Sunday, October 18, 2020

New by Ava Max, Erasure, Kiesza, Melanie C

New amazing albums in my record collection: First out is the amazing debut album "Heaven & Hell" (2020) by Ava Max. Not one bad song on it:



I love the eighties retro sound on Erasure's new album "The Neon" (2020). This is another contender for album of the year 2020:



I am a huge Spice Girls fan and I really like Melanie C's voice. But "Melanie C" (2020) is the first of her solo albums that I really love. Great electronic dance-pop music that fits so well with her voice:



Last but not least: "Sound Of A Woman" (2014) and "Crave" (2020) by Kiesza. The latter is a sure contender for album of the year 2020. So good!



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Wednesday, October 07, 2020

Hazell Dean Vs. Energise Records

This text below was originally posted on my Facebook page, but since it was posted, many people contacted me saying they too have read offensive comments by the record label and therefor stopped supporting their music, so I thought I would post my original message here on the blog as well, for those who are interested. One of the people who contacted me even said they were blocked on Twitter by the label for calling them out on a racist tweet which it saying a lot. 

Many of you have seen the statement about what happened between eighties pop icon Hazell Dean and the Energise Records label. I feel it has gotten out of hand and I wanted to share my thoughts. I might lose some friends over it, but if that's so, they weren't really friends to begin with.

Here are my ten cents: We don't know everything about this issue and we can disagree. However, I think it's unfair that some people blindly put the blame of the label closing on Hazell Dean after reading the statement (now deleted) the Energise guys put up. They did make mistakes, but in my opinion, trying to excuse it by making Hazell seem "overly sensitive" is not cool.

I'm not getting involved with the photos since I haven't seen them. However, I've seen stuff the label has posted in the past, and that "white pride" comment (now also deleted) is inexcusable in my opinion. I unfollowed the label after reading that. People can moan all they want about people being "so sensitive" and "snowflakes" these days, but to me, it's a good thing to speak up against racism, sexism etc. That doesn't mean that I think the record label should close, but I think there is more to that story. Besides, them choosing to close the label after the scandal is not Hazell's decision, it's theirs, so don't put that on her.

Also, to say: "The white pride thing was a joke", is just stupid. And it makes it sound like people are longing to go back to the fifties when "everything was perfect". It wasn't, trust me. Especially not for minorities, but maybe most people commenting don't really care about them.

I find that way too many people are victim blaming (without knowing the full story) and saying that those who find certain things offensive are "snowflakes". I think that the real snowflakes are the "old-fashioned" people saying everything was so much better in the past, before LGBTQ people, women and people of colour started asking for equality. And yes, I know that gay people have been writing this too, which just shows that hate is in every group, not just among "middle-aged white cis men", although they seem over-represented.

After this post, I won't check any more posts or replies about this subject, since it has gotten out of hand with some of the commenters. I don't have the energy for all the hate.

Think what you like, but please THINK before you start posting stuff about people being "overly sensitive". Especially when you aren't the target of whatever has been posted. It's just not right.

Peace out.



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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Monthly charts - September 2020

1. Steps - What The Future Holds (Single Mix)
2. Kylie Minogue - Magic
3. Verka Serduchka - Disco Kicks
4. Jessie Ware - What's Your Pleasure?
5. Kiesza - Love Me With Your Lie
6. Erika Vikman - Syntisten Pöytä
7. Elton John - I Don't Wanna Go On With You Like That (Shep Pettibone Radio Edit)
8. Miley Cyrus - Midnight Sky
9. Jessie Ware - Soul Control
10. Kiesza - Crave
11. Agnes - Fingers Crossed
12. Lena Philipsson - En Stilla Depression (Sonnvik X Kentomen Remix)
13. Dua Lipa, Madonna & Missy Elliott - Levitating (The Blessed Madonna Remix)
14. The Pointer Sisters - Friends' Advice (Don't Take It) (Shep Pettibone Radio Edit)
15. Hazell Dean & Darryl Pandy - Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing
16. Sigue Sigue Sputnik - Success
17. En Vogue - Riddle (StarGate Radio Mix)
18. Mariah Carey & Lauryn Hill - Save The Day
19. The Pointer Sisters - Insanity
20. En Vogue - Don't Go
21. Get Ready! - I Still Luv U
22. Adeva - I Thank You (Love To Infinity Edit)
23. En Vogue - You Don't Have To Worry (Radio Remix Edit)
24. Kylie Minogue - Say Something (Syn Cole Extended Mix)
25. Emly Clausen - Touch Me (All Over)
26. Carola - The Runaway (Extended Dub Mix)
27. Tracie Spencer - Symptoms Of True Love (PWL Remix)
28. Tone Norum & Tommy Nilsson - All Som Jag Känner



