September marks a big change-up on the new chart. Not only is there a new #1 which more people need to discover, there are five new entries. And it was a tough decision as to which songs debuted as there is quite a line-up of chart-worthy recent releases. So while leaves will begin to tumble and the cooler air sets in where I am in Toronto, the music on the chart is free-flowing and most deserving of your attention!
It’s Ukrainian dance ensemble Kazaky who reign supreme on the chart now with “Push” and its stunning video (above). It’s rare that you will see such physical choreography, and much of it danced in stilettos, so these guys must be so disciplined and committed. Plus it’s a great song with early 90’s Depeche Mode all over it married with modern synths.
Kygo’s redux of Whitney Houston’s 1990 recording of “Higher Love” climbs to #2. I must say I’m calling out radio in North America for not supporting such a great record. The rest of the world indeed has much better taste these days, and so do dance clubs, where it’s already been a #1 hit.
“Time” is my favourite song from the Emanate album by EMAN8 (Brandyn Burnette). He’s been in my Top 10 numerous times over the last five years, but “Time” rises 9-6, his first time this high on the chart since “Run” got to #4 a little over a year ago.
Three songs climb into the Top 10, and they are Sam Dickinson’s joyous “All We Are” (11-7, above – all of Sam’s charted songs have reached the Top 10!), Avicii’s “Tough Love” (13-9, also above) and Italian musical mirth-makers Eric Zava & DJ Mirko B with “Even In Confusion” (12-10, below).
There’s lots of activity immediately below the Top 10, as the dark and mysterious deep house of “Alone Again” (above) by Mahalo and Polish producer Milkwish climbs 16-11. Right behind is Loud Luxury and Bryce Vine with their huge Canadian radio hit that deserves to spread worldwide, “I’m Not Alright” (below), moving up 18-12.
The fastest riser on the chart is the highest debut from two weeks ago, “Dreamer” by Australian producer Throttle, which soars 22-13. I’m hoping this is Throttle’s breakout record – dance music radio really needs to jump all over its refreshing sound.
The other debuts from the last chart also make progress. Nashville duo Apollo LTD have one of my favourite albums of the year called Out Of Body, and their song “On The Way Up 2.0” (above) rises 24-20. Then the unexpected dream team of Tiësto, Jonas Blue and Rita Ora move up 26-21 with “Ritual” (below).
The highest of five premieres this week belongs to England’s Lostchild with the charming and fun “Like Like” in its OKJAMES remix arriving at #23. Lostchild reached #5 last year with the equally engaging “Blacklist”, so watch for great things for “Like Like”. Both OKJAMES remix and the video for the original version of the song are above.
Someone else who is no stranger to this chart is Florida-born producer PLS&TY, whose latest engaging single “Run Wild” bows at #24. Its repeated sample of a Finnish acoustic song is infectious and refreshing. The Morgan Page of PLS&TY’s “Down For Me” got to #6 last year.
Chicago’s Win & Woo make their debut on the chart as lead performers with possibly their best single to date so far, which is the biting “Here U R”, featuring and co-written by singer Sara Skinner. It arrives at #26. Win & Woo’s other chart appearance was in 2016 providing a good-natured remix of Brandyn Burnette’s “Made Of Dreams” (#5), which I still play a lot.
Australia’s Peter Wilson returns to the chart after getting to #2 last year with Sean Smith in the unique duet called “Verona”. It’s the Stormby edit of “Don’t Break My Heart Again” that bows at #27 from the EP of remixes for the song. You’ve also seen Stormby on this chart before, with one of my favourite remixes of this decade, Kaden’s “Black Light”, which got to #1 in 2013.
The fifth debut will keep the heat of the summer continuing, in music anyway. It’s the soulful, lazy melody of “Poolside Vibe” courtesy of two gents usually known as producers, Pretty Sister (Zak Waters) and MarcLo (Marc Lomax of The Monsters & The Strangerz collective), entering at #29.
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