Phos Toni’s big hot comeback – how to create the perfect Electro Swing remix? Single review:
Alice Francis – ‘Too Damn Hot’ (Phos Toni Remix – Radio Edit)
How do you make an equally brilliant remix out of a really great, perfectly crafted song? Well, I don’t know the answer to that question, but I think Phos Toni might have something to say about it. 😊 In the second article in the Electro Swing News series (you can read it HERE), I wrote to you that Phos Toni was planning his big comeback.
I guessed that he would release some sort of remix first, but I certainly didn’t expect it to be Alice Francis’ ‘Too Damn Hot’. To be honest, I thought he would remix one of Wolfgang Lohr’s songs, and I know that the gentlemen know each other well. 😊 Today I bring you a review of ‘Too Damn Hot’ – I’ll tell you about both the original Alice Francis version and the remix by Phos Toni, which was released on the Electro Swing Thing label on the 10th of March.
Alice Francis is, in my opinion, at the forefront of female Electro Swing vocals. Why? First of all, she has an incredibly expressive, crystal clear voice that you want to listen to over and over again and never get bored. I love the expression, emotion and energy she conveys in each of her songs. How and when did I discover this wonderful vocalist? It was a very long time ago when, by chance, I came across a remix of the song “Shoot Him Down“, by Parov Stelar. Did you know that this single will turn… 11 years old in a few days? Wow.
I loved it so much that I quickly caught up and listened to the entire ‘St. James Ballroom’ album (I totally recommend it to you, it’s gorgeous, it’s brilliant!) and then ‘Electric Shock’ from 2017 (because I think I first heard ‘Shoot Him Down’ somewhere around 2017 or 2018). It is from this second album that the single ‘Too Damn Hot’ comes from, which I will tell you about today.
That pop-swing vibe… That delicate yet powerful vocal of Alice Francis… The perfect piano sound that balances the whole song wonderfully and the subtle brass section that I hear somewhere in the background. Something wonderful! There is incredible power and confidence coming from ‘Too Damn Hot’. Listen closely to the perfect, powerful lyrics and then you will definitely notice this manifestation of femininity, which, combined with the fantastically produced music, creates a cohesive whole.
I follow a rule that always holds true: a remix always has to be something new. The artist should add a lot of elements from himself, choose the best parts and mix it so that we feel that it is a new, separate piece. I have found out many times that it is not that easy. As you can see, Phos Toni has tackled this challenge downright perfectly! His version of ‘Too Damn Hot’ even encourages you to dance (hello, Electro Swing dancers, are you here? Here’s one cool song to dance to 😊).
He brought the sound of the brass instruments to the forefront, accompanying us for almost the entire song. Likewise, he did the same with the magical piano – I love such combinations, because it is in these instruments that the soul of Electro Swing is all there. Talking about Phos Toni’s version of ‘Too Damn Hot’, I can’t help but mention the accelerated tempo and fantastic bass (ah, I love strong bass in Electro Swing. My neighbours are fortunately very understanding… 😊).
All in all, I’m very satisfied with Phos Toni’s return to music production. What’s coming next? Definitely some house tracks (because I know he’s very fond of this music genre), and maybe some more Electro Swing banger? Well, we can’t help but wait for more news from Phos Toni!
Written & reviewed by LadyDot (Ja, Wizeruk) Date: 2023-04-10
Anna (LadyDot) was born in ’94, but always felt she came from the Golden Twenties. “Polka” in Polish means “girl from Poland”, so she’s “Polka in polka dots”. She loves vintage style and spontaneous travels around Europe. But her greatest love (apart from her husband) is of course music, especially Electro Swing.
On her own Blog www.jawizeruk.pl she writes about various music genres. She is a copywriter, so writing is her strong point. Anna likes singing (not only in the shower!) and cooking (especially Italian and Hungarian cuisine).