Category Archives: Pop 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.

James Patrick Morgan with Expected

I’m diggin’ James Patrick Morgan’s new song, “Expected.” The Atlanta-based pop-rock and soul singer/songwriter just released his first single from his upcoming EP and it’s an infectious pop song.

“Expected” is the first song on the EP Art + Work = Love, which will be released in early 2017 through Cloverland Entertainment. “Expected” is currently available to stream via SoundCloud and available to purchase on iTunes and all major digital outlets.

Hear “Expected” here:

Morgan says that “songwriting comes easily” to him, and it’s evident that is true from the opening notes of “Expected.” The Sony Southern Talent Expo winner’s wide ranging influences from blues to soul to pop and soft rock are all given time on the track – from the acoustic verses to the catchy horn lines and soulful vocal harmonies on the chorus. The song features a danceable groove that carries the listener through the story of two people sharing “one night, two nights, three nights” and eventually falling in love.

Art + Work = Love is a five-song collection that James Patrick Morgan describes as one that “represents [him] better than most past recordings,” because it captures much more of “what [he does] in a live setting.” The EP was recorded in several legendary studios across the United States such as Los Angeles’ East West Studios, where the Beach Boys recorded many of their hits, and the storied Blackbird Studio in Nashville, TN. Morgan says the goal of the EP, and of his artistry, is to “show people that it’s okay to be present and feel.” This is something he does well on Art + Work = Love, recalling classic artists such as Sam Cooke and Dave Matthews, but doing so in a fresh and exciting way.

Already a favorite among the Atlanta music scene, James Patrick Morgan has spent years honing his sound while playing 300-plus shows a year, performing covers and originals as well. With years of performing under his belt, Morgan has 1500 covers in his repertoire, and he includes an impressive take on Steve Miller’s “Fly Like An Eagle” on the new EP. Keep tabs in this guy via his Facebook page.

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So Many Men gets revamped by producer Tuplain

Tuplain is a passionate music maker. He does music composition and production in multiple genres, including electronic dance music, deep house, hip-hop, and Latin lounge. His latest, “So Many Men,” featuring the L.A.-based singer L. Paris, seems to fall into the pop category with a taste for Latin lounge and hip-hop, as it sounds both jazzy and stylish. There are horns, tinkling piano and a groovy bassline. It’s musically interesting for the ears.

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Tuplain’s “So Many Men” follows a self-confident lonely heart from dusk ’til dawn.

She’s looking for one a kind, and even though she has her pick from so many men, she finds the one she truly wants and decides he’s the one she cares about the most.

As a piano and trumpet player who admires Duke Ellington and the swing music of yesteryear, Tuplain gives “So Many Men” a sound that evokes another era when Cab Calloway and big bands ruled. However, he puts his modern spin on the genre, and with L. Paris singing the song, you might think you’re listening to Christina Aguilera– I know I did. She has a strong vocal presence!

Give the song “So Many Men” from Tuplain a listen via the YouTube video here:

Meanwhile, check out Tuplain’s website. On it he shares a quote from Plato that says, “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.” I like that quote.

The Swiss music maker is also on Twitter, Facebook, and other social platforms.

Diversity is the name of Tuplain’s musical game. On his Soundcloud, you can hear the flute gettin’ funky on “Chasing The Moment,” a deep house track, as well as cool percussion and the sound of crickets on the jazzy Latin lounge sound of “Sunset.” You can even hear the first, original version of “So Many Men,” which features spoken word and a slower, more hip-hop sound than the updated L. Paris boogie version.

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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