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Friday, January 19, 2018

Dancing by Kylie Minogue

Dear Poptastic Readers,

Kylie Minogue has released her new single today "Dancing" from her upcoming album Golden. This isn't your typical Kylie single ...



In fact, "Dancing" has been described as country pop by almost every reviewer. Fans are having a mixed reactions. Some love it, some aren't so sure. It is the same at Poptastic Confessions. No one in our collective dislikes it — but it is sparking mixed emotions. Just have listen ...



Definitely interesting. It has also been described as Kylie does Dolly Parton! For the fans that don't love it, just keep playing. Ultimately, it was a nice melody and Kylie does an amazing job singing it. So give it chance, and we will too!



"Dancing" is available on digital outlets everywhere. Buy your copy today. We've added the song to our 2018 Poptastic Confessions Playlist on Spotify. Enjoy!~




Cheers then,
—The Poptastic Confessions Collective

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

What We Remember by Anggun

Dear Poptastic Readers,

Indonesian popstar Anggun has a new single “What We Remember” and a new album! Who is Anggun? She had a big breakthrough hit with “Snow on the Sahara” in 1997. She is most famous in France, where she’s been based since moving from Indonesia in the late 90s.


Since she began recording in English and French in 1997, she has released 7 studio albums (most of them have versions in English and French), and many amazing singles. Some highlights are: “Still Reminds Me” (2000), “In Your Mind” (2005), “Saviour” (2005), “I’ll Be Alright” (2006) and “Echo (You and I)” (2012, which was the song she performed at the Eurovision Song Contest that year, representing France).


Her new album, 8, was released in December, but we could only pay attention to it now, and we love it. The lead single “What We Remember” starts as an acoustic pop song, but as the chorus comes in it turns into a lovely dance song. Her voice sounds amazing in it, as usual! She released the music video for it recently, and she looks stunning in it! Have a look …


She’s been posting on Facebook about a batch of remixes that were made and that her team is pushing it to be played in clubs in America, let’s hope she conquers the dancefloors worldwide! We've added the song to our 2018 Poptastic Confessions Playlist on Spotify.


Shine on,
—Raoni

P.S. For more information on Anggun, like her Facebook page and follow her on Twitter. Don't forget to like Poptastic Confessions Facebook page.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Holiday '17 by Parralox

Dear Poptastic Readers,

For the fourth year in a row, Parralox has released an album at the end of year in their Holiday series. Don't be fooled by the title, as it isn't always a Christmas theme. Instead, it is mostly made up of covers and the name was inspired by The Human League's Holiday '80. So far, Parralox have released Holiday '14, Holiday '15, Holiday '16, and you guessed it ... the latest release is Holiday '17.




We didn't review it in December because of our countdown of our favorite songs of 2017. In case you missed it, Parralox had the #1 song of 2017 with the fantastic "Electric Nights."




First up on Holiday '17 is "O Tannenbaum" featuring Katja von Kassel. Yes, this is the original German lyrics that many of us English speakers know as "O Christmas Tree." This is a lovely version. Listen here.




Now this next track is the shining star in our opinion. It their remake of Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams" written by Stevie Nicks. This is simply AMAZING! Louise Love takes the lead vocals and her vocal warmup inspired John to cover the song. We love how Louise always gives a cool vocal performance, and she really shines on this. John also does a great job on backing vocals and he just makes the music so hypnotizing that you want to hit repeat as soon as it is done. We just can't get enough. Listen to Parralox's version here.




The third track is a cover of an instrumental Human League track called "The Dignity Of Labour (Part 3)." We like it! Listen to Parralox's version here.




"I'm Not Scared" is the fourth track. It was originally recorded by the British group Eighth Wonder. However, it was written by the Pet Shop Boys. Louise takes on the vocals here. This is such a lush song. It's also a bit of a long one as it clocks in at over 7 minutes. Listen to it here.




The fifth track is a cover of Depeche Mode's "Shine." We weren't familiar with the original track as it appeared on their 2001 album Exciter and it wasn't a single. Kudos to Parralox for picking this jewel. John sings lead vocals to this one. Listen to it here.




Track 6 is a remake of "Who Knows What Love Is" by Strawberry Switchblade. We didn't know this one either. Apparently it was a single for the group in 1985, but it didn't set the charts on fire. Louise sings the lead here. It's happy and dreamy. Have a listen here.




The seventh track is another Depeche Mode cover. This time for the song "Fools." You guessed it. We didn't know this one either. It was the b-side to the band's 1983 single "Love, In Itself." John is lead here, too. Listen here.




Out of the blue comes this down-tempo Elvis Presley cover called "Love Letters." John takes the lead and sounds great. Hear it here.




The beat picks back up with Track 9. It is a cover of "The Dancer" by Secret Service. We didn't know anything about them other than they were an 80s new wave group from Sweden. This has a great melody and John sings this. You can hear Parralox's version here.




The tenth song is a remake of the 1980 single "A Forest" by The Cure. John is on lead vocals on this one, too. It's a great song. Listen to it here.




The album ends with a cover of "Stop/Start" by The Assembly. This song was the b-side to the group's only single "Never Never." Vince Clark (of Erasure, and formerly of Depeche Mode) was in the group. This song is an instrumental. Have a listen to Parralox's version here.


All-in-all, Holiday '17 is a great album, even if you have never heard the original songs before. It just makes it that much more special. You can hear the album on Spotify, but to really help support Parralox, please buy the music so they can have more money to keep making fabulous records. We've added our favourite  "Dreams" and some other tracks to our 2018 Poptastic Confessions Playlist on Spotify.




