Meet SoCal indie pop band Private Island @pvtilnd with whimsical new single “Trippin'”

PRIVATE ISLAND, “Trippin'”

If you enjoy your pop music on the lighter, whimsical side on a regular basis or even in small doses, then meet SoCal indie trio Private Island and check out their latest single “Trippin'”. The band says that ““Trippin’, is about [lead singer] Christian’s sewage water leaking into his roommates room, which is directly underneath his own. Walking downstairs to see how he was doing, Christian finds him carefree, sitting at his desk with his shirt off, wearing a moisturizing clay face mask, as if nothing was wrong.” Oh, so you’re listening now? Glad I got your attention. “Trippin'” represents an accessible style of pop that was going out of vogue until big names like Harry Styles tapped back into it. Private Island have been around for a number of years in various incarnations, but this new trio version is tight and has a lot of promie with songs like “Trippin'”.

Dutch producer @SteveVoidmusic and vocalist Sharon Doorson update @CrystalWaters1 classic “Gypsy Woman (La Da Di)”

STEVE VOID and SHARON DOORSON, “Gypsy Woman (La Da Di)”

Through his Strange Fruits Music collective, label owner and electronic dance producer Steve Void nails a remake of Crystal Waters’ classic 90’s pop and dance hit “Gypsy Woman (La Da Di)” – I still have my original 12″ vinyl of it. Undeniably one of my own personal favourites of that era, I was a little hesistant about what to expect. But Steve found the right vocalist with former “The Voice of Holland” contestant Sharon Doorson, who connects well with the same vibe and vocal style of the original. The too brief 2:27 length is less to my liking, but the arrangement is a touch faster than the original, and best of all Steve and team do not mess with a good thing with the song’s overall highly recognizable sound, which should help make “Gypsy Woman” a go-to cover for clubs in the summer of ’22.

Deep cut: @SofiTukker’s new album “WET TENNIS” yields stylish collaboration with UK-US duo @weareBOII

SOFI TUKKER and BOII, “Hold”

As regular readers of this blog know, I’ve been happy to be a frequent listener on the 7 year ride of pop/dance duo Sofi Tukker from the get-go with the Grammy-nominated “Drinkee”. Sofi Tukker recently released their sophomore album WET TENNIS, which follows 2018’s Treehouse, for which they also received a Grammy nomination. The album offers recent singles “Original Sin”, “Sun Came Up” (with John Summit), and “Mon Cheri” (with Amadou & Mariam), which reached #2 on my personal chart late last year. I’ve delved into the album to draw your attention to “Hold”, which is a collaboration with UK-US duo BOII. It’s a stylish, sophisticated dance tune, considerably different from their singles, and even more compelling thanks to downright swoon-worthy vocals by Sophie Hawley-Weld and BOII’s Adam Welsh. “Hold” is a song where you’ll want to cuddle up really close to a special someone, either on the dance floor or somewhere more private. It’s instantly one of my favourite Sofi Tukker songs.

Canadian progressive electronic dance producers @WeAreFury delve into dark future bass with “Crown” featuring @Brassiemusic and @KyReynoldsmusic

WE ARE FURY, BRASSIE and KYLE REYNOLDS, “Crown”

At the end of 2021, Canadian production duo We Are Fury were dabbling with drum ‘n bass sounds in their song “Belong”. Since then, they continue to hone their skills in the future bass sub-genre with a new EP on the way called The Lost and The Damned. Their most recent single “Crown” will be included in that EP. The dark and intriguing song features a lead vocal by new Washington DC-based singer Brassie, with the chorus anchored by the familiar voice of California singer Kyle Reynolds, who you’ve already heard on songs by the likes of Griffyn, Said the Sky, and Two Friends, among others. Brassie’s vocal teases and entices you in, while Kyle sings about the focus of the story in “Crown”. That production and synth work is skilful, creative and playful, which makes “Crown” one of We Are Fury’s best singles to date. Check out the compelling video above – it looks like Joachim and Stuart of We Are Fury got to have the blindfolded roles throughout!

London-based pop singer Natalie Shay is back with her fresh new ballad “Two Sparks”

NATALIE SHAY, “Two Sparks”

When I wrote about Natalie Shay’s “New Wave” last Fall, she sang of happy new experiences in romance. The versatile singer is back but this time has tackled the other end of the spectrum with a poignant ballad called “Two Sparks”. Yes it’s a breakup song, written about when those ones red hot fires of passion have extinguished, but an exceptionally lyrical one, and thanks to her fine vocal, it’s quite an easy listen. And “Two Sparks” isn’t a song intended to make you sad – it’s written in such a relatable way that you might find yourself singing along instead after a few listens. Fans of Halsey, Haim, and Taylor Swift will enjoy this one, as well as fans who generally appreciate good vocalists.

“Confusion Girl” by @Frankmusik becomes an instant pop-dance bop in brand new redux

FRANKMUSIK, “Confusion Girl Completed”

As fans of the talented singer, songwriter and producer already know, Frankmusik is currently re-recording the songs from his debut 2009 album Complete Me and releasing them as he finishes them. “Confusion Girl” was an unconventional electronic delight of its time and was my introduction to Frankmusik, peaking at #11 on my personal chart. He totally dispenses with the original arrangement and gives the excellent song a new lease on life as “Confusion Girl Completed”, now transformed into an undeniable pop-dance bop. The redux is representative of his best and most infectious songs and should get a whole new bunch of believers as a result. If you loved the original, you’ll love this one too, maybe even more.

