UK singer @JamesLeon1 launches ProjectXS with the urgent house of “FOMO” (DJ Breeezr remix)

ProjectXS featuring JAMES LEON, “FOMO” (DJ Breeezr remix)

UK singer/songwriter James Leon returns with a promising kickstart in the form of ProjectXS with “FOMO”.  In its original version, it’s a hard-hitting electronic pop single that brings to mind early FrankMusik circa a similar song from earlier in this decade, “The Fear Inside”.  Thus far it’s been reshaped into three remixes, the best of which is the DJ Breeezr remix.  This one tones down the original and gives it a more approachable house backdrop, which brings out the desperation of the lyrics suitably for the dance floor venue.  There are a lot of underlying classic 80’s influences from the likes of Erasure and Pet Shop Boys in the foundation of “FOMO” which help get its chorus stuck in your head.  Watch for more solid dance pop to come our way from James and ProjectXS.

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Meet L.A.’s @OutTherejams with a striking vocal by @EllaPoletti in “What To Do”

OUT THERE and ELLA POLETTI, “What To Do”

“What To Do” is a bubbly, future bass-inflected dance tune which is only the second single from L.A. producer Out There.  It features a breezy, striking vocal by Indiana-born singer Ella Poletti, who came to some attention not long ago when her viral cover of Shawn Mendes’ “Mercy” started to be played on MTV.  In “What To Do”, Ella reminds me a lot of another impressive singer in the alternative dance genre, Elohim.  Her vocal travels with the rhythm and even when the production is sparse underneath it nicely fills any needed gaps.  This leads up to a climactic future bass drop loaded with high end synths that all make “What To Do” really sparkle.  Add “What To Do” to your Breezy & Effortless dance playlist using the Spotify link above.

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L.A.’s @BobbyNourmand takes us on another journey into late night dance bliss with “The Sun”

BOBBY NOURMAND, “The Sun”

There is no denying that the music of L.A. producer Bobby Nourmand can easily find its way under your skin.  It’s music that is specifically designed for clubs, usually featuring big house beats and rhythms, many distinct synth sounds unique to Bobby’s music, and either hooks or vocals (or sometimes both) which make his songs stand apart from so many others who are better known in the dance music world.  Despite its title, “The Sun” is definitely a song for the late night club crowd, a worthy companion to “Subterranean” and “Estranged” from his most recent EP for his new DITN imprint.  His vocalist here is Adam Engle from noted UK band Blonde, who have had three Top 20 UK hits and have worked with singers Craig David, Alex Newell, and Karen Harding, as well as producers like Sigala.  Adam’s vocal is shape-shifted into an eerie but seemingly all-knowing voice that helps make “The Sun” so hypnotic.  “The Sun” is a feast for your ears and your mind.  Add it to your Late Night Deep House playlist using the Spotify link above.

Lots of atmospheric deep house vibes in @Mahalo_dj’s “Easy to Love” with #Vivaswan

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MAHALO and VIVASWAN, “Easy To Love”

Hawaii-born, L.A. based Mahalo continues his fine repertoire of original releases with “Easy To Love” featuring the vocals of Vivaswan.  In 2017, we heard Mahalo’s songs gradually fill with more deep house vibes and some deliberately heavier synth work than some of his earlier more pop-flavoured ones.  This time for Tiësto’s AFTR:HRS imprint, “Easy To Love” relies a lot on that rich synth work which plays up against a lot of striking high end and vocals from Vivaswan which don’t sing too many words overall but act as a conduit for what’s surrounding them.  Club DJ’s should easily embrace “Easy To Love”, and all proceeds for the song go to the Hawaii volcano relief fund.  Add “Easy To Love” to your Deep House Treasures playlist using the Spotify link below.

