No April Fool’s anything here folks 😛 As an aftermath to my Miami visit from the past few days, the new chart is beginning to look like an echo of my Dance Roundup blog posts that preceded my trip. So there are four debuts as well as a new #1 as Spring has kicked off its dancing shoes 🙂
One of the delights of 2019 has been the unexpected pairing of L.A.’s Lauv with Troye Sivan for “i’m so tired”, which ascends to the top this week. It’s Lauv’s first time at #1 and Troye’s second following “My My My!” just over a year ago. What’s even better about this release is that it seems so genuine and good-natured, qualities that you can’t just hide in a song.
With it’s sinewy guitar hook and top notch vocal by Oktavian, “Don’t Think Twice” by Revelries and Sam Smyers moves up a notch to #2. And like “i’m so tired” (although it has distribution by AWAL), “Don’t Think Twice” is an independent release by Revelries, the Netherlands-based Emirati producers.
Following 2016’s “Light” (#4), “lift me from the ground” becomes Dutch producer and musician San Holo’s second Top 5 hit here from his recent release called album1. Check out Italian producer Flyboy’s jaunty take on the song, above. It has a different vibe about it but plenty of bounce. Also check out San’s new single “Lead Me Back”, below.
“Love” by Simon Curtis (12-8, above) and “Sweet But Psycho” by Ava Max (11-9, below) are newcomers to the Top 10 in this chart. It’s Ava’s first time but Simon is a veteran with 16 Top 10’s including 3 features, 7 of which were number ones (one a feature). He also happened to have charted in the Top 10 in the guise of one half of Wrathschild with “Fall Into Love” (#8) five years ago this week.
“Take Me Away” is irresistible classic house from England’s Maff Boothroyd, which advances 16-12. Waste no time and bust those moves on the dance floor with this one!
The fastest riser on the chart is “Go Ahead”, the dark but somehow encouraging new deep house single from producer Mahalo and vocalist MŌZ, climbing 20-13. Love that bass synth hook!
I had the pleasure of meeting French producer KRONO in Miami last week, and he’s working on more new songs. “Perfect Strangers” featuring singer PIOTR has a soulful Maroon 5 pop vibe and moves up 22-16.
Even though they don’t really sound alike, the songwriting behind “Black Gasoline” by Italy’s Mark Mendy with Australia’s Beamish Brothers on vocals reminds me of US/South African band Kongos. There’s a similar pattern for storytelling here which works well with a stylish alt.electronic backdrop. “Black Gasoline” rises 23-17.
Those Jonasei have one of the catchiest and best sung pop hits right now with “Sucker” and it climbs up 25-19.
I got to do my fair share of dancing during Miami Music Week, and songs like “Let’s Go Dancing” by UK producers Horse Meat Disco (who also played during MMW) and singer Amy Douglas keep that inspiration happening. It moves up 29-25.
The highest debut of the week was also tweeted out during Miami Music Week. Using the synth melody from house classic “Good Life” by Inner City as its basis, UK/German production duo M-22 rework it as “White Lies”, which arrives at #23.
I must also say I was taken totally aback when I heard “Good Things” (Disco edit) by MMW performer Cedric Gervais and Just Kiddin featuring vocalist Kyan. Its feel good rhythms help it arrive at #24.
Dutch producers DubVision and SYZZ create a sparkling melody sung by a fantastic but uncredited male vocal with “Enlighten Me” which bows at #26.
The last debut at #27 keeps the chart entries flowing for electronic dance music sensation Illenium with “Crashing” featuring US duo Bahari. This one’s about ‘crashing’ at someone’s place and makes a fine love story with Illenium’s intense backdrop. Illenium has been on the chart steadily since October 29, 2018 with three different songs, the most recent of which, “God Damnit” (#4), departs after 9 appearances.
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