David Swinburn first contacted me a year ago when I was out in Los Angeles to share a demo track he recorded as a voice mail message using his mobile phone. Totally lo-fi, a little eerie and definitely memorable. The Liverpool-based pop singer now returns with a brand-new brew, titled "Wrong Shoes," a song that is much slicker than the voice recording I heard previously.
The song was inspired by a personal experience Swinburn writes me in an email. "I wrote "Wrong Shoes" towards the end of last year," Swinburn comments. "It's about liking someone who you can't have. Someone who's already attached. I think the lyrics are pretty self-explanatory once you get that bit. The inspiration was me really liking a boy, who got a boyfriend just as I was about to announce my undying love for him. I dunno know the shoe analogy came from."
Swinburn asked a bunch of young DJs and producers to remix "Wrong Shoes" and give the tune a little more dancefloor cred. One of the people that reworked the song is Frankmusik who is an emerging new pop phenom in his own right (get a free download of his single "Done, Done"). He fuses the pop sensibilities of Mylo with the vocals stylings of William Besson. He's a talent to look out for. In the meantime, the pairing of Swinburn and Frankmusik makes for a solid slice of electro that is positioned somewhere on the wide, wild junction of pop and dance music that has me thirsty for more.