“Into The Night” is @BrightLightx2’s inspiring, romantic companion piece to “New York Pretty”

BRIGHT LIGHT BRIGHT LIGHT, “Into The Night”

“New York Pretty” is already one of Bright Light Bright Light’s very best songs to date, complete with glorious New York City travelogue video too.  So a few weeks later, along comes its companion piece, “Into The Night”, also from BLx2’s latest EP Tales Of The City.  And it indeed is another one where NYC chews up the scenery with both familiar and remote places.  The song, like “New York Pretty”, is as contemporary disco as there is any, similar rhythmically to, say, the earlier “Disco Moment”, but in a much happier place lyrically.  And Rod Thomas and his creative partners make it abundantly clear as they add romance and affection into the mix, making it an equally grand video as “New York Pretty”.  “Into The Night” is definitely about finding yourself content in that much happier place and with someone you know to whom you can return home and find open arms waiting for you.  How can it be, you might ask, to come up with something so simple as one of the best stories of the year in a video?  Check it all out at the link above.

“Move” is infectious dance/pop from @KohnerRice with a delightfully silly video

KOHNER RICE, “Move”

A few years back, I was fortunate to hear some catchy songs from Florida-based Kohner Rice, who at the time was in a duo with his brother, but their overall spin on a teen-pop sound seemed to be starting to go out of vogue, and so the songs I heard never saw official release.  Now solo and with a fine-tuned sound that would not sound out of place next to R5 or Conor Maynard, and Kohner returns with a video for “Move” as his re-introduction.  Its fun pop vibe will be sure to hang on to the fans he and his brother won over and likely get even more.  The video is delightfully silly as Kohner and his friends try desperately to teach each other some basic dance moves, culminating in one that you might have seen in “Dirty Dancing” (or, maybe not!).  The video closes with outtakes of said move.  It’s a fine re-emergence for Kohner that should find friends on video playlists, and is definitely on-the-money for Top 40 radio airplay consideratio.  Definitely watch and listen for more of Kohner Rice, but do check out the video for “Move” up at the top.

Published in: on July 25, 2017 at 9:39 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Producers @MRBNBelgium lend sparkle to jaunty “Somewhere” by @WildCubmusic

WILD CUB, “Somewhere” (MRBN remix)

Sometimes it’s best not to take the ‘quirky’ out of the mix at all for best results.  Belgium’s MRBN have managed to transform the jaunty and eccentric “Somewhere” by L.A. trio Wild Cub into a sparkling crowd-pleaser.  In its original form “Somewhere” is a playful 90’s-inspired romp – think Mighty Mighty Bosstones.  In its remix, the vocals come off sounding more raw and from the 80’s – reminiscent of say The The’s Matt Johnson or Echo & The Bunnymen’s Ian McCulloch.  The horns are replaced by glistening synths and the song retains its jubilant chorus.  So MRBN have kept the ‘quirky’ appeal of the original all intact while making significant changes to lend more appeal to dance music fans and clubs.  You can hear their remix of Wild Cub’s “Somewhere” at the link above.

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#BILLCSTop30 #514 – July 24/17

My annual vacation (with upcoming trip to NYC) begins with a busy chart that has no less than SIX debuts to feast your new music ears on 🙂

The Top 10

  • It’s going to be hard to say what will happen in two weeks in terms of what will be #1, so we’ll just have to wait and get there.  In the meantime “Attention” by Charlie Puth (above) anchors the top spot, while “Out Of My Head” (below) by L.A. indie singer/songwriter Axel Mansoor follows up his #1 “Wasting My Love” (now #14) with a second appearance at #2.

  • The fastest riser on the chart, with little surprise, is “New York Pretty” by Brooklyn resident Bright Light Bright Light, his most personal and engaging song in a long time, from his new EP Tales Of The City.  It’s a fitting club-worthy soundtrack for my upcoming time in NYC, and soars 16 to 3.  Like his biggest Billboard club hit to date, “All In The Name”, “New York Pretty” has an NYC/Broadway vibe about it, helping make it an individual celebration about being surrounded by an amazing city.
  • There are new peaks for “Silent Games” by Lars Beck & Henri Purnell featuring Zekt (above), and “D U S T” by Bobby Nourmand (below), which climb to #4 and #5 respectively.
  • Also new to the Top 10 is Cosmos & Creature with “Bad Drug” and its anthemic hook taking it 11-8.
  • And the last new Top 10 entry is the sax-filled Saxena remix of “Darlin'” by Welcome To The Hotel featuring vocalist Brandon Serafino.  Producer duo Saxena have renamed themselves Revelries, so more to come under the new moniker!  “Darlin'” climbs 12-10.

