“What About Now” by @MKJaff featuring @Evangelia_music is vibrant, alluring dance pop

MKJ featuring EVANGELIA, “What About Now”

Texas-based self-taught musician and dance producer MKJ continues a steady stream of intriguing productions and remixes with an original, “What About Now”.  Even if it’s leading more with a pop flavour, “What About Now” has vibrant vibes and lots of tropical-sounding high end synth sounds that simply soar and will capture the ears of anyone who likes to have a good time.  New Jersey singer Evangelia offers a persuasive gal-next-door vocal to draw you in, while MKJ surrounds it with attractive beats and rhythms to help provide the positive reply to the title phrase.  Side note:  If you’ve been to China recently, you may have heard a song called “Time” which features a Morgan Freeman-soundalike narrative set to dance music.  It’s a little something MKJ created a few years back that is now taking on a massive life of its own outside of North America that I will leave you to investigate for your listening pleasure.  Our friends at Tipsy Records have got MKJ and are working on more fine music like “What About Now” and “Time” coming to you in 2018!  Check out “What About Now” at the link above.

Published in: on December 5, 2017 at 11:41 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Booty luv gets its due in “Crazy” by @EneaMarchesini_ featuring Robin Marchetti @Robinfortyseven

ENEA MARCHESINI featuring ROBIN MARCHETTI, “Crazy”

Not to be confused with any of the numerous other songs of the same title, “Crazy” is a fun ode to a lover’s boo-tay and wanting to get romantic under the sheets, courtesy of producer Enea Marchesini and fellow Italian singer Robin Marchetti for Balmung Digital Recordings.  As slight and silly as it may be, “Crazy” totally works thanks to Robin’s lust-struck vocal which is separated by a most welcome and not too dirty deep house drop that makes the record bounce and more than just a novelty.  “Crazy” is just for you wild ones who like enjoy letting loose on the dance floor.  Be pleasantly surprised as you listen to “Crazy” at the link above.

The Hardest Part often is “Waiting On You” by @weareJRL & #Ludvigsson featuring @theMaxLandry

JRL & LUDVIGSSON featuring MAX LANDRY, “Waiting On You”

“Waiting On You” is a slice of Swedish pop that sincerely conveys the angst in relationships when waiting for the other half to make an important decision.  Production trio JRL and newcomer Ludvigsson let a bright future bass-influenced melody lead the way while US singer Max Landry, having previously worked with JRL as well as D-12 and Boldy James, sells the story with conviction.  And though “Waiting On You” will be very convincing in clubs come slow dance time, all involved manage to capture the essential elements of pure pop without dominating it with tricks and vocal effects which would detract from the core of what it’s about.  Listen to “Waiting On You” at the link above.

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Soulful Holiday Spirit: “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” by @BrandynBurnette has a laid back #Fugees vibe

BRANDYN BURNETTE, “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”

It is indeed one of my favourite Christmas songs, but Brandyn Burnette’s spin on “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” deserves to be heard because of its chill, soulful vibe that would definitely make Lauryn Hill and Fugees fans proud.  Brandyn reaches into that old-soul bluesy R&B style that surfaces in his songs now and again to bring a contemporary, content and, holiday-happy ambiance to this classic.  The music is minimal and like the best renditions of “Merry Little” it’s all about the vocal and the style.  Add it to your holiday Spotify playlist at the link above.

Toronto’s @Beatchild & @TheSlakadeliqs are back featuring @JustinNozuka in the 60’s throwback “The Only Difference”

BEATCHILD & THE SLAKADELIQS featuring JUSTIN NOZUKA, “The Only Difference”

There are a lot of parallels between the late 60’s and the late ’10’s, mainly the aftermath of unfortunate politics prompting songwriters to focus on writing on songs about love, peace and understanding.  And Beatchild & The Slakadeliqs, in their first release in some time, are all about that, along with featured vocalist Justin Nozuka on “The Only Difference” (as with late 2011’s “Love Controls The Sun”, which I wrote about in a post right here).  So not only thematically is it a throwback to the 60’s, but in my estimation (and I could be wrong) the music, with its simple piano melody, and the harmonic vocals full of symmetry, recall many soul groups of that era like Five Stairsteps, The Delfonics, The Intruders and so on.  The rest of the music is terrific collaborative jamming, making “The Only Difference” go down very easy, and having me wonder what it would all sound like in a live setting.  Check it out at the Spotify link above. 