This list shows which songs I've listened to the most this month, on my computer and my iPod. A regularly updated list of my all-time favourite songs can be found here.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Rare CD's: Tommy Page, PWL, Melissa Tkautz and more

Here are some new rare CD's in my record collection:

"Fresh" (1992) and "Is It...?" (1993) by Australian pop starlet Melissa Tkautz, "Right Rhythm" (1990) and "Friends' Advice (Don't Take It)" (1990) by The Pointer Sisters (including Shep Pettibone remixes), the 3" CD single "A Zillion Kisses" (1989) by Tommy Page (including amazing PWL remixes) and a 1991 promo CD from Crush Records (including rare songs by Small Talk, Paul Rein, Girls! and Tina).



Then some rare CD's Swedish artists: "Number One" (1988) by Carmen Kane and "Stillbilder" (1987) and "Hög Puls" (1989) by Milla's Mirakel!



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Friday, September 11, 2020

Steps - What The Future Holds (New album, single, video)

The amazing pop group Steps is back with the brand new single "What The Future Holds", taken from the upcoming album of the same name. It's so good! I'm glad they keep doing melodic dance-pop music, just what the fans love. The album will even include a cover of one of my personal favourites: "Something In Your Eyes" by Jenny Silver.

The album will be out on November 27. You can pre-order it now from iTunes, Spotify, Amazon or the official Steps website. There are many different formats to choose from. Check out the brand new video down below.

"What The Future Holds" tracklist:

1. What The Future Holds
2. Something In Your Eyes
3. Clouds
4. To The Beat Of My Heart
5. Father's Eyes
6. One Touch
7. Under My Skin
8. Heartbreak In This City
9. Come And Dance With Me
10. Don't You Leave Us Halfway
11. To The One
12. Hold My Heart



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Wednesday, September 09, 2020

Verka Serduchka - Disco Kicks (New italo disco)

As you know, I'm a huge fan of italo disco music from the eighties. I also like the hilarious drag queen Verka Serduchka from Ukraine, best known for her Eurovision song "Dancing Lasha Tumbai". Now, she has released a wonderful song called "Disco Kicks". The sound is pure retro italo disco and the lyrics are as funny as ever. Also, you can clearly hear the nods to italo disco acts Scotch and Fancy. I love this!

It's taken from Verka's brand new EP "Sexy", out now on iTunes, Spotify and more. Get it now, eighties nerds!



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Monday, August 31, 2020

Monthly charts - August 2020

1. Kylie Minogue - Say Something
2. Nick Kamen - Turn It Up
3. Daði Freyr - Where We Wanna Be
4. Doja Cat - Say So
5. Dua Lipa - Hallucinate
6. Darin - Hög
7. Yvonne Wilkins - Hollywood Big Time
8. Nick Kamen - I Promised Myself
9. Luca Hänni - Diamant (Sunlike Brothers Remix)
10. Taylor Dayne - Please
11. Nick Kamen - Tell Me
12. Joypopp - Desire (Lueur Verte Remix)
13. Kylie Minogue - Step Back In Time (Mousse T's E-Funk Edit)
14. Nick Kamen - Bring Me Your Love
15. Donna Summer - I Got Your Love
16. Galena - Body Language
17. Sia - Together (Initial Talk Remix)
18. Melissa Tkautz - Is It...?
19. Nick Kamen - Right On Track
20. Whigfield - Suga
21. Melissa Tkautz - My House
22. Nick Kamen - Looking Good Diving (7" Version)
23. Lena Philipsson - Why (Så Lätt Kommer Du Inte Undan)
24. The Killers - Caution (Dave Audé Remix)
25. Acapulco H.E.A.T. Feat. Pepper Mashay - I Feel The Heat (H.E.A.T. Mix/Radio Version)
26. Pajama Party - Over And Over (Hot Radio Mix)
27. Kylie Minogue - Say Something (Acoustic)
28. Emilè Azar - Vi Hade Nåt



This list shows which songs I've listened to the most this month, on my computer and my iPod. A regularly updated list of my all-time favourite songs can be found here.

