Australia’s @Throttle goes next level with the R&B dance blend of “All In”

THROTTLE, “All In”

Continually one to watch as he grows and grows within dance music, Australia’s busy and prolific and ever-touring Throttle tackles a very different but next level style for him with “All In”.  As co-written with singers/songwriters A*M*E and MNEK, “All In” is smoking R&B dance music that is a surefire strong bet for international play on dance music radio stations and in clubs.  Although uncredited, I would gather that the vocal also belongs to MNEK, already out there with his new songs “Tongue” and “Colours”.  Even if not, the vocalist tackles the song in the way any powerhouse would and totally goes neck-and-neck with Throttle’s inventive and complimentary production.  A song like “All In” only makes you want to hear more collaborations by the three principals, who are onto a good thing that can only get better!  Add “All In” to your Take No Prisoners dance playlist using the Spotify link above.

Published in: on June 17, 2018 at 11:07 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Happy Again” is taut and intense for the dance floor by @SynColemusic with #LissA

SYN COLE and LissA, “Happy Again”

“Happy Again” may be downbeat in theme but it will be all abuzz for the dance floor as brought to you by Estonian producer Syn Cole with distinctive vocals by LissA.  “Happy Again” follows up Syn Cole’s latest Billboard-charting single “Who You Are”.  I particularly enjoy how this song builds and takes you on a taut and intense ride thinking that you’ll be led to a happy ending to the story.  You’ve heard LissA numerous times in the last few years but to me her most notable vocal was for The Him in “I Wonder”.  She captures the uneasiness of the song well as it moves through some dandy house rhythms to keep you grooving.  From recently remixing duets by Kygo and Miguel, and Charlie Puth and Kehlani, Syn Cole is a diverse producer who will continue to grow on the industry’s radar.

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“You” makes it two consecutive winners for NYC producer @Elementthecity with @Khamarimusic

ELEMENT and KHAMARI, “You” (free DL)

Quickly following up the success of the melodic and free-flowing “Movements”, NYC producer Element (aka Chris Cruz) is back with “You”.  He moves away from dreamy, female-led electronica to a powerful, soulful, male-led release with vocals by Boston singer Khamari.  The production is equally slick but when you have a song simply called “You” the affect is that much more personal.  Khamari has a fantastic voice and Element plays with it a bit for emotional effect that completely works.  So with two delightful and ever-so-different songs in a row, Element shows how fluidly he can move from style to style within the genre, and I look forward to more new songs from him this year!  Like with “Movements” you can download “You” for free for now, so get it while you can at the link above.

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B.C.’s @TristanTmusic is Diamond Café with an outstanding revival of #GeorgeMichael and Wham!’s “Nothing Looks The Same In The Light”

DIAMOND CAFE, “Nothing Looks The Same In The Light” (free DL)

It’s been a while since we heard from B.C. singer Tristan Thompson since his debut album as Diamond Café dropped last year with its varied take on contemporary soul.  Well brace yourselves folks because he’s returned with a remarkable choice of a cover tune in tribute to George Michael – Wham!’s “Nothing Looks The Same In The Light”, originally released on the 1983 album Fantastic.  Tristan makes this rendition extra poignant not so much because he sounds like George Michael all the time in the song, but because he has his style down pat, even in a more uptempo version than the original.  That this is not one of Wham!’s better known songs makes it sound fresh all over again in a new arrangement.  It’s also a free download, so better scoop it up while you can at the link above because in time it’s going to get noticed especially by George Michael fans.  Hats off to Tristan for bringing back this song in such fine form!

