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clapton is god originalMy husband David proposed to me during an Eric Clapton song and one of our sons was conceived to a Clapton song. Am I over sharing here? Probably, but I’m not going to tell you which of his songs or which of my sons. I will tell you that Clapton has been our soundtrack from the beginning and although we have seen him many times in the states, seeing him in London at the Royal Albert Hall has long been on our bucket list. Eric was going to celebrate his 70th birthday and the 50th anniversary of his first performance at the Royal Albert by playing there once again. Touted by the press and “sources in the know” that this would be his last concert, we had to be there and if we were going to be there it would have to be the last night of the series.  We weren’t the only Americans to have come in for the concert; many Yanks we met were in London for the same reason. We all had our own Clapton stories and we all shared the same questions: how is he going to sound, what will it be like inside the Royal Albert Hall, and will this be the last time he preforms as a headliner?

clapton on stageWhen Eric took the stage I was immediately struck by how he looked.  He appeared thinner, grayer, and okay I’ll say it…. older. But that thought flew out of my head the second he started to rock, as his guitar playing remains unequaled and his voice sounded strong and right. Is the Royal Albert Hall gorgeous? YES. It’s like being inside a decadent crimson and gold jewelry box with an amazing sound system. Was it all worth it? YES! I prayed to hear “Bell Bottom Blues” or “White Room” but got acoustic “Layla” and “Tears In Heaven” instead, my least favorite songs of the night.  I like my “Layla” in its original version, all glorious angst on a Stratocaster with the haunting instrumental. “Tears” is just too sad and I don’t know how he plays it knowing its genesis, making it the perfect song for this girl to run to the bar.  Overall the set list didn’t seem to disappoint the crowd and hearing “Can’t Find My Way Home” live and in that venue was almost a religious experience for me. Moving quickly from song to song, shifting eras and playing selections from both his solo catalog and magic he created with the band, the concert was a dream that went to fast.

clapton on stage 2One of the many things I enjoy about seeing Clapton live is that he doesn’t really talk to the audience, doesn’t preach his politics, and doesn’t waste your time together yipping when he could be playing.  Eric tells his story thru his music and what he choses to play. He didn’t say much to the crowd but did comment on how grueling the series of concerts have been on him. His closing song “High Time We Went” was also telling and he and his band seemed to linger longer than what you would expect as they took their bows. Was May 23, 2015 Eric Clapton’s last concert as a headliner? Probably.  Is Clapton still God? YES.

Tove-Lo-Talking BodyTove Lo might have caught your ear this time last year with her slow building hit, “Habits (Stay High)”, an ode to marijuana self-medicating. I’m all for some green but the track just didn’t tickle my fancy. So I took no interest in this artist with the odd name, who reminded me of another emo, indie pop Lorde – no thank you. Well, I’m owning my bad judgement because I was wrong and if you were at this year’s Boston Calling you might have caught Tove Lo tearing up the stage. What changed my opinion on Tove Lo? Her second single, “Talking Body”. Released in January of this year, the track has gained popularity on top 40 radio over the last few months and I guarantee it will have your feet moving this summer. The lyrical content and musical composition seamlessly flow together to create a mid-tempo bass, heavy groove with the sexiest, catchiest hook you’ve ever heard. After hearing “Talking Body” I listened to the rest of her album and was not disappointed. Check the track below and get your summer groove on.

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Music-The Runaway Club
You’ve heard of synth, indie, pop, and chill wave, but what about 80’s synth/pop mix? Step into the 80’s world with me as we explore this amazing solo band called The Runaway Club. Alan Poettcker, from Vancouver, British Columbia brings his active pop punk mix into his new album.

Since he was in high school, Alan loved everything music, from pop to discovering the synth. Coming from a musical family he started listening to bands like Brand New and Taking Back Sunday, which made him want to yell into the mic, thus starting his musical career. Alongside yelling into the mic, he also learned how to play bass guitar in middle school. Not only is he writing songs for his solo project, but he’s also a member of Chilliwack (British Columbia) based band called These Kids Wear Crowns.

Working on his album, “The Runaway Club” he likes to write geeky songs, play with certain tunes, and doesn’t really care in the end how it sounds. No pressure at all, just fun. His favorite song off the album is ‘Downhill from Here.’ He stated that it’s the only song that has actual drums at the end, where all his other songs are drum machines. It’s a song that builds the feeling of an open field with sounds. This works by freeing oneself from all things fear, because in the end you might as well live your life to the fullest. No regrets, which is why this song makes perfect sense.