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Sunday, August 09, 2020

Lady Gaga, Carly Rae Jepsen and Jessie Ware 2020

2020 has been a bad year for the world, but at least it has given some great albums. Here are some of the recent additions to my record collection.

First out: I'm so glad Lady Gaga is back doing electronic dance-pop instead of that boring acoustic/country stuff. "Chromatica" (2020) is yet another contender for album of the year 2020.



I'm a huge Carly Rae Jepsen fan and I recently got her new album "Dedication Side B" (2020). She sure knows how to make amazing B-sides, that's for sure.



I never got into Jessie Ware's previous albums, but "What's You Pleasure?" (2020) is amazing. It's inspired by the real disco music of the 70's and early 80's. Brilliant album from start to finish!



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Friday, August 07, 2020

Kylie Minogue - Say Something (Official Video)

It's been a difficult year for all of us, due to the Corona virus pandemic. Luckily, music can help us feel a little better, so I was thrilled when my idol Kylie Minogue released her brand new single "Say Something", the first from her upcoming disco album "Disco". Today, the video for the song finally premiered and took the song to a higher level. I love it. It's giving me "Xanadu" vibes. Check it out below.

"Say Something" is out now on iTunes, Spotify and more. Don't forget to pre-order the "Disco" album from Kylie's official website. It's released on November 6. I am so excited about this one. Kylie doing disco is euphoric. It's the genre she does best. Maybe Kylie can save 2020 with her amazing disco-pop?



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Thursday, August 06, 2020

Adeva, M People and Nick Kamen CD box sets

New additions to my record collection: the remastered and expanded reissue of "Adeva!" (1989) by Adeva.



The box set "Renaissance" by UK dance-pop-house project M People with brilliant vocalist Heather Small.



The Nick Kamen box set "The Complete Collection" from Cherry Pop Records. It include all of his albums remastered and loaded with bonus tracks and remixes, som of them never before released.



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Saturday, August 01, 2020

Monthly charts - July 2020

1. Kylie Minogue - Say Something
2. Lady Gaga - Alice
3. Hanna Ferm - Sweet Temptation
4. Carly Rae Jepsen - This Love Isn't Crazy
5. Kiesza - All Of The Feelings
6. Roxanne - Charlene
7. Toni Basil - Over My Head
8. Dannii Minogue - All I Wanna Do 2020 (Trouser Enthusiasts Radio Edit)
9. Melanie C - Blame It On Me
10. Laura Branigan - Breaking Out
11. Melissa Tkautz - Read My Lips
12. Hanna Ferm - Brave
13. Toni Basil - Girls Night Out
14. Barbara - Banana Boogie
15. Agnes - Nothing Can Compare
16. Adeva - Respect
17. Carly Rae Jepsen - Let's Be Friends
18. Laura Branigan - Heart
19. Annie - American Cars
20. Zoë - Amour Fou (Socievole & Adalwolf Radio Remix)
21. Carly Rae Jepsen - Stay Away
22. Melissa Tkautz - Sexy (Is The Word)
23. Agnes - Not Dangerous
24. Toni Basil - Do You Wanna Dance
25. Albert One - Face To Face
26. Barbara - A Far L'amore Comincia Tu
27. Carly Rae Jepsen - Solo
28. Diodato - Alveari
29. Vivien Vee - Heartbeat (One Two Three Mix)
30. Melissa Tkautz - The Glamorous Life (Hotfuss Radio Edit)
31. Dannii Minogue - All I Wanna Do 2020 (Bright Light Bright Light Poolside Disco Mix)



This list shows which songs I've listened to the most this month, on my computer and my iPod. A regularly updated list of my all-time favourite songs can be found here.

