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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Love Is Free by Robyn & La Bagatelle Magique ft. Maluca

Dear Poptastic Readers,

Robyn is back with another side project! This time it is a collaboration with La Bagatelle and Maluca. The new song is called "Love Is Free" and it will have you dancing in no time!




Robyn was last featured in Poptastic Confessions when her song "Do It Again" with Röyksopp came in at #10 in our year-end countdown. Before that, her song "Call Your Girlfriend" was #18 in our 2011 countdown. And she had three songs in our 2010 countdown.


"Love Is Free" is definitely a nod to 90s dance music. It has a BOOMING bass line that is funky! It's a hard track to describe. I think you are just going to have to listen for yourself ...



"Love Is Free" is available on digital outlets everywhere. Please support the artists by legally downloading the track.


Cheers then,

—Davearama

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Hang Us High Video by RABBII

Dear Poptastic Readers,

Happy Wednesday! Last week, we shared the wonderful new song from the Swedish duo R.A.B.B.I.I. called "Hang Us High." Click on the song name to take you to that post.



Well, great news! R.A.B.B.I.I. debuted their video for the song and it is FABulous. It is a stop-motion video apparently with over 3000 images (I didn't actually count). Check it out here ...




Wasn't that awesome! Keep R.A.B.B.I.I. on your radar!


http://soundcloud.com/rabbiirevolt

http://instagram.com/rabbiirevolt
http://facebook.com/rabbiirevolt
http://twitter.com/rabbiirevolt
http://rabbiirevolt.tumblr.com/

Cheers then,

—Davearama


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Pressure Off by Duran Duran

Dear Poptastic Readers,

Over the weekend, Poptastic Confessions quietly turned four years old! HOORAY! Thank you to everyone who has visited (and bookmarked) the home page, liked our Facebook page, shared our links and legally downloaded the music featured.


It gives me great pleasure to let you know that today's post is a brand new song from Duran Duran. The song is called "Pressure Off" and it is from their forthcoming album called Paper Gods. Now, you might remember that I wrote about the history of Duran Duran back in January of 2013 when I read John Taylor's autobiography.

Duran Duran are Roger, John, Nick and Simon.

The new song "Pressure Off" features Janelle Monae with a middle-section vocals. Overall, the funky song isn't far off from their Notorious days because of Nile Rodgers. It is also not far the last album All You Need Is Now. The chorus is quite good. And Duranies will no doubt love the song. The artwork is nod to previous Duran Duran outings ...


Ugly single cover, eh?

I have one slight complaint about the music, and that is the intro to the song. There are some vocal distortions that kinda turn me off. Perhaps there is a nod to the "The Reflex", but it ends up similar to the song "All You Need Is Now", which had one of the worst intros ever (in my opinion). Perhaps the intro will grow on me. It is quite possible. I just think it would have been better without the vocal distortions. Perhaps a radio edit will be different.

The first few times I listened to the track, I only noticed the crowd sound at the end. However, it is also near the beginning of the song. While I think it is a bit silly to end your new song with crowd applause. It is reminiscent of their live album Arena. But will the general audience know that? Unsure. Have a listen ...


I was such a huge Duran Duran fan back in the 80s and 90s. I collected their records and CDs and I still proudly have them. I like the new Duran Duran song. It's nice to have them back. And I'm looking forward to the new album.

I'm not exactly sure when the single will be released on iTunes. Apparently you can buy it on Google Play. Hopefully they will film a video, too.

Cheers then,
—Davearama

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Drag Queen and England Calling by Marcella Detroit

Dear Poptastatic Readers,

Marcella Detroit has a new dance-pop track called "Drag Queen" and it is really good! You're going to love it! Have a listen on SoundCloud. I wasn't able to embed it, sadly. So please click the link!



Marcella

Now you might remember Marcella as a member of Shakespear's Sister, the band that Siobhan Fahey started when she left Bananarama. Marcella mostly sang backup to Siobhan. However, the one song she sang lead on was their biggest hit. It was called "Stay" and it was a global hit in 1992.






