Abigail will forever hold a special place in my heart… She has sung some of my all-time favorite anthems (“Let the Joy Rise,” “You Set Me Free,” “Constant Craving,” “Don’t You Wanna Know”) and the only thing more powerful than her voice is the kindness and love she brings to the people in her live performances. With such a strong voice, she can easily overpower a producer, but thankfully the team of Bouvier & Barona step up to the plate with a strong tribal/electro hybrid track for “Surrender.” Yes, there is a touch of ’90s in the mix, but it’s modernized to sound respectful and, more importantly, current. The strings in the breakdown are quite special, giving a pretty ‘hands in the air’ feel, which is perfectly-timed to be emotional yet not too long to kill dancefloor energy. As great as the original version is, digging through the plethora of remixes there is clearly something for everyone, with my favorites being Sted-E & Hybrid Heights (progressive electro), Manny Lehman (traditional circuit), Matt Consola & LFB (modern Hi-NRG), and ShockPop (experimental). “Surrender” is the lead single from Bouvier & Barona’s forthcoming Pride album which includes vocal collaborations with Nick Clow, labelmates Kelsey B and Julissa Veloz, as well as another Abigail gem “Take Me Back.” I am just hoping that there are more wonderful club tracks coming from the glorious Abigail.
Since you’re reading this, the world obviously didn’t end on December 21st. But what if the world was going to end, what would you want to do differently? That’s the question answered by singer/songwriter Joshua Micah in his debut single “When the World Ends.” Sounding like a cross between singers Gabe Saporta (Cobra Starship) and Sean Foreman (3OH!3), he asks and answers questions about what will happen as we embrace our fate over an upbeat electropop beat with a slight touch of stadium house in the mix. The repeated refrains are quite catchy, as is the “woh oh” chant used in the chorus. For clubland, remixes by Sted-E & Hybrid Heights and Matteo Marini toughen the beat and increase the energy while keeping the remarkably strong vocals in the forefront. Turning a negative into a positive, the video shows Joshua walking around the world (Barcelona, New York) as people hold up placards with slogans and concepts one could do to improve their existence. It was interesting to watch people’s reactions when I first played the clip at the video bar, since it caught their attention as they were drawn into the song and the story. With such a strong debut single, Joshua Micah is definitely an artist to watch out for.