#BILLCSTop30 #510 – May 29, 2017

 

The Top 10

  • I’m enjoying my fellow Torontonians Loud Luxury & Ryan Shepherd’s “Something To Say” far too much for it to depart #1 after one appearance, so it stays ahead of a few others for another chart.
  • Looking to ascend to the top next week is the gorgeous “Wasted My Love” (above) by L.A.’s Axel Mansoor, vaulting 9 to 2.  Even better, Axel has one of four debuts with another beauty, “Out Of My Head” (below) arriving at #21.  Axel has one of the best new voices of the year and his songwriting is on point!
  • Also arriving in the Top 5 is Alesso’s huge club hit “Falling”, moving up 6 to 5.

  • It’s turning out to be a massive hit, and Zedd and Alessia Cara’s “Stay” continues to climb, up 7-6.

  • “I Wonder” by The Him and vocalist LissA is a real earworm, climbing 8-7 – you’ll find yourself singing and humming and dancing to it for days 🙂

  • New to the Top 10 without much surprise is “Sign Of The Times” by Harry Styles, which continues to gain fans after all these weeks of release thus far, and rises 11-9.

Movin’ On Up

  • The infectious independent release “P A R T Y” by Philadelphia duo NiGHTS continues to soar, up 17-11, as a third single “B R E A T H” is released.
  • Charlie Puth follows up the Top 5 duet with Selena Gomez “We Don’t Talk Anymore” with his new bass-laden pop hit “Attention”, which is the fastest riser on the chart, rocketing 23-15.

  • UK producer Murky along with Polish singer Anuka climb 20-16 on this chart with a beautiful EDM ballad “Heavy Hearted”, which is available as a free download.
  • Bobby Nourmand’s latest “D U S T”, which is also a free download, continues to look promising as it climbs 24-19.
  • Our final debut from last week is the intriguing “Silent Games” by German producers Lars Beck and Henri Purnell, and featuring vocalist Zekt, who hails from Honolulu.  It rises 26-20.

The Remaining Three Debuts

  • Martin Garrix returns to the chart for the first time since last year’s collaboration with Bebe Rexha “In The Name Of Love”, which got to #10.  This time it’s with fellow Dutchman Brooks on the rollicking instrumental “Byte” (and a very flashy video) which arrives at #24.

  • Shawn Mendes grew up about 20 minutes from where I currently live in Pickering, Ontario.  He has his first BILLCS Top 30 chart entry with “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” which bows at #27.  And it’s a danceable affair this time; so far the NOTR remix has been released, but others are coming!

  • Welcome To The Hotel’s independent single “Darlin'”, featuring vocalist Brandon Serafino, gets a boost from a saxxy Saxena remix, which arrives at #28 and is available to download for free.

View the full BILLCS Top 30 right here, and be sure to click on the photos to hear all of the songs.

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Rock ‘n roll glory meets the emotion and pain of “Benny” by #Toronto’s @SmashSatellites

SMASHING SATELLITES, “Benny”

As it starts of with a delicate beginning followed by a deliberate drum beat, “Benny” by Smashing Satellites then launches into one of the most ferocious bars of music that the band has written.  Like with past efforts like “Waterfall” from 2015’s Sonic Aluzion, “Benny” is a personal, emotional song, but like none other we’ve heard from Salvatore Costa and his band mates.  “Benny” was written as Sal came to grips with his recent addiction to Benzo’s – and who would have known other than those close to him? – as is best explained by him on Smashing Satellites’ Facebook page this past week:

“Welcome to my nightmare. At 21 years old a began a scary love affair with Benzo’s that lasted over 8 years. Like most people, I started taking it to “even” myself out… to make the grueling tour schedule a little easier and to help put on a happy face for everyone while I was slowly dying on the inside a little more every day until there was nothing left of me but an empty smile. I wrote this song in the thick of my addiction right before I gained the strength within to decide to pull the plug and face the battle of quitting. It was the hardest thing I ever had to do. It took over a year of recovery and therapy, most of which I was in physical agony… feeling like I was dying. I was one of the lucky ones though.”

