Friday, November 7, 2014

CD Review: Columbia Records Rolls Out The Next Wave Of Electronic Pop Music

Ever since breaking onto the music scene in 2007, Scottish singer/songwriter/DJ Calvin Harris has shined in the spotlight winning numerous awards including a Grammy in 2013. His 2012 album "18 Months" debut at #1 in the U.K. and cracked the top twenty in the U.S. He looks to build upon that success with his newly released album "Motion." It was released on November 4th through Columbia Records and features a load of guests performing on his latest album. The new fifteen-song release begins with Harris slowly building up the intensity of the dance beats in "Faith" as the lyrics are unforgettable. The latest single to come from this album is "Blame," which features English singer John Newman on vocals. The beats are contagious and Newman's vocals show a passion in his performance. The single that got the anticipation of the album running full steam was the hot weather hit "Summer." Harris handles the vocals as the beats only entice you to get up and dance. The Haim sisters lend their vocal talents to the blister rock beats of "Pray To God," while Big Sean turns "Open Wide" in to a modern hip-hop classic. Calvin Harris lays the perfect musical backdrop for Gwen Stefani's vocals in "Together," before closing the album with the memorable R&B flavored beats of "Dollar Signs" featuring lead vocals by Tinashe. To find out more about Calvin Harris' new album "Motion," please visit

From one of today's most successful DJ's to one of the hottest new DJ's to burst onto the music scene, it's Dillon Francis with his debut album "Money Sucks, Friends Rule." The album's lead single "Get Low" is a hit in clubs, as well as in cars blasting there stereos. It has surpassed 3.5 million spins on SoundCloud and the video was viewed over 4.5 million times and why not, the music is addictive and the beats are just hard to sit still to. The album has an all-star cast of DJ's lending a hand as with the big fat beats of "Set Me Free" featuring a helping hand from the wildly talented Dutch DJ Martin Garrix. The bass on that song is sure to give your speakers a workout, while Panic! At The Disco's lead singer Brendon Urie lends his vocal and musical talents to the mainstream future alternative/electronic pop hit "Love In The Middle Of A Firefight." Dillion is finally by himself on a couple of tracks as you can fully appreciate his DJ/composing skills on the high-energy of "Not Butter" and the futuristic electronic rhythm of "I Can't Take It." The album closes with the addictive shouting chorus of "What's That Spell" mixed with some fresh beats and the pop radio friendly "Hurricane" that features Lily Elise on vocals. Dillion Francis is headlining a massive two month tour, beginning in Florida and making his way out west to California. For a complete list of dates and to find out more about his new album "Money Suck, Friends Rule," please visit

Finally, from New York comes the self-titled debut album from the modern electronic pop band Haerts. After the success of their EP last year, that's what got the ball rolling for the anticipation of their first full-length release through Columbia Records on October 27th. The new ten-song album begins with "Hearts" as lead singer Nini Fabi quickly shows-off her wonderfully memorizing vocals. The song "Wings" has an eighties nostalgic feel to the music, while the modern electronics of "Hemiplegia" gets the blood pumping. The album's first single "Giving Up" has Fabi's amazing pop vocals traveling up an energetic ladder of fast-paced rhythms. Nini Fabi takes control of your ears as her voice soars in the atmospheric "Lights Out," before closing the album with thumping rhythm of "All The Days" as the band finally begins to open up and the big epic sound of "Hope," which brings emotion to the end of your journey. Haerts are currently on tour with St. Lucia before continuing with Mikky Ekko until the end of the year. To find out more about their latest release, please visit

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