“Voice Mails” aims for a unique, special experience from new electronic producer @Kookysmusic

KOOKY, “Voice Mails” (limited free DL)

It may take a few listens before you buy into “Voice Mails” by new mystery electronic producer Kooky, but once you do, you will be captivated.  Essentially, it’s a mid-tempo electronic instrumental bookended by voice mail messages of two lovers whose relationship is on the wane.  What the messages say and the thoughts they provoke may vary from person to person, but it’s a fascinating concept.  Put it along side of Baz Luhrmann’s “Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)” or MKJ’s “Time” or Paul Hardcastle’s “19” which have also generated a variety emotional responses.  “Voice Mails” deliberately doesn’t tell a complete story, almost prompting a possible sequel, or maybe some remixes for the dance floor with additional voice mail messages that might tie it tighter together.  Despite his name, Kooky has definitely offered us a unique listening experience that makes you listen all the way through, so now’s your time to react!  For now you can get it for free using the link beside the song title above.

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Scotland’s Ben Davidson @BDavidsonmusic returns with the pure pop of “Learning To Let You Go”

BEN DAVIDSON, “Learning To Let You Go”

Ben Davidson is someone who can sing just about any pop song and bestow a crisp, shiny quality on the song that is a tribute to his effortless style.  The Scottish singer, also known for his Broadway roles in the UK, is back with “Learning To Let You Go”.  Like recent predecessor singles “The Chain” and “Fallin’ In”, which will also be featured on his upcoming album, “Learning To Let You Go” tells a familiar story that is part of most people’s lives.  Ben’s crystalline performance makes it all fresh, and the production throws back to a simpler time when pop music was less about dazzle and effects and more focused on a relatable story, melody and rhythm.  “Learning To Let You Go” is solid and appealing, and I’ll look forward to hearing more new music from Ben in the coming year!  Add “Learning To Let You Go” to your Thoughtful Pop playlist using the Spotify link above.

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#BILLCSTop30 #543 – September 3, 2018

A lot of hard and fast favourites continue to hold court at the top of the chart, where there is actually more movement than in recent weeks.  There is so much great music out there with lots of competition, so the nature of my new arrivals on the chart seems that they have to earn their rise up the chart, whereas over the years many songs have debuted in the Top 10 or even at #1.  With 9 debuts over the last month, that left room for only one smashing premiere on this chart.

The Top 10

  • “Broken Love” is definitely one of my Songs of 2018 as recorded by The Him and Parson James.  It sits atop for a 4th appearance (8th week), which we haven’t seen since Miguel’s “Pineapple Skies” did the same thing at the end of last year.  The Him are relentlessly touring and are recording some of the best music of their career so far.

  • Climbing to second place is “No Place” by Australia’s Rüfüs Du Sol, from their forthcoming third album called Solace.  Will it get to #1 in two weeks?
  • The no holds barred fun of “Get Down” by RetroVision sends the song climbing 5-3, after all without fun what would dance music be?  Will it get to #1 in two weeks?

  • Continuing to make great leaps is “Everybody Needs A Kiss” by Benny Benassi and Sofi Tukker, up 11-4.  It’s the highest placing song for Benny to date, and matches the #4 peak for Sofi Tukker’s “Baby I’m A Queen” a few months back.  Will it get to #1 in two weeks?

  • I’m always thrilled to see a grass roots indie reach the Top 5 and UK singer/songwriter Lostchild climbs 8-5 with his melodic and catchy “Blacklist”.  Lend an ear to this one folks, more to come from Lostchild!

  • “I’m In Love With You” by Tony Moran and Jason Walker continues its climb, rising 9-6 this week.  The pair even did some performing for some lucky ducks in Jersey City, NJ last week!  Time to take your repertoire on the road, guys!

  • The other new entry to the Top 10 climbs 12-8 and that’s “Casually” by Alyx Ander and Redondo featuring Maria Z.