Movin’ On Up

  • Top 10 bound is the insanely catchy club banger “Astronauts” by Danish duo Boye & Sigvardt collaborating with fellow Denmark denizen Uhre on vocals, and Scottish producer MAGNÜS.  That’s quite a collective and it all meshes into something quite unique and worthy of your attention!  It moves up 18-13.

  • UK singer Sean Smith, ex of Same Difference, has a real grower with “Magic”, finding its way on to a variety of playlists.  In its Andy Sikorski remix, the song rises 20-15 for enduring UK dance label Energise.
  • I’ll be very interested to see where the entertainment biz will take singer/actor Reeve Carney after his tour supporting his album Youth Is Wasted.  The fine vocalist climbs 19-16 with the bluesy R&B tones of “Truth”.  Always good to watch him on big or small screen too!

  • While long-lasting “I Wonder” departs the chart, The Him are back in the Top 20 with their latest “Secrets”, featuring an engaging and soulful vocal by L.A.’s Cub Rayan, and it jumps 23-18.

  • Toronto’s Dan Talevski continues to tease us on social media about his upcoming video for the delightfully naughty “Birthday Suit”, which climbs 25-19.

SIX Debuts

A couple of longer lasting songs from the Spring have lingered enough to make their chart debuts among a six-pack!

  • The lyrics of L.A.’s CVBZ do get under your skin, and the pumped up remix of “Be Like You” by Sean Turk helps get it to a #20 debut.  It’s from the three-song RMXZ EP.  CVBZ will appear in concert at the Billboard Hot 100 festival in August! Check out the video below as well.

  • Progressive EDM/rock duo Lemaitre hail from Norway but are currently based in L.A.  Their new album Chapter One contains the dubstep/trap-influenced single “Higher”, featuring a highly complimentary vocal by EDM mainstay Maty Noyes.  It’s Lemaitre’s chart debut at #22.
  • Following up “Lethal” (which peaked at #6) from their EP Limited is Toronto quartet Blajk, back on the chart with the equally catchy “Gunshot” at #24.
  • One of the best mostly-instrumental albums I’ve heard in a long time is Imprint by Austin producer/guitarist Cloudchord.  It’s a flashy mix of EDM, rock and jazz and from it is “Lacuna”, featuring SunSquabi, which arrives at #25.  Cloudchord previously appeared on the chart with his unofficial remix of Jamie xx’s “Loud Places” (which reached #15), which unfortunately is no longer available.
  • “Suitcase” marks the 10th appearance on my chart by Matthew Koma, as a lead or featured vocalist, but his first since his collaboration with The Knocks on 2015’s “I Wish (My Taylor Swift)” (#3) – and I understand both artists are working on another song together 🙂  “Suitcase” is also a song you may have heard years ago – there is a live clip online of Matthew performing it for his former label.  It bows at #26.

  • Following two consecutive Top 5 songs here – “Be My Love” (#5) and “WTFYWF” (#3) – is powerhouse dance duo, producer Mahalo and singer Cat Lewis, with the gorgeous house track “Heaven”, landing at #27.

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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“Drive Slow” shows a creative @KidFroopy dancing down an interesting path

KID FROOPY, “Drive Slow”

With every release he’s created over the last year or so, relative newcomer Kid Froopy draws reams of attention because he’s carving his own path, and people like what songs he’s making a whole lot.  “Drive Slow” is the US producer’s most interesting and carefully constructed song yet.  It has all of the trappings of an electronic pop song, but it swerves and jiggles and shakes until all of the pieces fall into the right places.  Not only this, but the Kid lends his own very likeable voice to “Drive Slow”.  I would have liked to hear more of it but the lyrics and vocal stop in favour of a lingering melodic coda to the song.  Like with other newer artists that I’ve written about such as San Holo, DROELOE, Eau Claire, Reid Speed, and Lemaitre, the world of the musical shape-shifter is an intriguing one, and Kid Froopy’s listeners will keep coming back for more.  Give a good solid listen to “Drive Slow” at the link above.

