Archive for May, 2012

Charley says VIDEO! Abs – You Can Try (Produced by Moonflower)

May 19, 2012

Lester & Abdou were the X Factor 2008 contestants who with ‘U Should Be The One‘ and ‘This Song Is Gonna Save My Life‘ went on to have two excellent Future Presidents produced singles. After that Lester went on to rejoin his friend Gavin in DJ duo Moonflower, but didn’t leave his buddy hanging. The three of them joined forces as Moonflower ft. Abs and became the people behind that brilliant dance track ‘Nobody’s Missing You‘ that was all over Belgian dance radio last summer.

The trio is back for summer 2012 with ‘You Can Try‘. The single is credited solely to Abs, but was produced by Moonflower, so you can rest assured that everything you loved about their previous efforts is still present in this next hit!

‘You Can Try’ by Abs, produced by Moonflower, is available on Spotify and iTunes.

Charley says VIDEO! Axeela & Stéphanie Onclin – Voulez-Vous Coucher Avec Moi

May 19, 2012

Axeela, easily the most talked about The Voice contestant on my blog, has teamed up with fellow finalist Stéphanie Onclin for their first release since appearing on the talent show. I’m still keeping my fingers crossed for a major pop stomper from Axeela (and a pop/rock anthem from Stéphanie while we’re at it), but for now their take on ‘Lady Marmalade’ serves as the perfect tastemaker for their upcoming concerts with The Voice Live On Tour!

After you get ‘Voulez-Vous Coucher Avec Moi‘ on iTunes or add the track to your Spotify playlists, be sure to also stop by the Hoegaarden Rosée Facebook page for a free download of the song’s special ‘Voulez-Vous Rosée Avec Moi’ edit in collaboration with the raspberry flavoured beer brand!

‘Voulez-Vous Coucher Avec Moi’ by Axeela & Stéphanie Onclin is available on Spotify and iTunes.
Tickets and info for The Voice Live On Tour with Glenn, Silke, Bert, Stéphanie & Axeela are available at Sherpa.be.

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Charley says VIDEO! Leki – Get Over

May 16, 2012

Last time Leki was getting ready to release an album she still had The Sweet Mints by her side. ‘Love Me Another Day‘, the lead single from their eponymous album, was all smiles and handclaps ahoy. With a shiny, glossy production from King Of Sweden (who’s actually Finnish, if I remember correctly) the project was one of 2009’s most joyful things in music. Why do I mention this? Well, because the theme of her fascinating new single ‘Get Over‘ couldn’t be further away from that.

For years now Leki has been involved in the Nanda charity. She’s set out to finish the hospital her father once started building in their native country of Congo. Whereas her previous Nanda single, ‘Peculiar Places‘, embodied hopefulness, ‘Get Over‘ faces the demons of the dark time she went through after a recent charity trip to Africa. In Leki’s own words: “To find my inner peace I first needed to reignite the spark to that inner fire! One of my personal mantras to get me going, get me out of the mental rut, reignite my spark and stir up my inner fire to melt away my bitterness and connect to heart and soul is “Get Over”…”

It may take a couple of listens to get over the shock of seeing the woman who sang about everybody wanting to be Elvis releasing a track this dark, hard and in your face, but it’s worth sticking around for.

‘Get Over’ by Leki is available on Spotify and iTunes.
More information about Leki’s charity Nanda is available at www.nandavzw.org.

Charley says VIDEO! – Kate Ryan – Robots

May 14, 2012

Kate Ryan is one third of Charley says POP!’s Holy Trinity. Alongside Hadise and Katerine Avgoustakis she is, to me, one of the best popstars Belgium has given the world. So naturally seeing Kate release a brand new music video is a PRETTY BIG DEAL.

And boy, does she deliver! Kate is honestly looking in-cre-di-ble. She’s been mostly pants-less throughout this campaign (just check her last two videos) but for ‘Robots‘ she ups the sexy even more. There’s a very flattering futuristic/space/robot corset! There’s a skintight catsuit! There’s an awesome looking headgear thingy! And I’ll try to contain my not-so-secret inner fanboy before I start complementing hair and make-up as well.

