Posts Tagged ‘Mostiko’

Charley says VIDEO! Fatty K – Sophisticated

March 24, 2012

This post takes us back to early 2009 when the Justin Timberlake influenced tune below was released.

When this artist was still a kid named Ken Flamant he wanted to become a drummer, but for lack of a drum he started making up the sounds himself. Fastforward to years later when he would be known as Ken Beatbox, Belgian beatbox champion.

Having made a name for himself on national tv as beatboxer, the next step was to become a recording artist. Now under the name Fatty K he released his debut single “Lonely“. The track got to number 31 and the charts and came with a video that starred “Spring” actress and “Vlaanderen Vakantieland” host Tatyana Beloy.

For his second (and as of yet final) release “Sophisticated” Fatty K scaled back the beatboxing, put himself in a nice suit and brought us this smooth Serge Ramaekers production. Despite a Senol Korkmaz video and, well, the track being quite good indeed, “Sophisticated” only spent one week in the charts at number 49. Shame.

“Sophisticated” by Fatty K is available on Spotify.

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Charley says ARTICLE – A Brief Post Idool 2011 Overview Including Maureen’s Everyday Thing

March 16, 2012

Idool 2011 will not only be remembered as the talent show that with “More To Me” had the best group single ever. Its refocus on looking for proper popstars -this is the “Idol” franchise after all- left us with a young, fresh-faced top 10. Gone were the days when finalists would be pregnant mums or classical singers, this lot was ready to take over the charts!

And indeed, an impressive number of contestants went on to make an impression on the Belgian music scene. Winner Kevin and runner-up Kato‘s debut albums both went gold, Dennis and Kristof had the innovative idea to release a double album together with each filling up one disc and Alyssa has just unleashed her first pop stomper.

Rocker Izzy didn’t make it out of bootcamp but has been working with his band Epic Lane ever since and gay-teenager-who-likes-to-wear-heels Falko, who stranded in the final 15, is said to release his Kylie inspired debut single any time now.

Even those who didn’t get a record deal are still doing music. Manuel has enrolled in music school, Astrid got through to the battle rounds in The Voice and Jonas & Lora have teamed up as cover band The Pony Express.

 listen to
Maureen – Everyday Thing
at www.maureen-music.be

Finally, let me present you one more addition to the list! Maureen Vanherberghen was the curly-haired girl who made an impression with her “Rolling In The Deep” rendition. The former girl scout (well, it’s called “chiro” here) was one of the most consistent singers in the competition and ended up finishing fourth.

After the show she went on to record a translated cover of James Blunt’s “Stay The Night”, which served as the new theme tune to Belgium’s longest running soap opera, Familie.

Now, 2012 finally sees the release of Maureen’s own material! She has signed to brand new up and coming label Pop’m who will be guiding her towards an Eliza Doolittle and Joss Stone inspired sound.

Her debut single “Everyday Thing” already sounds like a firm step in the right direction! The cheerful track was written by songwriting team Chicks With Hits, previously responsible for “The Joker” by Maureen’s Idool friend Kato.

There’s no sign of “Everyday Thing” on YouTube or Spotify yet, but Maureen has put it up on her official website’s player! You can check out the full song over on www.maureen-music.be! It’s sure to get you tapping your feet in no time!

“Everyday Thing” by Maureen is available on Spotify and iTunes.
“More To Me” by Idool 2011 is available on Spotify and iTunes.
“Get On Your Feet” by Alissa is available on Spotify and iTunes.

The Idool 2011 album is available on Spotify and iTunes.
Kevin’s album “Thank You” is available on Spotify and iTunes.
Kato’s album “Flamingo” is available on Spotify and iTunes.
Dennis’s album is available on Spotify and iTunes.
Kristof De Cleyn’s album is available on Spotify and iTunes.
Epic Lane’s EP “Born In The Eighties” is available on Spotify and iTunes.

See also: Charley says VIDEO! Alyssa – Get On Your Feet
See also: Charley says VIDEO! Idool 2011 – More To Me

Charley says LIST! Meanwhile In Belgian Dance Music – Update

March 14, 2012

Just a couple of days ago I brought you up to speed on everything that’s happening on the Belgian dance scene and already there’s new things for me to report on! So without further ado, an update!