Even though The Runaway Club isn’t planning on touring anytime soon, you can find the album on Spotify, Bandcamp, ITunes and more. Each track on this album has its own form of ‘dance until you drop’ catchiness and mature level to it. The smart kind of lyrics. Stop and listen to this album, and really understand where Alan’s mind is coming from. Because without lyrics, the beat wouldn’t mean much.

dabin bloodless

This track blew me away on so many levels, the first being that I did not believe it was the bass heavy, synthesizer enthusiast and producer Dabin, whom I discovered via Pandora last summer. The track is unlike any of his previous work, which tended to be on the heavier side of the electronic music spectrum. Dabin brings his signature electro style to Bloodless with impeccable melodic instrumentation, but with a softer touch. It is filled with screaming synthesizers, hand claps, ominous horns and an interchangeable bass line that gives you enough time to let it all out on the dance floor, take a break and start all over again. The composition of the track, combined with breathy vocals provided by guest feature Sarah Lee – not to be confused with the cake – conjoin in an effortless, electro dance production. I give Dabin’s new sound five stars and look forward to hearing more from this illusive DJ. His newest track was just featured as a premier on the popular Euro based UKF, which could be a real sign to rising recognition. Give Bloodless a listen below and see if you agree.

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Madonna-Rebel-Heart-thatgrapejuiceAm I biased because I owned the Immaculate Collection at age 5? Probably. That really is beside the point though because Madonna is back in full force with her new album Rebel Heart. After what was being called the “madonnagate” (her whole upcoming album leaked online in demo version and she was NOT happy) – Madonna decided to release five official versions of the leaked tracks on iTunes to hold her fans over until the full set is released in March. One of those tracks is called “Devil Pray” an acoustic bass-heavy ode to self-medication. Or is it? At first listen you might think, okay girl sit down, it’s not cool to sing about drugs when you’re in your mid 50’s (I for one think it’s great, light up that J Madge). The interpretation of “Devil Pray” is up for debate, but I think the song speaks to people coming together as one, an unstoppable force for the devil to reckon with, rather than self-medicating with drugs alone – which doesn’t get you too far. Either way, the track is fun to sing, and the hypnotic bassline should have you bopping around happily. Listen below and see what YOU think Madge is talking about with “Devil Pray.”

Catch the queen live this year at the Grammy’s, the “Unapologetic Bitch” singer should have an interesting performance for us all to say the least.

 

Froot

“Come and fill your cup up, looking for some good luck. Okay sure. Hanging like a fruit, ready to be juiced.” Yes, yes, yes. Marina Diamandis aka Marina & The Diamonds just released her latest single Froot and as always, she nailed it. Her alluring vocals over a euphoric and melodic production combine with the clever, sexually discrete lyrics to make Froot a hypnotic indie-pop, stroke of genius. The lyrical composition though is what really had my head bopping. The chorus comes out of nowhere and all of a sudden you disappear into a magical world of music,  reminiscent of Mama Mia! Close your eyes and let Froot take you away to an exotic Greek island. I can’t say I’ve ever heard a track like this, which makes me even more excited for this album. Give it a listen and see if you enjoy the paradise I call Froot.

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ClassicKeep your summer alive with this indie-disco electronic tune. The Knocks never fail to disappoint me so I may be biased but in my opinion this is their best song to date. The production/vocal content is on point, the breezy guitar riffs backed by a thumping bass and charming piano keys instantly take you away to your best night of summer. Powers, whom I’ve never heard before supplies raspy vocals, ever so fitting for this smooth tune, crooning come to me baby don’t be shy, don’t be shy….what else could you ask for? Classic is a feel good song anyone can appreciate. Check out the quirky video below and get ready to groove.

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Digitalism-Wolves

No intro or build, just immediate bass. The bass is strong but not obnoxious or overpowering, it’s smooth and infectious – creating an intriguing backdrop for the rest of the song. I start by mentioning the bass line because it’s what made my ears perk up and take notice of the song in the first place. The vocals, provided by Young Blood Hawke are smooth and subtle, while choppy synthesizers hit hard mimicking the tempo of the bass. Combine the elements of Wolves and your product is that of a funky, indie-dance banger. Young Blood Hawke’s pitchy vocals make this track fun and bring the energy needed to match the heavily produced track. I’ve had my eye on Digitalism for a few years now as they’ve attracted some well known DJ’s to remix their tracks (Dillon Francis, Eric Prydz) and this tune, in my opinion surpasses any previous production I’ve heard by the German electro duo. Listen below and see for yourself.

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I don’t know her story and I don’t know how to pronounce her last name, but I do know her syrupy vocals and tantalizing lyrics have been tickling my fancy since 2010 with her debut album, No Questions Remain.

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First, Justin Timberlake brought sexy back. Now, he’s tackling…soul?

After a 6-year hiatus, JT released a new single Sunday night, one which can only be described as the godchild of soul-R&B and swag. Entitled “Suit & Tie,” the song marks his re-entrance into the entertainment industry and presents an interesting preview into Timberlake’s future in music. The song’s a bump-and-grind type opening lulls listeners into the almost, dare I say it, groovy verse that follows, one which embodies the emotion of a sassy Aretha Franklin.

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