Enjoy the quiet, soulful heartbreak of “Break Me” by @JustinNozuka from his new EP “then, now and again”

JUSTIN NOZUKA, “Break Me”

After leading the way with the gorgeous R&B/pop duet with England’s Mahalia on “No One But You” and the blissful and subtle “summer night 08”, Toronto’s Justin Nozuka arrives with his first EP since 2018’s album Run To Waters called then, now and again.  Also featuring those songs, the EP includes three new ones, “Miami”, “Rains It Pours”, and the standout to me, “Break Me”,  Justin really doesn’t crack any new ground with “Break Me”, but instead offers what he often does best, especially in concert.  “Break Me” is a quiet, expressive song about heartbreak and loss, passionately sung by Justin recalling earlier songs like “Carried You” or “Oh Momma” with its deep-down soulful root.  Fans will love it and “Break Me” is a great place to start for anyone new to the party too.

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L.A.-based Canadian singer/songwriter @PeterFoldy returns with summery vibes of “Friend Zone”

PETER FOLDY, “Friend Zone”

Following the insightful and unintentionally predictive pre-pandemic “Toxic World” (which got to #5 on my chart), L.A.-based Torontonian singer/songwriter Peter Foldy returns with “Friend Zone”.  The double Juno Awards nominee has weaved a contemporary tale about being stuck as friends when you want more out of the relationship.  Written by Peter and co-produced once again with panache by Miklos Malek, “Friend Zone” is anchored with a delightful Islands-flavoured lilt in its chorus.  Peter has the natural ability to write and sing in a timeless, classic style which goes down easy.  So while springtime friends may not end up as summer lovers, you can still dance and sway and have a great time with “Friend Zone”.  While he is also a noted filmmaker and screenwriter currently working on multiple projects, you can expect more new music from Peter Foldy later this year.

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German production duo @Saxity reteam with singer/songwriter @RobbieRosenlive for “The Deeper I Fall”

SAXITY and ROBBIE ROSEN, “The Deeper I Fall”

Germany’s Saxity is on a roll with some fine pop/dance songs like last year’s “Fantasy”, which, along with Victor Perry, featured “American Idol” contestant and singer/songwriter/producer Robbie Rosen.  And the fantastic Robbie – who is everywhere in the pop/dance scene right now – is back in “The Deeper I Fall”.  Like his other collaboration with Dunisco, “When I Lost You”, “The Deeper I Fall” contemplates uncertainty – but in this case falling in love – while set to a contrasting, upbeat arrangement.  It’s hard not to react with a smile when Mr. Stan Sax graces us with a smoldering saxophone hook that helps make the song travel along so quickly, and by the time it’s over you definitely want to hear more.  Thanks to all of this formidable talent, being unsure of what’s next never felt so good in “The Deeper I Fall”.

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“Save Me” is a hot new R&B-rock song from NYC’s @AndyxSuzuki @AndtheMethod

ANDY SUZUKI & THE METHOD, “Save Me”

The last concert I saw before pandemic lockdown included a fun set by NYC’s Andy Suzuki, when he opened for Allen Stone in my city.  The personable singer/songwriter/guitarist and his project The Method return with “Save Me”, their first new music since their third album, 2019’s Alibi.  In “Save Me”, we hear Andy mostly in Prince-ly falsetto mode while the song is anchored in a classic R&B-rock arrangement featuring thundering drums and percussion as well as Andy’s wicked guitar work.  If you enjoy music by Miguel, Anderson.Paak, Allen Stone and others who regularly straddle R&B and rock and turn those genres into one rich melting pot of style, then you can put “Save Me” near the top of your list.  Check out the well-shot supernatural-themed video above which also features The Method’s drummer/percussionist Kozza.

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Get worked up and worked out with the vibrant “Fever” by American pop/R&B singer/songwriter @officialDuncan

DUNCAN, “Fever”

“Fever” will help shift your Spring into full gear, a vibrant and energetic new song that will  also have you worked up and worked out as recorded by American pop/R&B singer/songwriter Duncan.  Once this “Fever” grabs you, it doesn’t have any intention on letting you go.  Duncan has a slick pop style that is greatly complimented by his love for R&B and hip hop.  Co-written and produced by the amazing L.A.-based trio Giiants (recently atop my personal chart with The Disco Fries on “Give It Back”), the song sizzles in that tough place between wanting someone and needing someone.  While he’s released his own songs, over the past few years, Duncan has been heavily involved in other releases by the likes of Pitbull, Austin Mahone and Afrojack, among many others, including several in the hip hop genre. “Fever” is a clean cut breakaway from all of that to ignite Duncan’s many talents in this fresh setting.