Published in: on December 2, 2017 at 8:30 pm  Leave a Comment  
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A New Ode to Berlin: “My Name Is Lola” by @LolaDutronic

LOLA DUTRONIC, “My Name Is Lola”

Veteran Toronto electronic duo Lola Dutronic keeps it simple with their ode to their city of choice, Berlin, called “My Name Is Lola”.  Despite what you might think, no, it’s not an answer song to Barry Manilow’s “Copacabana” 😛  It follows up the duo’s summer redux of Man2Man’s 80’s delight “Male Stripper”.  Musically “My Name is Lola” takes its almost classic melody in a cue from “Prayer In C” by LillyWood & The Prick and Robin Schulz, with even perhaps some lingering traces of 80’s Kraftwerk underneath.  Its video above, featuring singer Stephanie B., as well as some shoutouts in German, is a snappy travelogue that will please fans of the city.  “My Name Is Lola” is easy to sink between your ears and get under your skin and down to your toe-tapping feet, and you can download it on Lola Dutronic’s Bandcamp page right here.

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A Taut makeover for “Cities In Dust” by #SiouxsieandtheBanshees c/o remixers @Nazariff_ and @RoseThrone_

SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES, “Cities In Dust” (Nazariff x Rosé Throne remix)

Take it from someone who lived through the era as an adult, and also someone who doesn’t write about older songs remixed very often, American remixers Nazariff and Rosé Throne have done contemporary justice to 1985 alt.rock and dance classic “Cities in Dust” by Siouxsie & The Banshees originally from the Tinderbox album.  It was an important record for Siouxsie.  After many hits in the UK starting in 1978, “Cities In Dust”, with its raw vocal and tribal rhythm, was her US breakthrough, which ultimately culminated in the 1991 pop and dance hit “Kiss Them For Me”, and effectively extending her chart career to 1995 in the UK.  Nazariff and Rosé Throne honour the goth origins of the song, giving it a cinematic, taut makeover that loses nothing in its translation to 2017.  It’s hard to get it right and please everyone, but Siouxsie fans and club DJ’s will certainly embrace this remix.  You can download it for free at the link above.

#BILLCSTop30 #523 – November 27/17

There’s lots of movement on the new chart, plus five debuts, three of which are Canadian, which constitutes a mini-takeover 😛  The top of the chart pretty much stays put as other newer songs get closer.

The Top 10

  • The top of the chart is still grooving to old school Chicago-styled house as mixed with contemporary electronic pop.  It’s once again “Need Your Heart”, brought to you by Australia-based UK producer Latchmere from his EP Lovedrunk.  Zooming in on the Top 10 is another song from the EP “Monster”, featuring Aussie female vocalist Dylan, zipping up the chart 18-11.
  • Shoffy’s thoughtful-with-a-beat “Flags” (featuring) looks like it will give “Need Your Heart” the most competition at #1, as the single from his debut self-titled album climbs 5-3.
  • The unbridled energy and attitude of “No Hands” sends it into the Top 5 for the collaboration of producers it’s different and Forever MC, and lethal vocal combo of blackbear and MAX.  It’s too bad the song has never seen official release but is still available as a free download.
  • Making its presence known in the Top 10 for the first time is “Wake Up To The Night” by Miami’s Alyx Ander featuring The Voice top ten contestant and songwriter Caroline Pennell, rising 11-6.
  • US/UK duo Culpriit also move up within the Top 10 with “Driveway” climbing 10-7.
  • The new cool word is “splish”.  Miguel and Travis Scott claim #8 with “Sky Walker” from the upcoming War & Leisure album.  Miguel also nabs one of the five debuts further down…
  • The Thrill Of It All is a beautiful follow up to In The Lonely Hour, a completely different kind of album where the best songs are the ones you won’t hear on the radio, aside of course from “Too Good At Goodbyes”, which moves up 13-9.  You’ll find Sam’s duet with star-on-the-rise YEBBA at #23 with “No Peace”.

Movin’ On Up

  • We have more MAX in his pairing with SAINT WKND on “Survive” rising 19-13 in a fierce PLS&TY remix that totally gets the vibe of the song.
  • Dutch duo The Him look to get to the Top 10 quickly with “Everybody Hurts”, a free download for you featuring Australian singer Ivy Adara, which soars 24-15.
  • A second entry for producer/songwriter Frank Pierce jumps 25-17, “Do Me” featuring vocalist Miles B.  You won’t be able to sit still with the buoyant rhythm of this one. Frank still sits pretty at #4 with pals Nick Peters and Scott Vega with “No Love In Brooklyn”.
  • The fastest riser on the chart is from the aforementioned British singer YEBBA (aka Abbey Smith) with her debut single “Evergreen” rocketing up the chart 29-18.  Patiently waiting for more news about YEBBA!
  • “Murder” is an infectious slice of deep house from Dutch producer/DJ Lady Bee featuring fellow producer Tropkillaz and standout vocalist Oktavian.  It climbs 23-20.

