“London” is L.A.’s @MollyMooremusic at her most sultry, soulful, and diverse

MOLLY MOORE, “London”

After a couple of quieter, perhaps more experimental singles, L.A. singer/songwriter Molly Moore has turned her talents towards a sultry, soulful side that we haven’t seen too much with “London”.  I’m sure this song was inspired by a recent trip to that city, and sometimes with new places come new perspectives.  “London” also taps into classic jazz influences that we’ve previously heard, making it a standout release in her growing catalogue of recordings.  If you like Jessie Ware, Dusty Springfield, or Lisa Stansfield, then be sure to add “London” to a similar playlist.  Hint: A 4 or 5 song EP in this style would be more than welcome!!

Published in: on September 28, 2019 at 5:46 pm  Leave a Comment  
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The voice of Scotland’s Ben Davidson @bdavidsonmusic shines on both the @HandbagHouse remix of “Anything” and @DSMmusic’s ballad “In The Rain”

BEN DAVIDSON, “Anything” (Handbag House remix)

DSM and BEN DAVIDSON, “In The Rain”

Scotland’s Ben Davidson has one of those captivating voices that will alternately make an uptempo song more vibrant or let a softer song make you melt.  

Ben recently released the single “Anything” for Energise Records, but in its original mix I find his vocal doesn’t so much go hand-in-hand with the production’s additional layers of sparkle.  In its remix by Handbag House, “Anything” is so well suited for the deep house genre that you would think it was the original mix.  Like with Sam Dickinson’s “Wild Sun” last year, Handbag House offers a solid alternative for dance clubs to relish.

While Ben co-wrote “Anything”, it and “In The Rain” were co-written by Dan Scholes, a veteran British producer who also records as DSM.  Instead of Ben, “In The Rain” was co-written with Canadian Kim Williams, and it’s an independent release that puts Ben into more-than-comfortable ballad territory, which invokes a story of a past relationship and being constantly haunted by the anguish some memories can cause.  DSM and Ben are so in tune together, making “In The Rain” a stylish and memorable treat for those who like softer music with a great voice to lead the way.

New pop flavours mix with the progressive sounds of electronic producer @iamtheElephante with “Diamond Days”

ELEPHANTE, “Diamond Days”

After touring the hell out of North America for more than the last year, US progressive electronic producer Elephante (aka Tim Wu) has still found time to make more new music.  To follow up his 2018 release Glass Mansion, Elephante brings us “Diamond Days”.  And with this release, he has offered up his own quite pleasing voice to sing the song.  It’s a downright lovely and reflective song, much more personal-sounding than some of his other recent songs which have been sung by powerhouse singers which took them to another level, especially the dance music radio hit “The In-Between”.  “Diamond Days” brings the intensity down a few notches in the vocal department, but it’s compensated by some big beats and rich electronics that transform the song after its chorus.  It’s quite refreshing and will make you recall when you first heard one of his very best known songs, “Closer”, more than three years ago.  Elephante continues to surprise with each of his releases, but I’ll take a few more like “Diamond Days”, thank you.

Published in: on September 24, 2019 at 11:20 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Electronic performer @Frankmusik is back with a pleasing new house-flavoured original, “Do What”

FRANKMUSIK, “Do What”

Now based out of Los Angeles, British electronic performer Frankmusik, written about much in these blog pages over the years, returns with his first new solo music in two years called “Do What”.  This one could be an extension and update of some of Vincent Frank’s best known music from 2013’s Between album, such as, “Captain”, “Map” or “Cake”.  He now may have stepped aside from his highly personal and melodic independent releases of the past few years, “AW17”, “Daybreak” and “For You”, in favour of returning to dance music.  “Do What” is definitely a welcome reboot, with Vince playing with and distorting his own wonderful voice to interesting effect.  The rhythm is carried by consistently punchy house beats and piano riffs which will sound perfect in clubs.  And the pitched-up vocal near the end definitely provides the whacked-out feel of the earlier songs mentioned above without being as frenetic.  I’m hoping that this new amusing and entertaining Frankmusik sound in “Do What” is back to stay!

