You’ve never liked “Hollywood” as dark and intense as brought to you by @iamDNMO featuring #Nevve

DNMO featuring NEVVE, “Hollywood”

At only 16, British producer DNMO has already been named by Soundcloud as one to watch for in 2018.  And if there’s a record to help crush that honour in only the best ways it’s his latest called “Hollywood” for Deadbeats Records.  It’s a dark, intense, grinding feat of electronica featuring the always resplendent vocals of Nevve, whose best recent work has been with the likes of Illenium and Elephante among others.  “Hollywood” goes by in such an instant at only 2:18 but it’s crammed with everything hard and loud that a lot of lovers of the genre enjoy.  Maybe some remixers should be enlisted for an extended version or two?  In any event, DNMO’s “Hollywood” is an enticing signpost of what’s fresh and defiantly futuristic.  Check it out at the link above.

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L.A. alt.rockers @DanaAndTheWolf return with complex and moody guitar-soaked “Him”

DANA AND THE WOLF, “Him” (free DL)

Taking some serious cues from modern rockers who started in the 90’s like Fiona Apple or Garbage, but with some humble folk roots at the song’s core, L.A. duo Dana And The Wolf return with “Him”.  It’s a deep, complex, guitar-soaked song of many moods that on one hand talks about distancing oneself from religion but on another parallels what might be going on in a relationship too.  “Him” is not for everyone but singer Dana Hobson and guitarist/producer Daniel Wolf definitely set out to make a real conversation piece, led by a rich and sometimes hard-hitting vocal and impressive guitar work that grinds the song to its biggest edges.  Give “Him” a good solid listen and strike that conversation by downloading it for free at the link above.

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#BILLCSTop30 #524 – December 11, 2017

This is the second last chart for me of 2017, and is also blog post 1,701!!

The five entries from two weeks ago make distinct impressions, causing some songs to stop rising or to fall.  As a result too there are only two new songs on the chart.

Two weeks ago I was in a rush to get the blog post up and for the first time didn’t post song links.  With this post the song links are back 🙂

The Top 10

  • The classic house of Latchmere’s “Need Your Heart” (above) is enough to keep it up top for a third appearance, guaranteeing it a high placing on my year end list, which will be posted before year’s end.  Latchmere also bookends the Top 10, with “Monster” (featuring Dylan, below)) climbing a notch to #10.
  • Shoffy’s delightful, thoughtful “Flags” (featuring Yuna, above) rises 3-2 but will be in a battle for the top in two weeks.  Also check out the video for his song “Motions”  (below) from his self-titled album.

  • The powerhouse on the chart though is Miguel, from one of the finest albums of 2017, War and Leisure, with “Pineapple Skies” (above) the fastest riser tearing up the chart 27-3, even surpassing “Sky Walker” (featuring Travis Scott, below), which is still moving up 8-6.  I can’t wait to hear it all in concert in March 🙂

  • Alyx Ander’s “Wake Up For The Night” (featuring Caroline Pennell) surpasses the #5 peak of Alyx’s “Memories Of You” from earlier this year, climbing 6-4.
  • The Him get their third Top 10 song on this chart with the gorgeous and emotional “Everybody Hurts”, featuring Australian singer Ivy Adara, rising 15-9, and it’s still available as a free download!  Big things coming for The Him in 2018!!

Movin’ On Up

  • New York-based British singer YEBBA continues her rising double presence on the chart with the unique and lovely “Evergreen” up 18-13 (above), and her duet with Sam Smith from The Thrill Of It All “No Peace” also climbing 23-17 (below).

  • Don’t forget to check out the fun animated lyric video for “Free” by singer/actor Carlos Nóbrega featuring JVEL from the fine album The Art Of Making Love, up a notch to #15.
  • Dzeko’s biiiig sounding cover of Seal’s “Crazy” in its Tiësto Big Room remix gets trapped mid-chart and moves up 21-16, but watch out in two weeks…

  • The other trio of deep house songs to debut two weeks ago follow each other up the chart.  Loud Luxury’s “Body” (featuring Brando, above) just debuted on Billboard’s Dance Club Play chart and rises 28-18.  Nora En Pure’s luscious and emotional “Tears In Your Eyes” (below) is up 29-19, while Ryan Shepherd’s down and dirty “Right Now” (featuring Dirty Hary, also below)  is right behind climbing 30-20.

