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๐—–๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ป๐—ผ๐—น๐—น๐˜†โ€™๐˜€ ๐—–๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฟ - this week: In Your Power - Blue Scarr, Aimรฉe Britannia

Welcome all to ๐—–๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ป๐—ผ๐—น๐—น๐˜†โ€™๐˜€ ๐—–๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฟ, a series of weekly reviews by Charles Connollyย - an artist in his own right. Here, Charles delves into the greatest brand new singles brought to you by the best unsigned artists on our electrifying and eclectic set of ๐™‰๐™š๐™ฌ ๐˜ผ๐™ง๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™จ๐™ฉ ๐™Ž๐™ฅ๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™ก๐™ž๐™œ๐™๐™ฉ playlists.

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Charles listens wherever egosโ€ฆ

Well, THAT was quite a week, wasnโ€™t it! Phew. That big little article I wrote about Fair Play for Independent Artists garnered rather a lot of attention. Ya see, these things take time to put together. That article was not just cobbled together in half an hour with masking tape temporarily stopping it from falling to bits. It took me hours. And days in the planning. I say planning: it was mildly swimming around my mind for a bit beforehand. I needed to gather together all the information that might have been necessary, and then I knew it had to have some sort of structure. So I proceeded to ignore most of that information and just go by what I knew. This was pure laziness, but I wanted this to feel real. To be from the heart; not just a list of statistics and a rant. Tone was vital. It was all rather daunting if Iโ€™m honest. Which I am. Honest, not daunting. I mean, yes, I am used to writing weekly articles. But this was different. I am naturally silly. I like doing the humour thing. With humour. I like to pull facial expressions with words. I like to be light but not pointless. No, I like to think there is weight in what I write, but not deep, dark, depressing weight. No, no. Like Queen. I try to write like the music of Queen. Proper and unexpected, but fun and poppy on the surface. Yeah, thatโ€™ll do. This article last week was to be something new. Something different. Something to really stretch me. Lord knows, I need a stretch. It got to the point where I was having dreams about it. Not very healthy, but there you go. This is because it was and is important.

But I very nearly didnโ€™t write it. I thought it was perhaps something too serious for ME to write. Too involved, too in depth, and too complicated. Basically, everything that is not in my character and personality. But the more I thought about the possibility of someone else writing it, the more I thought, I have an ego. Letโ€™s use it!! Ego can be a good thing. It can push you to do things you might not necessarily have done. Still though, I was nervous. Yes, actually nervous (that ego didnโ€™t last very long). The article had a lot riding on it. I then wondered about this idea of skipping a weekly review in place of this article. Me no likey. And going by the comments, it seems several of you still genuinely missed my review last week - sweet of you. However, what really tipped the balance and forced me to write about it, was the daily messages I was receiving beforehand for weeks from countless artists, asking what exactly was going on. People seem to feel comfortable with me, for some reason. They wonโ€™t ask in public for fear of looking dumb, but theyโ€™ll come to me. Hereโ€™s a complete list of those artistsโ€ฆ No, no. I wonโ€™t be doing that. Thatโ€™s not nice. I would never do that. But the point is, it was clear that very few people really knew or understood what was going on. So I felt it my DUTY to tell them. Hence the article. It needed to be complete. There had to be no further confusion or questions. Which in turn made me even more nervous. Get it together, CC!! Okay, ego. Do your worst. You can do this! Itโ€™s in your power!

