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Free MP3 Download: Clare Maguire "Last Dance" (Chase & Status Remix)

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No matter what you do to a Clare Maguire track, her voice will shine through regardless. Her timbre and delivery is just so compelling and unique that it will easily stand the twists and turns of any remake. Case in point is Chase & Status' remix of her new single "Last Dance." It's a slightly eerie re-arrangement of the original with a slow-churning dub-step vibe that puts Maguire's powerful vocals front and center. Nicely done.

Clare Maguire "Last Dance" (Chase & Status Remix)

January 28, 2011 in MP3 | Permalink

Free MP3 Download: Patrick Wolf "The City" (Richard X Remix)


After the initial success of "The Of My Life," please give a very warm welcome to Patrick Wolf's "The City," another excellent new track from the singer much-anticipated, forthcoming new album. That new LP is due for release in May 2011 through Hideout Recording, a new Mercury/Universal imprint.

In a press releases, Wolf explains that "The City" carries a very special meaning and helped "to save his life." "Living in central London, I woke up one broody morning having booked some studio time," he says. "It was a hot summers day and in the midst of the protests against the banks and BBC6 Music closing down."

He adds, "Seeing how the recession had worked its way into peoples relationships and ambitions, I went to my piano and started to fight against the negative by writing in the positive."

Savvy pop producer Richard X intensifies the positivity of the song on his fantastic new remix of "The City." He adds a melodic synth flair to Wolf's wildly unique original that neatly contrasts with song's powerful message. Highly recommended.

Patrick Wolf "The City" (Richard X Remix)

January 28, 2011 in MP3 | Permalink

Ready to Pop: Josh Cocktail "Fire"

Talented newcomer Josh Cocktail sings his heart out on his brand-new ditty "Fire," a heartfelt ballad about a love lost that neatly showcases his warming, soulful vocals. "These memories and little lies, I went to look for something already by my side (. . .) The fire's still burning, my love is alive," Cocktail confesses.

Inspired by artists like Amos Lee, the Los Angeles crooner explains in his bio that he was raised in a musical family, which helped him to explore and discover his own musical talents. "I grew up listening to musicians who had real soul deep in their voice," Josh says. "I knew when I started singing that would be the path that I would take. You can't fake soul - you either have it in you or you don't."

After recording several acoustic home videos that he shared on YouTube, Josh quickly established a loyal fan base. In the past four years, he has been collaborating with industry veterans like Mic Murphy (from '80s pop R&B outfit The System) and Jon Rifkind to craft a distinct sound of his own. "Fire" and the new "Frequent Flier" are excellent examples of that. Cocktail puts out a hit-savvy sound that has massive potential to break through the clutter and be staple on top 40 radio. 

 Josh Cocktail "Fire"
 Josh Cocktail "Frequent Flier"

January 28, 2011 in MP3 | Permalink

Free MP3 Download: Electrolightz "Miss Outta Control"


Chances are that some of you may recently have heard Electrolightz's fist-pumping party jam "Miss Outta Control" on MTV's Jersey Shore, which is some pretty sweet exposure for the emerging Los Angeles outfit. On tonight's new episode of TV's biggest guilty pleasure, the group is once again featured and will debut the brand-new "Waiting To Be Loved" that will be available on iTunes right after the episode airs. It's about darn time that more people are catching on to the group's fun, forward and super catchy mesh of pop, dance and hip hop that is tightly produced and oh-so ready for the big time. Grab "Miss Outta Control" below and download their entire debut album on iTunes.

 Electrolightz "Miss Outta Control"

January 27, 2011 in MP3 | Permalink

Video Interview: Arjan chats with Encore

A few days ago, I caught up with Mark, Cairo and Pierre of emerging British pop R&B trio Encore in London. The guys are gearing up to release their much anticipated debut single "Wind Up" in the U.K. on February 13. The track is a refreshing slice of progressive R&B that features pop-savvy melodies with a gritty dubstep twist. (Click here to pre-order the single.)

While working in the studio on their full-length album, the guys took a break from their recording sessions to chat with me via video phone to give us a little bit more scoop about their friendship, music, album and more. They even perform a little bit of acapella to get us in the mood around the 3:00 minute mark. Super fun. (Thanks guys!)

January 26, 2011 in Video Interviews | Permalink