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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Birthday by Kim Wilde

Dear Poptastic Readers,

Before July ends, we'd like to squeeze in the latest single from Kim Wilde called "Birthday" off her latest album Here Come The Aliens.




"Birthday" is a fun pop bop with a lovely melody. It came out in June, and we forgot to highlight it then! D'oh! Better late than never. The video was filmed on her tour this year. Check it out ...




See, it was a fun pop bop. "Birthday" is available on digital outlets everywhere. Buy your copy today. We've added it to our 2018 Poptastic Confessions Playlist on Spotify. You'll also hear Kim's previous 2 singles there: "Pop Don't Stop" and "Kandy Krush." Woo!




Love, Truth & Honesty,

—Sausi O'Sullivan

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Monday, July 30, 2018

Getcha Ass Up by Glass Slipper

Dear Poptastic Readers,

Our favorite deep-house duo Glass Slipper are out with a new EP called Getcha Ass Up. It features the title track with mixes plus another song called "Feel Good."




"Getcha Ass Up" is, as you can imagine by the title, a call to the dance floor. It has some uplifting and encouraging lyrics. Have a listen ...




Glass Slipper keep churning out the tunes! Please support them by purchasing their music online. We have added "Getcha Ass Up" and "Feel Good" to our 2018 Poptastic Confessions Playlist on Spotify. You'll also hear their other songs "Let's Go To The Light" and "Embrace Of The Light." Enjoy!~




Cheers then,

—Davearama

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Friday, July 27, 2018

Album Review: Testament by All Saints

Dear Poptastic Readers,

Two years after their triumphant return to form with their fourth album Red Flag, Shaznay, Nicole, Natalie, and Melanie are back once again with their fifth album Testament.



Album opener “Who Do You Love” begins with a spoken word intro by Nicole, reminiscent of her iconic “Never Ever” monologue which kicked-off their debut album 21 years ago. “Three Four” is a bold, lavish change of pace, followed by lead single “Love Lasts Forever” that proves All Saints can still sound current in today’s musical climate.



Testament is All Saints’ first album to include interludes—“Nowhere To Hide” (which lyrically flows into one of the album highlights “No Issues”) and “Breathe and Let Go” (a stripped-back acapella from Shaznay).



New single “After All” is far and away the standout track of the album—an atmospheric, melancholy refrain produced by William Orbit, the genius behind classic hits “Pure Shores” and “Black Coffee.” We've added “After All” to our 2018 Poptastic Confessions Playlist on Spotify.



While Red Flag bridged the gap between the classic All Saints sound and a more experimental flavour, Testament follows that path into more unchartered territory. The overall tone is moodier and more contemplative than ever. However, the brassy melodic tones of “Don’t Look Over Your Shoulder” provide some lighter relief, while “Glorious” is a clear contender for a single with its anthemic, call-to-arms chorus.

“Fumes” and “Testament in Motion” take the tempo back down, while “Footprints” closes the album in perfect style showcasing the girls’ trademark harmonies. You can listen to the album on Spotify here ...



Testament is the sound of All Saints at their creative peak – the lyrics, melodies, and production are more exploratory than ever before. These ladies are obviously enjoying the freedom of making music on their own terms, without the restraints of any record company. Long may this new-found freedom continue!

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—Norm Hayes (@_Normski)

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Picture by Little Boots

Dear Poptastic Readers,

We are a very late in highlighting Little Boot's last single called "Picture" featuring Lauren Flax. We meant to highlight it back at the end of May. Better late than never!




"Picture" is slower song with a some heavy beats, droning bass, and a fantastic melody. Check out the video ...




"Picture" is from Little Boots' Burn EP available on digital outlets everywhere. Buy your copy today. We've added it to our 2018 Poptastic Confessions Playlist on Spotify. You'll also hear her other singles "Shadows" and "Eros" there, too Woo!



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—Sausi O'Sullivan

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

The Passion by Jody Watley & SRL

Dear Poptastic Readers,

We were away for a long weekend, but we are back to share with you the wonderful news that Jody Watley & SRL dropped their new single "The Passion" on Friday, and we are loving it!




The Queen of Cool Jody Watley is back with Nate and Rosero as SRL. You might remember they were called Shalamar Reloaded, but they've shortened it now to SRL. They said on their Facebook page that SRL stands for Soul. Revolution. Love. You also might remember that they had our #1 song of 2016 with "The Mood."



Rosero, Jody, and Nate

The new song is soulful, and easy going. It's not a slow song, but rather midtempo with a unmistakable guitar part from Levi Seacer, original member of Prince & NPG. Jody takes the first verse, Nate does the second verse, and Rosero gets spoken middle part. Overall, it is a feel-good track that you are going to want to add to your music collection.



JULY 31, 2018 UPDATE: The music video premiered yesterday and it is was filmed in the Hollywood Hills. It's quite nicely done. They all look great. If you have ever been to a Jody Watley & SRL show, you will notice some of their crew in the video, too. Have a look ...



So smooth! "The Passion" is available on digital outlets everywhere. Buy your copy today to help support the artists. We've added the song to our 2018 Poptastic Confessions Playlist on Spotify. You'll also hear Jody Watley's previous single from this year "Waiting In Vain" there, too. Enjoy!~



Cheers then,

—Davearama

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Beautiful Life by Rick Astley

Dear Poptastic Readers,

Sorry for the long break between posts. Life got busy. When there is overwhelmingly troublesome news, we take a break. It is important to let music lift us up in unsettling times. So now the good news: 
Rick Astley is back with a new poptastic track called "Beautiful Life" — and no it isn't a cover of the Ace Of Base classic. This is the title track from his new album.