And so I did. What a relief it was, then, to get back to my usual way of writing. My usual silly, off-the-cuff, happy-go-lucky way of writing. Phew! Except that for some reason I yet again feel nervous. As if more eyes will be on this one, after last week. Iโ€™ve been looking for my ego everywhere. Trying to remember when I last used itโ€ฆ Ah yes, we just talked about that. Hmmmโ€ฆ Maybe it has a shelf lifeโ€ฆ? Always check the date. But how can I check the date, if I canโ€™t find the damned ego in the first place?! Dates, dates, datesโ€ฆ Wait, Fridayโ€™s just passed. Thatโ€™s music day! And wait, I didnโ€™t review a song last week, so thatโ€™s TWO weeks of new releases to get through. Sorry: to pleasure myself with. Ugh. To LISTEN to and enjoy. There ya go. Oh Christโ€ฆ Of all the times to skip a week. I mean, of ALL the times!! The level of the latest music from the New Artist Spotlight is in the stratosphere!!! Thatโ€™s quite high, by the way. Long gone are the days of โ€œthat oneโ€™s quite goodโ€. My โ€˜maybeโ€™ list should maybe be relabelled โ€œAbsolute Gemsโ€. Maybe. But no. Thatโ€™s what THIS column is all about. The crรจme de la crรจme. In English, that sounds really horrible: cream of the cream. Yuk. So, CC, have you got your mojo back? Are you firing on all cylinders? Are you โ€œready for the next episodeโ€? Nnghhโ€ฆ Not quite. Because I have to make a choice. With new music from Cerulean Chameleon, Shahiem, Map of Autumn, Emily Gray, Paul McCormick, Bernice Marsala, Bryan Cooper, Faded Element, Dorian Whisper, bigbaldben, Mal Fantome, Summer Lee Carlson, evan., Sparralimb and Yon Idy (among MANY more), the choice was truly horrible, because the quality is truly brilliant. And this is JUST the last couple of weeks!! Oh, you nasty artists with your great music. Why must you do this to me?? Surely it isnโ€™t above me to decideโ€ฆ Surely it is in my powerโ€ฆ You keep saying โ€œyou got this!โ€, but I donโ€™t โ€œgotโ€ this. I donโ€™t got nuhโ€™inโ€™. Come on ego, be forthright. Youโ€™re good at this, for Godโ€™s sake! Okay. Okay. Here we go. Of all the artist names I mentioned, I chooseโ€ฆโ€ฆ.. nnnnnone of the above. Instead, I chooseโ€ฆ.. Blue Scarr and Aimรฉe Britannia, with their brand new single, In Your Power. As to the other recent releases, youโ€™re all utterly amazing, and these songs frankly ALL deserve a place here. But alas, I pick one, and one only. As I have bored you with before.

One reason I chose this song, is that itโ€™s been a little while since Iโ€™ve reviewed a dance pop track. โ€œBut, but, what about Cerulean Chameleon and Shahiem??โ€ - Look, I can only pick one, okay?! God!! You people. Besides, I have reviewed them both before. Map of Autumn sits, weeping politelyโ€ฆ Your time will come, dear Tim. Anyway!! Itโ€™s time for a rousing round of morale boosting. Letโ€™s get that ego pumped. Itโ€™s club time. Oh yes, weโ€™re going to the club. Glowsticks at the ready. Theyโ€™re vegan, of course, and ever so ethically manufactured - they will disintegrate before your very eyes, leaving a pool of neon goop down you (food grade, of course). Aaaaand weโ€™re back in England (via Cape Town). The England that has been lovely for days (save the odd terrifying storm at night), but of course chooses to rain today - to give me inspiration. Noyce. Hence heading to the club, where itโ€™s summer all year round. It is here that I meet Blue Scarr and Aimรฉe Britannia (I didnโ€™t actually meet them - this is MY world). I had forgotten how hot, sweaty and airless these places are. And I LOVE it!!! Carl is behind the record decks and the laptop, in the middle of the stage - thatโ€™s Blue Scarr. One hand twiddles a knob, while the other holds one solitary headphone cup to his ear. The remaining cup dangles and bounces with every bob of Carlโ€™s head, as he grooves to the beat he has cut with precision. Meanwhile, Aimรฉe owns the front of the stage, getting the crowd in the mood. She does so in a cheeky, sexy kinda way. Looking a little like a doll, she plays the part well and takes on the psychedelic hippy soul of Grace Slick from Jefferson Airplane and modern day Hayley Williams of Paramore. She flows. Sheโ€™s in the zone. She is captivating. The crowd responds uproariously, as each head follows Carlโ€™s in tandem, bobbing and nodding, repeatedly headbutting the air. Their hands and arms are flailing like those of Aimรฉe. Carl knows the power of the bass synth, and he knows how to use it. He ainโ€™t afraid. โ€œHE GOT THAT ego boostinโ€™ groove, boostinโ€™ groove, boostinโ€™ groove EE GAAT DAT (Sing it with me!!) Ego boostinโ€™ groove, boostinโ€™ groove, boostinโ€™ groove EE GAAT DAT!!โ€ - Yeah!! Now YOU got dat ego boostinโ€™ groove. THATโ€™S whaโ€™am talkinโ€™ โ€˜bout. Itโ€™s time. The crowd is pumped and ready. Aimรฉe, you take it from here.