Published in: on September 24, 2019 at 11:20 pm  Leave a Comment  
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New Atlanta pop/electronic duo Vedado, featuring returning producer @Popeska, do it their way with “Messing Around”

VEDADO, “Messing Around”

Vedado is Atlanta duo Ralf Popescu – aka electronic producer Popeska, making a return to the music scene after a lengthy absence – and Matt Petters, two friends who first started writing together 5 years ago, and are now committing music to recording with their debut single “Messing Around”.  It’s got a tight pop/rock sound thanks to the surprising ample presence of electric guitar, which carries the song’s melody all the way through, and lets synths and other instruments play second fiddle to flesh it all out.  To be honest I’m not sure what the song is all about and yeah, perhaps the guys aren’t 100% on the mark with the vocal.  But it’s an infectious song that definitely gives you what Vedado hoped – a fun, light-hearted, collaborative vibe. And who could knock them for that?

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Nashville R&B/pop singer @RLumRmusic is on the bubble with major label release “Cold”

R.LUM.R., “Cold”

A lot has happened since last October when I first wrote about R&B/pop singer/songwriter R.LUM.R.  He signed to Island Records, has had millions of plays on Spotify, has been written up in Rolling Stone, is being booked for festivals… yeah the kind of stuff to which most performers look forward.  And his debut album Surfacing is out on October 4/19.  It’s been preceded by the single “Cold”, the story of when romance simply dies in a relationship, in this case reassuring that it’s nobody’s fault.  R.LUM.R.’s voice is equally effective when it’s quiet or soaring, and “Cold” offers both.  It’s for those who like their R&B with alternative flavours, and could do well on open-minded radio stations who like to play newer talent before other stations.  “Cold” is very convincing and would likely be best heard live in a small club setting.

Published in: on September 19, 2019 at 10:33 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Prolific Boston singer/songwriter @AlmostOwenmusic will entertain you with “From The Outside”

ALMOST OWEN, “From The Outside”

Boston’s Almost Owen is definitely one of the new talents of 2019 to whom you should pay attention.  While he’s an indie singer/songwriter and bedroom producer, with entertaining stories like “From The Outside” signalling why his music might be meant for more than that.  Every song he releases is distinctly different yet quite recognizable as Almost Owen.  I’m still digging his fun, brief and in-your-face “We Out Here”, which is an interesting contrast to “From The Outside”, a song that seems to take a lot of cues from late 70’s AM radio pop – taking me back to Kenny Nolan’s “I Like Dreaming” for story, and Starbuck’s “Moonlight Feels Right” for melody – as well as classic performers like his mentor Paul Simon and James Taylor.  Almost Owen creates fresh slices of life carried by lovely melodies and infectious rhythms, and “From The Outside” puts him another notch ahead.

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L.A. singer/songwriter @AllyHills straddles dance and pop with earworm “Not Now”

ALLY HILLS, “Not Now”

L.A. singer/songwriter Ally Hills is not only a multi-instrumentalist – guitar, drums, keys – but she’s also a You Tube vlogger who often posts about LGBTQ issues and has over 700,000 followers there.  “Not Now” apparently breaks away from two previous darker sounding songs in favour of a chipper melody that carries the story of someone who denies that a relationship has ended, spending time reveling in what-could-have’s and what-might-have’s.  It’s an instantly likeable, breezy earworm with a playful but knowing vocal that deserves attention alongside those new Ariana Grande and Lana Del Rey songs.

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Jamaica-born Caymanian singer/songwriter/producer @LonneyLove celebrates new love with “Waiting 4 U”

LONNEY LOVE, “Waiting 4 U”

Even if his last name wasn’t Love, you could easily tell that R&B/pop singer Lonney Love is a romantic, given his passionate vocal on his new single “Waiting 4 U” from his upcoming EP.  The singer, songwriter and producer has absolutely gorgeous tone in his voice that is reminiscent of Seal.  Although “Waiting 4 U” weaves an honest and interesting story of love whose hook definitely sinks in after a few listens, I find it a bit too deliberately paced.  It’s a fine enough introduction though and I definitely want to hear more from Lonney Love.

