SINGLE REVIEW: Never Wanna Leave by Xavier Toscano

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Xavier Toscano is a singer/performer and pop artist hailing from San Jose, CA. He’s been singing since 2008 and has accumulated a large fanbase on social media. His music is most definitely in the pop category, and he cites his influences as Justin Timberlake, Maroon 5, Rihanna and Madonna. He’s an independent artist and releases his music through his own record label, CBM.

This song, Never Gonna Leave, is an upbeat dance-pop track with a strongly commercial sound. Starting with EDM-style synth riffs, a pulsing 2/4 dance beat kicks in with a buzzing synth bass. Xavier enters with an instantly catchy vocal melody which builds to an equally memorable chorus, aided by a swirling synth arpeggio that adds rhythmic energy and momentum.

The production and overall style/sound is reminiscent of the hi-NRG pop that dominated the charts in the late 80’s, when Stock, Aitken and Waterman ruled the pop roost. Xavier has a natural voice for up tempo pop and delivers a fine performance here. Lyrically, it is fairly standard fare and not the focal point in this genre.

Overall, this is a well produced and performed dance-pop fusion that is perfect for both mainstream radio and the dancefloor. No doubt it is already a big success with his existing fanbase, and I can see him reaching an even bigger audience as Never Gonna Leave has appeal right across the board.

VERDICT: 7.8 out of 10 

Alex Faulkner

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