Published in: on June 28, 2018 at 10:37 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Listen to a 90’s inspired breakout from @TobyGreendj with “Ready”

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TOBY GREEN, “Ready”

When you think of music by The Chemical Brothers, The Prodigy and Aphex Twin, you think of the 90’s, and many club DJ’s and producers are returning to the progressive techno sound of that era to spice up their music.  The thing you have to remember is that the end of the 90’s was 20 years ago – so why is a 21 year old Danish producer like Toby Green filling his new song “Ready” with inspiration from that time period?  I’m not sure but it really works well.  “Ready” is a crunchy, aggressive slice of techno-inspired house that also benefits from wonderful guitar work by Toby’s dad.  The song charges forward in a brisk, fun ride just shy of three minutes.  It’s no wonder that you may keep seeing Toby’s name pop up at festivals, or get endorsements from the likes of The Chainsmokers, or create collaborations with Sam Feldt.  Toby’s got an intriguing angle to his sound, one to keep your ears on this year.  Add “Ready” to your Techno House playlist using the Spotify link below.

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Infectious Italo-Arabic dance fusion: “3omri 3addit” is the latest from @DJMirkoB with #Selim

DJ MIRKO B and SELIM, “3omri 3addit”

It may be more common to hear such a mix of languages in music in Europe, but in North America it’s a rarity.  I don’t know what the song is all about, but that’s part of what makes “3omri 3addit” by Italy’s DJ Mirko B featuring vocalist Selim such an interesting record that all of you dance music lovers should check out.  Besides a classic Eurobeat, what also carries “3omri 3addit” along is the sublime acoustic guitar hook, which is just begging for reaction under the dance floor lights.  My preference here is for the extended all Arabic version over the hybrid Italian-Arabic radio edit as it flows better and seems more complete.  “3omri 3addit” is a bold release which needs some props outside of Europe, where it will probably simply go over like gangbusters.  Add it to your Eurobeat With A Twist playlist using the Spotify link above.

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#BILLCSTop30 #538 – June 25/18

The new chart gets shaken up a whole lot, with a bunch of songs making large moves.  There are five debuts, but somehow the two on top remain the same…

The Top 10

  • Mercer and Ron Carroll’s “Satisfy” (above) has enough staying power to wrap up a 3rd appearance (6th week) at #1, while The Chainsmokers’ “Everybody Hates Me” (below) matches the two appearances at #2 that “Sick Boy” had not long ago.  Be prepared for changes next week, which are being instigated by the huge movement below.

  • Bobby Nourmand’s been a busy guy, and his Subterranean EP, featuring the dark title song (above) and the creepy and forboding “Estranged” (below), climbs 7-3, making it a contender for the top in two weeks.  Bobby has a new song called “The Sun” on deck and it receives release on Friday June 29. Watch for words on this one at that time!

  • James Bay’s “Pink Lemonade” soars 15-4 from the Electric Light album, making it his biggest hit on the chart to date and also a #1 contender.

  • The one to watch though is the beautiful and timely “Broken Love” by The Him and Parson James, which is the fastest riser, up 20-5.  It’s the Dutch producers’ third Top 5 hit on this chart.

  • “Run” by Brandyn Burnette, from his forthcoming debut album Emanate, climbs 11-7, to arrive next to his co-write with Jesse McCartney and Molly Moore, “Better With You”, hanging at #6.  The third single from Emanate will be “Amen”, coming in July, while the album will arrive in August on the singer’s birthday 🙂

  • Troye Sivan’s third single, featuring Ariana Grande, called “Dance To This”, may be taking some attention away from “Bloom” (above), but it still climbs 12-9 on this chart, while Adam Foster’s “Time” (below) also bows in the Top 10 at #10.

Movin’ On Up

  • “Lonely” is a great end of school song for the romances that never were, courtesy of Norway’s Matoma and ever-energetic singer MAX.  It rises 19-12.
  • “2012” does indeed recall songs from around that year, becoming common particularly with veteran producer DJ’s like Tiësto, Hardwell, and Afrojack, who know dance audiences are clamoring for updated tastes of that classic EDM era.  So not coincidentally Afrojack shares billing with protégé Ravitez on “2012”, which rises 18-14.
  • Rüfüs Du Sol has announced a North American tour, which will bring the Aussies to a city near you (including my city Toronto, on November 16).  Their latest single “No Place” moves up 24-18.
  • Madison Mars’ “Back The Funk” is one of the cleverest, non-sensical dance songs to come along in a while to make you love it to death.  This new party anthem will be heard all summer long and rises 25-19.

