Hard-driving “Crazy” by @Dzekomusic highlights @Tiesto’s Clublife Vol. 5 – China

DZEKO, “Crazy” (Tiësto’s Big Room mix)

I don’t usually zero in on a cover version among an album of originals as its highlight, but if you’re a DJ looking for that one song to crank up a set, then “Crazy” by Toronto’s Dzeko will do the trick.  It’s a more-than-worthy cover of Seal’s 1991 smash, more recently covered successfully as well by Alanis Morissette, and one of my favourite songs of the 90’s, which makes it even harder to convince.  But it gets Tiësto’s Big Room mix treatment and ends up being the focal point of his new gem of a party album Clublife Volume 5 – China, despite top notch new songs by Stargate & Aloe Blacc, Diplo and John Christian, VASSY, KSHMR & Talay Riley and SWACQ.  Give “Crazy” a whirl at the Spotify link above, and don’t hesitate to play Clublife Volume 5 to get a room full of dance music lovers groovin’.

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Remixing the remixers: @TwoFriendsmusic remix @TheChainsmokers and get remixed by Poland’s @Clarxpl

THE CHAINSMOKERS, “Break Up Every Night” (Two Friends remix)

TWO FRIENDS featuring JAMES DELANEY, “Emily” (Clarx remix)

While the ever-good-natured L.A. producers/remixers Two Friends (Matt and Eli) keep busy touring, producing their own songs, and remixing those by others, one of the guys’ recent songs in turn has been remixed.

I wasn’t quite sure why “Honest” by The Chainsmokers became the follow-up single to “Something Just Like This”, but the much better “Break Up Every Night” appears to be next, pumped by a number of remixes.  Two Friends give it a fun and zingy remix that helps capture the exaggerated nature of the song, which is actually a co-write with more L.A. denizens, Captain Cuts.  Like with Two Friends’ previous takes on songs by The ‘Smokers, such as their bouncy remix of “Roses”, “Break Up Every Night” should help enliven your Friday or Saturday evening. 

Poland’s Clarx has done great justice to “Emily”, Two Friends’ release which I wrote about last Spring and featuring a playful vocal by James Delaney.  Clarx steered the pop-oriented “Emily” into more of a traditional house rhythm in their remix, which is magnified by some pretty big futuristic synths.   This helps make what is a very good song even better, which is exactly what a top notch remix should do.

Check out both remixes at the above links 🙂

Vibes galore in “Something We Once Knew” by @PatrickReza and @MayaPaynemusic

PATRICKREZA & MAYA PAYNE, “Something We Once Knew” (remix) (freeDL)

L.A.’s PatrickReza pairs up once again with Kiwi vocalist Maya Payne for a remix of her “Something We Once Knew”.  The vocal starts off as if it could be leading slyly into an alt.pop tune but swiftly turns disco-tastic with an old school breakdown that really busts the reflective song wide open.  So you get the best of a lot of vibes on “Something We Once Knew” which will keep club goers and fans of the prolific producer quite happy.  For dance music fans who like something a little different, “Something We Once Knew” is available as a free download at the link above.

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#BILLCSTop30 #520 – October 16/17

Four debuts help keep the music flowing into the chart, as most of the songs are now an appealing pop/dance hybrid with other influences, though I always have a fond spot for a big banger 😀

The Top 10

  • Canadians Loud Luxury & Nikki’s Wives continue to hold at #1 with the irrepressible “Show Me”, whose comical video features none other than long time porn star Ron Jeremy.
  • “Perfect” is the gritty slice of deep house music by L.A.’s Mahalo featuring Cat Lewis that glides its way to #2 on the new chart.  Will it reach the top in two weeks??

  • “I Like Me Better” by Lauv (aka 23 year old Ari Leff) is finally making inroads at US radio after performing well on charts in Canada, the UK, and Sweden among others.  It climbs 5-3.
  • New to the Top 5, and a first timer for Tipsy Records, is the wistful singalong “No Love In Brooklyn” by producers Frenchman Nick Peters and western New York native Frank Pierce along with fellow Yank vocalist Scott Vega, which rises 7-5.
  • The Fastest Riser belongs to Australia-based UK producer Latchmere (the moniker of Shaun Galvin), whose Lovedrunk EP is perfect for club dance floors and of course to blast from your stereo.  The classic house rhythms of “Need Your Heart” take it 15-6 on the chart.

