The tides are changing now that Spring is here as new favourites overtake older ones. While we have four debuts this week on the chart, there are two songs that reach the maximum of 10 appearances – “Pineapple Skies” by Miguel (#1) and “Body” by Loud Luxury and Brando (#2) – and will depart the chart in two weeks. We could have a slew more debuts in two weeks so watch for them. In the meantime, chart #532 brings a new #1 while other contenders rise up as well!
The Top 10
- The new #1 belongs to L.A.’s Alex Seaver, otherwise known as Mako, with “Breathe”. It’s such a compelling performance and keeps you attuned all the way till the very end, and Alex can bring it in concert too. “Breathe” also happens to be the most charted title in my 20 year chart history – 6 times – but this is the first time the title has reached #1!
- Soaring from 8 to 3 is Norwegian singer/songwriter/ Dyrisk with “Smile”, featuring production by the UK’s Nik Ernst. “Smile” is such a different, dark song, full of attitude and so reminiscent of alt.electronica from the early 90’s by Massive Attack and Radiohead.
- Another song that continues to get under my skin in all the right ways is “I Want You” by Robotaki and Manila Killa with vocalist Matthew John Kurz. In its intense Spirix remix it climbs 12-6. That matches the peak of Matthew’s only other previous chart entry, “Fix Me”, in 2011, while producers Robotaki and Manila Killa are both chart newcomers 🙂
- “Perfectly Me” is UK singer/songwriter James Poole’s song about positive body image that will have you cheering gleefully with its embedded influences that seem to range from Mika to Queen. It moves up 11-8.
- The fastest riser on the chart is UK Top 10 smash “17” by MK (producer Marc Kinchen), which zips into the Top 10, rising 19-9. It’s also an overdue dance club smash in North America, and should by all rights be a radio hit too. The uncredited vocals, by the way, are by UK soul singer Carla Monroe. MK’s Miami Music Week sets were all the buzz when I was there recently.
- Also new to the Top 10 is “Prisoner” by Bobby Nourmand featuring UK R&B singer Laurent John, climbing 14-10. It marks Bobby’s fourth trip to the Top 10, with new music just released and itching to be heard 🙂 I had the pleasure of witnessing Bobby’s masterful set at the Potion Records showcase at Miami Music Week.
Movin’ On Up
- Kudos for Vancouver’s Ekali and all of his recent appearances at Miami Music Week. His recent single with ZHU called “Blame” rises 16-12.
- Sofi Tukker are keeping busy with touring and remixing as the April 13 release date of their album Treehouse approaches! “Baby I’m A Queen” may be their best single yet and it flies into the Top 10, up 26-17.
- What do you do when you’re a successful act like Years & Years, leading into your second album release with a strong song and video like “Sanctify”, but get New Order’s own Bernard Sumner to remix it! “Sanctify” climbs 25-20, check out Bernard’s remix as well as French producer Michael Calfan’s more uptempo “Prayer” remix at the link above. I also caught one of Michael’s excellent DJ sets at Miami Music Week.
- Dutch production duo The Him just wrapped their recent North American tour, which means that more new music is on its way soon. In the meantime, I got to see their engaging set at Miami Music Week, and their latest single, the soulful “White Lies”, rises 27-21.
- Yes I continue mention Miami Music Week! It was an interesting experience that I would repeat 🙂 A song I fell in love with in a DJ set one night was “Satisfy” by French producer Mercer and featuring Chicago vocalist Ron Carroll. I didn’t know that Mercer was from France and honestly all I could think of at the time was 70’s disco by fellow French producers like Cerrone and Don Ray, married with contemporary house rhythms. The pace is relentless and the vocals rich and on point – just the way I like a record! “Satisfy” bows at #22.
- Although I didn’t go to the Ultra Music Festival, The Chainsmokers blew away the naysayers about their latest songs with what I heard from others was a dynamic performance. The uncharacteristic “Sick Boy” slides 6 to 4, while the hip hop influenced “Everybody Hates Me” debuts at #24. Do not underestimate The Chainsmokers – “Everybody Hates Me” will have you singing when you need to vent.
- In an unexpected collaboration, Philadelphia singer/songwriter ROZES (she of ever-recognizable The Chainsmokers’ “Roses” vocal) and Dutch dynamo Nicky Romero released “Where Would We Be” recently, and this true-to-life song arrives at #27. It’s the first appearance for both on the chart. Above is their recent performance on TV’s “Conan”.
- From his excellent album Ultraviolet, 3LAU (that’s pronounced “Blau”, as in Justin Blau) gets his first chart appearance with “Walk Away”, featuring LunaAura. This memorable new song should prompt you to listen to the whole album in full, well worth your time! “Walk Away” bows at #28.
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