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Wednesday, July 01, 2020

Monthly charts - June 2020

1. Daði Freyr - Think About Things
2. Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande - Rain On Me
3. Efendi - Cleopatra
4. Ben Dolic - Violent Thing
5. Vincent Bueno - Alive
6. Athena Manoukian - Chains On You (Eurovision Edition)
7. Damir Kedžo - Divlji Vjetre (Remix)
8. Sandro - Running
9. Blas Cantó - Universo
10. Athena Manoukian - Dolla
11. Eden Alene - Feker Libi
12. Uno - Little Big
13. Hurricane - Hasta La Vista
14. Ell/Nikki - Running Scared (Niclas Kings "In The Air" Remix)
15. Roxen - Alcohol You (Soundland Remix)
16. Benny Cristo - Kemama
17. Ulrikke - Attention (Klaas Remix)
18. Tom Leeb - Mon Alliée (The Best In Me)
19. Vasil Garvanliev - You
20. Kylie Minogue - Red Blooded Woman
21. Senhit - Freaky!
22. Stefania - SUPERG!RL (Eurovision Remix)
23. Da Vidna - Val



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Tuesday, June 09, 2020

Eurotix - We Could Have Been (New Version) (EP)

Don't miss mine and Larry Forsberg's synthpop project Eurotix's new EP including "We Could Have Been (New Version)", a brand new italo disco version of the fan favourite track, with stronger re-recorded vocals to match the new tempo of the track. Classic italo disco meets Stock Aitken Waterman in this anthem.

The EP also includes three bonus tracks: a new remix of the popular 2015 album track "The Innocent Years", the robotic track "This Is Not A Hostile Takeover" and finally a cover version of "Let's Go To Bed" by The Cure.

"We Could Have Been (New Version)" tracklist:

1. We Could Have Been (New Version)
2. The Innocent Years (Remix)
3. This Is Not A Hostile Takeover
4. Let's Go To Bed

Please support our music by buying or streaming the new EP, out on Bandcamp (supports the artist), iTunes/Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play, Amazon UK, Amazon US and many other digital music stores.

Note that the "New Version" tag fell off the track on some stores. But the correct title of track 1 is "We Could Have Been (New Version)", so it won't be confused with the original version.



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Friday, May 29, 2020

Monthly chart - May 2020

1. Berlin - Dancing In Berlin
2. Conan Gray - Maniac
3. Bishara - R U 4 Real
4. Tommy Page - Turn On The Radio (House Single Remix)
5. Luca Hänni - Nie Mehr Allein
6. Barbara - Luv Luv Luv
7. Demi Lovato - Sexy Dirty Love
8. Lindsay Lohan - Back To Me (Dave Audé Remix)
9. Exposé - Let Me Down Easy
10. Little Mix - Only You
11. Exposé - Give Me All Your Love
12. Demi Lovato - Tell Me You Love Me (Dave Audé Remix)
13. Debbie Gibson - One Step Ahead (Hot Radio Mix)
14. Donna Summer - Melody Of Love (Wanna Be Loved) (West End 7" Radio Mix)
15. Little Mix - Woman Like Me (Wideboys Remix)
16. Harry Styles - Adore You
17. Big Fun - Living For Your Love
18. Donna Summer - Love Is The Healer (Eric Kupper's I Feel Healed 7" Mix)
19. Tommy Page - A Zillion Kisses (Endless Kiss Mix)
20. Cher - Chiquitita (Spanish Version)
21. Babyface & Toni Braxton - Give U My Heart



This list shows which songs I've listened to the most this month, on my computer and my iPod. A regularly updated list of my all-time favourite songs can be found here.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Eurotix - I Forget Myself

Don't miss mine and Larry Forsberg's synthpop project Eurotix's latest EP including "I Forget Myself", the song that was originally recorded as a demo for Melodifestivalen (Swedish pre-selection to the Eurovision Song Contest) by my old alter-ego Bimbo Boy. We decided to re-record it, with new vocals and a more Eurotix-ish sound.

The EP also includes three brand new tracks: the Alphaville inspired "A Memory", "My Shining One" and a Hi-NRG remix of the fan favourite "Will You Remember Me?".

"I Forget Myself" tracklist:

1. I Forget Myself
2. A Memory
3. My Shining One
4. Will You Remember Me? (Remake 2)

Please support our music by buying or streaming the new EP, out on Bandcamp, iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Amazon UK, Amazon US and many other digital music stores.



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