  • If you’re going to see Terror Jr. in Toronto this Friday (October 20) at The Drake Hotel, you will see Iowa’s Kid Froopy open the show.  The Kid’s EP is now out and its namesake first single “Drive Slow” moves up 8-7.
  • Rich production by Ricky Remedy and a stunner of a vocal from Orlando’s John.k take “Gold” up the chart 13-9.
  • “You (It’s All About You)” becomes the third Top Tenner here for Carlos Nóbrega, from his album The Art Of Making Love.  And if you want gorgeous goodies like buttons or postcards, as well as other collectibles, then head over to Carlos’ store right here“You” climbs 14-10.

Movin’ On Up

  • Every time I listen to “We Won’t Leave You” by Steve Void and Syence, it’s emotional power definitely gives me the feels.  Featuring an unbilled vocal by the fantastic Clara Mae (she also sang Steve’s “Chemistry” late last year), it rises 16-11.
  • Remixes are en route for Bobby Nourmand’s “MIND” featuring D.OC. and Goodmorning with another set of highly complimentary call-back vocals and rapping to help keep spinning EDM on its head.  “MIND” rises 17-13.
  • The US/UK duo called Culpriit (above) is well on its way with its debut single “Driveway”, which moves 24-17, and right behind is the free download with spirited vocals by blackbear and MAX, “No Hands” (below) by producers It’s Different and Forever MC, climbing 25-18.
  • Miami’s Alyx Ander’s “Wake Up For The Night” is for those with wee hour vibing featuring an Ellie Goulding-ish vocal by Caroline Pennell, and moves up 27-22.
  • Atlanta duo Halogen know good voices when the hear them, witness “Can’t Resist” featuring dazzling duo Adriana Gomez and Lub from the Porch Family (lub x tpf), and jumps 28-23.  It’s also a free download for you!

4 Debuts

  • From one of my favourite albums this year so far comes “Flags” by L.A.’s Shoffy (aka Alex Shofler) featuring Yuna.  This song is available as a free download, but check out all of Shoffy’s songs from his self-titled album.  It’s full of well-produced spins on dance music, not without some big beats, but focusing on the songs and his unique vocal style.  “Flags” bows at an impressive #20.
  • Following his amazing 2017 singles “Wasted My Love” and “Out Of My Head” is L.A.’s Axel Mansoor with producer buddy Louis Vivet and your official end-of-summer song “Hit Rewind”.  As with previous singles, this one is a free download for now, but you can go and support it by picking it up on your favourite digital platform.  “Hit Rewind” arrives at #26.  Axel has yet to leave the chart since the week of April 3 which is when “Wasted My Love” premiered.

  • Another single from The Art Of Making Love makes its entrance on the chart.  This time it’s “Free” by Carlos Nóbrega featuring Spanish singer JVEL, and it debuts at #27 with its intriguing comic-book themed lyric video.

  • The last debut is by the ever-irresistible Miguel, this time paired up with Travis Scott for “Sky Walker” at #28.  Time to chillax and party down with these guys with this cool song!

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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L.A.’s @DiamondPistols takes on obsession with “Gravity” featuring #LYDIA

DIAMOND PISTOLS featuring LYDIA, “Gravity” (free DL)

Multi-instrumentalist Diamond Pistols (aka Christian Dold) is new to these blog pages and has recently made the jump into music full-time.  He continues his 2017 releases with “Gravity”, a fierce and punchy slice of electronica with some crunchy dubsteppy vibes.  But it’s not all hard and heavy at the start as alluring vocalist LYDIA draws you into a story about being obsessed with someone who knows it, and is about to take you down, helplessly, too.  Diamond Pistols’ production is rich and with a crazy drop, “Gravity” is not going to pass you by unnoticed.  With a great story, melody, vocals and effects, you’ll want to hear “Gravity” more, with a convenient free download available at the above link, or you can add it to your Spotify playlist right here.