Five Debuts

  • The high point of Tiësto’s Club Life Vol. 5 – China album comes early on with Toronto’s own Dzeko scoring with potent cover of Seal’s 90’s hit “Crazy” in a Tiësto Big Room mix, which charges on to the chart at #21.  Tiësto has appeared numerous times on this chart, the last time with his remix of “Let You Go” by The Chainsmokers and Great Good Fine OK in 2015.  Dzeko has only had one prior appearance, but it was a doozy – a #1 in 2016 with buddy Luis Torres as well as Sweden’s Hellberg with “Care For Me”, my #2 song of last year.
  • It’s Miguel again at #27 with “Pineapple Skies”, which revels in the music of Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder so much that it’s just plain joyful!  
  • Song #2 on the chart for Toronto’s Loud Luxury premieres at #28 with new vocalist Brando in the irresistible “Body” (this time for Armada).  The duo has had two #1’s this year with “Fill Me In” (with Ryan Shepherd) and “Show Me” (with Nikki’s Wives) – will “Body” be next?
  • It immediately got under my skin when I first heard it two weeks ago, so Swiss/South African producer/DJ Nora En Pure’s “Tears In Your Eyes” arrives on the chart at #29.
  • A third Torontonian bows on the chart this week, and it is indeed the previously mentioned Ryan Shepherd, whose amazing new slice of deep house “Right Now” (featuring Dirty Hary) bows at #30.

View the full BILLCS Top 30 right here, and be sure to click on the photos to hear all of the songs.

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A few words with huge props to @BTS_twt “DNA” and “Mic Drop” (@SteveAoki remix)

BTS, “DNA”

BTS, “Mic Drop” (Steve Aoki remix)

First off, I’m no expert on K-Pop and really have only had a fleeting interest as millions of fans embrace it around the world.  If PSY didn’t generate the interest 5 years ago with “Gangnam Style” because of that song’s novelty, he certainly paved the road for the right acts to come along to widen its appeal.  And so, with their appearance on the American Music Awards last week, introduced by their friends The Chainsmokers (who produced a song on their recent album Love Yourself: Her), the young septet BTS broke through with their riveting performance of “DNA”. 

Like many other pop music fans, I immediately bought the song.  The choreography and energy were all on-point in that performance (it didn’t even need live vocals), and it became the highlight of that show, which you can watch above.  Then this past week, a Steve Aoki remix of “Mic Drop” appeared, in two versions, one featuring Desiigner which stays more true to the original hip hop flavour.  But just to show that the walls of music genres can be torn apart right in front of you, the Aoki remix (without Desiigner, below) slams hard while keeping most of the original Korean lyrics intact along with some added English verses, if a trifle long at four and a half minutes.  And with dancing that good in the video, Aoki’s remix should have no trouble taking dance clubs by storm, allowing club goers to create their own fun choreography again too. 

I’m not sure how long seven talented guys can survive in one band with such an intense following, but BTS are here and now and will be one of 2018’s biggest draws.

Published in: on November 26, 2017 at 1:33 pm  Leave a Comment  
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It’s @Saxity and Victor Perry @perksofbeingvic together again for the flowing pop of “You Found Me”

SAXITY featuring VICTOR PERRY, “You Found Me” (free DL)

Sometimes, ongoing partnerships are just meant to be.  When German producers Saxity paired up with NYC-based singer/songwriter Victor Perry for a contemporary take on “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” last year, I just knew we’d hear them again.  Almost a year later, here they are again with “You Found Me”, which has a lovely and positive message for this time of year. Victor’s silky-smooth pop/R&B style gives it the flavour and inspiration it needs, while Saxity gives the deep house melody a seamless flow while adding in saxophone that anchors the song at key moments.  Proving once again that not all electronic pop needs to have a slamming beat and huge synths, “You Found Me” by Saxity and Victor Perry is fine and friendly pop for a variety of playlists.  You can download it for free at the link above.

Published in: on November 25, 2017 at 10:26 pm  Leave a Comment  
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