Bradley McCaw – It’s Christmas

As the world slowly begins to reopen and we all return to a version of normal life, emerging Queensland artist, BRADLEY MCCAW returns with a brand new rock’n’roll Christmas single to lift people’s spirits and bring joy to the air waves!

“It’s Christmas” was written and recorded with artists from all over the world within a six-week period, while Bradley, like many other people around the world, found himself stranded in his home town. The B Side is the captivating ballad “I Wish (This Christmas)”.

Taking a classic Motown sound, adding a touch of Phil Spector’s ‘wall of sound’ and bringing it all into the modern day, “It’s Christmas” also features a band of international music legends. Co-produced by Musicians Hall of Fame Guitarist Louie Shelton, with Nathan East on Bass and Greg Phillinganes on Keyboards – this is a world class ensemble.

Bradley says, “Nathan East actually played on Michael Buble’s classic Christmas Album – you know the one – and Greg Phillinganes is one of the great keyboard players of all time being on Michael Jacksons Thriller and countless others. I’m just humbled that they would appear on these songs.”

The sound of these tracks is timeless and unmistakably joyful. Featuring an incredible choir of young singers from the Sister2Sister School of Singing lead by Australian recording duo and Aria award winning Sharon & Christine Muscat (Sister2Sister, Delta Goodrem) alongside third session vocalist Glenn Cunningham (Jimmy Barnes, John Farnham, George Benson).

Fun fact: The artwork for the “It’s Christmas” single was made by the daughter of the song’s recording engineer, Guy Gray (The Rolling Stones, Duran Duran, Bon Jovi, Joan Jett, Cyndi Lauper and Paul Kelly).

“Christmas can be quite divisive today. Everyone has a different set of beliefs and it’s important we respect those and when the time is right, understand what the day means or doesn’t mean to whoever we come in close contact with. But for children and for alot of adults like me, Christmas is a time of new beginnings, of remembering what we appreciate. To reflect on the people we were, the year we have lived and how we desire to grow or change in the year to come. It’s also a time for eating way too much chocolate. Just me?” Bradley McCaw.

Bradley’s career started on the somewhat, opposite side of the tracks, singing classical music with the International singing group THE TEN TENORS, achieving his first world tour and a performance at an Internationally televised AFL GRAND FINAL. During this time, he also performed lead roles in musicals like RENT, LES MISERABLES and won the INTERNATIONAL CABARET SHOWCASE with a one-man tour de force performance, featuring an original script and score, culminating in another Australian Tour and a sold-out performance on New York’s, 42nd Street.

Da Clubbmaster & Tom Pulse – Rich In Paradise

Da Clubbmaster is back with another remake. Together with Tom Pulse he delivers an excellent Nu Disco listening pleasure.

Rich in Paradise / Going Back to My Roots
reached top 10 position in the charts in 1990
Germany # 5 – 22 weeks in the charts
UK # 9 – 12 weeks in the charts
Austria # 5 – 16 weeks in the charts
Switzerland # 10 – 14 weeks in the charts

Slim Dusty – Christmas On The Station

In 1969 Slim Dusty’s 4-track vinyl EP “Christmas On The Station” was originally released. Today, over 50 years later, the release has received a digital re-master, revitalized cover artwork, additional tracks and some rare archival Christmas messages from Slim and the family to create this very special Christmas album from Australia’s King of Country.

The title track Christmas On The Station was written by Joy McKean, Slim’s wife, manager and songwriter. Reflecting on the release McKean says, “I have vivid memories of the big family Christmases of my childhood on my Mother’s home farm in Doyle’s Creek, and that tradition was carried on to a great extent with Slim’s and my family Christmases down at Metung. After our break, we would head off north to attend the Tamworth Festival, and to begin a new year’s touring of Australia.”

Of McKean’s songwriting, daughter Anne Kirkpatrick says, “I love the way Mum just captures the essence of a real Australian outback Christmas with such vivid ‘word pictures’ and imagery. The lyrics from Christmas On The Station resonate so well at this time of year such as ‘There’s gonna be dancin’ and singing at the old homestead tonight, gonna be carols ringin’ through the warm Australian night’ and ‘The campfire’s blazing brightly, steak on the BBQ, welcome all the neighbours in, we’re puttin’ on a do.'”

There are larrikin songs including Santa’s Gonna Come In A Mail Coach and Santa Looked A Lot Like Daddy (And Daddy Looked A Lot Like Him), before the family comes together in the 1988 recorded Christmas, When I Was Big As You featuring Anne Kirkpatrick and Slim’s granddaughter (Anne’s daughter) Kate Arneman.

