Two weeks fly by and suddenly it’s time for another personal chart! The beauty of “Love Part II” by Bright Light Bright Light captures #1 for a 4th chart (8th week), and it looks like the fast rising Penguin Prison remix of “Resurrection” by Australia’s The Temper Trap will challenge in two weeks. It’s amazing sometimes what a remix will do for a song. Some people will prefer the original with its rock edges but this particular remix takes the song’s theme and turns it into a retro 70’s disco celebration. Listen to it here before you grab the free download from my chart page. I am also checking out Penguin Prison in concert on Monday evening, so I hope to have an update for you in the week about the show!
Elouise’s “Pretender” stays at #2, just as this effortlessly talented singer is about to drop her second EP, Stardust Memories, which features covers of ABBA’s “The Winner Takes It All”, and the standards “You’ll Never Walk Alone” and “Stardust”. The three track E.P will be released digitally through iTunes (USA and European stores) and Amazon MP3 on the 15th of November with the physical luxury digi-pak’s release following in the week of the 24th of November. You can see and hear her live rendition of Charlie Chaplin’s “Smile” below.
Jamiroquai’s official single of “White Knuckle Ride” is available on iTunes Canada but the “Love Sensation”-inspired remix by Penguin Prison is what sends the song to #6 on my chart this week. Right behind it is the best dance instrumental I’ve heard it years, “Never Look Back” by Russ Chimes. The Midnight Club EP from which it comes will be available on November 1 at selected digital stores. The official artwork is below.
Christian TV is another new artist who has captured my interest. It’s taken a while but the extremely fun “When She Turns 18” breaks into my Top 10 at last. His mixtape “Who The Fuck Is Christian TV” arrives on Hallowe’en, and he has a new video that is stirring some controversy called “Let’s Just Fuck”. Watch it here and you be the judge… Does the song push the envelope too far, or is it not worth worrying about? For me, it’s just not as strong a song as “Turns 18” but I’ll look forward to the mixtape.
My new theme song of positivity, “Glow” by Richard Barone, climbs to #13 as Richard announces more tour dates in New Jersey as well as England and Wales. The rest of last week’s debuts, by Sweet Thing with “Change of Seasons”, Far East Movement – “Like A G6” has hooked me with all of its singalong lyrics and attitude, and is the first Billboard #1 to hit my chart in a while – and Andrea Lewis with the energetic “Voodoo” all make decent inroads, and Miss Lewis has one of our five debuts this week as well!
First up, as “Friction” leaves my Top 10, we have the latest from Adam Tyler called “Operation” at #24. This song is pretty different from Adam’s more high energy efforts relying on a swaying rhythm that reminds me of Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus”. And song of the lyrics here are really creative and delivered very well. Download it for free with you provide your email address right here .
Next, at #25, is the third entry from the Flamingo CD by Brandon Flowers, but it’s one that I referenced two weeks ago as being only available on the Deluxe version. The pensive and haunting “Jacksonville” alone makes it worthwhile for you to buy the Deluxe edition. Hear it right here . As I listen to the CD more, I keep hearing more and more Neil Young influence too.
Then the third debut is indeed from Andrea Lewis’ 54321 album, which I’ve been enjoying since its release two weeks ago. It’s a well-rounded release which showcases Andrea’s diverse voice, which conquers on tracks like “Voodoo”, the hard-edged “She”, the highly emotional “Linda”, and the mellow duet that lands at #26. “Talk To Me” has a 1960’s vibe to it that is enhanced by the guest vocal by Simon Curtis. It seems like the boy can’t stay away from my chart – last week was his first time off the chart since last November! Bravo to all involved – Andrea Lewis’ 54321 should be on your 2010 playlist, and why not? You can download it for free right here .
Next up, after a five year absence, it’s a return to my chart for Robbie Williams. One of his best songs in years appears on his new compilation In And Out Of Consciousness: Greatest Hits 1990-2010. It’s a ballad called “Heart and I” and Robbie’s excellent, classic delivery makes it remind me of an old Neil Diamond song, not a bad thing! It debuts at #27. The last time Robbie appeared in these parts was with 2005’s “Tripping”, which I still play a lot and find to be terribly underrated.
The final debut belongs to one of the acts to watch that has debuted online this year. Bim’s Scatterheart album is well worth checking out, and after “Head Over Heels” has peaked at #3, I’ve delved deeper into the album, with the beautiful “Ready To Love” bowing at #29 this week.
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