Well this is exciting!
Flemish R&B stud Brahim has uploaded a preview of his next single ‘This Is What I Like‘.
Since his time on Idool 2003 Brahim’s music has transitioned into a more soul sounding kind of R&B, his Eurosong 2008 entry ‘What I Like About You‘ probably being the best known.
Now, despite an upcoming Motown tour with fellow Eurosong 2008 hopeful Sandrine, it seems Brahim is going more pop than ever before.
As far as I can tell from the preview, ‘This Is What I Like‘ can best be compared to ‘U Should Be The One‘ by Belgian X Factor 2008 alums Lester & Abdou, mixed with more dance influenced R&B like Paradiso Girls’ ‘What I Like‘.
I think there’s one man in particular we have to thank for that.
Producer Tony Verdult had previously written Brahim’s single ‘Party With Me‘ and the 2008 album track ‘Take You Home‘.
Since then he seems to have done a bunch of remixes, like Samantha Fox’ recent effort ‘Tomorrow‘ and a couple of AnnaGrace singles. There’s a truckload of this Dutch DJ’s work to check out on his MySpace‘s Beatport player.
Tony also had a hand in Denise’s ‘Straight Up‘. Yes, Denise of Vengaboys fame and yes, a Paula Abdul cover!
However, it’s the tracks he’s released under his own name that give an idea of where his work with Brahim might be heading.
Also, his songs with Dutch singer Gio give me hope that someone will finally be bringing that Fouradi sound over the border to Belgium.
However this may all turn out, with ‘This Is What I Like‘ it seems to be certain that we get at least one damn good track out of this collaboration.
When the full version of the song comes out or when I know more about any other tracks Brahim and Tony may have come up with, I will be sure to let you guys know right here on Charley says POP!