Rick rose to fame in 1987 with the mega hits "Never Gonna Give You Up" and "Together Forever." Both were #1 in the US, but the former was #1 around the world. His success continued throughout the early 90s. Then about 10 years ago, the prank of "Rickrolling" gave his career a surprising boost.


As for the new song, we quite like it. It is fun and uplifting. A toe tapper for sure. Rick sounds great and looks fab! Check out the cute video ...




Wasn't that nice? Yes, it was. "Beautiful Life" is available on digital outlets everywhere. Buy your copy today. We've added it to our 2018 Poptastic Confessions Playlist on Spotify. Enjoy!~




Cheers then,

—Davearama

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Monday, July 9, 2018

Used To You by Dagny

Dear Poptastic Readers,

Happy Monday! Last year in July, we couldn't get enough of "Wearing Nothing" by Dagny. In fact, it even ended up at #3 in our year-end countdown. Dagny is back with a new song called "Used To You."




The new song is a mid-tempo electro pop song. The song is about about losing the passion in a relationship. It has a lovely melody. Have a listen ...




If you would like to see Dagny perform it live then click here. "Used To You" is available on digital outlets everywhere. Buy your copy today. We've added it to our 2018 Poptastic Confessions Playlist on Spotify. You'll also hear here previous single "That Feeling When" there. Enjoy!~




Cheers then,

—Davearama

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Friday, July 6, 2018

Nothing Prevails by Information Society

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Information Society is back with a brand new song called “Nothing Prevails” and we are so excited! They are celebrating 30 years since their debut album!


Now if you just asked yourself “Who is Information Society?” Well, here is a bit of a history lesson. Information Society is a band originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota. They originally formed in 1982. They released their first EP in 1983 called The InSoc EP. Another EP followed in 1984 called Creatures Of Influence. Their first single “Running” was a US top 10 dance hit in 1985.


When the band released their debut album, the members were Kurt Harland, Paul Robb, Jim Cassidy, and Amanda Kramer. However, Amanda would leave the group during the promotion of their first album.


They hit it big in 1988 with their self-titled debut album that featured two US top 10 singles “What’s On Your Mind (Pure Energy)” (#3) and “Walking Away” (#9). They also had two more singles from that album “Repetition” and the ABBA cover “Lay All Your Love On Me.” We’ve always loved “Tomorrow” and thought it was a missed opportunity for a great single.


Their sophomore album Hack came out in 1990 and featured the singles “Think” and “How Long.” Both songs didn’t set the pop world on fire, but they both did very well on the dance charts.



Their third album Peace And Love, Inc came out in 1992 and it also featured the lead single by the same name, which was also a huge club hit. Another single “Going, Going, Gone” sort of described their career as they disappeared from the public eye shortly after that. We must admit, we lost track of them around this time.



In 1997, Information Society was back with a new album called Don’t Be Afraid. It featured a remake of Gary Numan classic “Are Friends Electric?” For this album, Paul and Jim had left the band and this was seen as a solo effort for Kurt.



In 2001, a greatest hits collection called Strange Haircuts // Cardboard Guitars // and Computer Samples issued new updated remixes of “Running” and “What’s On Your Mind (Pure Energy)” taking dance floors by storm. We bought the CD single for the latter and the mixes were ace!

In 2004, VH-1 featured Information Society in an episode of Bands Reunited. However, Kurt did not reunite with Paul, Jim, and Amanda in the show. Kurt wrote an amazing piece on his experience with VH-1 and how they went about it. It was quite interesting and very eye opening to what was going on behind the scenes. It truly is a must read!



Ten years after the last album, Information Society was back with a new album in 2007 called Synthesizer. While the last album was only Kurt, this album was Paul and Jim with a new singer Christopher Anton. However, Kurt did sing vocals on one track. Instead of singles, there was an EP called Oscillator that featured the songs “Back In The Day” and “I Like The Way You Werk It.” Another remix EP followed in 2009 called Modulator.



The trio of Kurt, Rob, and Jim eventually reunited and released two more albums. Hello World was released in 2014 and featured the singles “Get Back” and “Land Of The Blind.” In 2016, Orders of Magnitude followed. We are bummed that we missed them both, especially because we think “Get Back” is awesome! Thanks to Spotify we can hear them!



That brings us to 2018, where the band has been on our radar. We recently watched the Bands Reunited show and then checked out some recent performances on YouTube. While watching an interview with Kurt, we noticed that he lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, as do Poptastic Confessions editors Sausi and Davearama. The next week, Davearama spotted Kurt on BART. “I recognized him on my Monday morning commute. I didn’t say anything because I didn’t want to disturb his life. I just smiled.” Ever since, we’ve been on an Information Society kick this year.



So imagine our surprise when we saw that Information Society has a new song. It is called “Nothing Prevails” and it is quite epic! The synth melody is awesome as is Kurt’s distinguished vocals. The chorus is BIG, and well, we think it is poptastic. June 16 Update: check out the video ...
Wasn’t that lovely? Yes it was. “Nothing Prevails” is available on digital outlets everywhere. There is even a version sung in German! Buy your copy today! We’ve added the English version to our 2018 Poptastic Confessions Playlist on Spotify. Enjoy!~



We are very happy to have Information Society back in our lives! Happy 30th anniversary!

Tripping on your love,
—Sausi & Davearama

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