#BILLCSTop30 #574 – November 11/19

The new chart is brimming with activity as some hot new songs take advantage to move up in the place of older favourites.  

The music from my chart and blog will be featured regularly on the new online radio station Radio GTA.  You can hear their Big 20 on Wednesday evenings with ‘The Musicman’ James Rogers and listen for songs from the chart too 🙂 Scroll down the main page to listen to lots of variety from across the decades!

1-2-3 – all locked in for another chart.  Throttle’s “Dreamer” (above) from the fine EP Where U Are stays put at #1, while the OKJAMES remix of “Like Like” by Lostchild and “I’m Not Alright” by Loud Luxury and Bryce Vine (both below) remain at #2 and #3 respectively.

Aside from “I’m Not Alright”, the Top 5 songs are comprised entirely of indies, and rounded out by Nashville duo Apollo LTD’s “On The Way Up 2.0” (6-4) and UK singer/songwriter Benedict Cork with “Breaking Hearts” (7-5), both below.

New to the Top 10 are:

  • “Lights Up” by Harry Styles (above), from his upcoming sophmore December release Fine Line.  This beautiful performance is one to keep an eye on closely as it zips up 16-7.
  • “Don’t Break My Heart Again” by Australia’s Peter Wilson in a Stormby edit climbs 11-8, becoming the singer’s second Top Tenner, after last year’s “Verona” with Sean Smith reached #2.
  • “Flicker” by NYC producers Anden rises 13-9 for those late night deep house parties.

The fastest riser on the chart is “Faith” by Sweden’s Galantis which is graced by the inimitable Dolly Parton and Dutch vocalist Mr. Probz. It soars 25-13, and is actually a cover of a Grammy-nominated song from John Hiatt’s 1987 album Bring The Family called “Have A Little Faith In Me”.  It’s also been covered in recent years by Joe Cocker and Bon Jovi, so this dance rendition was highly unexpected.  But you can’t knock the immensely positive vibes, guaranteed to make anyone smile.

It’s guaranteed to grow on you with each listen – “Punching In The Dark” is by another Swedish producer, Jon Hellberg, featuring an excellent vocal by Aloe Blacc, which climbs 23-16.

As fast as “Walk Alone” (above) has moved up the chart 24-18, Dutch producers The Him have another solid brand new mover and shaker for you.  Check out “In My Arms”, featuring Norma Jean Martine, below.

By popular demand, remixes and an acoustic version of “Mad” by L.A.-based singer/songwriter Brandon Colbein, are coming soon, as the song climbs 26-19.

I’m so thrilled with Sam Smith’s take on Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love” – with much thanks to producers Disclosure, who couldn’t be more bang on with their interpretation – that it bows at #22.  It’s Sam’s most adventurous record with an outstanding vocal.  He’s been to the top of this chart 4 times – with “Money On My Mind”, “Stay With Me”, “I’m Not The Only One”, and of course his first partnership with Disclosure on “Latch”. “I Feel Love” marks his 13th entry.  A previous cover of the song charted in 2003 by Blue Man Group featuring Venus Hum and reached #2.

It’s also my pleasure to add “Toxic World” by Peter Foldy to the chart at #27.  Peter had three hits in Canada in the 1970’s – “Bondi Junction”, “Roxanne”, and “Julie Ann” – all very well-respected by Canadian music lovers, and it’s great to have him back in a contemporary mix of a song that’s full of optimism despite its title.

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L.A-based Canadian singer/songwriter @PeterFoldy is back with an ode to optimism in a “Toxic World”

PETER FOLDY, “Toxic World”

Peter Foldy has been fortunate to bridge his entertainment career between recordings (notably Canadian hits “Bondi Junction”, “Roxanne” and “Julie Ann”) and film (directing and writing in L.A.).  Following up his album “Nine Lives”, Peter shifts gears to find optimism and unity in his latest release “Toxic World”.  With his voice ever timeless, “Toxic World” is Peter like you’ve never heard him before. 