5 Debuts

  • Making it four songs on the chart from his Musical Freedom imprint, Tiësto pairs up with Canadian buddy Dzeko but gets Preme and Post Malone on vocals for the incredibly infectious “Jackie Chan” which bows at #23.
  • French producers RetroVision liberally borrow the hook from The Shapeshifters’ “Lola’s Theme” and a sample from “It Takes Two” by Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock to make “Get Down” memorable.  The rest of the song is great house music for the summer.  “Get Down” arrives at #24.

  • UK singer Lostchild premieres with his independent release “Blacklist” at #25.  In video format, it comes with two interesting personalities, the NSFW one influenced by Madonna’s “Justify My Love” above, and the acoustic one (below) which emphasizes the singer’s excellent voice and layers of charm.  He’s one to watch 🙂

  • Canadian producer Felix Cartal has a residency in Las Vegas happening, so watch for dates.  He recently released the versatile and generous (18 songs) album Next Season, from which comes the undeniably catchy “Worry”. featuring singer Victoria Zaro, at #26.
  • Another independent UK singer debuts on the chart.  She calls herself Jazz Mino and her song “Misunderstand” is an eloquent, upbeat way to kick the door closed on a relationship that didn’t gel.  “Misunderstand” gets the #27 spot.

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Atlanta duo @BellsandRobes weave an intriguing tale set to electronic dance rhythms in “Jackal and the Moon”

BELLS AND ROBES, “Jackal and the Moon”

Atlanta production duo Bells And Robes are not your typical electronic dance music makers.  Drawing a lot of inspiration from zen and other philosophies, their latest effort “Jackal and the Moon” is almost fairytale-like in structure.  The premise – two new lovers dancing in a foreign land, not knowing that their relationship is never meant to be – is intriguing and put across beautifully by uncredited vocalist Kaisune in a passionate and committed performance.  Amid all of Bells And Robes’ electronic experimentation – sometimes house, sometimes future bass with dashes of trap, thriving from what sounds like it could have been a classical piece originally – the vocal holds the song together and retains your interest throughout.  “Jackal and the Moon” is going to be a tricky sell, but there are electronic dance music fans out there who enjoy music that’s a little more left field, and college radio may also be a good home for it.  Check it out at the link above.

Pump that bassline: “9 To 5” has spicy retro flavours from NYC’s @TruthxLiesmusic and @Holymanmusic

TRUTH x LIES and HOLYMAN, “9 To 5”

It’s been a while since I’ve written about NYC duo Truth x Lies, but they have a winner for clubs with “9 To 5” in collaboration with fellow New Yorker Holyman.  There’s not much lyrically to the song but its chorus is consistent with what club goers want to hear because there is no “9 To 5” in the dance music world 😛  What gives this one edge is its sly, retrotastic synth bassline, which sounds like it was inspired from some of the best disco and dance records of the 70’s and 80’s.  It all works together well, making the Truth x Lies and Holyman a collaboration that could be repeated, and club DJ’s should appreciate the extended mix.  Add “9 To 5” to your Dance The Night Away playlist using the Spotify link above.

Published in: on June 24, 2018 at 5:33 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Post-royal wedding original from UK singer/songwriter @JamesFrancis86 with “Free To Be Me”

JAMES FRANCIS, “Free To Be Me”

What a thrill it must have been for James Francis to be part of the choir that received worldwide praise for their rendition of “Stand By Me” at the recent royal wedding.  James has fine talents to offer on his own as is readily apparent with his new original “Free To Be Me”.  The UK singer/songwriter has crafted an instantly likable slice of soul/pop that you don’t hear much of these days.  It’s positive and empowering, with a terrific carefree rhythm that makes it a breezy breath of fresh air.  While the younger folks are crafting their own brand of R&B, it’s a pleasure to hear a song that will remind you of 80’s and 90’s  soul pop like Seal, Hall & Oates, Lionel Richie and others.  Add it to your Slice Of Soul playlist using the Spotify link above.

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