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Honest-to-goodness Pop is delivered by Ben Davidson @bdavidsonmusic with “The Chain”

BEN DAVIDSON, “The Chain”

Every now and then, we just get a taste for pure pop music, nothing more – and someone like Sam Smith or Adele has that down in spades.  Ben Davidson is a new UK singer whose debut single out today for Energise, “The Chain”, albeit with an electronic backdrop, holds similar pop promise.  It’s written by that dynamic trio of Charlie Mason, Daniel Volpe, and Thomas Lipp, whose songs have graced these blog pages many times.  It’s a fine song choice to show off Ben’s range without going over the top.  Although it has punch, the arrangement could use a few extra wow moments to take it that much further but nonetheless it’s really all about Ben’s voice and “The Chain” succeeds overall.  Listen and add it to your playlist using the Spotify link above.  The EP contains another new song (“Letting You Go”) as well as several remixes of “The Chain”.

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Single #4 from #TAOML is uplifting “Free” by @CarlosdNobrega featuring @JVELmusic

CARLOS NÓBREGA featuring JVEL, “Free”

BANG! And the hits just keep on coming from TAOML (The Art Of Making Love)… as his fans just can’t get enough, “Free” is the 4th single from the recent album by Carlos Nóbrega.  It features a singer from Spain who’s new to me named JVEL, and, alternately sweet-voiced and powerful, he trades off vocals with Carlos like they’ve been singing for years together.  “Free” is a percolating and uplifting song where you can imagine a carefree upbeat evening on the town with your special someone.  It’s already got to #2 on Spain’s iTunes dance chart and the rest of the world just needs to catch up.  Watch the impressive comic book-styled lyric video above 🙂

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Where love is the star: “Famous” by @ROZESsounds

ROZES, “Famous”

Following up her recent EP Burn Wild and a host of other singles including the memorable “Watches” and “Under The Grave” is Pennsylvanian singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist ROZES with “Famous”.  The song takes a few steps away from the pop/dance style of  The Chainsmokers’ Top 10 “Roses” (which she co-wrote) and “Watches” (with Cash Cash) in favour of an uptempo ode to love where you’re the star under the most special of shining lights with your own paparazzi.  It’s refreshing to hear love and attraction being glamorized again, and ROZES gives the song her own unique edges with her highly recognizable vocal, somewhat reminiscent of Pink this time around.  “Famous” should be a treat to hear in concert, so be sure to listen and add it to your Spotify playlist at the link above.

ROZES opens for MAX at The Velvet Underground in Toronto on November 1. See you there!

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Gentle “Surrender” is jazzy electronic alt.pop from @Labrosemusic

LABROSE, “Surrender”

“Surrender” is the latest from the US/UK collaboration of New York-based singer Victor Perry and Birmingham producer Ficci, the follow up to their recent debut together called “Disguise”.  “Surrender” is definitely gentle and low key, but it’s not about to fall under the radar thanks to Victor’s gorgeous spot-on vocal tones and a simmering jazzy melodic undercurrent from Ficci.  It has a rich, warm quality about it despite a minimalist approach.  Less is much more here so be sure to pick up Labrose’s “Surrender” at your favourite digital store after checking it out at the link above.  It’s from their upcoming EP Thinking Out Loud.

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“Survive” by @SaintWKND and @MAXgschneider gets an explosive remix by @PLSandTYbased

SAINT WKND & MAX, “Survive” (PLS&TY remix)

MAX (Schneider) has been so visible in 2017 with his own songs and countless collaborations that it’s been easy to miss one or two.  So I’m glad official remixes of “Survive” have surfaced because it was a song I didn’t pick up on upon release.  Mystery guy Saint WKND and MAX make an excellent collaborative force on “Survive”, which has been given an explosive future bass overhaul by remixer PLS&TY (who has already worked with Cosmos & Creature and others).  In its original version, “Survive” is milder dub-steppy electronica with a taut, soulful vocal by MAX.  In this remix, that old school R&B that is deep in MAX’s soul is unleashed as one of his most commanding performances that I’ve heard (it will be a bonus if I get to hear it in his upcoming concert 😉 ), aside his recent appearance on “No Hands” by It’s Different and Forever MC along with blackbear.  This remix of “Survive” doesn’t let up and leaves you breathless by the end, which you’ll discover after a listen at the link above.

Published in: on October 9, 2017 at 2:54 pm  Leave a Comment  
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