10/10 Edition #20 : @Kunzitemusic @weareNightro @Stefanicolvin @HelaineVismusic @Maravamusic @Glassiomusic @NadiaVaeh @Ianupnorth #Russo @Palmariamusic

My “10/10” feature is back for Edition #20!  It’s the first one since July, but it’s a proactive way for me to share more great new music with you instead of getting frustrated trying to either write too much at one time (which means I write less enthusiastically and make mistakes) or not write about some songs I hear that deserve your attention.

For those not familiar with10/10,  I write about 10 hot and fresh songs in no particular order, for your kind consideration and attention.  I continue to write individual blog posts about certain songs.  That does not mean that songs in the 10/10 lists are any less than those featured individually – “My Time” by Gina Naomi Baez, from edition #19, is now rising up my personal chart – and they are not listed in any particular order.  Writing “10/10” posts means I can just cover more songs in one shot with a few sentences about each.  So you get to learn about more new music that I hear but I sometimes don’t get a chance to write about.

  • KUNZITE, “Lemon Swayze”

American psychedelic-electronic duo Kunzite have an out-of-the-blue winner with “Lemon Swayze”. After enjoying it several times, I still have no idea what it’s all about, and the entertaining video, with an older man on a road trip with a (blatant symbolism alert) back seat full of lemons, certainly adds to the mystique. Fans of MGMT will enjoy the melody, which relies on some repetitive sounds, that totally works as an undercurrent to its anthemic, almost singalong vibe. You can definitely rock out however you like to “Lemon Swayze”, which comes from Kunzite’s new album Nonfiction.

  • NIGHTRO and EMDEY, “The Vibe”

New York based Indian dance producer Nightro follows up the earlier “Don’t Like It” with the classic house-fueled “The Vibe” along with German producer Emdey (formerly MD Electro).  Despite its short length, dance music fans will dig the rapid fire pace of “The Vibe”, whose melody and soulful vocal will transport you back to the early 90’s house days, where it could easily be played next to tracks by CeCePeniston and Crystal Waters from back in the day. “The Vibe” was also recently picked up by Sam Feldt for his latest Heartfeldt Radio show so who knows where you’ll hear it next.

  • STEF, “sicc”

“sicc” takes a few listens to get under your skin, but once it does, it’s gonna stay there for a while. It’s by new Alabama-raised, Nashville-based electronic alt.pop singer Stef (otherwise known as 21 year old Stefani Colvin). “sicc” ruminates about obsessions and being forthright with one’s intentions so that people don’t mess around with you. While obvious comparisons will be to Billie Eilish because of its dark atmosphere, Stef’s versatile voice has a leg up in the song’s minimalist setting. “sicc” is brooding and compelling, and deserves a shot at alternative and college radio.

  • HELAINE VIS, “Ice”

The soulful, jazzy atmosphere in “Ice” will hold your attention in this new release by Poland’s Helaine Vis from her upcoming album Pretty Cliché.  What’s unique about “Ice” is its perspective, which comes from a woman who broke a guy’s heart, and the regret that follows knowing that she let a good one slip away. Its black and white video signifies the barren feelings that remain when you discover you are wrong, not knowing when your world will fill with colour again. Helaine has a beautiful, expressive voice which clearly was influenced by classics like Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald, and translates their sway into a convincing pop setting.

  • GLASSIO, “Magazines”

Glassio is a solo electronic pop vocal project that is now the recording name for one of its original members, NYC-based Irish-Iranian talent Sam R., who returns with his new single “Magazines”.  It’s also a collaboration with Dave Rublin of American Authors, and while you can hear some similar Americana kinds of influence in the storytelling style of the song, it takes a turn for a different bent with its slight, ear-catching synth melody. Sam’s thoughtful, chill vocal also lifts this song above average, a perfect foil for the lyrics which are about self-acceptance and moving in a positive direction despite any recent difficult circumstances. “Magazines” will be followed by Glassio’s second forthcoming album called See You Shine.