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#BILLCSTop30 #570 – September 16/19

Right now I have so many favourites out there.  Just a little insider information – I have a new music playlist of about 60-70 that includes these 30, which I play regularly during the week.  To keep track of my submissions and new songs I want to hear, I have a Spotify playlist – at least for those songs on Spotify.  So I’m usually always checking something out that’s new in the week when I’m not writing!  

The new chart has a lot of smaller moves and songs holding steady that I enjoy, but in two weeks that’s likely all to change, with so many new faves waiting in the wings.

Ukrainian dance group Kazaky hold tight at #1 with the Depeche Mode-influenced “Push”.  The song doesn’t sound like much out there right now, which makes its 80’s and 90’s influences all the more refreshing.

So what is wrong with US radio?  “Higher Love” by Kygo and Whitney Houston should be one of the year’s biggest hits, as it is worldwide, particularly in England, where, like on this chart, it has reached #2.  The dance music crowd loves it though and it is topping dance charts everywhere.  Check out the recent video for the song above.

The cool synths of “Monday Blues” by Eric Sharp and Zhao allow it to continue to move up a notch to #3.

“Tough Love” by Avicii, Agnes and Vargas & Lagola climbs 9-5.  It’s both Avicii and Agnes’ second Top 5 on this chart.  Avicii got to #3 in 2013 with “Addicted To You”, while Agnes reached #1 back in 2009 with “Release Me”.

Canadians Loud Luxury lands in the Top 10 for the 4th time with “I’m Not Alright” (12-8, above) with US vocalist Bryce Vine, while Australian producer Throttle gets his first – outside of his #1 remix of Troye Sivan’s “My! My! My!”  – with the thoughtful “Dreamer” rising 13-9 (below).  Also below, you can check out Throttle’s latest release “Japan”.

 

The fastest riser on the chart belongs to US production duo Midnight Kids with “Those Were The Days”, which soars 18-10.  In the past few weeks, vocalist of the song, Jared Lee, posted a video of him singing the song live in the studio accompanied simply by piano, always a true test to find the great singers behind the complex production of many songs.  Check out the original above, and the acoustic version below.

The deep bass beats of “Give Me Love” continue to climb the chart for producers Ken Summit and Eric Kupper with vocalist Amy Douglas.  The throwback to late 90’s club music rises 16-12.

Another thoughtful song with a really terrific vocal and honest lyrics is “Graduate” by singer/songwriter/author Simon Curtis.  It moves up 17-13.  I can’t tell you how I love that Simon is back making great music after a protracted absence.

All of the previous five debuts move up steadily, and are still led by the fun OKJAMES remix of “Like Like” by UK indie singer/songwriter Lostchild.  It moves up 23-19.

Right behind it is the song that uses a Finnish acapella performance to sample and form its key hook.  It’s called “Run Wild” by L.A.-based producer PLS&TY, and it rises 24-20.

The chart had room for three debuts, and they changed a number of times when creating the chart.  While there are a slew of fantastic new songs that will help last out the year, the three that premiere have all actually been on release for a number of weeks.

First up at #27 is British singer/songwriter Benedict Cork with “Breaking Hearts”, which I have been playing for months and richly deserves more attention as the highest debut.  Benedict has one of those instantly likeable, pristine voices that can make short work of just about any song.  And this original quickly gets stuck in your head.

Next up is the first entry by TheKnocks in 2019, the fun charmer that is “Awa Ni”, featuring singer Kah-Lo, which arrives at #28.  “Awa Ni” appears to be an expression of praise in Kah-Lo’s native Nigerian.  The song’s lyrics have an interesting disconnected train of thought about them, but it all comes together as summery, festive, and joyous. It’s also The Knocks’ 7th entry since 2012.  The prolific duo have released another four singles since “Awa Ni” first appeared in July.

The last debut is a dark and progressive song for late nights that club DJ’s will totally dig.  It’s “Flicker” by NYC-based producers (and brothers) Anden at #29.  Pete and Tom previously appeared on the chart back almost three years ago as remixers of Satchmode’s “Undertow” (#12).

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