Bay Area pop artist Xavier Toscano recently dropped his debut album, Feels So Good. Four of the eleven tracks on the album appeared on Keeping Up With the Kardashians, including “Never Wanna Leave,” Apologies Waster,” “The Remedy (Feel Alright),” and “Runaway.” The music video for the latter song, played at Footlocker’s stores nationwide. Toscano’s music has graced commercials for Red Bull, Pop Chips, Supercuts, and Versace, as well as being featured on PBS’ Roadtrip Nation.
Toscano’s debut single, “Tonight Tonight,” served as the booster for his skyrocketing ascent, when it broke through on MTV’s Logo Channel a few years ago. Toscano describes his sound as “Pop music that makes you feel good!” His music blends electronic dance and urban pop with elements from rap, rock, reggae, and R&B.
“These songs are unapologetically pop, and the whole idea from the start was to create a feel good experience for my listeners, which I think is reflected in the first four tunes,” says Xavier.
“Never Wanna Leave” rides an infectious pulsing dance tune with droning synths accented by booping tones. A potent rhythm serves as a muscular matrix for Toscano’s satisfying tenor, as he infuses the catchy “wo wo wo” refrain with gleaming energy. “Runaway” opens with seething synths and thumping kick drum flowing into a lush EDM tune with luminous vocal harmonies and beau coup momentum.
“Castles In The Sky” offers an elegant, gorgeously hued pop ballad traveling on delicate strings and a glittering piano. Toscano’s voice, pervaded by warm, soft colors, imbues the song with a gentle quixotic aroma. “Nas-T-Nize” surges with deep sensual colors on a brash R&B tune flavored with resonant funk. “Unstoppable Fever” pumps out heavy-duty disco funk with a burly bassline and tight percussion.
On “You Make Me Feel Mighty Real” Toscano struts his vocal range, displaying grinding nasal tones swelling to a scrumptious falsetto. This tune rides an unrestrained EDM throb, enticing listeners to get up and move to the music.
Feels So Good is pure, unadulterated pop music that does just that – makes you feel good. Tons of harmonic energy, contagious pulsating rhythms, and Toscano’s radiant tenor finance electrifying listening and an urgent desire to dance. Feels So Good is yummy.