In a sparkling mix by Miklos Malek – whose diverse credits include everyone from star acts like Kristin Chenoweth. Jennifer Lopez, and Yanni, to dance music producers you’ve read about in this blog like Alyx Ander and Shane 54 – Peter offers the backstory on “Toxic World”:

The song was influenced by all that is happening in the world right now. America is divided by political turmoil, racism continues to rear it’s ugly head, climate change is denied by many and military conflicts seem to have no end. The lessons of the past have clearly been ignored—but despite its sobering world-view, “Toxic World” is also a love song. It offers up hope and unity for a young couple who have lost their way. 
 
Music has always played a small role in bringing about change, and while I am not naive enough to think this song can change the world, I’m hopeful that at the very least it will make you get up and dance. That in itself would be very cool.

With his strong story-telling prowess, Peter quickly draws you into “Toxic World”, and you’ll find yourself easily grooving along to the synths while memorable acoustic guitar work ensures a melodic human element.

“Toxic World” is a fine pop song indeed, and a fresh change for Peter Foldy while always sounding like the same Peter who his many fans have enjoyed over the years.  It’s well-suited for Adult Contemporary radio to spin next to songs by Ed Sheeran and Maroon 5. 

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“Mine” is a laid back, SoCal pop-flavoured song for quiet days on the beach courtesy of Axel Mansoor @iamAxelM

AXEL MANSOOR, “Mine”

If many other songs were written like Axel Mansoor’s new single “Mine”, we would have 70’s pop songs all over again according to the 3 minute rule for radio play.  The singer effortlessly emotes about his object of affection set to a crisp, sparse backdrop that focuses on the simple melody.  It’s really quite suited for quiet Sundays on a beach, but I can hear clap-along participation in the last minute of the song in a small club setting.  And perhaps we’ll find out if that all works out while Axel is on tour opening for Ben Zaida.

Axel Mansoor opens for Ben Zaida on Saturday, November, 23, 2019 at The Drake Hotel in Toronto, and I’ll be there, so I’ll keep you posted 🙂

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Canadian duo Homestead return with diverse alt.rocking EP “Beacon”

HOMESTEAD, Beacon (EP)

A while back I wrote about Canadian duo Homestead’s first single releases, “Runaway”  (inside one of my 10/10 posts) and “Rather Be Friends”.  They’re included on their new EP Beacon along with three other diverse songs.  Opening up with my favourite song “Lifeline”, Homestead delivers crunchy guitar work (courtesy of Liam DeBoer) and a 70’s flavoured melody (why do I want to hum Chicago’s “25 or 6 to 4”?) which aptly partner with the versatile voice of singer Joël.  “Move Along”, which is preceded by an interlude, gives a tip of the hat to 90’s alt.rock such as Beck and particularly Nine Inch Nails as edginess once again finds compatibility with melody.  The other new song is “High Off Your Lows”, which kicks in with 60’s flavoured horns leading an intriguing signature story that only Joël can deliver.  This hard-working, Toronto-area pair have immense potential with vocal, guitar and synth-powered music tailored for college, indie and alternative radio.  Watch for more good things to come from Homestead!

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Austin-based Filipino-American singer @MiggyMilla lays on the charm with “Tragedy”

MIGGY MILLA, “Tragedy”

Miggy Milla is a charismatic new pop singer/songwriter/producer to watch, having honed his craft after living in NYC and attending Berklee College of Music.  “Tragedy” follows up his EP Perfect Stranger as a song that quickly slides under your skin and makes you want to hear more from the Filipino-American singer, who now resides in Austin.  “Tragedy” starts off with a subtle, quiet melody and slowly builds to capture the essence of the lyrics.  From his performance in the video above, Miggy looks like one who aims to please in concert.  In fact his charm overwhelms the rest of the video, which weaves a vague story that leaves more questions than answers.  But “Tragedy” as a song is well-worth your attention and a fine introduction to Miggy Milla.

