Meet London-based Italy-born singer/songwriter Alessandra Boldrini @alebold with “Never Going Back”

ALESSANDRA BOLDRINI, “Never Going Back”

“Never Going Back” is a song that oozes self-confidence and self-awareness when a relationship has completely ended, and it’s brought to life by singer/songwriter Alessandra Boldrini.  With a dance/pop style that would appeal to fans of Dua Lipa, Katy Perry and Jess Glynne, the Italian-born, UK-based newcomer has a charming but assured vocal that leaves “Never Going Back” (below) stuck in your head. She’s currently juggling her music career with studies at the famed British and Irish Modern Music Institute, so she’s 100% in it to win it.  I think Alessandra Boldrini will sound even better in a much more polished setting, and I’m excited to hear what she releases next.

You’ll feed off @LeahKatemusic’s 80’s inspired DGAF energy in “Shit Show”

LEAH KATE, “Shit Show”

Already a young entrepreneur and Tik Tok favourite who has racked up over 30 million Spotify streams alone with her song “Fucked Up The Friendship”, L.A.-based Leah Kate’s appealing DGAF approach and fun, 80’s inspired spirit are front and centre in her latest release “Shit Show”.  The singer, songwriter and guitarist is kind of the antithesis of the dour pop being purveyed by Olivia Rodrigo and Billie Eilish in favour of energetic rock’n roll that has The Go Go’s, Katrina & The Waves, and Cyndi Lauper 80’s moments written all over it. What I like best about “Shit Show” is that it’s earnest and not exploitive, and it’s refreshingly not so much in your face. You’ll either love it or leave it but Leah Kate is well on her way and you can expect to hear and see a lot more of her.

#BILLCSTop30 #624, October 11/21

October kicks off with a brand new #1 song on the BILLCS Top 30, as well as five songs debuting. Otherwise the top portion of the chart retains relatively stable, with lots of activity brewing in the lower portion. 

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Rising 3-1 is “Sanctuary” (above) by Dutch producer Howen and “American Idol” finalist Robbie Rosen, who is also a wonderfully prolific songwriter and producer.  From the first note of Robbie’s voice to the piano coda, this is an emotional and euphoric house track that is not to be missed!  And there’s more good news for Robbie – one of the five new entries on the chart is “To The Top” (below), which he recorded with German producers Natixx and Lyon Brotherz, and arrives at #25.  That makes it three songs on the chart – “Don’t Want Perfect”, with Quebec producer Kayliox, slides 9-15.

It’s strange for songs #5-#8 to get stuck all at the same time, but that should shake loose in two weeks, especially for the wonderfully q-wacky “Nonchalant” by Duck Sauce (#8).

Two songs make their first appearances in the Top 10.  “Life’s Okay” (above) is a gentle, feel good, soulful house track by Russian producer Marava and Canadian singer/songwriter Eadie, which climbs 11-9.  And “15 Minutes” (also above) by Damon Sharpe and The Disco Fries edges up 12-10.  This is the fourth visit to the Top 10 (and second time this year) for The Disco Fries (aka Danny and Nick). Check out Damon’s recent release “Paint The Sky” (with Polina Grace) below.

Gina Naomi Baez is currently celebrating the EP release of “My Time”!  Not only does it include the uplifting power anthem and title track (above), which moves up 17-14, but also its “fueling my fire version” remix, which turns the ballad into an equally powerful house-flavoured track (below).  The EP also contains recent single “Liquor Love” packaged with three previous releases.

Charging into the Top 20 are “Chasing Stars” by Alesso, Marshmello and James Bay (23-17, above) and “Almost Home” by trance masters Above & Beyond with singer Justine Suissa (24-18, below).

The Fastest Riser on the chart is the previous chart’s Highest Debut, the rollicking “Turn Off My Mind” by Morgan Page and Lights, rising 27-20.

Also making headway, without surprise, is “Wish I Didn’t Miss You” by German producers John Skyfield and Shoby and NYC vocalist Victor Perry, moving up 28-22.  It’s a soul-filled interpretation of Angie Stone’s huge dance and R&B hit from 2002.

At the top of the debuts is the joyous “Summer In Brooklyn” by Canadian producers Young Bombs and L.A.-based singer Jordy, which bows at #23.  Take a moment to let the wonderful reminiscences fill your head – and then dance and create wonderful times again.  “Summer” follows Young Bombs’ “Better Day” (featuring Aloe Blacc), which got to #3 on this chart last year.

Next at #24 is the first appearance on the chart for Australian DJ and producer Sonny Fodera with “Angel” featuring the beautiful voice of Clementine Douglas.  It’s culled from Sonny’s upcoming album Wide Awake. “Angel” also becomes the sixth song with that title to appear on my chart in its 23 year history, which puts it in a tie with “Breathe”.

This could be the only time you see Ed Sheeran songs back-to-back on my chart, so bowing at #27 is “Shivers”, a brisk and lively follow up to “Bad Habits”, which recently peaked at #5.

The final debut at #30 is “Play It Cool”, the sophisticated but brief house track by UK/Irish duo Menrva, with a cool rhythm and equally cool vocal by British singer Island Banks.

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“Is It Enough?” is silky smooth British-style house music by @realFutureKings and @LauraDaviemusic

FUTURE KINGS and LAURA DAVIE, “Is It Enough?”

