Posts Tagged ‘Serge Ramaekers’

Charley says VIDEO! D1ce – BoyToy

May 21, 2010

Belgium’s bad boy of R&B is back!

Redwan El Bakkali was one of the singles on Flemish Temptation Island 2009. He had hoped the show would launch him as a popstar, but a stay in prison nipped his music career as D1ce in the bud.

There is a debut song called ‘Hold Up‘ online though. There’s several versions and videos out there, but my favourite is the one below. If I remember correctly it’s produced by Serge Ramaekers.


Hold Up

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXxrGr_XMy4

A year later, D1ce is back with ‘BoyToy‘. The video was uploaded a couple of hours ago and it’s good to see a proper slick R&B video coming out of Flanders. We may be responsible for the likes of Hadise and Leki, but the genre still has a lot of catching up to do here.

The song itself fits nicely into the current pop influenced R&B that’s popular around the world these days. I particularly like the start of the chorus which has Redwan pleading “I can be your boytoy, unwrap me in your toy store…”

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Charley says SONG! Glamm – Overheated

April 25, 2010

Glamm are basically what LoveShy would have sounded like doing their own version of Cascada’s ‘Evacuate The Dancefloor‘.

Even their backstories read the same. Glamm started out in 2008 as Miss Behave, a girl group put together at the bootcamp stage of Flemish X Factor. Despite being coached by Dutch popstar Do their live show performances of songs like ‘Sway’ failed to impress and Miss Behave were quickly voted out of the competition.

Two of the original five girls left and Miss Behave tried to make things work as a three piece. Despite booking a couple of performances nothing really came of it and when Charly left things seemed to be all over. However, Anke and Leïla weren’t about to give up just yet and reinvented themselves as a brand new duo. Sound familiar?

Things finally seem to be looking up for Flanders’ newest popstars now producers Serge Ramaekers and Laurent Wery have taken it upon themselves to provide the girls with their first smash hit. Serge is the guy who brought us pop gems like Fatty K’s ‘Sophisticated‘ and Laurent Wery just had a couple of hits of his own.

Serge was also the key to finding out why the rap in ‘Overheated‘ sounds so familiar. It had been bugging me for hours since I first heard it. I even dug out some Leki, Kaye Styles and Raw Jawz songs in hope of stumbling upon it. It wasn’t until I was reading through Serge’s credentials that it dawned on me that the rap was copy/pasted from former ‘Temptation Island’ temptress Amina’s one and only single ‘Hey Boy‘! (A song which, by the way, is infinitely better in its Nils Van Zandt Remix form).

In any case, copy/pasted or not, it works. The production on ‘Overheated‘ is tight and even though the girls’ voices are drowned in autotune their recent acoustic performance shows that they do have the talent to back it all up.

If Anke and Leïla go on like this we should be expecting a whole lot more amazing pop from Glamm in the future.