Debuts

  • My 1,700th blog post belonged to “Small Talk” by Giiants, a great danceable pop song to watch for in 2018, with more to come from the talented trio and the other artists they are involving in this project.  “Small Talk” arrives two days after official release at #23.
  • L.A.’s waitwhat became a duo earlier this year, which was a real turning point for Troy Skinner’s original project.  With the addition of Damon Dokhani, they complemented each other’s strengths, and after some interesting remixes they arrived at an infectious original “Alive”, featuring vocalist Rielle.  “Alive” premieres at #26.

View the full BILLCS Top 30 right here, and be sure to click on the photos to hear all of the songs.

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Soulful Holiday Spirit: “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” by @BrandynBurnette has a laid back #Fugees vibe

BRANDYN BURNETTE, “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”

It is indeed one of my favourite Christmas songs, but Brandyn Burnette’s spin on “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” deserves to be heard because of its chill, soulful vibe that would definitely make Lauryn Hill and Fugees fans proud.  Brandyn reaches into that old-soul bluesy R&B style that surfaces in his songs now and again to bring a contemporary, content and, holiday-happy ambiance to this classic.  The music is minimal and like the best renditions of “Merry Little” it’s all about the vocal and the style.  Add it to your holiday Spotify playlist at the link above.

Toronto’s @Beatchild & @TheSlakadeliqs are back featuring @JustinNozuka in the 60’s throwback “The Only Difference”

BEATCHILD & THE SLAKADELIQS featuring JUSTIN NOZUKA, “The Only Difference”

There are a lot of parallels between the late 60’s and the late ’10’s, mainly the aftermath of unfortunate politics prompting songwriters to focus on writing on songs about love, peace and understanding.  And Beatchild & The Slakadeliqs, in their first release in some time, are all about that, along with featured vocalist Justin Nozuka on “The Only Difference” (as with late 2011’s “Love Controls The Sun”, which I wrote about in a post right here).  So not only thematically is it a throwback to the 60’s, but in my estimation (and I could be wrong) the music, with its simple piano melody, and the harmonic vocals full of symmetry, recall many soul groups of that era like Five Stairsteps, The Delfonics, The Intruders and so on.  The rest of the music is terrific collaborative jamming, making “The Only Difference” go down very easy, and having me wonder what it would all sound like in a live setting.  Check it out at the Spotify link above. 

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A Taut makeover for “Cities In Dust” by #SiouxsieandtheBanshees c/o remixers @Nazariff_ and @RoseThrone_

SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES, “Cities In Dust” (Nazariff x Rosé Throne remix)

Take it from someone who lived through the era as an adult, and also someone who doesn’t write about older songs remixed very often, American remixers Nazariff and Rosé Throne have done contemporary justice to 1985 alt.rock and dance classic “Cities in Dust” by Siouxsie & The Banshees originally from the Tinderbox album.  It was an important record for Siouxsie.  After many hits in the UK starting in 1978, “Cities In Dust”, with its raw vocal and tribal rhythm, was her US breakthrough, which ultimately culminated in the 1991 pop and dance hit “Kiss Them For Me”, and effectively extending her chart career to 1995 in the UK.  Nazariff and Rosé Throne honour the goth origins of the song, giving it a cinematic, taut makeover that loses nothing in its translation to 2017.  It’s hard to get it right and please everyone, but Siouxsie fans and club DJ’s will certainly embrace this remix.  You can download it for free at the link above.

#BILLCSTop30 #523 – November 27/17

There’s lots of movement on the new chart, plus five debuts, three of which are Canadian, which constitutes a mini-takeover 😛  The top of the chart pretty much stays put as other newer songs get closer.

The Top 10

  • The top of the chart is still grooving to old school Chicago-styled house as mixed with contemporary electronic pop.  It’s once again “Need Your Heart”, brought to you by Australia-based UK producer Latchmere from his EP Lovedrunk.  Zooming in on the Top 10 is another song from the EP “Monster”, featuring Aussie female vocalist Dylan, zipping up the chart 18-11.
  • Shoffy’s thoughtful-with-a-beat “Flags” (featuring) looks like it will give “Need Your Heart” the most competition at #1, as the single from his debut self-titled album climbs 5-3.
  • The unbridled energy and attitude of “No Hands” sends it into the Top 5 for the collaboration of producers it’s different and Forever MC, and lethal vocal combo of blackbear and MAX.  It’s too bad the song has never seen official release but is still available as a free download.
  • Making its presence known in the Top 10 for the first time is “Wake Up To The Night” by Miami’s Alyx Ander featuring The Voice top ten contestant and songwriter Caroline Pennell, rising 11-6.
  • US/UK duo Culpriit also move up within the Top 10 with “Driveway” climbing 10-7.
  • The new cool word is “splish”.  Miguel and Travis Scott claim #8 with “Sky Walker” from the upcoming War & Leisure album.  Miguel also nabs one of the five debuts further down…
  • The Thrill Of It All is a beautiful follow up to In The Lonely Hour, a completely different kind of album where the best songs are the ones you won’t hear on the radio, aside of course from “Too Good At Goodbyes”, which moves up 13-9.  You’ll find Sam’s duet with star-on-the-rise YEBBA at #23 with “No Peace”.