But Marcella hasn't been in Shakespear's Sister since. She's been doing her own thing. I've had known many people who have seen her perform and even met her. They all say she is lovely and very nice and genuine with her fans.


Now "Drag Queen" is fantastic, but her new single is really called "England Calling." It is an ode to the country where she spend weeks at #1 with "Stay." And she also did a reality TV show there: Pop Star to Opera Star.


To see the lyric video for "England Calling," watch here ...





"England Calling" is available on iTunes. We are still waiting for "Drag Queen" to be released.

To find out more information about Marcella, visit these links ...


www.marcella-detroit.com
www.facebook.com/marcelladetroitofficial

Cheers then,

—Davearama



Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Young Guns by Alcazar

Dear Poptastic Readers,

Alcazar released a new single last week in Sweden. It is a remake of Wham's 1983 hit "Young Guns (Go For It)."


Thankfully, the remake is a bit more exciting than the dreary single cover. It is a pretty faithful remake of the Wham classic with a few exceptions. Instead of Andreas rapping George Michael's verses, Lina and Tess do the rapping. And sadly, Shirlie's verse is completely taken out of the new remake.

The good news is that Alcazar filmed a video for the song, unlike their last two singles. The bad news the video is not available to be seen in the USA. Booooo! Shame on their record company for blocking it for the US fans. If you live outside the US, here is the video ...






In case you can't see that video, click here to hear the song.

Apparently the song was only released in the Swedish iTunes store. Another poor choice. Still, it is a fun song. Perhaps one day the video won't be blocked and fans from outside of Sweden can legally download the track.

Cheers then,
—Davearama

Monday, June 15, 2015

Hang Us High by RABBII

Dear Poptastic Readers,

Just when I get back to blogging, something else happens and a week goes by without any new entries. I'm sure you are ready for some new music. So without delay, the Swedish duo R.A.B.B.I.I. have unveiled their second single called "Hang Us High." And it is quite lovely.



Now you might remember R.A.B.B.I.I. from last year. Their debut single "Why Can't I Be You" came in at #23 in our favourite Poptastic Songs of 2014. 



You also might remember that members Jo and Felix were previously in the band Le Kid — an absolute favourite of Poptastic Confessions. I even interviewed Felix back in 2012.


Now defunct Le Kid.

But now all eyes are on R.A.B.B.I.I., which stands for Revolutions Are Best Before Initial Inception. To hear their new song, click play here ...




Wasn't that nice? I think so. Where can you download the single? I'm not sure. But when I find out, I'll let you know. In the meantime, SoundCloud will have to do.



To learn more about R.A.B.B.I.I., check out these links ...

https://soundcloud.com/rabbiirevolt
https://twitter.com/rabbiirevolt
http://rabbiirevolt.tumblr.com


Support the artists however you can.

Cheers then,
—Davearama

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

An update of sorts

Dear Poptastic Readers,

Hello! It's already June and I just realized I didn't update the blog for the whole month of May. Sorry about that. Life got busy. And no much new music really made me jump for joy. Thus, no updates here. However, there are some songs and videos that have happened while I was away ...



First up: Madonna. I love her. Not crazy about the new album. Having said that, there are a handful of really good songs. Her second single, "Ghosttown" is one of the good songs. Watch the video here.



Say Lou Lou released a video for their song "Nothing But A Heartbeat." If you click the name of the song, you will see what I wrote about it back in February.  The video is rather long and dreamy — watch it here.



Erasure released the third and final single from The Violet Flame. It is called "Sacred." I like it well enough. But not as much as "Elevation" from last year. Watch a live performance here.



The good news is ... there is a Bananarama singles box set coming in July! HOORAY!!!!!



And a new Alcazar single is out this week in Sweden. It's cover of Wham's "Young Guns (Go For It)." We'll review it later this week when we get it!


And, we know that Glass Slipper is filming a music video. Hip-Hip Hooray!

There is more Poptastic music coming ... so stay tuned!

Cheers then!
—Dave