Take a ride with “Charlie”, new from Sweden’s @weareBrohug

BROHUG, “Charlie”

Who knows how some songs get their titles, particularly instrumentals.  For every “Pizza” by Martin Garrix there is a “Charlie”, the latest from Sweden’s Brohug.  The boys swing in kind of a flamboyant but classic house style in this one which could end up being the opening song in one of their sets.  “Charlie” is playful and cheesy as it gets deeper and dirtier as it goes along, and there’s lots happening in the mix to make the song’s three minutes fly by.  “Charlie” is a fine one for clubs where DJ’s can mess with the multi-coloured and strobe lighting and help make the song as flashy and sassy as it should be.  Add “Charlie” to your Drop That House playlist using the Spotify link above.

Published in: on June 16, 2018 at 9:03 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Anxious” is soulful pop with all the gritty feels from NYC’s @callmeJavi

JAVI, “Anxious”

It’s been far too long since I’ve written about talented NYC singer/songwriter Javi Silva.  His latest is “Anxious”, a delightful and gritty slice of songwriting that anyone can understand when you’re suspicious of someone’s intentions and all of the tell-tale signs about where it might lead.  It’s beautifully sung, definitely recalling George Michael in particular.  Javi sings with an edge and attitude that indicate that he’s not going to just lay back and take any crap that might unfold.  Add “Anxious” to your Edgy Soulful Pop playlist using the Spotify link above.

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“Mexico” by @byOllieJoseph is positive hip hop with an easy-going groove

OLLIE JOSEPH, “Mexico”

Born in Japan, raised in Michigan, and now based out of L.A., rapper/songwriter/emcee Ollie Joseph has been immersed in a lot of musical styles.  It’s not surprising then that his latest single “Mexico” is actually a throwback to some older school, feel-good, R&B-flavoured hip hop.  Its easy-going groove will have you visualizing a drive down the pacific to your new destination for a great time.  By no means is “Mexico” out to floor you with a new or intriguing sound, but it will win you over with a friendly vibe to go along with its escapist lyrics.  Those who enjoy the destination may take to the song particularly well.  Ollie Joseph is someone to listen for who is bucking the current hip hop trends in favour of something familiar that still sounds fresh.

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#BILLCSTop30 #537 – June 11, 2018

The top of this week’s last chart for Spring stays pretty consistent, leaving one to wonder what will succeed the current #1 song.  Some other recent songs make key moves, while the new chart brings three top-drawer debuts.

The Top 10

  • “Satisfy” by Mercer and Ron Carroll handily lands at #1 for a second appearance, and a third one is beckoning from the dance floor 🙂

  • Both “Sick Boy” and “Everybody Hates Me” by The Chainsmokers really got under my skin for their topical and unconventional lyrics, and for the duo’s sidestep away from danceable Top 40 pop.  Like “Sick Boy”, “Everybody” has reached #2… but does it have enough to get to the top?
  • Following “I Want You”, Canadian producer Robotaki obtains his second Top 5 hit here with the soulful “Butterscotch”, produced with Falcxne and owing great thanks to a scorching vocal by Jamie Fine.  
  • Jesse McCartney’s “Better With You” advances 8-6, but it’s not his biggest hit on this chart.  Album track “Relapse” from Departure got to #1 in 2008, and his biggest hit in general “Leavin'” reached #5.  “Bleeding Love”, which he co-wrote, got to #3 for Leona Lewis also in 2008.
  • Whethan’s “Be Like You”, featuring New Zealand duo Broods, climbs 13-9 becoming the first Top 10 entry for both the 19 year old producer (real name: Ethan Snoreck) and the duo.  I wrote about Whethan’s recent remix for Clairo this week.
  • Shawn Mendes gets his second Top 10 song on this chart with the romantic “Lost In Japan” from his self-titled album.  “Japan” climbs 12-10.

Movin’ On Up

So many new songs about to breakthrough even more in two weeks!

  • Brandyn Burnette’s debut album Eminate is due on his 28th birthday, which is August 23.  In the meantime, “Run” is a few pages from his recent years documented in song, and it rises 16-11.  Brandyn also co-wrote Jesse McCartney’s “Better With You” at #6 above.