Movin’ On Up

  • We have more MAX in his pairing with SAINT WKND on “Survive” rising 19-13 in a fierce PLS&TY remix that totally gets the vibe of the song.
  • Dutch duo The Him look to get to the Top 10 quickly with “Everybody Hurts”, a free download for you featuring Australian singer Ivy Adara, which soars 24-15.
  • A second entry for producer/songwriter Frank Pierce jumps 25-17, “Do Me” featuring vocalist Miles B.  You won’t be able to sit still with the buoyant rhythm of this one. Frank still sits pretty at #4 with pals Nick Peters and Scott Vega with “No Love In Brooklyn”.
  • The fastest riser on the chart is from the aforementioned British singer YEBBA (aka Abbey Smith) with her debut single “Evergreen” rocketing up the chart 29-18.  Patiently waiting for more news about YEBBA!
  • “Murder” is an infectious slice of deep house from Dutch producer/DJ Lady Bee featuring fellow producer Tropkillaz and standout vocalist Oktavian.  It climbs 23-20.

Five Debuts

  • The high point of Tiësto’s Club Life Vol. 5 – China album comes early on with Toronto’s own Dzeko scoring with potent cover of Seal’s 90’s hit “Crazy” in a Tiësto Big Room mix, which charges on to the chart at #21.  Tiësto has appeared numerous times on this chart, the last time with his remix of “Let You Go” by The Chainsmokers and Great Good Fine OK in 2015.  Dzeko has only had one prior appearance, but it was a doozy – a #1 in 2016 with buddy Luis Torres as well as Sweden’s Hellberg with “Care For Me”, my #2 song of last year.
  • It’s Miguel again at #27 with “Pineapple Skies”, which revels in the music of Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder so much that it’s just plain joyful!  
  • Song #2 on the chart for Toronto’s Loud Luxury premieres at #28 with new vocalist Brando in the irresistible “Body” (this time for Armada).  The duo has had two #1’s this year with “Fill Me In” (with Ryan Shepherd) and “Show Me” (with Nikki’s Wives) – will “Body” be next?
  • It immediately got under my skin when I first heard it two weeks ago, so Swiss/South African producer/DJ Nora En Pure’s “Tears In Your Eyes” arrives on the chart at #29.
  • A third Torontonian bows on the chart this week, and it is indeed the previously mentioned Ryan Shepherd, whose amazing new slice of deep house “Right Now” (featuring Dirty Hary) bows at #30.

View the full BILLCS Top 30 right here, and be sure to click on the photos to hear all of the songs.

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With “No Secrets”, Chicago-based producer @AashMehtamusic channels singer/songwriter @AlexaLusader’s emotional story

AASH MEHTA featuring ALEXA LUSADER, “No Secrets”

Following his lush, often romantic electronic pop EP Stardust, Chicago-based producer Aash Mehta returns with “No Secrets” featuring L.A. singer/songwriter Alexa Lusader.  It’s a special release because it chronicles Alexa’s own experience harbouring a constraining secret for many years.  Working through it all, the song allows her to “inspire others to speak up, free themselves, and live life” the way it should be.  It’s less about the music and a lot about the solid vocal and well-thought lyrics.  Similar to his way to tap into a romantic ballad, in “No Secrets” Aash channels the story through his graceful production.  Listen closely to “No Secrets” at the link above. 

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#BILLCSTop30 #522, November 13/17

The chart continues to switch it up with a new number one song and four new entries.  And as seems to be the trend, more artists are doubling up again on the chart, including one newcomer!