Cheers then,

—Davearama


P.S. For more information on Parralox, check out their official website. You can also like their official Facebook page and follow them on Twitter. While you are at it, you can like our Poptastic Confessions Facebook page

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Friday Night by Laser Dreams

Dear Poptastic Readers,

The 80s-influenced Laser Dreams are back with another synthpop special called "Friday Night."



You might remember that we first heard of Laser Dreams last year with their song "Stupid Lovesong." This new single doesn't stray far from that. Just have a listen ...



Totally tubular! "Friday Night" is available on digital outlets everywhere. Buy your copy today! You can hear the tune on our 2018 Poptastic Confessions Playlist on Spotify.


More than physical,
—Sausi

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Rocket by En Vogue

Dear Poptastic Readers,

En Vogue have a new song out called "Rocket" and we quite like it. If you just asked yourself, "Who is En Vogue?" Well, that is an interesting story ...




En Vogue is a girl group from originally from Oakland, California that was originally made up of Terry, Cindy, Dawn, and Maxine. Their debut hit single was the AMAZING "Hold On" in 1990 that really showcased their powerful vocals. They went on to have huge success with their first 3 albums and hit singles with "Lies", "You Don't Have To Worry", "Don't Go", "My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)", "Giving Him Something He Can Feel", "Free Your Mind", "Whatta Man" (with Salt-N-Pepa), "Don't Let Go (Love)", and "Whatever."



En Vogue in 1990: Dawn, Terry, Cindy, and Maxine

Along the way, the lineup changed. Dawn left in 1997 before their third album leaving the group a trio. In 2001, Amanda joined as the fourth member, but later that same year, Maxine left. Amanda left in 2003 and in came Rhona. In 2005, Dawn and Maxine rejoined the group, and Rhona was out. However, by the end of 2005, Dawn left again. Rhona came back in 2006 and was with them until 2008, when (you guessed it) Dawn came back. This time, Dawn stayed until the end of 2011 when she left again. Then Maxine left again in early 2012. Rhona came back in 2012 and Terry, Dawn, and Rhona have been En Vogue ever since.





En Vogue 2012-Present: Terry, Cindy, and Rhona

However, if all those lineup changes weren't enough. Something else happened in 2012. Dawn and Maxine started performing as En Vogue with another singer named Shaunté. The two En Vogues went to court to see who would get the name. Terry and Dawn won and had the rights to name En Vogue. The other group disbanded. What a history!


We'll admit, En Vogue have been off our radar for sometime and we didn't even know about all the lineup changes. We did know they were a trio as they came in at #17 in our favorite 100 girl groups countdown in 2016. Last month,
 we came across an Instagram ad of their new song "Rocket." We checked it out and we quite liked it. Perhaps you will like it too. Have a listen ...




Now that you've got your RnB groove on, go out buy the track as it is available on digital outlets everywhere. We've even added the song to our 2018 Poptastic Confessions Playlist on Spotify.





Cheers then,

—Davearama

P.S. For more information on En Vogue, like their official Facebook page and follow them on Twitter. Don't forget to like Poptastic Confessions Facebook page and you can follow Davearama on Twitter.


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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Timebomb by Post Precious

Dear Poptastic Readers,


Post Precious are a recently-formed pop duo from LA. They have an amazing debut single — it’s the infectious synthpop song “Timebomb.”



It sounds like something Kylie Minogue could release and drive her fans crazy with (even though she already has a song called "Timebomb"). The exquisite music video for the song was released just before Christmas. The choreography in it is very unusual and, at the same time, lovely. And those scenes with sand blowing on their faces look like they were very difficult to shoot. Have a look …
Let’s hope they don’t take long to follow it with another single, or a full-length album. If it sounds anything like this, we’ll definitely enjoy it!


Post Precious are Max Hershenow and Alex Winston


Until then, there’s a just-released remix they did for a Wolf Alice song, called "Don’t Delete The Kisses", which also features Charli XCX. We like it too! Check them out on Spotify.



Shine on,

—Raoni

P.S. For more information on Post Precious, please like their official Facebook page and follow them on Twitter. Don't forget to like Poptastic Confessions Facebook page.


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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Fire by Ulrika

Dear Poptastic Readers,

Ulrika released her third single of 2017 in December. The new song is called "Fire" and it is hot! Just what you need to keep warm this winter!




Ulrika gives another stunning vocal performance to this epic mid-tempo pop jam. We love that Ulrika's songs sound unique. The video really captures the love song spirit with the dance sequence. Have a look ...




Wasn't that nice? "Fire" is available on digital outlets everywhere. You can here it on Spotify here.



Poptastic Confessions has featured three other song by Ulrika over the last 2 years. Please check these out: "Oh Sally!", "Love Goes", and "Echoes" (which landed at #15 in our favourite songs of 2017). 


Really saying something,

—Sausi

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Monday, January 8, 2018

Not Alone (Alo Elo Ele) by Infernal

Dear Poptastic Readers,

We'll start this year off with bang by sharing with you the latest single from Infernal. It's a stomper called "Not Alone (Alo Elo Ele)."



"Not Alone (Alo Elo Ele)" is not the usual Infernal song. There is a prominent male vocal from someone named Reymar Rodriguez singing the "alo elo ele" part. Regular Infernal singer Lina sings the "we're not alone"  and some other parts. The song is aimed right at the dance floor with electrifying synths. Have a listen ...



Pretty fun, right? Unfortunately, Infernal's latest record deal doesn't allow their song to be on iTunes for download in the USA. Boo! It is however on Spotify.




Cheers then,
—Davearama

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