REVIEW: ‘Loverboy’ – Nicolas McCoppin

Nicolas McCoppin – “Loverboy”

New York singer Nicolas McCoppin has just released his debut album, “Loverboy”, having emerged in 2019 with the single, “Stuck”, which opens this eight track long player. Nicolas has been singing since the age of 10 and aged 14, wrote and released his first song. He cites his influences from Carly Rae Jepsen, Kim Petras and Troye Sivan and they can be heard on this first full collection of his previously released tracks as well as a few new, unheard ones.

“Stuck” is a crazy, upbeat pop with a pulsing chorus that will get this ‘stuck’ in your head very quickly! And perhaps that’s what Nicolas meant to do all along…?(!) “Ur Love” takes the pace down slightly but seems to build musically from the halfway point of the song. It’s a tender plea from Nicolas to ‘someone’ that he “wants ur love” and he sure “wants more loving” from you back! “Heaven” keeps the electro pulse going as Nicolas proudly claims that he is in “Heaven” when he’s “hanging with you”. The song retains the upbeat nature of this album and the feel-good factor that’s being generated.

“Subway Sunsets” is late night synth heaven with a sexy groove that will rush you from the dancefloor to somewhere more intimate and secluded… “Stuck” ignites into life once more with “For Years”, that will place you back on the floor with some Latin sounds in the backing track of this soaring and soulful number that could well be the standout track…so far anyway! “Remember That Night” picks up from where “Subway Sunsets” left off and has a very pronounced mid-80’s synth-retro feel to it as it completely slows down for the middle-eight, pausing for reflection for sometime before the speed picks up for the final minute.

The title track, “Loverboy”, is more quiet and that seems to be the pace of the final moments of this album as the headiness of the club give way to the morning after and that manifests itself in the final track, “City Of Love”, which is more out-and-out 80’s synth pop that could so easily of been made over 35 years ago. The song is sublime and after “For Years”, this has to be the best track on the album, although with an album full of crackers and gorgeous retro chill anthems, that is difficult to quantify. You choose your favourite…

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!