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Friday, March 21, 2014

Voxxclub - Rock Mi

And here's something you never knew you wanted. It's a very strange, yet very irresistible, hybrid of Oktoberfest Bavarian Oompah and Queen's We Will Rock You stadium beats. Yes, this is a thing, and it's actually been quite popular in places like Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Voxxclub (or "voXXclub," as they prefer it to be written) are an acapella group that have added folk instrumentation for their debut album. It's highly catchy stuff, and really demands a giant mug of beer to swing around in the air. And a pretzel.

(Music posted for evaluation purposes only. Buy the album here. Follow me on twitter and facebook.


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Ace Wilder - Deadly

"When I'm dressed to kill, I know I'm deadly like that"

In the Ace Wilder vs. Sanna Nielsen battle of this year's Melodifestivalen finale, I was a staunch supporter of Sanna, even though I knew Ace had what would become the breakout single of the entire competition. I just didn't think it was right for Eurovision, and more than that, I didn't (and still don't) think it's one of Ace's strongest tracks in general. However, I am so happy that she's found so much success and that it's shining a light on her excellent debut EP, re-released to coincide with the competition. Of the songs on that EP that haven't been released as singles yet, I really want to spotlight Deadly. It's just good old fashioned 80's pop/synth/rock, very reminiscent of the kinds of songs I was able to post daily when this blog was first launched. This is the road that I hope she continues to go down. She's a great pop star, and could easily find global success.

Deadly by Ace Wilder on Grooveshark

(Music posted for evaluation purposes only. Buy the EP here. Follow me on twitter and facebook.


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Fooo - POPing It

"We gonna make you feel like you roll it"

In the ramp-up to their album release on April 2nd, Swedish pop band The Fooo has been previewing a number of songs. Unsurprisingly, they've all been stellar. These guys clearly have a great team behind them and the charisma necessary to really sell this type of pop music. POPing It might just be their best track yet. The deliberately misspelled title is a little eye-rolly, but any doubts disappear the first time you hear that chorus. These guys are dancers, so it makes sense that most of their uptempos are incredibly beat driven. This has a real old-school, breakbeat feel, coupled with a hook that's just impossibly catchy. Imagine a mixture of Robyn and One Direction. Sweden yet again reaffirms its place at the very top of the pop music world.

(Music posted for evaluation purposes only. Preorder the album here. Follow me on twitter and facebook.


Monday, March 17, 2014

Markus Schulz - Revolution (with Venom One and Chris Madin)

"We are the revolution coming"

When I listen to music, on of the biggest things I want it to do is galvanize me in some way. Music is like a call to arms for me. That's why I love anthems so much. Because of this, any song with a title like "Revolution" instantly gets my attention. Markus Schulz is a well-known trance producer/DJ that has a strong ear for pop music. With this song, he's taken a rock vocal and matched it with a surging, 80's power melody and standard EDM production. All together, it results in something pretty massive... the kind of track I wanna play full blast while driving around in the Summer. It reminds me A LOT of the Swedish dance duo The Attic. Unfortunately, most of Schulz's newest album isn't as rock-influenced when it comes to the vocals. It's still good, though!

Revolution by Markus Schulz - on Grooveshark

(Music posted for evaluation purposes only. Buy the album here. Follow me on twitter and facebook.