  • MARAVA, “Underwater”

Russian electronic producer Marava follows his delightful dance/pop collaboration with Canadian singer Eadie on “Life’s Okay” with a dramatically different presentation.  “Underwater” is a vivid instrumental that will send visions of anything to do with the ocean to your brain.  This is a song that is tailor-made to be played in a movie, video clip, or video game, and Marava’s production and synth work is so compelling and fluid, you won’t even notice the over four minute length. 

  • IAN MATTHEW, “Mr. Reliable”

Connecticut-based singer/songwriter Ian Matthew is back with a song that will keep you smiling called “Mr. Reliable”.  Ian glides into a jaunty Jason Mraz-meets-Jack Johnson territory in this song about that kind of guy you can always depend on. And some people might sneer, but a lot of people really do depend on such folks, so “Mr. Reliable” is an enjoyable toast to them.  Ian can rock out with the best of them or lend his voice to an electronic dance track, but “Mr. Reliable” is nonetheless a refreshing head-turner.

  • NADIA VAEH, “Leap Of Faith”

The phrase “taking a leap of faith” can apply to any situation where you must take a bit of a risk to move forward because it’s simply the right thing to do for yourself.  With her convincing honesty, Atlanta singer-songwriter Nadia Vaeh manages to convey her message with a gritty rock style that may take inspirations from singers like Avril Lavigne, Michelle Branch, and Halsey.  The rock style of the early 2000’s seems to be in comeback mode, so fans of that era are bound to enjoy “Leap of Faith”.  And even as an indie artist, Nadia is a caring philanthropist who often donates proceeds from her music to charity, and is certainly deserving of your support.

  • RUSSO, “On The Floor”

Dutch producer Russo follows up “BTTF” with a techno-flavoured slice of future house called “On The Floor”. Fans of Showtek and Claude Von Stroke will enjoy the grittiness of some of the synth work, while the melodic hook might be inspired by 90’s pioneers like Moby.  “On The Floor” teases and flirts with you, is definitely one that will keep club goers dancing while begging for an extended mix.

  • PALMARIA, “Ocean”

New Italian, London-based duo Palmaria try to raise consciousness about our planet and the ecology with “Ocean”.  The song serves as a dual gentle message about finding a tranquil, enjoyable, personal space in the world that you will enjoy.  But really, the latter is dependent on the former, and Palmaria have even partnered with environmental organization OGYRE, who collects back plastic from our waters and repurposes it. The song’s lilting melody and vocalist Giulia’s alluring tones make “Ocean” a tonic for your ears and brain.

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UK singer/songwriter @NatalieShay returns with fresh and tight pop single “New Wave”

NATALIE SHAY, “New Wave”

“New Wave” is the sign of a sweet new romance, as written and sung by London’s Natalie Shay. Natalie’s versatile style continues to grow with this ode of good things to come when you can put past heartaches to bed and hold your breath for the unexpected. I’ve compared Natalie to Taylor Swift and Haim in recent past, but with the direct pop flavour of “New Wave” you can add Katy Perry, Carly Rae Jepsen, and Lily Allen into that mix. In fact “New Wave” has such diverse appeal, that I think a dance remix would work really well too.  Someone like Natalie can’t keep releasing music independently forever without the right calling-card coming along, and “New Wave” is as solid indie pop release as any.

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“Bubblegum” is top notch alt.pop from Manchester-born @TommyNewport

TOMMY NEWPORT, “Bubblegum”

With each single that he releases, I’m having fun trying to figure out where Manchester-born, Kansas-based singer/actor Tommy Newport is coming from.  From the alt.rock/hip hop flavoured “Stargazer” and the topical and soulful “Vanilla & Light”, he really is rather unpredictable.  So with “Bubblegum”, his pleasing falsetto returns but in gentle, world-weary slice of alt.pop that basks in the power of sweet love. Add some funky bass rhythms and “Bubblegum” turns out to be an understated anthem of sorts. We don’t have enough love in the world, so if the song presents 60’s summer of love vibes to you too, then all the better. Whatever your take, this kind of “Bubblegum” is the kind you can swallow, and I’m happy to keep listening as Tommy takes us for a different ride every time.

