We now get to leave the short blah’s of February behind in favour of a longer, and hopefully Spring-flavoured March. And along with this comes changes in musical flavours, as older favourites depart and new ones arrive. This edition of the BILLCS Top 30 has a new number one song and three debuts, all by artists who have appeared on the chart before.
And one of the lead artists at #1 has been there before – twice in fact. Multiple Juno Award-winning production duo Loud Luxury get their third number one in collaboration with Toronto’s Frank Walker and vocalist/songwriter Stephen Puth with the deep house of “Like Gold”, which follows previous #1’s “Fill Me In” (with Ryan Shepherd) and “Show Me” (with Nikki’s Wives). And it’s just in time too as Loud Luxury have a new release coming soon!
Two challengers for the top reside at #3 and #4. The hefty punch and bounce of Rina Sawayama’s “Lucid” (above) allows it to move 4-3, while the ever-inventive Faithless climbs 7-4 with “Synthesizer” (featuring Nathan Ball, below) from their album All Blessed.
“Tell Me” by UK artists Bobby Harvey and Danny Dearden glides swiftly into the Top 10, up 13-7. “Tell Me” is one slice of deep house that gets under your skin and between your ears pretty fast. Also pay attention to Danny’s latest with Ethan James called “Dial My Number”, below.
French producer Wizzay – still a teenager – is not one to be underestimated as witnessed by his solid electronic dance EP Who I Am? which features “Hooked” (which I previously wrote about last year) as well as “Jealous”, which climbs 17-11. The vocals on “Jealous” are not credited, but by a singer/songwriter who figures as part of a group currently in the Top 10.
The fastest riser on the chart is the incredibly prolific dance producer Mahalo with “Not Watching Anymore”, soaring 21-12. Among the songs that Mahalo has released in 2021 so far, check out his latest “Got That Love” below. And he streamed a terrific set in episode one of “The Mahalo Show” on February as well which you can watch on You Tube.
Southern California electronic producer Jay Bird is making waves with “Escape” (featuring Chrxstal Sarah), which climbs 23-17. He’s quickly followed it up with a song of a completely different bent called “Let Me Go” (featuring Shiah Maisel), which you can hear below.
Victor Perry’s latest delight called “Stories” is off to a brisk start, as the collaboration with German producers Cal1 and L’essay moves up 27-19.
The rest of the debuts from two weeks ago are all setting footprints on the chart as they move up 7 places: The weird and wondrous “Space Melody” by VIZE and Alan Walker and friends (28-21, above); the charming and sultry “blue” by NYC indie singer/songwriter Reigen (29-22, below); and Toronto singer, dancer and choreographer D!XON with the lovely “Arms Around Me” (30-23, also below).
Something new for Spring by Porter Robinson is just what we need right now. Although his album Nurture hasn’t surfaced yet, you can expect a huge splash when it does. Porter has been curating its website for most of this past year, and the soothing and hopeful “Look At The Sky” is another good lead in as the Highest Debut at #24. In fact, “Get Your Wish”, which reached #1 for two appearances (4 weeks), arrived on this chart a year ago almost to the day!
Next up is the fun and frisky “Boys” by Florida singer/songwriter Lauren Mayhew and NYC-based electronic dance producer INViDA. It blasts on to the chart at #25, following Lauren’s #6 song from last year “We Are Home” (with Mariline). This is INViDA’s first appearance on the chart.
The third debut belongs to Martin Garrix who has gone outside of the box with the more progressive alternative electronica of “Pressure”, which features Tove Lo on vocals. It arrives at #27 and is Tove Lo’s first appearance on the chart, though she was uncredited on Alesso’s “Falling”, which reached #4 in 2017. It’s Martin’s 9th appearance on the chart since “Animals” led the way and got to #1 back in 2014.
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