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by JC Alvarez
Friday Nov 9, 2018

British songwriter/remix producer Jonas Blue has been charting a significant trajectory for himself as one of the dance/pop scene's most hard-working and prolific music makers. Besides the several accolades bestowed upon from VMA nominations to certified smash singles, Jonas Blue has proven himself a best-selling phenomenon with his debut single "Fast Car," a reimagining of the Tracy Chapman hit, reaching the over 6 million record mark worldwide. That's no small feat for a market that's oversaturated and showing no signs of imploding.

The single featuring Dakota rounds out the setlist on the musician's latest full-length album entitled "Blue," and reflective of an artist that is not concerned with the constraints of the current trends, but dedicated to forging a path all his own. The 15 tracks highlighting the mostly upbeat dance fest on "Blue" are among the most deliriously happy bits in popular music. Ranging from easy-playing pop-woops, to more dedicatedly bouncy anthems, "Blue" has something for everyone.

On the happy waves of "I See Love," which features Joe Jonas, the two Jonases easy move on a track that's dishy and playful; it happily projects and exploits a pop rhythm that has worked before — it's far from prolific music making, but it's never formulaic. It's among the setlist's most affectionately danceable tracks, and is followed up with the already chart-topping "Polaroid," which capitalizes on the collaboration of Liam Payne and Lennon Stella. The vocal arrangement blends beautifully and sensuously along the electro beats, and sports an unrelenting hook.

Nina Nesbitt's obscurely wispy-thin vocals flow above the bass chants of "Desperate," easily elevating that track to the status of music festival anthem favorite. You can just feel the sea spray as waves crash on a beach while listening to that song. It's followed up by the techno-pop of RAYE on "By Your Side," which has a more relentless drive to it, but like its contemporaries doesn't shake your bones loose. The growing popularity of tropical/dance/pop infusions gives "Rise," featuring Jack & Jack, a very modern appeal.

While dance music - and, by extension, dance music artists - aren't necessarily working all that hard to reinvent the wheel, at least Jonas Blue is diving headlong into the middle of the many trends working their way on the pop scene, and certainly he's exploring pushing them, expanding on the depths of the productions to make these songs transcend the dance floor and dominate on the radio. "Blue" is perhaps one of the most enthusiastically exhilarating offerings to come along in a long time, and Jonas Blue continues to keep an engaging ear close to what's working!

by Jonas Blue
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Native New Yorker JC Alvarez is a pop-culture enthusiast and the nightlife chronicler of the club scene and its celebrity denizens from coast-to-coast. He is the on-air host of the nationally syndicated radio show "Out Loud & Live!" and is also on the panel of the local-access talk show "Talking About".


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