How can a song by an artist called Laughing Boy NOT be perfect for Sunday Funday? “Love Like Sunshine” is a mashup of Jessie J’s “Domino” and an effected male vocal singing a ’60s-sounding guitar-pop song. On first listen, it is so strange that it catches your attention and the hooks just get so infested in your mind that you can’t help but sing along. While it isn’t brand new, it was originally leaked on YouTube in January of last year, a set of varied remixes was recently released (drum and bass, big room edm, nu-house) and it’s gaining buzz in the UK. It could easily become a leftfield novelty hit for the summer. The question is – who is the Laughing Boy? It could be anyone- he is described as a “reluctant superstar,” but some possibilities floating around online are reality TV star Chico, comedian Jamie Howard, Czech trance DJ Joe Cormack, and even Boy George. The person behind the record really doesn’t matter, so just take a listen and sing along to the fun mashup, which will keep a smile on your face all summer long.
The nu-house genre finally has its first WTF track. The kind of track you hear and think ‘WTF is that,’ in a good way. Producer The White N3rd is gaining acclaim and popularity for his strong productions (Loick Essien “How We Roll” and Daley ft Jessie J “Remember Me”) and remixes (his mix of M.O. “For a Minute” is an absolute must-listen). His first solo release “Skank” is simply hard to describe. Starting with an almost hauntingly-familiar ’80s monster pop piano line, it goes into a ’90s R&B piano house segment with a male singer singing “those” party starter lyrics, and then comes a modern electro buildup with a classic diva shouting “ecstasy,” before dropping down into a revocaled nu-House take on Mark Kinchen’s classic dub of Nightcrawlers “Push the Feeling On.” That is just the first 50 seconds. The song is primarily in the house flashback vibe, but there are so many changes (like an homage to classic XL Recordings drum and bass tracks) that it sounds completely unique compared to anything else out there. It’s as if 2 Bad Mice, Awesome 3/Kicks Like a Mule, and Kat Krazy (circa “See the Stars”) were all locked in a studio by the label and told to make a nu-house track for ADHD ragers. The best part is that even with all of the disparate elements, the track is completely coherent, cohesive, and will catch the attention of anyone hearing it in the club or on the radio.
DJ Cassidy is a true superstar DJ. He’s spun the biggest celebrity events for everyone from Beyonce & Jay Z and Naomi Campbell to Oprah Winfrey and President Obama. When deciding what kind of music he wanted to create for his solo debut album, he analyzed his favorite dance music and discovered that everything was released between 1978 and 1982. To recreate that soulful disco sound, he reunited the actual original musicians and producers to create a modern take on the classic sounds. The resulting music is unlike anything else out there right now. This is run to the dance floor, happy, sing-along good time party music. Songs that make you want to actually dance – not just jump and down and rage (not that there is anything wrong with that). The first single “Calling All Hearts,” co-written by Claude Kelly, brings in Robin Thicke and Jessie J who sound raw and real yet absolutely polished and perfect at the same time. The hooks of “Calling All Hearts” are so catchy that it will be stuck in your head on first listen. I had the honor of hearing a preview of the album at the Promo Only Summer Sessions last August, and as amazing as “Calling All Hearts” is, it might not even be the best song on the album. If you are a fan of Daft Punk, Robin Thicke, Tensnake or any of the other modern interpretation of disco or NuHouse – you should definitely be listening to this. After listening to the song, watch the making of clip which shows studio sessions with the vocalists and instrumentalists from Earth Wind & Fire, guitar work with Nile Rodgers, and horn and string arranger Jerry Hey (who worked on Michael Jackson’s classic albums).
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DJ Cassidy ft Robin Thicke and Jessie J – “Calling All Hearts”