Joel Phil is a largely electronic artist from Brooklyn who is also a singer with a funky pop style. Phil has identified with both music and the LGBTQ community since he was young, and so he deigns to infuse uplifting messages about equality into his music. The Spanish immigrant began writing songs at 12 years old and recently began working with prolific producers like Latin Grammy-nominated producer Jorge A. Holguin and Sebastian Rivera. His new single “Raise Up” is the first such project with these producers and it’s a fiery and fun tribute not just to the LGBTQ community but to anyone who’s struggled for art and expression.
“Raise Up” released in fall with four different versions: two are produced by Holquin and there are also two remixes by Ali Stone and MARC. The original is a reggaeton-inspired pop house track which is constructed like a pop song, generally following the trajectory of Phil’s vocals. The lyrics are uplifting with the implication of standing up for oneself, and the new video drives home the message of the song in vibrant color.
The Ali Stone and MARC remixes of “Raise Up” are more house-infused than the original, and thus more EDM styled and composed. Ali Stone’s version is both ravey and radio-friendly, while MARC’s is a big room banger laced with trance. The other version of the original is done in “Spanglish”, where Phil pays homage to his Spanish roots, Brooklyn where he grew up and Columbia where he recorded the track. No matter which version strikes the listener’s fancy, “Raise Up” is a party track with a great message.