It’s a cathartic, angry song with a perfect rock ‘n roll backdrop, and I’m so glad Sal, now the father of a very young daughter, chose to share it with fans as it could help others too.  Now onward to a new EP this summer called White Elephant, and hopefully some more concerts, where we can get out and support one of the warmest and caring individuals I know in the biz.  Listen at the link above and then pick up “Benny” at your favourite digital music store.

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We can never get “Too Much” of Miami house music courtesy of @AdamFostermusic

ADAM FOSTER, “Too Much” (free DL)

Miami house music producer Adam Foster returns with another slice of reverent dance music with “Too Much” for Xtended Records.  Featuring a sassy and soulful vocal, “Too Much” takes its cues from early 80’s dance music just at the time that house music was starting to surface out of the major dance music centres of Chicago, New York, and Miami.  It’s got a positive vibe that is strictly meant for the dance floor.  Adam’s fellow DJ’s will eat this one up and I hope word gets out about “Too Much” before long.  It’s also great to see that Adam will be taking his house specialty to Europe this summer. You can get “Too Much” for free at the link above – it will slide into just about any dance playlist!

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Everybody… polka! Check out @DJMirkoB’s bootleg remix of “Leval’s Polka”

DJ MIRKO B, “Leval’s Polka” (Bootleg remix)

There has been stranger dance music to come out of Europe, but DJ Mirko B from Italy has tweaked “Leval’s Polka” enough for you to have fun with it on the dance floor.  I’m not really sure why this particular song; my searches on the Internet seemed to reference Anime, so perhaps it’s known to gamers and Anime lovers.  The accompanying video of synchronized animated dancing babies is ultra-cute.  So with “Leval’s Polka” you can stop, let loose, and laugh and smile for just under three minutes.  Check it out at the link above.

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“Higher” is new, dramatic and crunchy from @Lemaitremusic featuring Maty @Noyes

LEMAITRE featuring MATY NOYES, “Higher”

“Higher” is going to be one of those songs that club goers will be talking about and jamming to all summer long.  It’s a bit of a shift this time for Norwegian duo Lemaitre -who were more recently emphasizing a rock-inflected sound, particularly in concert last year with a full band and lots of guitars – to a dramatic, atmospheric sound thanks to the distinct vocal of dance music go-to Maty Noyes.  And aside from Maty’s glorious tones, the rhythm is crunchy future bass/trap that will have more than heads bobbing.  All in all, it’s an intoxicating mix that the most picky of dance/EDM fans will thoroughly enjoy, signalling signs of more terrific Lemaitre tunes on the way from their upcoming Chapter One album.

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Chill ‘n sway: @SeanTurkmusic reworks “Out Of Love” by @TwoFriendsmusic & @CosmosnCreature bedroom bass-style

TWO FRIENDS featuring COSMOS & CREATURE, “Out Of Love” (Sean Turk remix) (free DL)

The title song from the recent EP of originals which I wrote about earlier this year by faves Two Friends and Cosmos & Creature – Molly Moore and Brandyn Burnette – receives the Sean Turk treatment bedroom bass-style.  You’ll recall that Sean also showed another side to Brandyn’s own “Closer” last year.  But bedroom bass-style for “Out of Love”  means he’s puts a laid back but sexy spin on the more urgent and anthemic original.  It’s never too chillaxed to move you entirely off the dance floor, in fact “Out Of Love” now inspires you to get closer to your partner than ever, sway and spin to the music, with release accomplished à la bedroom bass.  I guess what we need next is that EP of Sean’s remixes for the supreme Sean Turk experience.  Until then, partner or no partner, indulge in “Out of Love”, which you can pick up for free at the link above.

“We Can’t Stop What’s Coming” brings back the distinct voice of @TheThe’s Matt Johnson, from new documentary

THE THE , “We Can’t Stop What’s Coming”

Some of my favourite alternative rock and dance music of the 80’s was written and performed by London’s Matt Johnson, better known to you as the constant behind The The for more than 35 years.  I was also fortunate to see The The perform in Toronto in 1990 (and it seems maybe one other time).  The The returns as the subject of an upcoming documentary called “The Inertia Variations” with “We Can’t Stop What’s Coming”, in tribute to Matt’s late brother Andy.  It’s a captivating, gentle song about getting older and realizing there’s not much time left to accomplish what you want.  The The has often laid out controversial issues front and centre in its songs and videos, so one should expect nothing but honesty and realism here.  In the video you’ll even see flashbacks to early The The videos such as “This Is The Day” and “Infected”, and Johnny Marr returns to contribute guitar work to “We Can’t Stop What’s Coming” too.  I hope this new song is the start of more new music from The The after more than a decade’s absence.  Matt’s voice sounds older and resigned in this song but as warmly engaging as ever.