Mic to the lips, as she rips an eclipse in the sky. Aimรฉeโ€™s reverb tails are showing. Itโ€™s that voice!! That voice we know and love from the duoโ€™s previous smash hit single, Underwater. Itโ€™s unmistakable. It creeps as it soars, as it scrapes and it floors. Itโ€™s tiny, itโ€™s huge, itโ€™s everything you want from a dance pop vocal. And all the while, Carl is holding it steady, knowing when to pass on the ego. He doesnโ€™t tread all over her with lashing beats. Ego can be a problem when it comes to producer vs singer, but Blue Scarr knows and understands the importance of the moment. Like Map of Autumn, his time will come. For now, Aimรฉe is the star of the show while Blue Scarr is the accompaniment. Aimรฉe is busy with her trademark trills - GOD, theyโ€™re not just thrilling but chilling. She builds the vibe with increasing help from Blue Scarr, as he raises the levels and layers of his synths. The tension is too much. The audience needs that drop!! Aimรฉe takes two steps back, and Carlโ€™s moment has come - told you it would. Such satisfaction. But (thankfully) he doesnโ€™t go full throttle into Armin van Buuren or David Guetta territory. If he had, I might not be writing this review. Itโ€™s the restraint that I like. Sure, we still get the โ€œfour-to-the-floorโ€, but itโ€™s muted. Itโ€™s a feeling. Itโ€™s more visceral. Etherial, if you will. This is another signature sound of Blue Scarrโ€™s. Itโ€™s just somehow cooler that way! Itโ€™s kind of psychedelic dance music. Itโ€™s more about the vibe than the beat. Itโ€™s not music to go crazy to. And as much as I like their hit, Underwater, I think this is cooler, and potentially longer lasting as time moves in its usual way.

I suspect that many of you โ€œanalog artistsโ€ using only โ€œreal instrumentsโ€, might quietly and even secretly think or feel that electronic music is easier to make, and therefore perhaps inferior to โ€œreal musicโ€โ€ฆ Well, firstly, this IS real music, and you can officially call yourself a snob. Dance music being more about feel than musical technicality, means it has the potential to connect even more and even deeper than โ€œreal musicโ€. I might agree however that it could be considered easier to make a mediocre or poor dance track than a mediocre or poor โ€œanalogโ€ song. But who in the world cares about mediocre or poor ANYTHING??! Iโ€™m talking about the best stuff. The league of the upper shelf. And in this way, I would say it is harder to make dance music do its thang on this level. YOU know what the best dance music does to you. YOU know that feeling. Now imagine replacing those synths, beats and effects with โ€œreal instrumentsโ€โ€ฆ While it might be quite cool, it would feel like an interesting experiment. It would frankly not be as good, and probably wouldn't sound natural. What it is, is, thereโ€™s a place for one, and a place for the other. One is not better than the other, they are simply different. And they can merge as well (you know my own music) - a place for both. BUT!! The thing about dance music is that it SHOULD be treated differently to other music. It cannot be too complicated if it is to succeed in the club. The listener does less listening and more feeling. The feeler needs to be taken, and whisked away to another realm, if briefly. A lot of you might have assumed that I donโ€™t particularly go for dance music. Youโ€™re so wrong. It just has to move me. It has to be MY kind of dance music. Whatever that is. And that will be very different to someone elseโ€™s. Blue Scarr and Aimรฉe Britannia, you have managed to float my boat.

One final word on last weekโ€™s vital topic: we already have over 1,000 signatures. Let's keep going! PLEASE sign the petition if you havenโ€™t already. YOU can make a change - itโ€™s in your power.

Last weekโ€™s final quip saw Taylor Swift bear the brunt. How on Earth will she recover from such traumaโ€ฆ? Dua Lipa now has a new album out. Itโ€™s called Rampant Mediocrity (or something).

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I am sooooo behind on everything these days as I recover from illness. So glad my hyperlink explorations brought me back to last week's review that I missed on publication day. Your writing is pure magic, Charles and so is this song from Blue Scarr & Aimee Britannia. ๐Ÿ’ซ 'With humour. I like to pull facial expressions with words.' Indeed you do, like no other, and I enjoy it immensely!

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Hyperlink, eh? Can't say I know what that is. Hope you're fully recovered now. BLARGHH (facial expression with word)


The review is brave. Well-done.


Dance is not my genre but was actually been looking for something more dance oriented to learn more. Thanks CC for a great review!

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Very pleased to hear you're open to newness!


May 12

Always a good read. Great work CC


Awesome to find a pop dance track in the corner this week, and particularly awesome it's Blue Scarr and Aimรฉe Britannia with "In Your Power" since I've become a huge fan of Blue Scarr and of course this duo's recent releases. Blue Scarr's contemporary, tasteful and sensitive production beneath Aimรฉe's stunning vocals with those patented trills make for a feast for my ears. The atmosphere and vibe of the track is breathtaking. I've listened a lot to it this week (and mind you, it's been Eurovision from my former hometown in Sweden and also someone's releaseweek ๐Ÿ˜‰ so not much time left) and I find it to be really inspiring. Blue Scarr has actually singlehandedly made me eager to doโ€ฆ

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Why say all this, when you could have just said "Dope review"...? ๐Ÿ˜‚ First mention of Eurovision here! Trust you. Pleased to have planted said image in your head. Nemo, my pupa.



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