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“Black Leather” is aggressive rock/hip hop fusion from @CallMeKarizma

CALL ME KARIZMA, “Black Leather”

Call Me Karizma is hardly a stranger to this blog as he returns with a new single that is on-point on so many levels called “Black Leather”. The Minnesota native took a jump into some really hard-edged hip hop a few years back which swerved outside of my wheelhouse, but I’ve kept listening, and “Black Leather” comes back full circle, almost like a sequel to ‘Riz’s earlier track “Rockstar”.  The lyrics scream 2021 in a nutshell with all of its societal and pop culture references, and its flashy video is a cool showcase for ‘Riz, although it has kind of a strange sub-plot that may have got lost on the editing floor.  For anyone enjoying The Kid Laroi, grandson, and Machine Gun Kelly, add “Black Leather” to your alt.rock hip hop flavoured playlist.  Call Me Karizma is in exceptional form and “Black Leather” could just be the ticket for him.

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“Teen Wolf” star @TylerPosey releases infectious single and video “Past Life”

TYLER POSEY, “Past Life”

Tyler Posey has always been in and around the pop music circle thanks to his starring role in TV’s “Teen Wolf”, which had a significant run from 2011-2017, and of which yours truly was a fan particularly of seasons 4-6 (hell I only have the box set). The good-natured California-born star turned his attention to music a few years ago, which so far has resulted in two albums, and his new single “Past Life” is from his second album which is titled Drugs.  With a collaboration that includes Blink-182’s Travis Barker (who is everywhere these days), there’s no question that the sound of “Past Life” evokes Blink’s peak era from 18-20 years ago. Tyler has an infectious voice, the song is exceptionally produced by John Feldmann, and will appeal to those whose listening veers towards music by Korn, Sum 41, Green Day, and newcomer jxdn (also a Barker protégé).  “Past Life” is perfectly suited for alt.rock radio, so don’t be surprised if you hear it there soon.

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Australia’s @SonnyFodera might have his biggest smash yet with “Angel” featuring @Clementinetunes from star-studded upcoming album “Wide Awake”

SONNY FODERA and CLEMENTINE DOUGLAS, “Angel”

When you’re on a roll in the music biz, you want to stay there and keep that momentum going, especially if it might be some of the best music of a 10+ year career.  Leading up to his star-studded new album Wide Awake (featuring MK, Diplo, Vintage Culture, Ella Eyre, and many more), Sonny Fodera has released one of his finest, and certain to be biggest, singles yet with “Angel” featuring the delightful voice of co-writer Clementine Douglas. This is one song that will make dance music radio programmers melt with its smooth, refreshing melody that carries Clementine’s often soulful voice along. Though it’s hardly new subject matter, “Angel” is a risk-free example of how to make effusive, shimmering dance/pop for today’s audiences.  “Angel” is one you’ll be enjoying for a long time.

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#BILLCSTop30 #622 – September 13, 2021

If the music industry doesn’t come up with a better strategy other than for artists to keep releasing more, more, more new music, then the quality is going to suffer because of quantity. Already, there are too many awful knockoff cover versions released every week, none of which intends to try and be better than the original, and only exist to make money from unsuspecting listeners who flock to them on streaming services. I have a private playlist that I use to keep track of songs under consideration for review, both submissions and my own discoveries, it rarely sinks below 50 songs as I remove songs from it that I’ve written about or considered. Most songs I listen to get two or three listens before I make my decision to write about them or not. As a blogger who no longer has a full-time career and doesn’t use other contributors to write reviews, I can’t imagine the amount of releases continuing to increase. There’s definitely too much that falls in the lap of the artists, and it never seems like they can do enough to get ahead!  Rant over hehe.