“Tuff” by @VASSY & GT_ofice @sumip_e gets remixes and the producer launches equally radio-friendly “Moving On” with singer @BrittLari

GT_OFICE & BRITT LARI, “Moving On”

VASSY & GT_OFICE, “Tuff” (remix EP)

“Tuff” by VASSY and GT_ofice is a fun, punchy dance song currently making its way up my personal chart that might be a hard act to follow. But Miami producer GT_ofice found its successor with “Moving On”, a relatable house track featuring singer and co-writer Britt Lari, also on my chart singing on Syence’s insanely catchy “don’t you wanna know”.  The melody and rhythm are key to creating a memorable groove under Britt’s resolute vocal. So “Moving On” should be easily embraced by those dance radio stations that love and are still playing “Tuff”.

“Tuff” also recently received a series of remixes in a new EP designed for clubs and festivals, with a couple of notable highlights from a pair of Australian remixers. Kondo has the most fun with deeper house elements that seem to draw from late 90’s favourites, while Mind Electric alters the pacing more deliberately and adds some percussion flavours which give his remix added sparkle. Check ’em all out below.

The club mix of “Weight Off” by @TheDiscoFries and Danny & Tariq fuses trance and house elements

THE DISCO FRIES and DANNY & TARIQ, “Weight Off” (club mix)

“Weight Off” is a top drawer collaboration between NYC’s The Disco Fries and busy Dutch producers Danny & Tariq. I’m focusing on the Club Mix here because if its impeccable progressive fusion of trance and house elements. While pure 90’s/early 2000’s trance is in big comeback mode, not too many artists marry it with another dance sub-genre. So just when you might think it’s another fun house rave up, along come these cool European-sounding synths which send the song off in a different and welcome direction. Its taut pacing and dramatic middle set piece makes “Weight Off” a no brainer for clubs and festivals.

L.A.-based singer/congwriter @Cobimusic returns with soulful rock ballad “Temptation”

COBI, “Temptation”

It’s a little bit more off the beaten path for Cobi, but his fourth single release in 2022 is the soulful rock ballad “Temptation”. With the release of last year’s moody, compelling album Songs From The Ashes as well as frequent performances online, Cobi seems to have moved on from heart-drenched, blues-soaked rock tunes in favour of equally introspective songs through a different lens. “Temptation” is about being withdrawn and caught up in your head, and finally giving in to follow another path, despite the unknown attached to it. Some of Cobi’s past, highly emotional vocals have left him with this naturally-sounding soulful tone in his voice that pervades “Temptation”. And being a rock ballad in a time where really good ones are few and far between makes “Temptation” a really unexpected earworm. Cobi has just announced a limited European tour, so let’s hope he’ll come back for some live performances later in the year in North America.

#BILLCSTop30 #638 – April 25/22

Due to the fact that there are a lot of songs on the BILLCS Top 30 that I really love, there’s plenty of activity, just not a lot of really BIG movement. This is quite a contrast to my charts of 15 or 20 years ago when many songs would debut high on the chart and spend a longer time at the top before they dropped down the chart. Within the last seven or eight years, songs have usually started off in the 20’s and made a steady climb before peaking and then making a often a big drop. I think this has to do with the sheer volume of music that’s available now, and less reliance on influence from Top 40 radio and major labels, which makes the chart much more unique and personal. Anyway that’s my take on how my current chart is today and you have plenty of music to check out and enjoy!

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The timing of the new BILLCS Top 30 is a bit off this week as we’ll have a new song from Odesza tomorrow! In the meantime “The Last Goodbye”, their rework of Bettye LaVette’s 1965 R&B hit “Let Me Down Easy” continues its reign at the top for a second appearance.

Rising from 8-2 with a firm design on a future destination of #1 is French electronic dance producer Mercer with his tribute, “Aretha”, which is an absolute sure dance floor killer. It becomes Mercer’s third Top Three entry on my chart.

The dynamic trio of Mahalo, Milkwish and Lena Leon climb 6-4 with their deep house track “Careless”.

“Reflection” (10-6) is a beautiful mid-tempo ballad by Years & Years only available on the deluxe edition of the album Night Call.

New to the Top 10 are a pair of house tracks that you can play back-to-back and will keep you moving. “Hold Me Down” (above) by Italy’s Luca+ Giam with singer Sam Merkin moves up 11-8, while “Prisoner” (below) by England’s Shadowkey and singer Jordan Jane climbs 14-10.

Only a handful of songs in the next ten move up four or five spots ohttps://youtu.be/h9CNGPy11Jcn the chart. Rising from 17-13 is “My Love” (above) by Florence & The Machine from the album Dance Fever. Also moving up 21-16 is “Tuff” (below) by Australian dance queen VASSY and Florida electronic dance producer Gt_ofice. Sweden’s Liamoo continues to climb the chart with “Bluffin'” (also below), up 24-20.

And the Fastest Riser on the chart belongs to Harry Styles, who sang recently with Shania Twain at Coachella.  His worldwide #1 “As It Was” soars 25-17.

With the new chart so loaded there are only two debuts. New York City singer/songwriter Victor Perry already has a song in the Top 10 with Saxity called “Oxygen”, but he’s back with his first solo work in two years called “Punching Bag” (above) which bows at #27. It’s Victor’s 14th entry on the chart, and his fourth as a solo artist. He’s also appeared once with his side project Labrose. And at #28 is LA based electronic dance duo capital Syence featuring singer Britt Lari and “don’t you wanna know” (below). Syence’s first chart entry was back in 2017 with Steve Void on the thoughtful electronic ballad “We Won’t Leave You” (#7), and it’s nice to have them back with a rollicking dance track!

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