Movin’ On Up

  • The fastest riser on the chart belongs to Russian producer Arty with his sensational instrumental tribute to Avicii, “Tim”, which vaults 21-11.  It’s a record that mixes fun arpeggios with an emotional melody, and will indeed stand the test of time.
  • Philadelphia duo N i G H T S looks to be headed for their second Top 10 hit here with the melt-worthy “Eyes”, which soars 19-13.
  • NYC-based Sean Squires, aka Squired, has been doing some remixing when not working on originals.  His debut “Peace Out” (above) rises 17-15 but also check out his remix of Talk Time’s “Year Of Self” below.
  • I’m thoroughly enjoying Years & Years’ second album Palo Santo, and look forward to seeing the trio in concert again in October.  Their perky album track “All For You” should by all rights be a single release, and it continues to move up the chart, rising 22-18.

  • Call Me Karizma just played a really successful club date in his hometown of Minneapolis, and then at Red Rocks, none other than Illenium dropped one of his songs in his set!  There are other things brewing in ‘Riz’s camp, but “Life Of The Party” continues to win fans and climbs 24-20.  Check out the new video above.

  • Out of the four debuts two weeks ago, the song that makes the most of upward movement on the new chart is “One Last Time” by Poland’s Gromee featuring Norwegian singer Jesper Jenset in a Shawn Mendes-ish vocal.  It moves up 29-23.

Debuting…

  • It’s a highly memorable song that you will find yourself humming to no end.  “Verona” by Australia’s Peter Wilson and the UK’s Sean Smith arrives on the chart at #24.  It’s from Peter’s forthcoming album The Passion And The Flame.  It also marks Sean’s second appearance on the chart, reaching #7 last year with the Andy Sikorski remix of “Magic”.  I highly recommend seeking out the Matt Pop extended version of “Verona”.

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“Ride” is NYC singer @Reigenmusic’s alt.pop ode to escapism, friendship and first attraction

REIGEN, “Ride”

Ever experimenting and challenging boundaries within the pop music realm, NYC indie alt.pop/dance singer Reigen follows up this year’s “Rollin'”, “Smoke Drink Party”, and his winning cover of The Cranberries’ “Dreams”, with “Ride”.  It seems simple in the video – two teen guys hanging out on a quiet night after midnight when they’re out for bike rides on deserted streets for everyday escapist fun. But of course as life constantly throws complicated curves to us, friendship for one is obviously turning to more of an attraction, leading the other to ponder at the end, and you can sense the exhilaration.  Reigen’s singing is bold and impressive, working with a complex and busy but uplifting arrangement that works well with the lyrics.  While the song sings about a ‘ride or die’ relationship that for some of us ends up being forevermore with the best of friends, for others it takes another path.  Watch the video at the link above.

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Canadian duo @Botnek celebrate the last “Days Of Disco” – long live #Disco!

BOTNEK, “Days Of Disco”

“Days Of Disco” is an irresistible dance floor filler from my fellow Canadians, the Nova Scotia duo Botnek, who have caught Tiësto’s ear for release via Musical Freedom.  Though the song sings “Viva the last days of disco”, it is a celebration of disco and dance music.  “Days Of Disco” is full of hooks, from the classic house riffing to a melody that may make you recall “Last Night A DJ Saved My Life”, though the rhythm is more uptempo rather than funky.  Botnek have found a great groove with this record, and while the buzzing synth hook (which sounds like a phone dialing – maybe a sample from the opening of Carol Douglas’ disco classic “Doctor’s Orders”?) may be a touch grating, it’s also one of the elements of the song that is highly memorable.  “Days Of Disco” makes for easy spinning in dance clubs, so add it to your Dance Dance Dance playlist using the Spotify link above.