  • The new “Bloom” video is out and it’s overflowing with colour and images.  Troye Sivan’s tour (announced last week on his 22nd birthday) is coming to a city near you (I’m going to his show with my daughter – who introduced me to his music from You Tube – in October), and the Bloom album is also on its way.  “Bloom” soars 17-12.
  • “Time” is Adam Foster’s retake on Marvin Gaye’s “Too Busy Thinkin’ Bout My Baby” – minus its original chorus.  He creates an entire new one and has made this one very club-worthy.  “Time” rises 19-13.

  • The fastest riser on the chart comes from my unexpectedly favourite albums of 2018, Electric Light by James Bay.  The New Order-ish “Pink Lemonade” advances 25-15.  You have to listen closely to the song to hear the title when James sings about drinking it ‘while watching movie trailers till late’.
  • Ravitez and his mentor Afrojack definitely have an old school-flavoured summer EDM anthem in play with the instrumental “2012”, which climbs up 22-18.

  • Norway’s Matoma and blog favourite MAX make an impressive pairing with the expressive “Lonely”, which rises 24-19.

Three Debuts

  • Just as their recent “White Lies” peaks at #7, don’tcha know that Dutch duo The Him come back aboard the chart with what might be their best song to date.  Co-written by and sung by American singer Parson James, “Broken Love” is a supreme soundtrack to lost love that arrives on the chart at an impressive #20!
  • I jumped on the Rüfüs Du Sol train a little late, but the Aussie trio are back and better than ever with “No Place” with its big instrumental hook.  They make their bow on the chart at #24.
  • Also new to the chart is Estonian producer/DJ Madison Mars who gets on the summer party anthem train with the brief but heavy and fun “Back The Funk”, which premieres at #25.

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“How I Feel” is an exquisite intro to the next phase of new music from @BrightLightx2

BRIGHT LIGHT BRIGHT LIGHT, “How I Feel”

After the worldwide success of his third album Choreography and the subsequent Tales Of The City EP that followed, from which came my now-favourite Bright Light Bright Light song “New York Pretty”, BLx2 launches his next phase of new music with “How I Feel” from the upcoming EP Tough Love.  The singer/songwriter (who is Wales-born Rod Thomas, now dividing his time between London and NYC) has the unique flair for capturing isolated moments in time and space and then transforming them into song.  “How I Feel” tells about when you are all show and glow with your special person in public or with others, and while they don’t realize it, the sentiments are actually the same in private.  It’s so nice to hear a positive spin on a relationship, when someone’s smile or touch means so much, and Rod’s snapshot hits home.  “How I Feel” bears some similarity musically to other solid electronic pop BLx2 songs (“Cry At Films”, “In Your Care”) which will please fans.  Can’t wait for more new Bright Light Bright Light music!

Published in: on June 10, 2018 at 6:10 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Crank That: “Bring It To Me” is a worthy summer house anthem from @Shaanmusic with @NinoLucarelli in a @iamKaaze mix

SHAAN and NINO LUCARELLI, “Bring It To Me” (Kaaze mix)

It hasn’t really happened in a few years, but there are some songs in a lineup to garner your attention as Summer Dance Anthems, and one of these comes from India’s Shaan with “Bring It To Me” as sung by American vocalist Nino Lucarelli in a Kaaze mix. The song was debuted by Hardwell as the theme to his charity show “World’s Biggest Guestlist”, and it’s hard not to wonder why.  The song builds beautifully and doesn’t launch into its full set of lyrics until after the 2 minute mark.  Not many records can do that, but Shaan knows how to create momentum and undivided attention.  By the time Nino’s compelling voice begins, you are immersed in “Bring It To Me”.  There’s a lot to be said for Kaaze’s mix which beautifully captures the intensity of the song.  So yes, like many other performers, Shaan is looking back to the golden years of EDM earlier in this decade and putting his spin on it to tantalize his many fans.  “Bring It To Me” is an epic anthem that will stand with the best of them in time.