Another dance/pop jewel from @TheHim “Everybody Hurts” featuring @IvyAdara

THE HIM featuring IVY ADARA, “Everybody Hurts” (free DL)

Dutch duo The Him bestows us with another delightful pop/dance track which you can grab for free for now up top, “Everybody Hurts” (not, of course, a cover of the R.E.M. song).  It is indeed a sad song masquerading as an upbeat tropical dance club tune, and it’s brought to life by the vocals of Australian singer Ivy Adara, who relates the lyrics and makes us know that it’s all right to feel the pain of sadness.  So there’s no better way to deal with it sometimes but to revel in the big beats and synths and let it all go 🙂  It really is as uncomplicated as that.  “Everybody Hurts” is well worth your time and The Him are on a prolific roll following the recent “Secrets” and “Oasis”.

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DIY musician @RustyHookmusic offers sophisticated electronica in “Relief” featuring @Truittmusic

RUSTY HOOK featuring TRUITT, “Relief”

From You Tube tutorials to teaching himself how to use Ableton to becoming a member of the group Slow Hours, and influenced initially by Madeon, France’s Rusty Hook (aka Guillaume Costes) comes to us from a new way of learning and making music, and putting it all together as something diverse and tangible to call to your attention.  “Relief” is a moody, sophisticated slice of electronic music, not what I would say is a dance track meant for clubs.  It’s fairly unpredictable where it goes though of course its constant is the melody which will stay with you after the song is over.  The singing on “Relief” is by one half of rising Nashville sibling electronic duo Truitt, namely the beautiful voice of Brigetta.  “Relief” shifts between chilled out moments and others that are bigger but contained, and the vocals carry the song as much as the electronic wizardry.  “Relief” is from Rusty Hook’s upcoming EP Romance Is Dead, Good Riddance, and you can listen at the link above.

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WORLD PREMIERE: Spain’s @We_Architects meet L.A.’s Eddy Faulkner @Eddyftw2 for lyrical banger “Fire”

WE ARCHITECTS featuring EDDY FAULKNER, “Fire”

We all need someone in our lives who helps to keep us going to the next level at whatever stages in life we are at.  That’s the basis of L.A.-based singer/songwriter Eddy Faulkner’s “Fire”, for which I have its world premiere 🙂 He’s paired up with Spanish producers/DJs/remixers We Architects, who have recently dropped a number of remixes such as Robin Schulz and David Guetta’s current collaboration.  You’re on the right track if you might believe that this is a lyrical pop song set for a worthy transformation for the dance floor.  Though “Fire” is somewhat understated at the start, relying on Eddy’s voice and story to draw you in, the song is jump-started around the minute mark by We Architects’ engaging production ,which allows the song to take off in a direction you wouldn’t have expected from the beginning.  The balance of the music is so suited for Eddy’s expressive vocal, and “Fire” becomes a dramatic but touching celebration of the sparks in our lives that are often needed.  Add it to your Spotify playlist using the link above.

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“More Than I Do” by @Saxity featuring @Oferlemusic straddles genres with deep house rhythms

SAXITY featuring OFERLE, “More Than I Do” (free DL)

German production duo Saxity returns to straddle genres successfully with “More Than I Do”.  It may not be as noticeable to European audiences as North American ones, but the bright synths and solid deep house rhythms surround a luscious pop/country concoction that is only made better by the alternating male and female vocals from within Indiana trio Oferle.  It’s a singalong, it’s a dance-a-long, and it further continues in dance music what Avicii started in his 2012 album True with “Wake Me Up” and “Hey Brother”.  You’ll also recall Saxity’s glowing folk/pop/dance blend from earlier in the year with “Brothers” (which got to #3 on my personal chart).  There have been a lot of bad imitators and successors to the Avicii record, but Saxity continues to find happy places in songs where everything works so well thanks to spot on production and great choices of vocalists.  “More Than I Do” is a free download for you at the link above.

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Meet Munich’s @Blinded_Hearts with big-sounding and genuine “Human”

BLINDED HEARTS, “Human”

Germany’s Blinded Hearts is a relative newcomer to the dance/EDM world, but has quickly risen to some attention in Europe in the last year with support by the likes of Sam Feldt.  If “Human” is the single to acquire even more response it’s because it’s got a genuine story to get inside your skin that is brought to life from the get-go by big beats and flourishing synth lines.  “Human” goes just fine, thank you, next to songs by Flume, Illenium or Autograf, and the vocals are convincing and eloquent given the topic of Blinded Hearts’ song.  Remixes might help dazzle the song more for clubs, but the big-hearted “Human” plays proudly like on an idyllic day in the open air.  Check it out at the Spotify link above.