Also, make sure you read about my ONLINE RADIO AFFILIATES (see details after the post) – all kinds of online radio announcing projects now keeping me busy!

Sweden’s Darin hangs tight at #1 for a second time with the fun pop-dance track “Can’t Stay Away”, which I like more than ever since it first debuted.  And it’s hard for such a great song to hold on to #1 when so many good ones are right behind.

Sofi Tukker and Amadou & Mariam move up 3-2 with the “Red Hot + Free” multilingual track “Mon Cheri” (above).  Sofi Tukker along with producer John Summit have a huge dance hit in the making with “Sun Came Up” at the link below.

And right behind “Mon Cheri” up 9-3 is “Sanctuary” (above), which features one of my favourite vocals of the year by “American Idol” contestant Robbie Rosen.  This beauty is produced by relatively new Dutch producer Howen, who has a bright career ahead.  Robbie’s other song on the chart, “Don’t Want Perfect” (below), with Quebec dance producer Kayliox, rises 18-13.

The triad of talent that is Russian producers Purple Guns, NYC singer Jessica Chertock, and Florida rapper Young Jae, came together this year for a fantastic cover of Noah Cyrus and XXXTentacion’s “Again”, which climbs 11-6 and is well worth your attention.  The highlight is a fantastic vocal by Jessica.

India’s Ashwyn climbs into the Top 10 with his pop-rock-dance fusion of “Sell My Soul”, which moves up 12-9.

“Break Me Down” rises 14-10 and becomes the second Top 10 for each of the producers, Autograf and Win & Woo, featuring a fine vocal by SINGA.

The Fastest Riser on the chart is one of the most enjoyable dance songs on release right now.  It’s “Never Going Home” by French producer Kungs, which climbs 19-12.

Reaching a new peak of 14 is “Anxious”, the taut and empathetic song with soulful touches by Australia’s Beamish Brothers.

Duck Sauce’s “Nonchalant” would normally have made a bigger jump of 24-19 but has a wall of other fine tracks to break through, so watch for some more movement in two weeks.  Its melody is sampled from Modern Romance’s 1981 release “Queen Of The Rapping Scene”.

“Take My Breath” is proving to be a more than worthy and highly danceable successor to “Blinding Lights” for The Weekend, and it rises 26-21.  It’s from The Weeknd’s upcoming yet untitled project.

NYC’s Gina Naomi Baez has a winner with her powerful anthemic ballad “My Time” (above), which moves up 27-23.  Check out her newest song “Liquor Love” below.

The Highest Debut of the week comes from Denmark’s Christian and Christian, aka Boye & Sigvardt, appearing on the chart for the second time with a real grower, “Microdose”, featuring singer and co-writer Jordan Shaw.  Although I’ve written about the talented lads several times since, their infectious song “Astronauts” (with MAGNUS and UHRE) reached #6 in 2017.

At #27 is no stranger to this chart.  Toronto’s Justin Nozuka is back with a soulful and thoughtful new release that will make you smile called “Nova”.  He appeared on the chart late last year with “No One But You” (with the Grammy-nominated Mahalia), which topped out at #4.  It’s his seventh song to reach the chart.

“Chasing Stars” is a rather unlikely collaboration between Alesso, Marshmello and James Bay that works like a charm!  It arrives at #29 and is Marshmello’s debut on this chart. It’s Alesso’s third appearance, following last year’s #8 “Midnight” (with Liam Payne) and the fourth for James, following “Chew On My Heart”, which peaked at #5 earlier this year.

“Almost Home” is a big welcome back to this chart for British trance legendary trio Above & Beyond, who return with the inimitable Justine Suissa at #30.  Both artists last appeared on the chart in mid-2004 at the same time, Above & Beyond under their pseudonym Oceanlab (with Justine on uncredited vocal), which reached #1, and Justine also billed as featured vocalist on Armin van Buuren’s “Burned With Desire”, which reached #11.  While trance has been rearing its head in the past few years outside of its sub-genre as an influence in other dance music sub-genres, is it about to make a big comeback? “Almost Home” could be its ticket.