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L.A.-based singer/songwriter @BadW0lfy will tap into your soul with “When I’m With Me I’m Never Alone”

BAD W0LFY, “When I’m With Me I’m Never Alone”

“When I’m With Me I’m Never Alone” brings about a striking return for L.A.-based singer/songwriter Bad W0lfy, known in her early career for some potent electronic dance music of its time and her collaboration with Simon Curtis in the duo Wrathschild, which was now five years ago.  “When I’m With Me…” is a deliberate change of pace for W0lfy, who is dipping into the styles of the likes of Normani and Selena Gomez to harness a cool, R&B-flavoured sound.  and “When I’m With Me…” will tap into your soul with its relateable theme of being your own best friend when you need it the most.  So many young people agonize about the social aspects of their lives, and sometimes we all just need to switch off and allow ourselves to breathe and move on.  It’s easier said than done, but thoughtful and insightful lyrics like W0lfy’s are refreshing and can help foster change for those who truly want it.  Melodically, “When I’m With Me…” (produced once again for W0lfy by Ray Reich) moves swiftly, with surprising early 90’s new jack swing and house elements, matching W0lfy’s often lush vocal.  “When I’m With Me I’m Never Alone” deserves all of the right attention for all of the right reasons that I’ve mentioned.  It’s great to have Bad W0lfy back – let’s help keep her and look forward to more great new songs.

L.A.-based singer/songwriter @AdamExler returns with crispy, bluesy rocker “Language Of Love”

ADAM EXLER featuring J. HOLLA, “Language Of Love”

It’s been a few years since I’ve written about music by L.A.-based singer/songwriter Adam Exler.  While “Language Of Love” may now be pidgeon-holed into the genre known as “Americana”, it is for me pure bluesy rock ‘n roll.  The former tennis pro has the gritty, credible voice to go hand-in-hand with the arrangement, which focuses on some terrific guitar work, culminating in a seething hook that makes “Language Of Love” so memorable.  While the brief interlude by J. Holla comes a little late and doesn’t always seem in place, perhaps making the song a little longer than it needed to be, it does grow on you after a few listens.  But if crisp, bluesy guitar work matched with salt-of-the-earth lyrics is your thing – think off Nathaniel Radliff & The Night Sweats – then you’ll find yourself spinning “Language Of Love” on the regular.

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L.A.-based duo @CoastModern offer up the off-kilter, feel good “Puppy Llama”

COAST MODERN, “Puppy Llama”

Don’t ask me what a song called “Puppy Llama” is all about, because your guess is as good as mine.  The musical basis though is alternative electro pop/rock from L.A.-based duo Coast Modern.  “Puppy Llama” will really have you scratching your head from its beginning, but fortunately the song does not let up, keeping you locked in and filled with numerous infectious moments for its strange ride.  The playful vocals sometimes remind me of Rivers Cuomo from Weezer, and the overall effect sometimes is like a Beck song flipped sideways with a crooked smile.  Make of it what you will, but Coast Modern is on to something that will make more heads turn with “Puppy Llama”.

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#BILLCSTop30 #573 – October 28, 2019

One month into Autumn and some change is afoot on the new chart.  Besides three new entries, some songs make key moves, and there is a new song on top!

I am pleased to announce again that music from my chart and blog will be featured regularly on the new online radio station Radio GTA.  You can hear their Big 20 on Wednesday evenings and listen for songs from the chart too 🙂 Scroll down the main page to listen to lots of variety from across the decades!

Australia’s Throttle gets his first #1 with the thoughtful and danceable, Billboard-charting “Dreamer”, ending 4 appearances (8 weeks) at the top for Kazaky’s “Push”.  It’s from his new EP of varying styles in the dance music realm called Where U Are, and is meant to be played continuously from beginning to end for best effect.  “Dreamer” is the lead off single and it’s the one that stands out the most for me.  This is also the first #1 on my chart for the Canadian dance label Monstercat, and such a different one for them too!