Meet MCEWEN: @AdamTylerx is @MCEWENofficial with inspired cover of @AceofBase’s “Don’t Turn Around”

MCEWEN, “Don’t Turn Around” (free DL @ http://www.mcewenofficial.com)

I can’t think of anyone better to cover an Ace of Base hit successfully than L.A.-based singer/songwriter MCEWEN, written up many times in these blog posts as none other than Adam Tyler!  Celebrating his two year marriage anniversary on May 24 to Erik (soon to be parents of twins too) and using their last name to launch the MCEWEN project, “Don’t Turn Around” receives a reverent, appropriately bouncy rework of the Ace of Base version, which was previously also a hit for Aswad in 1988.  It’s Adam’s first new music in a few years – so great to hear the playful enthusiasm in his vocal – and as MCEWEN he will issue the EP 90’s Kid in June.  I can’t think of many people who know or are inspired by 90’s music much more than Adam after we met up when I was in L.A. last year – we could talk for hours about anything to do with music, particularly the 90’s!  I’m looking forward to the next preview of 90’s Kid but in the meantime I know you’ll have lots of fun bopping to “Don’t Turn Around”, available for free at the MCEWEN official website above.

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Singer/actor @ReeveCarney’s diverse album “Youth Is Wasted” yields rhythmic and radio-ready “Truth”

REEVE CARNEY, “Truth”

While you may not know his name, you’ve almost certainly seen singer and actor Reeve Carney in recent years (his great uncle was Oscar-winner and comedian Art Carney).  I first wrote about him back in 2011 when he won the lead on Broadway as Spider-man, whose theatrical soundtrack offered the uplifting and catchy “Rise Above 1” as a single featuring Bono and The Edge from U2 (I saw the fine play when I was in NYC but Reeve didn’t perform that evening).  He’s played on and off in New York with his brother in their band Carney, and has more recently become better known as Dorian Gray in HBO’s “Penny Dreadful” and bringing a new spin to Riff Raff in the TV remake of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” last year.  But Reeve has never been away from music, having built his own studio, and his debut album Youth Is Wasted was released late last year.  It’s full of jazz-tinged, classic-rock-bred originals with a unique whimsical side – Rod Stewart meets Amy Winehouse via Paul McCartney.  My favourite song this far is an album track called “Truth”, a rhythmic, somewhat bluesy, but lyrically edgy song that shows off Reeve’s alternately soft or raspy but wide-ranging voice, reminding me a lot of Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham, and it’s very radio-friendly.  Reeve is currently on tour supporting Youth Is Wasted, so get a taste of what he has to offer by checking out “Truth” at the Spotify link above.

Reeve Carney plays The Drake Hotel in Toronto on Saturday, May 27 and I will be there 🙂

Reeve Carney

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“Troubled” is shiny emotional pop/dance from @iamtheElephante featuring @iamDebsDaughter

ELEPHANTE featuring DEB’S DAUGHTER, “Troubled”

After touring the hell out of North America since last Fall, L.A.-based Elephante follows up his well-received EP I Am The Elephante with a new original, “Troubled”, featuring fellow L.A.-based singer Deb’s Daughter, who has recently collaborated with Audien as well as scoring a Billboard club play #1 with Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike and Diplo on “Hey Baby”. “Troubled” is a fine emotional song with a folk edge to it, which is ultimately carried by a shiny chorus that will make you sway away.  I like to hear different voices in dance music and Elephante is certainly bringing that to the table with many of his songs. Deb’s Daughter has an earthy Sheryl Crow meets Wynonna Judd vibe about her voice and it totally suits the song.  “Troubled” may not have as much wow-factor as last year’s “Closer” or “Plans” but it’s definitely got me intrigued to see where Elephante is headed next.  Give it a spin at the Spotify link above.

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