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UK-styled progressive house from Australia’s Right-O & Rore Groove with “Can’t Think”

RIGHT-O & RORE GROOVE and MIKECITY, “Can’t Think”

“Can’t Think” is an interesting slice of house music that’s a little more on the progressive side, taking you to a few unexpected places courtesy of the collaboration of Australian producers Right-O and Rore Groove with vocals by L.A. singer MikeCity.  What you’ll hear above is a mix that’s ideal for clubs.  While it starts off in familiar pop territory with an inviting vocal from MikeCity, it proceeds to step into a wilder direction instrumentally that really makes the song percolate and helps sustain its 4 minute length before it revisits more of MikeCity’s singing in its last minute.  “Can’t Think” has a lot of undeniable appeal.  I think it also has potential for dance music radio, though I think an edit would be helpful.  But as is, “Can’t Think” is slick and fun, with a lot of extra extra!

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Meet L.A.-based synth-folk duo @PublicArtmusic with “Montreux”|

PUBLICART, “Montreux”

Incorporating elements of folk into pop/dance music may seem to be a bit of a trend, but when it works well it’s worth checking out.  And L.A.-based duo PublicArt certainly have the pedigree to get it all across.  Singer Stevvi Alexander is the touring lead for the Game Of Thrones live production, while collaborator Jan Ozveren is Charlie Puth’s guitarist on record and on tour.  From their forthcoming EP Modernika, “Montreux” is about the aftermath of a relationship that wasn’t meant to be – the repeated phrase “but we faded away” is guaranteed to stick in your head.  The song has an 80’s new wave electronica sensibility that surrounds both folk and soul influences, and Stevvi definitely has a spot-on voice from which you will want to hear more.  There’s even more diversity in the EP, which gravitates more to pop and jazz at times with an electronic foundation.  PublicArt are off to a great start but to me “Montreux” will be their calling card.

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“Down For Me” by @PLSandTYbased gets a flashy remix from @MorganPage

PLS&TY, “Down For Me” (Morgan Page remix)

Let’s jump back to July, when I wrote about the original version of “Down For Me” by Florida-based producer PLS&TY.  Solid, sultry and slick as it is, sometimes it takes an added sumthin-sumthin to spin in a slightly different direction.  So the uncredited vocals on “Down For Me” take a bit of a backseat to Grammy nominee Morgan Page’s punchy production with flute sounds carrying the deep house rhythm.  It totally suits the song, highly complimentary to PLS&TY’s fine work.  I don’t often write about a song for a second time, but “Down For Me” is yours for the revisiting at the link above.

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“Sleeve” is a golden rendition of a @BrandynBurnette #EMAN8 song by #TheVoice’s @JordanSmithlive

JORDAN SMITH, “Sleeve”

When is a cover version not a cover version, so to speak?  “Sleeve” is a warm, heart-tugging Brandyn Burnette/EMAN8 song which I wrote about almost four years ago that was available as a free download online once upon a time, which is how I’m so happy to have a well-played digital copy.  But since the original is offline and was never officially released, I’m so glad “Sleeve” has found new life for a different pop audience on Jordan Smith’s new album Only Love.  Thanks to Jordan’s effortless, on-the-money vocal, it sparkles brilliantly.  Jordan, of course, won Season 9 of “The Voice” in a runaway contest, despite many fine vocalists competing, because his voice is so unique.  Jordan’s version of “Sleeve” doesn’t have Brandyn’s rough-around-the-edges style of the original, but it does not disappoint in the slightest.  Add “Sleeve” to your Cuddle Up pop playlist using the Spotify link above.

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Australia’s @JYYE_official makes it 3 for 3 with soulful house of the title song of his “Fooling Me” EP

JYYE, “Fooling Me”

Australia’s JYYE is developing a unique sound that pulls in listeners – and club DJ’s – with each song.  Following up “Something Else” and “Look At You”, JYYE puts them together with the title song in his new EP “Fooling Me”.  And the latest song is a taut, soulful house track that marries early 90’s flavours – recalling folks like Robert Owens or Sydney Youngblood – with today’s tight and tidy house rhythms.  “Fooling Me” is an easy sell for club DJ’s that could also benefit from an amped up, creative remix.  JYYE continues to be one to look out for in 2018!

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