View the full BILLCS Top 30 right here!  Click on the hyperlink on the song titles to hear the songs or watch the videos!

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ONLINE RADIO AFFILIATES

Radio GTA – listen to The Big 20 from 10pm to Midnight EST as “The Musicman” James Rogers and I bring you the latest in new songs mixed with classics and songs you haven’t heard in a while.  And on Saturdays and Sundays from Noon to 6pm I bring you “Your Weekend Music Mix” six hours of commercial-free music from the 2000’s including many song choices from this blog.

Halton Hills Online – “Your Weekend Music Mix” has a second home on Saturday and Sunday evenings from 8pm to Midnight! It’s a different mix from Radio GTA’s show, and like that one it is also commercial free, proudly brought to you by Symposium Cafe Restaurant & Lounge in Georgetown, Ontario!

Planet Radio Canada –  I’m featured Tuesdays between 7 and 7:30 pm with my New Music Pick of the Week on the “3D Variety Show” with “The Musicman” James Rogers, and I also join occasionally for looks at music from our past through some live segments.  The show won’t broadcast on September 14 but will return.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out the pop-dance retro anthem “Summer In Brooklyn” by @YoungBombs and vocalist @Jordysongs

YOUNG BOMBS and JORDY, “Summer In Brooklyn”

Following up their huge recent dance radio hits “Better Day” (with Aloe Blacc) and “Starry Eyes”, and their EP The Young Bombs Show, which also included a collaboration with Hootie & The Blowfish’s Darius Rucker on “Wrong Side Of Love”, British Columbia dance production duo Young Bombs are back with “Summer In Brooklyn” with L.A.-based singer Jordy.  The much-sought after remixers (Tristan and Martin) are now charting artists in their own right, and it’s no wonder with the friendly and anthemic sound of “Summer In Brooklyn”. Jordy’s boy-next-door vocal implores you to remember all the good times and continue to make new ones. NYC in the summer is as great a place to be for that as my fellow Canadians know – one that I personally enjoy, but have missed these last two summers.  So get caught up in all of those feels in “Summer In Brooklyn” and dance your way into better even times.

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After a bit of a break @TheHim is back and taking no prisoners with deep house track “Desperados” with singer/songwriter Anica Russo @RussoAnica

THE HIM and ANICA RUSSO, “Desperados”

The Him is back after a bit of a break, and now solely a project of The Netherlands’ Jeroen Kerstens, with the deep house of “Desperados”. It’s an inviting and pulsating track co-written and sung with soul-tinged intrigue by Anica Russo.  All mystery aside, “Desperados” is about that funky rhythm which could easily turn it into a dance floor draw and a club DJ favourite. After many recent releases on Spinnin’ and with collaborators such as Sam Feldt, Wiz Khalifa, Parson James, and Jay Hardaway, you will always get a high quality groove from The Him, and I look forward to what’s next in this new chapter.

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Sweden’s @theRasmusHagen has a pop winner with “Learn To Love”

RASMUS HAGEN and MAXINE, “Learn To Love”

For many people, giving love a second chance can be painful, especially when disconnecting from what happened in a previous relationship.  For others, it’s about taking that risk where you “Learn To Love” again.  Swedish singer/songwriter Rasmus Hagen has created this song in conjunction with fellow vocalist Maxine, and there is definite chemistry here that’s easily compared with a Halsey-like duet.  Rasmus is a platinum selling artist in Sweden. He has an easy-going voice that wouldn’t sound out of place next to Ed Sheeran or John Mayer, and you might have already heard him sing on dance producer John De Sohn’s “Love You Better”.  With its wistful melody that Rasmus knows how to dial up when he needs to, the song is a reminder to listeners that second chances are possible especially if both parties are vulnerable enough to surrender to the special moments that they bring. 

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