But most notably in the special collection are the 3 tracks of Christmas messages taken off a 1971 Christmas reel recorded for fans. Early in his career, each Christmas Slim and the family would gather around a microphone and record messages wishing fans a Merry Christmas. While never intended for commercial release, it seem fitting on this 50th anniversary to send some special Christmas cheer into the world from Slim and the family.

Years & Years ft. Galantis – Sweet Talker

Showing no signs of taking his fearless foot off the pedal, Olly Alexander aka Years & Years has announced another new single from the forthcoming new album ‘Night Call’.

‘Sweet Talker’ – a high energy, high octane SMASH from Years & Years and Galantis – is sure to flood festive dancefloors everywhere with pure fun and unabashed frivolity. A bold ode to all the verbal virtuoso’s out there texting sweet nothings and promising the world, but seeing none of it through. Ghosting is part of modern romance but Olly won’t settle for it so decided to reclaim the narrative of his own encounters and relationships gone sour – all with a cheeky extra sprinkle of stardust.

Years & Years’ third album ‘Night Call’ was announced recently with the new track ‘Crave’, alongside an incredible video featuring Olly and cast-mates from ‘It’s A Sin’ – the year’s definitive TV show, having recently won Best New Drama at the National Television Awards. Olly also recently teamed up with Kylie on the joyous ‘Second To Midnight’, the lead single from Minogue’s ‘Disco: Guest List Edition’ (and also featuring on the deluxe version of ‘Night Call’ upon its January 7th release). The latest run of news saw the announcement of ‘The Night Call Tour’ for 2022 featuring a London date at The SSE Arena, Wembley.

From its iconic artwork to its euphoric, rejuvenated sound, ‘Night Call’ is a thrilling new chapter for Years & Years. Throughout, Olly Alexander uses his platform to push the boundaries of mainstream superstardom, with a sound as inspired by pioneering figures like Sylvester as it is the club-ready world of French House. At the centre of it all is that mermaid of a muse: a beautiful icon luring men to their death, on an album partly about those searching for love (or a lover) but ultimately finding power in themselves. Embodying the new perspective of a character – like Ritchie in ‘It’s A Sin’ – also deeply influenced Olly’s songwriting, with songs that blur the line between fantasy and reality but are bound together by their explorations of queer life. Hedonistic and escapist, ‘Night Call’ captures that joy and anticipation of going out precisely because, says Olly, “I was writing from a fantastical space, stuck in the same four walls. I wanted to have as much pleasure as possible in the music.”

As Years & Years, Olly Alexander has become one of the world’s most trailblazing modern pop stars. Across two hugely successful albums to date, the singer, actor, fashion icon and cultural vanguard has earned 5 Brit Award nominations, surpassed 4.4 billion global streams, and played triumphant shows ranging from Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage to The SSE Arena (with a homecoming date there now confirmed as part of 2022’s tour). Along the way, Olly has also become a fearless, once-in-a-generation voice on important discussions around mental health, and issues affecting the LGBTQ+ community – all of which, in its own way, has taken him to ‘Night Call’, and the most essential Years & Years album to date.

Tercero – Baila Conmigo

Made2Dance presents TERCERO

TERCERO (Nicolas Molio, producer & composer) Has worked in music with different pseudonyms, and one of those is TERCERO.

The song BAILA CONMIGO is on worldwide release on the 15th of October 2021, a tribute to DIA DE MUERTOS or Halloween Made2Dance pick this release as an High priority single !

Tercero is used as an artist name, the last name of his father’s family due to Spanish hailing from Valencia in Spain.
He works with this artist name for some of his Latin projects with dancefloor and clubbing vibes.
‘As with Tercero, I like to use different instruments like Flute, Trumpet, Marimba,.mixed with groovy sounds’…..Say Tercero
There is a sort of ‘red thread’ in all the songs released under Tercero: a different lead instrument on each song.
In 2019 the single ‘Ahora’ was selected for the advertising campaign of Starbucks Almond Cappuccino around the globe, which was an outstanding possibility.
Tercero has already released three singles (Trumpet, Ahora & Baila Conmigo ») which have been used on several compilations and playlists Worldwide, including the Spotify France playlist «Nouveautés Electro,» an extensive playlist with 120.000 followers.

Baila Conmigo also peaked at n° 4 in the French Club Chart, at the first release in the old version of the song.
The new EP Baila Conmigo is very catchy, and the panflute reef, once you start listening, doesn’t leave you! OUT NOW !!