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New UK singer @LostChilduk boldly interprets a sparse rendition of @Madonna’s “Skin”

LOSTCHILD, “Skin” (free DL)

It’s so important when an artist covers a song by someone like Madonna that they either get it right in a straight-forward interpretation, or put a unique spin on it to help make it their own.  New UK pop/R&B singer Lostchild chooses the latter path with his version of “Skin”, originally found on Madonna’s 1997 album Ray Of Light.  I honestly hadn’t heard it in a while and had to go back to hear what Madonna achieved with it 20 years ago from one of her most classic albums, which basked in the cutting edge technology of the time.  Lostchild puts aside the focus on technology, opting for a lingering, sparse arrangement that showcases his restrained but often soulful vocal, which is a throwback for me to 80’s alt.pop singers like Feargal Sharkey (“A Good Heart”) or the late Black (“Wonderful Life”).   “Skin” is even shorter than Madonna’s original 6 minute version but its deliberate pacing provides a what’s-coming-up-next? approach that keeps you plugged into it.  “Skin” is a great introduction to Lostchild, from whom we can now look forward to his own new music.  Download “Skin” for free (under the “More” tab) at the link above.

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When lovin’ can’t get better: “We Love” by @Tokimonsta featuring @MNDR in a @FelixCartal remix

TOKiMONSTA featuring MNDR, “We Love” (Felix Cartal remix)

I always get to enjoy knowing more about performers in dance music, and one that I had yet to write about was L.A.-based Tokimonsta.  She pairs up just fine with fellow L.A. denizen MNDR – we last heard her vocalizing with Scissor Sisters in the summer with the charity single “SWERLK”.  Master remixer and my fellow Canadian Felix Cartal throws a huge, happy sheen over “We Love” to make it into a timely anthem for clubs.  Who’s love is better?  Well yours of course!  MNDR’s vocal is bubbly and carefree while Tokimonsta gives those deep grooves some edge that resonates right till the end.  “We Love” will filter down to your feet but will first grab you around the heart, which sounds about right.  Give it a hard listen at the link above.

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As the evening winds down there’s “Honey” by @Madnapmusic featuring @SophiexMeiers

MADNAP featuring SOPHIE MEIERS, “Honey”

The big beats have stopped. Sports is over on TV.  Your favourite movie has roared to a finale.  So it’s time to find some quiet private time with that special someone.  “Honey” by L.A.’s Madnap sets the tone nicely for what might follow.  Featuring a sultry and confident vocal by Sophie Meiers, “Honey” whirls the slow dance to the end with melodic, hollow sounds providing a sometimes acoustic backdrop while Sophie sings as if she’s the second last one in the room next to her own loved one.  Madnap makes “Honey” glimmer and it’s hardly sugary sweet, more like the teaspoon you want to lick from sitting in your cup of tea.  While clubs could easily use it in a slower set mid-evening, the most appropriate and effective place for “Honey” is near or at the end.  Madnap keeps it new and fresh at the link above.

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#BILLCSTop30 #519 – October 2/17

The start of Fall brings a chart that is crammed with great music particularly near the top. There’s a new #1 and four new songs to keep your head and feet particularly happy!
The Top 10  

  • Toronto’s Loud Luxury, the duo of Andrew Fedyk and Joseph De Pace, with the wonderful assist from fellow locals Nikki’s Wives, are back at the top of the chart, this time with the bass-laden “Show Me”. That’s two in a row this year following their big ‘n deep house cover of Craig David’s “Fill Me In” with another Torontonian, Ryan Shepherd. But “Show Me” has pretty fierce competition just bubbling below.
  • CVBZ’s “Be Like You”, in a Sean Turk remix (above), inches up to #2, while “Perfect” by L.A.’s Mahalo featuring singer Cat Lewis (below) is on its tail at #3. Who knows what will happen in two weeks! Sooo close!