When we last spoke only a preview of Jessy’s 2012 remake of her classic “Innocence” had been online. Now, I can present you the diva’s shiny new video for “Innocence ’12“! Having heard the full thing now, we can assure you that producer Regi has found a way to make Abie Flinstone‘s rap blend in seemlessly with all the things you loved about the original song. And yes, the epic “it feels so good… come on and take me” bit is still there!

Oh, and be sure to compare my earlier write-up of the song with the YouTube description for the “Innocence ’12” video! Someone at Jessy’s label Mostiko must be reading Charley says POP!

There may not be a video for her group Sylver’s new single “City Of Angels” yet, but Silvy De Bie has shot scenes for her latest solo song. The result of that is now on YouTube! Newly redhead Silvy looks gorgeous in the video for “Without You” which is credited to David Latour ft. Sil!

Lastly, here’s one I missed out on in my previous post. You may recognise Elisa Guarraci from her time on Topmodel, her 2008 Eurovision effort or her audition for The Voice Van Vlaanderen. These days though she’s mainly busy with her girlgroup Fourlicious, who are promoting “Over You” and are said to be working with former Lasgo co-producer Dave McCullen on new material.

In between all of that she’s found the time to record “In My Arms“. The song marks the Belgian/Italian singer’s second collaboration with producer Philip D. Earlier the two worked together on the breezy “When Love Takes Over” soundalike “The Last Goodbye“.

So there you go, until further notice, consider yourself updated on the main new releases in Belgian dance music!

“The Ultimate Jessy: Best Of 1995 – 2012″ by Jessy is available on iTunes and Spotify.
“Innocence ’12″ by Jessy ft. Abie Flinstone is available on iTunes.
“Without You” by David Latour ft. Sil is available on iTunes.
“In My Arms” by Philip D ft. Elisa is available soon.

See also: Charley says ARTICLE! Life After Jameerah
See also: Charley says LIST! Meanwhile In Belgian Dance Music

Charley says VIDEO! Minno – Dreaming (Pops & Boom Radio Edit)

March 13, 2012

Jeroen Minnebo has released his first single under the name Minno for a while now. “Dreaming” was written by Ray Klaassen & Joost Griffioen and produced by The Rocketeers, the production team behind some of Idool 2007 winner Dean Delannoit’s most recent releases.

In its original version the track was a pleasant little pop/rock tune, but earlier this year two brand new versions have been presented. Both have put a dancefloor twist to the song with the Pops & Boom Radio Edit nodding towards the current dubstep-in-pop sound and the Yoshimitsu Sama Radio Edit incorporating classic dance synths.

“Dreaming” by Minno is available on iTunes and Spotify.

Charley says SONG! Karma – I’m Sorry

March 28, 2011

Continuing our theme of Chilean born Belgian popstars, meet Andres P. Quiroz. Going by the name of Karma, he is set out to be Belgium’s next R&B wonderboy.

The biography in his YouTube video descriptions mentions him working with the likes of Stargate and Underdogs, but things really got going for him when his music was posted on ShowbizzONE.

The article came to Peter Muls’ attention, who promptly took Karma under his wings and got him signed to Mostiko.

You may remember Peter as being involved with about half of Belgium’s R&B scene, most famously launching Kaye Styles. He also had a hand in Cru5h 5, one of my favourite two-hit-wonder girl groups.

While Karma is working on his first album, a bunch of tracks are already floating around the net. These songs include both original ones and covers like ‘Gallery‘, originally by Mario Vasquez.

Of the brand new tracks ‘Take Me As I Am‘ is mentioned by Karma’s official site as a potential first single, but out of the songs online I hope they end up going with ‘I’m Sorry‘.

It’s not that I don’t like the former song, I’m just not too crazy on Andres’ voice in the chorus. ‘I’m Sorry‘ on the other hand has him sounding like a Michael Jackson influenced Ali Tcheelab on a ‘How To Save A Life‘ inspired R&B downtempo.

Whatever they end up releasing, I’ll be sure to keep you posted!

Charley says VIDEO! Daniel Bovie & Roy Rox vs. Ricky Rivaro ft. Nelson – My Destiny

November 21, 2010

So this is the confusing new Nelson Moraïs single!