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#BILLCSTop30 #611, April 12/21

The chart is shaken and stirred with a lot more vibrant activity than usual!  The favourites of winter are now moving on and making way for the spring upstarts.  In this chart, we have five debuts and a new #1 song.  At the turn of the last decade, I was charting an awful lot of performers with multiple songs from their albums or EP’s.  That time is returning… and unfortunately radio stays the same ol’ same ol’ – Olivia Rodrigo’s “drivers license” took weeks before it was a #1 radio hit.  In any event, I think you’ll enjoy this chart in particular and be sure to check out the songs!!

L.A.-based electronic dance producer Mahalo obtains his second #1 song on the chart with “Not Watching Anymore” (above).  Mahalo has been a mainstay on my chart for the last five years, and his first #1 occurred in 2017 with “Perfect” featuring Canadian singer/co-writer Cat Lewis.  Mahalo has an even better chart week with his latest single “Got That Love” (below), which is the Highest Debut on the chart at #22.  Both productions are in the deep house vein but still quite different from each other, “Watching” sung by a woman, and “Got” sung by a man (both uncredited).

It doesn’t happen too often, but the Fastest Riser on the chart moves up from 15-3, and it’s the absolutely smoking deep house anthem “No More Looking Back”.  The song is brought to you by the partnership of actor/producer Idris Elba and Kevin Saunderson and his revamped Inner City, with a magnificent vocal by singer Steffanie Christi’an.  

These past few weeks I have needed my regular dose of “Jealous” by French producer Wizzay”, which climbs 7-5 from his EP Who I Am?

While Victor Perry’s collaboration with German producers Cal1 and L’essay, his ballad called “Stories” (above), gets snug in the Top 10 moving up 8-6, his second entry with Italy’s Lordnox races toward the Top 10.  The upbeat house track “Myself In You” (below) soars 24-17.

It’s still more than a week away, but Porter Robinson’s long-awaited Nurture album arrives on April 23, and from it, “Look At The Sky” becomes his second Top 10 on my chart, moving 13-8.

Robbie Rosen is a name you’ve been seeing often in my blog for the last 4 or 5 months, and you’ll have to get used to seeing it even more.  The “American Idol” contestant is a rarity – turning out high quality music in huge quantities so far this year!  So, expecting no less, his recent banger with Norway’s Dunisco called “When I Lost You” (above) glides 19-13, while his work with Canada’s MADA and German newcomer production duo inLU called “Habits” (below) bows at #28.

The return of Sweden’s Eric Saade is eyeing another Top 10 placement for him with the Melodifestivalen finalist “Every Minute” vaulting 21-13.

I’m digging how “American Cliché” by Finneas rocks out, definitely one for which you need to turn up your speakers, and it climbs 26-21.

Karen Harding’s latest with UK producer Shift K3Y, the zippy “Morning”, moves up 27-22.

Another brilliant debut this week is a welcome return of Australia’s Peter Wilson and England’s Sean Smith singing together.  While last time it was on the marvelous original “Verona”, this time it’s on a worthy cover choice of the late Robert Miles’ “One And One”, which arrives at #25.  Currently it appears on Peter’s new album Electricity, but will be available as a single with dance mixes later in the week!

Like Gareth Emery’s “You’ll Be OK” last year, “Shine A Light” by France’s 2 Thunders with L.A. based singer/songwriter OMZ combines a touching story about being close to dying with an upbeat 90’s house-flavoured melody.  It debuts at #26.

The fifth debut is by British Columbia’s Tyler Shaw, following up last year’s “Remember”, which peaked at #9.  Bowing at #27 is the Dzeko remix of “When You’re Home”, which totally suits this darker deep house mix from its original pensive ballad format.

NEW!! Planet Radio Canada has returned to the interwebs with The Musicman James Rogers and his “3D Variety Show” each week for three hours of great music as well as a few features.  Listen to my New Music Pick of the Week (usually featuring a song on the chart) in the second hour of the show.  Tomorrow, the show will also spotlight 1960’s greats Lou Christie and Leslie Gore.  Planet Radio Canada’s “3D Variety Show” is simulcast on http://www.classichits.ca and http://www.radiogta.ca from 6 to 9 pm EST.