Even more importantly, it’s a bit of a brilliant pop tune, isn’t it? The track has been written by Paul Drew, Greig Watts and Pete Barringer, who have previously been responsible for Kate’s ‘LoveLife‘ and Katerine Avgoustakis’ 2006 Eurosong entry. ‘Robots‘ has Kate sounding more pop than ever before, like how it might sound if Daze were to sample ‘Living On Video‘ by Trans-X in the year 3000.

Bring on that album!

‘Robots’ by Kate Ryan and its Extended Radio Edit, Shutterz Remix, Chris Feelding Remix and William Burstedt Remix is available on SpotifySoundcloud and iTunes.

Charley says VIDEO! Lasgo – Sky High

May 9, 2012

Lasgo lead singer Jelle may have just had a baby, but she’s not letting that get in the way of being one of the most consistently amazing dance acts in Belgium. ‘Sky High‘ is another surefire classic and between this, AnnaGrace’s ‘Ready To Fall In Love‘ and his own ‘Everyday‘ producer Peter Luts seems unstoppable at the moment! Now all we need is for him to capitalise on Charlotte Buyl’s newfound The Voice fame to revive Pearl and we’ve got all our boxes ticked!

Despite its joyful lyrics ‘Sky High‘ seems to have kind of a melancholic touch to it in an “Oh my God, is this really happening?” kind of way. Then again, if you were in a music video where the plotline is to get Meysam from So You Think You Can Dance shirtless as often as possible you wouldn’t be able to believe your luck either. You’ve stopped reading at “Meysam from So You Think You Can Dance shirtless”, didn’t you? Fair enough.

“Sky High” by Lasgo is available on Spotify and iTunes.

David Latour ft. Kat DeLuna & Fo Onassis – Had A Dream (Producelast)

May 4, 2012

It’s no secret that I have a major soft spot for Kat DeLuna. The American popstar with Dominican roots has banged out some brilliant anthems in her time and is the kind of artist to keep working her ass off whatever setbacks may arise. She was also one of the first artists I ever interviewed for Charley says POP!

Had A Dream” has her team up with Belgian DJ and producer David Latour. David has done remixes for the likes of About E and his tracks with Narco and Sylver’s Sil have been mentioned on this blog earlier.

Having featured on songs with Jean-Roch and Nicola Fasano, Kat has dabbled in dance music before. However, “Had A Dream” takes it to another level and is without a doubt her most exciting dance track so far.

The song, which also features Fo Onassis, is based around the Belgian jump influenced trance classic “Producelast” by Trancescape. The sample gives “Had A Dream” a harder edge than Kat’s ever had before and should go down a storm in the club. So get yourself to a YouTube jumpstyle tutorial and start practicing your moves to this new banger!

“Had A Dream (Producelast)” by David Latour ft. Kat DeLuna & Fo Onassis is available soon.

See also: Charley says INTERVIEW! Kat DeLuna
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Charley says VIDEO! Little Collin – When You Are Calling Me

May 3, 2012

If you’ve been wondering what that ridiculously catchy song from the ALLO Telecom commercial is, look no further!

Collin De Bruyne is a singer/songwriter from Brussels who posted a short clip of what was to become “When You Are Calling Me” on Facebook. That got picked up for a 30 second ALLO Telecom jingle, then that in turn got picked up for a full single release and eventually a video was shot in Antwerp and Barcelona.

The track’s slight jazziness will inevitably lead to comparisons with Jamie Cullum, but it’s upbeat, cheerful and definitely more on the pop side of things. His YouTube video diaries tell us he’s already been recording follow-up single “Little Treasure” in New York, but let’s first make “When You Are Calling Me” the radio fixture and breakthrough hit it deserves to be for Little Collin!

Oh, and be sure to stay tuned till the end of the video for the cute revelation of why he’s so obsessed with women’s names!

“When You Are Calling Me” by Little Collin is available on Spotify and iTunes.