Rounding out a very un-Spring like month of April (at least here in Toronto) is a chart where change is afoot in the Top 10. Four promising debuts also will generate some interest!
Sitting proud at the top for a third appearance is “i’m so tired…” (above) by Lauv and Troye Sivan, one of my favourite and very natural collaborations in recent years. But to give you a taste of what Lauv has coming on his upcoming album, check out the video for his new song “Drugs And The Internet” below. While perhaps more of a grower, the video is quite entertaining. And two fascinating facts: Lauv co-wrote both “Broken” by Tritonal and Jenaux featuring Adam Lambert (#4, 2016) and “Boys” by Charli XCX!!
Charging up to second place is the rollicking “White Lies” by UK/German production duo M-22. It’s a sizzling dance track that should be one of Spring’s biggest club hits IMO, with major influence coming from early 90’s house with particular homage to Inner City’s classic “Good Life”.
Nashville’s Mokita has a lot to cheer about in this chart. One of the more interesting and charming story songs to appear in a long while, “London” (above), advances 4-3, while the more forthright “Kiss And Tell” (“if I can just kiss and tell ya”) (below) is the fastest riser on the chart, climbing 26-15.
“Good Things” in its ‘disco edit’ has been veteran producer Cedric Gervais’ only appearance on my chart to date, but what an entry – the collaboration with Just Kiddin’ and vocalist Kyan soars 9-4.
Mahalo and MŌZ rise into the Top 5 with the dark deep house of “Go Ahead”, moving up 8-5. Despite its tense melody, the song does have a positive story that takes a few listens to sink in.
“Black Gasoline” by Italy’s Mark Mendy has slowly become one of my favourites as it climbs 11-7. It’s a different kind of alt.dance song thanks to some personable vocals by Australia’s Beamish Brothers. Jeremy and Ben also have a new one on their own that’s outside of the dance genre which you can check out called “Kills Me Every Time” (below).
The other new entry to the Top 10 belongs to the Jonas Brothers. No one could have told me six years ago that the Jonasei would ever be in my Top 10, but yet hear they are up 15-10 with a great piece of songwriting and arranging called “Sucker”.
Though they’ve had a couple of remixes that have landed in my Top 10, L.A.’s Two Friends get a personal best for their original work as “Take It Off” (above) climbs 13-11. The prolific duo have another song on deck too called “Dollar Menu” featuring singer Dani Poppitt, below.
“Enlighten Me” is the fast-paced new song by Dutch producers DubVision and SYZZ with a keen, positive message that accentuates the bounce for you. It moves up 18-13.
The previous chart’s debuts all make promising moves. Lost Frequencies’ first entry on the chart is “Recognise” (above) featuring vocalist Flynn, which rises 25-20. Then there’s another winning combination with Germany’s Final DJs and Bright Light Bright Light teaming up for “Wild” (also above), climbing 28-21. And blog faves Saxity rev us up for the summer months thinking about every “Weekend” (below) till then. The song advances 27-23.
3 chart veterans return with debuts along with one newcomer. First up is “Do You Mean”, the latest surprise as chart entry #11 from The Chainsmokers, who add vocalists Ty Dolla $ign and Canada’s Juno Award-winning bülow into the mix to great effect. “Do You Mean” may not resonate with you at first listen, but it definitely sinks in a few more later. Following the late 2018 entry of “Siren”, “Do You Mean” arrives at a smashing #22.
And then there’s the 7th chart entry for New York’s own MAX with “Love Me Less” featuring hip hop vocalist Quinn XCII at #24. It’s MAX’s first appearance here since last year’s vocal on Matoma’s “Lonely” (#10) and his first lead appearance since his own classic “Lights Down Low” (#3), which I charted upon its arrival in 2016. “Love Me Less” is also from his upcoming album “House Of Divine”.
The lone newcomer to the chart is France’s Kidswaste (aka Quentin Beauvois), about whom I’ve been writing for the past few years. His gorgeous melody and synths arrangement in “Sleeping Pills” featuring vocalist KOLE sends it to a #27 debut.
The final premiere for this chart is the steamy and funky “Adore You” by Jessie Ware at #28. Now expecting her second child, which will postpone any touring for a while, “Adore You” is the soulful, romantic bookend to last year’s “Overtime” (#6).
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