Not confusing in its quality, as it’s quite clearly on the amazing side of things, but as to exactly what project this new release belongs.

I introduced you earlier to Nelson, brother of Elsie Moraïs and Eurosong 2008 participant.

Now last Friday he was on Peter Live, singing a medley of ‘Love Me‘, ‘She’s Gone‘ and ‘Stop Playing With My Mind‘. This was the first Nelson surprise of the weekend for me. I’d never realised that it was him doing vocals on that last song!

As I was doing a bit of digging around on the Ultratop site, I stumbled upon ‘My Destiny‘. I assumed it was another old track, but as it turns out it’s a brand new single! Once again it’s produced by Daniel Bovie & Roy Rox, but this time with the help of Ricky Rivaro.

Now here’s where it  gets confusing. Nelson had mentioned after this week’s tv performance that he’s working an album for early next year and that a new single was coming up soon. Would that be ‘My Destiny’ then? One would assume so, but then why doesn’t Nelson get a mention on the single sleeve?

In fact, the credits for Nelson’s entire discography since signing with Mostiko are all over the place!

Daniel Bovie & Roy Rox – Stop Playing With My Mind
Daniel Bovie & Roy Rox ft. Nelson – Love Me
Nelson – She’s Gone
Daniel Bovie & Roy Rox vs. Ricky Rivaro – My Destiny

It’s an OCD iTunes tagger’s ultimate nightmare!

And that’s not even including the two tracks he did for ‘Registrated 2’. ‘Imagination‘ and ‘Now You’re Gone‘ are credited as Regi & Nelson and I can definitely see them popping up on the album. Be it the original versions or, as was the case with Katerine’s ‘Back Off‘, in remixed form.

I guess only time will tell, so as for now let’s just enjoy this rather enjoyable new single and the fact that Nelson’s recording an album. No matter what songs will or will not be included and how they might have to be tagged!

Charley says ARTIST! Yasmina Karraz aka Yazzmin

May 24, 2010

As far as wasted opportunities in Belgian pop go, Yasmina Karraz is a prime example.

Aged 19 Yasmina entered Eurosong 2002 in a bid to represent Belgium in Tallinn. ‘Take This Heart‘ took Flanders by storm. Yasmina was hailed as a new Alicia Keys and despite ending third behind Sergio & The Ladies and Spark her Eurovision entry climbed its way up to number 8 in the charts.

The ballad isn’t up on YouTube, but you can hear a sample of it on the Ultratop website or listen to the full thing on Grooveshark.


Yasmina Karraz – Take This Heart
http://listen.grooveshark.com/#/artist/Yasmina+Karraz/706372

Big things were expected from this young singer. An album was planned and it looked like Yasmina would kickstart the Flemish R&B scene, but then… nothing.

After a couple of years wheels were finally getting set into motion. In 2004 Yasmina provided backing vocals on ‘Same Tears‘, an indie album track by rapper Krewcial. The laidback hiphop tune was an ode to his grandfather who had passed away. Yasmina was also involved with The Incredible Time Machine, singing on their charity single ‘People Have The Power‘.


Krewcial ft. Yasmina Karraz – Same Tears
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFfrDua0G8k

2005 saw the rise of Chocolate Nation, a Flemish R&B collective fronted by Leki, Hadise and record label Mostiko. A new Yasmina song, ‘Song 4 You‘, can be found on a compilation themed around this. The Chocolate Nation album must be nearly impossibe to find these days, but you can hear the song online.

That year also saw the first appearence of the new moniker under which she would be releasing music. As Yazzmin she sang the chorus on ‘No Matter What‘ from Leki’s ‘Warrior Girl‘ album.


Leki ft. Yazzmin – No Matter What
http://tinyurl.com/3xlccow

A full-on Yazzmin launch was planned for 2006, with even a rumoured return to the Eurosong stage. Unfortunately, Yasmina decided to pull the plug on the project for personal reasons.

She hasn’t been in the public eye since.

Shame.

2012 edit: Since posting this blog, some links are no longer working. “Take This Heart” has however been uploaded onto YouTube by some kind soul. Enjoy it while it’s still there!