The Top 10

  • He might not be very well known to the dance music world yet, but Australian-based UK producer Latchmere (aka Shaun Galvin) has a winner at the top with “Need Your Heart” (above) from his top notch EP Lovedrunk.  Even though Latchmere is primarily influenced by more current dance music makers, “Need Your Heart” is chock full of classic house sounds which will throw you back about 27 years – refreshing and nostalgic at the same time.  Another song from Lovedrunk also gains more ground this week.  “Monster” (below), featuring vocalist Dylan, climbs 22-18.  Do be sure to check out the entire EP for fine contemporary house music!  Latchmere is also the first act from Australia to reach #1 on this chart since The Temper Trap’s “Resurrection” scored just over 7 years ago in 2010 🙂
  • The wistful and infectious “No Love In Brooklyn” (above) by the combined efforts of France’s Nick Peters and western New York’s Frank Pierce featuring vocalist Scott Vega continues to climb up 5-4 for Tipsy Records’ ongoing partnership with Epic Records in Oslo, Norway.  Mr. Pierce gets to double up on the chart this week with the African and dancehall influences in “Do Me” (below, featuring vocalist Miles B) which premieres at #25.
  • Quickly finding its way to the Top 5 from #11 is “Flags” by L.A.’s Shoffy featuring vocalist Yuna from Shoffy’s fabulous debut album.  “Flags” is still currently a free download so you have no reason not to check it out 🙂  
  • Carlos Nóbrega’s “You (It’s All About You)” (above) rises to new heights 7-6, while a second song from The Art Of Making Love, “Free” (below) (featuring JVEL) is up a notch 21-20.
  • Also new to the Top 10 is the summer throwback “Driveway” by US/UK duo Culpriit, which climbs 14-10.

Movin’ On Up

  • “Wake Up To The Night” by Miami’s Alyx Ander featuring Caroline Pennell moves up 17-11, closing in on the Top 10, where Alyx’s “Memories Of You” peaked at #5.

  • Sam Smith gets to double his pleasure this week with a debut that I’ll talk about further down.  But first up is “No Good At Goodbyes” which rises 15-13.
  • “Hit Rewind” continues to sound like a hit to me as the song by Axel Mansoor and Louis Vivet moves up the chart 19-15.

  • The fastest riser on the chart belongs to Miguel, one of the finest soul-pop singers around, with “Sky Walker” (above), featuring Travis Scott, from his upcoming album War & Leisure.  The song soars 25-16, and like the even newer single with Prince overtones, “Told You So ” (below), are likely the best songs he’s released since the Grammy-winning Kaleidoscope Dream in 2012.

  • The riveting PLS&TY remix of SAINT WKND & MAX’s “Survive” races into the Top 20, moving 24-19.  MAX is also in the Top 10 at #9 featured on “No Hands”.

The Remaining Debuts

  • Dutch duo The Him return to the chart with their fourth entry, the scintillating “Everybody Hurts” (above), featuring Australian singer Ivy Adara, at #24, also available as a free download.  And they’ve already released another one since!  Listen to The Him’s new song “Always” below.
  • So about that double Sam Smith pleasure this week.  He pairs up with amazing new British vocalist YEBBA on the beautiful “No Peace” (below) from his album The Thrill Of It All, and the song arrives at #30.  But right above it is YEBBA’s own outstanding new independent single “Evergreen” (above) at #29.  I’m predicting YEBBA to be a powerful new pop force going into 2018, and “Evergreen”, along with “No Peace”, are just the start!!

View the full BILLCS Top 30 right here, and be sure to click on the photos to hear all of the songs.

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“Perfect Strangers” is unpredictable danceable rock from L.A. duo @FederalEmpire

THE FEDERAL EMPIRE, “Perfect Strangers”

Following the success of rock/dance bands already in the public ear like X Ambassadors, L.A. duo The Federal Empire provide an intoxicating, unpredictable mix with “Perfect Strangers”.  The duo has terrific pedigree too – it’s Carolina Liar’s Chad Wolf along with Grammy-nominated McKay Stevens (who doesn’t know 2014’s “Atmosphere” by Kaskade??), and they’ve already recorded notably with both Martin Garrix and Sam Feldt.  Don’t let the crowd-chanting start of “Perfect Strangers” throw you – before the first minute is out the fine vocal begins, full of genuine longing for that relationship that never was.  This leads you into what might be All-American Rejects-inspired retro-alt.rock (Canada’s Marianas Trench also comes to mind) combined with the melodic synth power and guitar blend that recalls Avicii’s big records.  The crowd-chanting does reappear but by then you’re sold and wanting to singalong.  The Federal Empire definitely has their collective ears to the ground and knows how a big audience might react to their songs.  “Perfect Strangers” is one crackerjack 3 minute tune that’s bang-on for radio, and dance clubs will enjoy it too.  Listen intently at the link above.

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