“Is It Enough?” is super smooth British-style house music from UK/Canadian production duo Future Kings and Welsh singer/songwriter Laura Davie.  “Enough” is a co-write between the artists, and is the kind of songs that DJ’s can slide in next to 90’s classics like Robin S’ “Show Me Love” and “Finally” by CeCe Peniston and still stand out with its infectious groove. Laura has sung alongside such major and diverse talent as Culture Club, Tom Jones, The Blessed Madonna and Jax Jones, while Future Kings have cemented their reputation as solid and reliable producers through their releases with MOYA this year, most recently “Peace”.  “Is It Enough?” is a big step forward and a hot dance track that you should keep your ears on.

Indie dance artist Michael Medrano @stachepapi strikes a chord with brisk and fun “I Don’t Wanna Talk About Love”

MICHAEL MEDRANO, “I Don’t Wanna Talk About Love”

Dance music isn’t often given enough credit for being thoughtful and capturing the feelings and sentiments of its audience. California-based indie dance artist Michael Medrano has that down pat with his releases which wander from strange and unique to more accessible fun dance/pop.  “I Don’t Wanna Talk About Love” slides into the latter category, with Michael taking several Charlie Puth-esque cues in his runs in the chorus, which form the memorable centre of the song. And Michael even has a brief spoken monologue which is the answer to “why don’t you wanna talk about love?”.  The self-proclaimed disco dad has a strong social media following which spreads the word about his releases, and Michael’s “I Don’t Wanna Talk About Love” is an easy one for dance/pop fans and even club DJ’s to embrace.

Portland, Oregon singer/songwriter @HaleyJohnsenmus sings of internal pressures and self-realization in “Goner”

HALEY JOHNSEN, “Goner”

Haley Johnsen is a singer/songwriter from Portland, Oregon who has released a few EP’s and albums (including an acoustic one from 2020 that was recorded live at Abbey Road Studios in London) over the past five years, and plays bass with dance artist Big Wild.  She returns with “Goner”, which has a downbeat, sombre melody that argues with lyrics about internal pressures before self-realization rears its head, meaning that neither the present nor the future should be feared.  In fact, it reinforces being at peace with oneself and as realizing, as she says, ” that my childlike self is still very much alive in me”.  Haley’s voice has been aptly compared to the late British singer Eva Cassidy, and fits nicely into the pocket with many other indie women singers that I’ve written about such as Molly Moore and Gillian.  So don’t let the relaxed pace of “Goner” trick you – it’s a lovely, authentic pop song with an unexpectedly inspiring message.

Meet Australian rock quintet @Moonwoodmusic who sing of relationship struggles in “Slow Down”

MOONWOOD, “Slow Down”

A mainly-acoustic track is not always an easy introduction for a new artist, but Moonwood’s “Slow Down” is a song that will stick with you long after it’s over.  Moonwood is an international rock quintet based out of Sydney, Australia, who acquire their influences from names like Bruce Springsteen and U2, and I can even hear a bit of 90’s INXS (reference “Beautiful Girl”) in “Slow Down”.  While the lyrics sing of troubles in relationships that are relatively common in songs today, what gives Moonwood an edge are the sometimes weary, sometimes provocative vocal style of lead singer Jake (think Nick Drake meets Luke Hemmings of 5 Seconds of Summer), and the burst of electric guitars which set “Slow Down” ablaze amid the otherwise acoustic setting. 

British dance chanteuse @KarenHarding has another winner with “You & I (All I Need)”

KAREN HARDING, “You & I (All I Need)”

There’s no doubt that Karen Harding has had a great year. In addition to recently getting married and having a baby, Karen’s released some of the best music of her career with “Undo My Heart” (with Digital Farm Animals), “Let’s Get Together” (with Illyus & Barrientos), “Morning” (with Shift K3Y) and “Only One” (with Felix Cartal). Add “You & I (All I Need)” to that list, this time a completely solo Karen single, another beautifully touching house track with straight-forward lyrics that can only be written when your life is content. Such happiness is infectious and will certainly win fans on the dance club circuit.  However I do think perhaps “You & I” is a particularly natural follow up to “Undo My Heart” for dance radio audiences. 

Canadian dance duo @djWavesmusic return with infectious “Mr. Wilson” with American singer Benton

WAVES and BENTON, “Mr. Wilson”

Although they had some success last year with “Chase” (also featuring New Jersey-born Benton) and previously with “Blinded” (with James Delaney) and “Heart Speak” (with Dzeko and TOKA-J), the pandemic put Canadian dance duo Waves on hold for a spell.  But in that time they signed to Ultra Records and the same management company as Juno Award winners Loud Luxury.  Following that duo’s successful lead, Waves return with the highly catchy “Mr. Wilson”. Featuring a playful and enthusiastic vocal from Benton, you’ll envy this guy Mr. Wilson, who likes to hang out with celebs and party hardy to some great tunes.  The song has a terrific hook just before the first minute that helps make the rest of the song go down just as easy. With Waves’ upward career trajectory back in motion, you can expect to hear “Mr. Wilson” on Canadian radio and in clubs for the rest of 2021.

Newcomer Nick Rannikko @itsrannikko offers lo-fi, soulful and affecting “More”

NICK RANNIKKO, “More”

I’m not normally a fan of lo-fi recordings, but every once in a while a song comes along that offers way more than the sum of its parts.  Such is the case with “More” by singer/songwriter Nick Rannikko, who hails from just outside of Springfield, Massachusetts and attends the esteemed Berklee College of Music, and is also an engineer and producer. “More” is about trying to move on and to stop thinking about the other person after the breakup. Distorting vocals like on many same-sounding rap tracks can be a turnoff, but Nick cleverly uses the effect to his advantage, and his voice becomes more and more affecting as the song moves on. It also lends an unexpected soulful quality to his vocal.   “More” keeps you listening with its atmospheric melody, and is a smart and memorable release for Nick Rannikko.