Chemistry Uncovered – Come On World (feat. Sir David Attenborough)

Whilst not strictly a dance track for your floors “COME ON WORLD” can certainly be something for your shows. This is not our world but it is our time. See if you can support one of the greatest living humans, Sir David Attenborough, and Chemistry Uncovered (Bill, Wendy & Ellie Hester) by playing this song, maybe as the closing moment in your show to symbolize where WE are after thousands of years of humanity on this most incredible planet. This is not our world but it is our time, time to show up for the futures of our families. Ps, a point to ponder. Every second breath we take comes from the oxygen produced by the planet’s oceans and seas. Once they are depleted of their oxygen producing capabilities by deep-trawling, ocean-bed super fishing vessels, we are DONE.

Paul Kelly – Paul Kelly’s Christmas Train

Paul Kelly releases Paul Kelly’s Christmas Train, an extraordinary 22-song double album which travels across the centuries, from a Latin hymn to well-known carols, from a traditional Irish folk ballad to songs with an unmistakable local flavour, and a sparkling new version of one of the greatest Australian Christmas songs of them all, Kelly’s own How to Make Gravy recorded 25 years after it initial release.

The sacred and the secular, the ancient and modern, all carefully woven into a collection destined to become a part of Australian Christmases for many years to come. Paul Kelly’s Christmas Train is delivered by Kelly and his band with a big cast of Christmas helpers including vocalists Marlon Williams, Waleed Aly, Lior, Emma Donovan, Kasey Chambers, Kate Miller-Heidke, Vika & Linda Bull, Alice Keath, Sime Nugent, Alma Zygier, Emily Lubitz, Jess Hitchcock and Dhungala Children’s Choir, and contributions from the Kelly clan including nephew and band-mate Dan, siblings Mary-Jo and Tony and Paul’s daughters Maddy and Memphis Kelly.

“I’ve always been interested in Christmas songs and the variety of them,” Kelly says. “There is a double-edged sword to Christmas music because every year it is everywhere, pumped to you in supermarkets and malls. There is a lot of schlock but on the other hand there are so many great Christmas songs and so much to explore. I’ve chosen songs I love, which led me often to wander off the well-worn path, then chosen singers I thought best suited to them.”

Christmas played a big part in Kelly’s childhood, growing up in a large Catholic family in Adelaide. “We had Advent, the month long build-up to Christmas. There was a small crib in one of the fireplaces with a pile of straw beside it. Every time you did something good or denied yourself something you would secretly put straw in the crib so it would be filled by Christmas, when a statuette of the baby Jesus would miraculously appear in the crib. The statues of the Three Wise Men started a long way off in another part of the house, secretly moving every night along mantelpieces so they would arrive at the crib for the Epiphany on January 6. That was all part of Christmas for us. It was fun and mysterious and magical.

For the Kelly clan singing is always part of the season. “Sometimes we do it all together, sometimes the Queensland gang do it separately from the Melbourne gang, and we have the tradition of singing carols on Christmas Eve, not very reverentially.”

Part of the joy in Paul Kelly’s Christmas Train comes from discovering fresh ways to treat the best-known songs, from the pedal steel guitar and ukuleles of Silent Night, with a verse in the original German sung by Alice Keath, to an astonishing performance by Marlon Williams singing Tapu Te Pō (O Holy Night) in the Māori language.

The story of Jesus and Mary has strong associations with Judaism and Islam and Lior joins Paul, Alice and Emily Lubitz for an a cappella reading of the Hebrew prayer of peace Shalom Aleichem. The Qur’an has a chapter devoted to the story and Waleed Aly recites the vivid poetry of Surah Maryam.

Kelly and his band bring a ’60s-fired energy to Christmas, an Australian song of longing for home by brothers Chris and Wes Harrington, and Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home), with Linda Bull tearing up the place on the song originally recorded by Darlene Love on the Phil Spector Christmas Album.

Kelly says: “There were so many songs I wanted to have on there. Having the wider frame for this album allowed me to have the songs talking to each other, the way that Arthur McBride has echoes in the Brazilian song In the Hot Sun of a Christmas Day. There is a Hebrew hymn, an Arabic poem, folk songs, classical songs, rock songs. Then the fun, and the challenge, is to get all those elements to work together.”

Anyone who has followed Paul Kelly knows the depth and detail that makes his work so enduring. You didn’t expect anything less from a Paul Kelly Christmas record, did you?