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“Perfect” is deep, dark and dirty house by @thisisMahalo featuring #CatLewis

MAHALO featuring CAT LEWIS, “Perfect”

“Perfect” is another musical page in the evolution of L.A. producer Mahalo.  This is a darker, dirtier Mahalo take on deep house.  Once again he features the magnetic Cat Lewis on vocal – I swear both Mahalo and the deliberately anonymous Cat will have their own major labels deal in the near future!  In the past, Mahalo has pitched Cat’s voice down on some songs, and it also happens here, but unlike other songs, there seems to be a mix of low pitch, regular voice, and high pitch, which truly makes it sound like the song is being sung at times by three different singers.  All of this combined with a relentless, resolute rhythm that’s perfect for the deep of night make “Perfect” yet another winner for Mahalo and Cat Lewis.  Listen and groove to it at the link above.

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Distraction and sex collide in “Frank Ocean” by @CallMeKarizma

CALL ME KARIZMA, “Frank Ocean”

There’s tongue definitely in cheek plus a sweet, sentimental side to “Frank Ocean”, the latest from young Minneapolis rapper/songwriter/producer Call Me Karizma.  ‘Riz has been unleashing a lot of songs from his prolific repertoire lately, but “Frank Ocean” is definitely a stand out, not only for its subject matter but its somewhat whimsical intent.  It’s all about being distracted, lazy, and wanting to have sex all day in your room, something most of us have experienced and even achieved in our lives.  And to many of us, as well as to ‘Riz, there’s nothing wrong with that at all.  We sometimes need to pay less attention to the world around us and more attention to each other.  To past generations that was set perhaps to music by Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Elton John, Bryan Adams, or John Legend, to name some balladeers.  Today Frank Ocean, tomorrow someone else… Enjoy the moments while they last and give “Frank Ocean” a spin at the link above.

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Shining Star: @NickiFrenchie brings back happy times with “Teardrops (On The Disco Floor)”

NICKI FRENCH, “Teardrops (On The Disco Floor)”

Disco music can make all the mini-comebacks in various shapes and forms, and if it’s done ever so right the new songs will endure too!  Though she had hits in her native UK and other countries outside of North America throughout the 90’s and represented the UK at Eurovision in 2000, Nicki French is still best known for her high energy pop cover of Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart” in 1995, which was a Top 5 hit most everywhere.  “Teardrops (On The Disco Floor)” is flat out disco with an arrangement plucked right out of 1978 and made contemporary once again, along with a vocal by Nicki that doesn’t hold anything back.  It’s a spirited anthem of empowerment that goes hand-in-hand with your favourite songs of that era with the highest pedigree of songwriting courtesy of Charlie Mason and friends.  So shine your brightest under the big lights and disco mirror ball and check out the video above.  Remixes are coming 🙂

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Dance rave-up! “Let The World Be Ours Tonight” brings @Deborah_Cox back to the dance floor

DEBORAH COX, “Let The World Be Ours Tonight” (Stonebridge & Damien Hall radio edit)

Now seems like an appropriate time for uplifting retro-tastic dance music.  “Let The World Be Ours Tonight” brings back Canada’s Juno Award-winning Deborah Cox to the dance floor with one of her best vocals in years.  With no short of five remixers on board – Stonebridge & Damien Hall, Diamm, Soulshaker, JKGD, and Silver Bluff – “Let The World Be Ours Tonight” seems destined to become La Cox’s 13th #1 on the Billboard Club Play chart, where it is currently zooming up the chart at #23.  It’s a real crowd-pleaser with its warm message of unity, so it’s quite easy to get swept off your feet under the bright lights.  Let loose and check out “Let The World Be Ours Tonight at the link above.  Deborah is currently touring select dates in the US in the play “The Bodyguard”.

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2K17 remix: “Male Stripper” by MAN2MAN (@PaulZoneNYC) featuring @LolaDutronic

MAN2MAN featuring Lola Dutronic, “Male Stripper” (Lola Dutronic 2K17 remix)

The 1987 UK Top 5 hit “Male Stripper” by MAN2MAN Meets Man Parrish was everywhere there was dance music that year, it was a positively inescapable guilty pleasure of sorts.  2017 seems like the right time to revive it, and MAN2MAN vocalist Paul Zone has worked with Canadian duo Lola Dutronic to make it shine once again.  With added production and vocals by Lola Dutronic’s Stephanie B, the remix really embraces the fun side of the song.  And given that it’s pretty well skipped an entire generation of music fans, “Male Stripper” is bound to sound as fresh and outrageous to dance music fans as it did 30 years ago.  Don’t be at all surprised if you hear this at a club sometime soon – long-serving DJ’s will embrace it and get the word out.  Check it out above and pick it up at your favourite digital store.  And for fun, also watch the original “Top Of The Pops” clip below which really teased the hell out of its studio audience 🙂

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