Category Archives: Dance Music

Dance to Speed of Life by Sweden’s Aditone

I thought Aditone sounded good before, on his track “Dynasty” a few months back, but now he’s returned to the recording studio to unleash a new song called “Speed of Life,” and he sounds better than ever!

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“Speed of Life” sounds like something that’s immediately radio ready. It’s upbeat, with a danceable beat, positive lyrics, and electronic influences that will get your feet moving and your shoulders groovin’. The song encourages you to “get up and move, get into the groove” while also reminding you to “live your life, don’t let it pass you by.” The producers have added nifty sounds to make for a compelling dance track that could easily get played in dance clubs around the world.

For those of you who don’t know, Aditone is a music maker from Sweden, a country known for making the most infectiously delightful pop music the world has ever known. If I had to describe the Swedish pop sound in two words, I’d say it’s “ear candy.” Aditone’s “Speed of Life” fits the bill.

Like Michael Jackson and other dynamic performers before him, Aditone got his start singing with other guys during high school in what was essentially a boy band. That experience paid off, as he was able to hone his craft as both a singer and performer. Today, as a solo artist, he has matured in a good way, complete with his own unique sound and style.

“Speed of Life” is available via Tidal, Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, and other online services. You can find out more about Aditone via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the artist’s website.

Bleeding Obvious offers best album of 2016

The Bleeding Obvious reminds me of a very creative person being unleashed on a computer complete with a multitude of instruments around her and a lifetime of interesting influences.

Indeed, The Bleeding Obvious is the musical project debut of music maker Jess Rowbottom from the UK.

A onetime Wakefield Cathedral chorister, Rowbottom decided to record the new album thanks to personal life changes in recent years.

While I’m not sure what her personal life changes were, suffice it to say she’s making diverse, dynamic, cutting-edge music that literally pops out of my speakers. It’s like she has been reborn and is sharing that with an audience, in my opinion.

So who were her musical influences? Swing Out Sister, Pet Shop Boys and Saint Etienne make the list of synthesizer pop faves. Add in classical and choral music. At one time she sang in Latin, accompanied by church organs. Mixing styles on her new album is a result of her musical upbringing.

Interestingly, Rowbottom didn’t grow up taking musical instrument lessons. But– and here’s where I’m amazed– she plays keyboards, organs, bass, guitars, as well as the accordion, ukulele, autoharp, omnichord, recorder, melodica and even modified children’s toys. A musician’s visit to her recording studio would be akin to a kid in candy store.

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Listening to her debut album, I particularly liked the song “I, Human,” which reminded me of the group Chumbawamba. It effortlessly combines spoken word, pop and electro sounds in a cool way. There’s even a little kid saying, “Isn’t it bleeding obvious?” in the song.

The Bleeding Obvious represents a marriage of art and music put together by a musically interesting music maker consistently keeping the listener’s attention. If I had an award to give, it would go to this project for “best album of 2016.”

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Keep up with the news on The Bleeding Obvious Facebook page or on Twitter.

Aditone is a dynamic artist with Dynasty

Aditone is a dynamic music artist from Sweden. One listen to his song “Dynasty” and you’ll feel like you’ve been in the presence of musical greatness. It’s no wonder, then, that he counts Michael Jackson as an influence. His over-the-top sound and passion for what he does reminds me of MJ.

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Aditone has been passionate about writing music for his entire life. Even as a little kid, at the age of 5, he wrote song lyrics. He remembers attending a wedding and hearing a melody there. The next day he decided to put his own words to the melody he remembered.

During high school, Aditone was a member of a boy band called “Give N Take.”

He still has that cool, youthful feel to his music even now. One look at his music video for the song “Dynasty” and you’ll be able to see Aditone is a seasoned performer! His style is that of a sharp dressed man in black and white with a cool haircut and a serious look.

The music video for “Dynasty” shows us glimpses of Helsingborg, Sweden. I love the slick Porsche in it, as well as shots of the trees, buildings and architecture of the region.

What is it about Sweden that produces great pop music makers like Aditone? Think about it: Abba, Roxette, Icona Pop and Robyn all come from Sweden, and Max Martin, the hit-making pop music producer, does, too. Besides the U.S. and the UK, Sweden is one of the world’s biggest music exporters. So what is it about Sweden that makes it the kind of place known for outstanding pop singers and songwriters and producers? I think it comes down to the fact that Swedes offer feel-good melodies, simple lyrics, and a fun spin to their songs. Swedish songs engage people’s ears! It also helps that the Swedish government encourages young music makers through subsidized after school music programs.

“Dynasty” by Aditone? A perfect Swedish pop confection. Check out Aditone on Spotify and iTunes.

House music returns thanks to MECH

I loved the early 1990s for songs like Deee-Lite’s “Groove Is In The Heart” and Londonbeat’s “I’ve Been Thinking About You.” Robert Mech, aka MECH, is bringing that early 1990s house music sound back thanks to his songs like “Night Driver” with its drum machine beat, funky horns and repetitive (read: catchy) 4/4 beat you can dance to. You want to boogie? Then you need to give MECH’s music a listen today.

For the record… House music is a form of electronic dance music that got its start in the clubs in the early 1980s in Chicago. It’s no surprise, then, that MECH hails from Illinois and grew up listening to Chicago house music. With his music, MECH adds in disco, soul, jazz and synths to make for a very listenable– and dance-friendly– concoction.

house musicAs a DJ, producer and independent music artist, MECH’s latest song is “Night Driver,” but he has also noticed people really seem to love another recent release of his: the song “Don’t Make Me Wait.” You’ll have to decide for yourself if you like one better than the other, or if you find them both aurally appealing. Sample them here:

House music grew out of disco music and placed/places importance on a song’s repetitive rhythm. Pioneers of house music include Frankie Knuckles and Mr. Fingers. Toward the end of the 1980s and right into the early 1990s, house music became very popular worldwide, making its mark not only in the States, but also in Europe, South America and Australia. A perfect example of a worldwide hit from that era is 1987’s “Pump Up The Volume” by MARRS. Also, you can hear house music elements in the songs of artists like Madonna, C+C Music Factory and Janet Jackson.

House music never died; it just went underground.

MECH is very talented at what he does; as an aficionado of groovy music, I am impressed. I think he’ll help bring house music back into the spotlight. He knows how to make house music that’ll appeal to your ears and your dancin’ feet, too.

You can follow MECH on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/rwmech.