The music from this chart and blog are also featured regularly on the online radio station The New Radio GTA. You can hear their Big 20 on Wednesday evenings, also with ‘The Musicman’ James Rogers, and listen for songs from the chart too 🙂Scroll down the station’s main page to listen to lots of variety from across the decades!  I’m the new music consultant for the station so you can expect even more 🙂  You can start by joining Radio GTA’s new interactive Facebook group too!!

View the full BILLCS Top 30 right here!  Click on the hyperlink on the song titles to hear the songs or watch the videos!

Listen to the BILLCS Top 30 Songs on Spotify! Click on this link to take you there, and follow me on Spotify: BILLCS Top 30 Songs

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“Better Day” is a short but sweet surprise from UK producers @thisisWh0, the amazing @NileRodgers and vocalist @JoshBarrymusic

WH0, NILE RODGERS and JOSH BARRY, “Better Day”

“Better Day” is a cool surprise for dance music fans.  Although it seems like only a taste at 2:30, it is in fact a redux of a Nile Rodgers production by CHIC’s Norma Jean called “High Society”.  To boot, Nile has been such a fan of British producers WH0 (known so far mainly for their remixes as well as wearing masks in performance) during their short three year existence, that he invited them to revisit and transform “High Society”, at Abbey Road Studios no less.  Bringing in one-time touring vocalist for Gorgon City, British singer Josh Barry, “Better Day” is a shiny treat of positivity, decked out in classic Nile Rodgers rhythm guitar while Josh’s soulful vocal takes it to even another level.  “Better Day” is proof that you never know who is listening.  Like Elton John and a few other veterans, Nile has maintained his buzz for new music and paying it forward since CHIC’s heyday 40 years ago, and as a result now we’ll be hearing a lot more new music from WH0 too.

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#TheVoice’s @ChrisBluelive returns with the infectious soul-pop of “Moon”

CHRIS BLUE, “Moon”

Although he hasn’t been away from releasing music since he won “The Voice” with coach Alicia Keys in 2017, his latest single “Moon” is a restart in a sense.  “Moon” returns Knoxville, Tennessee-based Chris Blue to the soul-pop that enticed “The Voice” audience to vote him as the winner of season 12, after performing such diverse songs as Motown classic “The Tracks Of My Tears”, Prince’s “Diamonds and Pearls”, Miguel’s “Adorn”, Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic”, R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts”, and more.  He continued to show his versatility after the show with the top notch, ages-old-soulful but risky “Blue Blood Blues”, as well as a holiday EP.  He’s in excellent form in “Moon”, which is a solid original composition that moves along briskly with a memorable lead up to its infectious chorus.  It may have taken four years, but with songs like “Moon”, it looks like 2021 will be a very good year indeed for Chris Blue.

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Canada’s @TheBoomtangBoys return with their spin on @FleetwoodMac’s “Everywhere” with vocalist @KatrinaAstasia

THE BOOMTANG BOYS and KATRINA ANASTASIA, “Everywhere”

It’s been a long while since we’ve heard from Canadian dance producers The Boomtang Boys, though Rob DeBoer and Tony Grace have worked on other projects under other names.  But you’ll have to go back to the late 90’s and early 2000’s for songs such as their biggest hit “Squeeze Toy”, their cover of “Popcorn”, and the inimitable “Hamster Dance”.  Abandoning novelties for their return, they instead put their spin on Fleetwood Mac’s 1987 pop hit “Everywhere”.  I’m not a lover of cover versions, but “Everywhere” works just fine on its own and stands firmly outside of Fleetwood Mac’s shadow, thanks to a well-chosen and delightful vocal by new Toronto singer Katrina Anastasia.  The video for the song is a gentle, feel-good effort (particularly for dog lovers), and one can only wonder where music will take The Boomtang Boys next.

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Australia’s @NeedsNoSleep and Jeremy Beamish team up for irresistible house track “Unnatural”

NEEDS NO SLEEP and JEREMY BEAMISH, “Unnatural”

“Unnatural” wastes no time crawling between your ears and getting stuck inside for repeat plays.  It’s brought to you by Australian producer Needs No Sleep in collaboration with vocalist/songwriter Jeremy Beamish, one half of The Beamish Brothers, who have already graced these blog pages with their great songs.  “Unnatural” projects appropriately dark atmosphere, in a moody but cool house track that meshes the pan-European sound of a Nora En Pure with an inward-facing anthem that might fit fellow Aussies The Presets.  Jeremy Beamish turns the page successfully into new territory with a deeper, hypnotic vocal than we are used to hearing with The Beamish Brothers. Needless to say, “Unnatural” is a simply marvelous track and I’m delighted that it’s making its way up the the ARIA club chart into the Top 30.

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