  • At #5, why it’s Lauv with one of the best club-worthy singalongs of the year, “I Like Me Better”. Already in demand, you can catch the singer/songwriter also on DJ Snake’s new one “A Different Way”.
  • Soaring into the Top 10, up 14-7, is the Franco-American collaboration of “No Love In Brooklyn” by Nick Peters & Frank Pierce featuring Scott Vega. It has one of the catchiest choruses of the year, too!

  • The ever-recognizable voice of singer/songwriter Matthew Koma lands in the Top 10 for the 9th time since 2012 as either a solo or featured artist with the pensive ballad “Suitcase”, rising 12-9.

Movin’ On Up

  • “You (It’s All About You)” by Carlos Nóbrega’s debut album The Art Of Making Love climbs 18-14 to drive home the importance of commitment to one’s loved one. From Carlos’ other project Almageddon, also check out the latest video below for the majestic instrumental “Viva La Vida”.

  • The fastest riser on the chart is the highest debut from the last chart, a club hit in the making for “Need Your Heart”, the classic house opening song for Latchmere’s EP Lovedrunk. It rockets up the chart 23-15.
  • The warm and affectionate “We Won’t Leave You” by Steve Void and Syence continues to climb the chart with its anthemic feel-good message, rising 20-16.
  • The second collaboration by L.A.’s Bobby Nourmand with hip hop artists DOC and Goodmorning is “MIND”, and it jumps 19-17.
  • Possibly the most aggressive and wacked out song on the chart is the dubstep instrumental “Anesthetic” by San Diego’s Convulsic, continue to climb 22-18

  • You can catch a look at the 2017 edition of Sam Smith on Saturday Night Live on October 7, where he will almost certainly sing “Too Good At Goodbyes”, which rises 26-20.
  • “Would You Ever” is a pretty simple piece of songwriting that will leave you pondering if you should! And so it should, as Skrillex and partner-in-crime this time Poo Bear get remixed by MMXVAC’s own scrvp. (in a free download), taking it 27-21 on the chart.

Four Debuts

  • New duo Culpriit is a US/UK collaboration bringing us one of the most infectious songs of the year with “Driveway”, which bows at #24. If you’re trying to think of that song that the melody of the chorus may remind you of, it’s OutKast’s “Ms Jackson”.
  • There are suddenly so many great vocal collaborations surfacing in dance music, and this one deserves to be everywhere. Where else would you get verses by both blackbear and MAX? Brought to us by the team of producers It’s Different and Forever MC, “No Hands” arrives at #25, and is available above for free download… for now. It’s MAX’s fourth appearance on the chart but first as a featured vocalist – the others have all gone Top 10 including a #1 with “Wrong” (featuring Lil Uzi Vert).
  • Miami producer Alyx Ander lands his second appearance on the chart this year, this time with a top ten finisher from The Voice, the Ellie Goulding-sounding Caroline Pennell, with “Wake Up For The Night”. A perfect late night clubbing/driving song, it debuts at #27.
  • The fourth debut has another fantastic vocal teaming courtesy of Atlanta producers Halogen on “Can’t Resist”. The incredible voices are from Adriana Gomez and Florida’s Lub from the Porch Family (or lub x tpf), and “Can’t Resist” premieres at #28. Halogen remixed last year’s memorable “Born Ready” by The Disco Fries, which reached #9 on the chart. “Can’t Resist”, too, and for now, is a free download.

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Those “Daddy Issues” get a different perspective, as brought to you by @CallMeKarizma

CALL ME KARIZMA, “Daddy Issues”

He does it all – rap, sing, write, produce – and Minnesota’s Call Me Karizma follows up the deft “Frank Ocean” with his own perspective on “Daddy Issues”.  Just the title alone conjures up a variety of thoughts as to what the song might be all about, but ‘Riz in his unique way takes a few girlfriend case-studies and realizes that they come part-and-parcel with someone who hasn’t yet found love.  So what might seem controversial ends up being a nice-enough love song about moving on with romance …to be continued.  “Daddy Issues” to me is one of ‘Riz’s best records, continuing to discover ways of incorporating a down-to-earth, direct hip hop style with some gentle melodies and sweet vocals as well.  Slick and painless, “Daddy Issues” deserves your attention at the Spotify link above.

I’ll see you on Call Me Karizma’s A Summer High tour when it stops in Toronto at the Hard Luck on November 5.

Published in: on September 29, 2017 at 9:23 pm  Leave a Comment  
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