s “Fascination,” I didn’t think anything of the mixer. Mixers come and go and hardly ever make more of a name for themselves. The instrumentation on the mix of “Fascination” was more 80s electro and minimalist, really bouncy and upbeat, and a shocking treatment of the original material. Still, it was a mix and nothing more. It wasn’t until I was searching for Frankmusik’s deep and dizzy mix of Lady Gaga’s “Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)” that I stumbled upon the video for “3 Little Words” – and fell in love.

Who is Frankmusik?

Frankmusik is Vincent Frank off the mic, and he hails from England. His style is 80s-flavored electropop drenched in emotion and absolutely killer hooks. Complete Me, Frankmusik’s debut album, is produced by Stuart Price (whom you may know as Thin White Duke, Jacques Lu Cont, Paper Faces, etc.) to glorious perfection.

Track by Track

“3 Little Words,” to begin with, is a whirlwind pop track, stomping through his lover’s necessity for him to say “I Love You.” This is the perfect soundtrack for Chuck and Blair from Gossip Girl.

Following that, “Better Off As Two” has a theme opposite to that. He spends the brilliant number trying to convince the object of his affections that they are better as a couple than separately. And he does it with vulnerable and convincing melodies and catchy beats. The video is pretty good as well, interestingly layering effects bringing multiple versions of the singer and an attractive brunette woman. Frankmusik’s tendency to break into falsetto works extremely well on this track! His newest single, “Confusion Girl,” slows it down and tells us about the shortcomings of his most recent ex, a girl who doesn’t know herself and uses him to figure it out. As good as these three tracks are, there are better on Complete Me.

Frankmusik’s Complete Trip

The album is like a trip through a lazy summer day, driving down the road with the windows open. Best if you know the lyrics then, so you can sing it out with him. Especially on slower, more emotive tracks like the rising drama of title track “Complete Me,” the bassy “Vacant Heart,” and the electronic piano ballad “Your Boy.” The dizzy and frantic “When You’re Around” skips and glitches through, gloriously upbeat and confessional. “Wonder Woman” is a cute track, mid-tempo beat accompanying lyrics like “Wonder Woman even gets her nails done.” Take a break ladies, because Wonder Woman does!

A Complete Summary

This is the album of the summer. I compare Frankmusik to Lady Gaga, with his underground success, mainstream potential, and distinctive style. And look how Lady Gaga took off! Get with Frankmusik and be a trend-setter rather than a follower!

Frankmusik’s Complete Me was released in August 2009 on Island-UK.