UK indie singer/songwriter Lostchild climbs 5-2 with the OKJAMES remix of “Like Like”.  It will be neck and neck with “Dreamer” for #1 in two weeks – I’m not even going to speculate on what might prevail!  “Like Like” bests the #5 peak of last year’s “Blacklist”.

With eyes firmly planted on the Top 5, “Breaking Hearts” by Benedict Cork, another UK indie singer/songwriter you need to know, climbs 12-7.  The singer has been opening on tour for EuroVision winner Duncan Laurence in his native Netherlands.

Also new to the Top 10 – kind of a no-brainer given the performers – is “Dreamland” by Pet Shop Boys and Years & Years, moving up 14-9. It’s Years & Years’ 7th Top 10 entry since 2015, following this year’s collaboration with Jax Jones on “Play” (#3).

“Poolside Vibe” by Pretty Sister and MarcLo keeps us thinking of July and August as it moves up 16-12.

I want to see a club DJ take Anden’s “Flicker” up on what’s intended to happen in the magnetic, progressive dance song – a glittering light show after the pause after “baby all of the lights are turned…. off”.  “Flicker”, featuring vocals by the brothers Cuppernull who comprise Anden, climbs 19-13.

“Here U R” is a striking deep house track by Win & Woo featuring vocals by co-writer Sara Skinner, and it rises 17-14.

Led by a pristine vocal by Heather Janssen, “Who’s Gonna Love U” by Canadian producer Ryan Shepherd makes a significant move up the chart, soaring 22-15.

After the #7 success of “Sign Of The Times” two years ago, Harry Styles shifts gears for a short, sweet pop song with one of his best vocals in “Lights Up”.  It’s the Fastest Riser on the chart, rocketing 25-16.

Also busting a big move is “Family Affair” by The Disco Fries, which advances 23-17.  It’s a fun and peppy retooling of the Mary J. Blige classic, which got to #4 on this chart back in 2001.

Making the highest debut is the glorious and unexpected collaboration of Galantis, Dolly Parton and Mr. Probz on one of the most uplifting songs of the year called “Faith”.  It bows at #25 and is the first chart appearance for all involved.  After establishing themselves on the dance music scene for the best part of this decade, the Grammy-nominated Swedish production duo Galantis joins other veterans – Don Diablo, Cedric Gervais, Lost Frequencies, Timmy Trumpet, Sultan + Shepard, Kygo – also debuting on the chart this year.  And Dolly Parton has flirted with dance music before – her pop hit “Baby I’m Burnin'” was also a big club hit in 1979.  She’s also not the oldest person to appear on the chart – that feat belongs to Giorgio Moroder who was 74 when he charted in 2015 with the trio of “Right Here Right Now”, “Deja Vu” and “Wildstar”.

Returning to the chart for the first time since 2016 is Brandon Colbein, formerly known as Brandon Skeie, with the heart-felt ballad “Mad”.  Brandon’s “So Bad” reached the top of the chart so “Mad” has its work cut out!

Sam Fender is an intriguing new British rocker who will appeal to those who enjoy singer/songwriters like James Bay and groups like Keane.  “Will We Talk”, from his album Hypersonic Missiles, arrives at #29.

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SoCal-based singer Nathalie Archangel @NArchangel returns with “The Prettier Things” from her same named album

NATHALIE ARCHANGEL, “The Prettier Things”

After a couple of well-received dance hits a few weeks back, including the Billboard-charting “A Higher High”, Southern California-based singer Nathalie Archangel returns with a diverse new alterna-pop album The Prettier Things, which is led by the powerful, dramatic song of the same name.  “The Prettier Things” offers a lot of surprises, without going full throttle over the top.  Nathalie’s playful Stevie Nicks-meets-Cyndi Lauper voice takes full advantage of Charlie Mason’s tease-me, dare-me lyrics amid production that flirts with the 80’s while maintaining a firm theatrical edge.  In the album, you’ll also find the disco mix of “A Higher High” and other tasty but wry selections like previous single “Unleashed” and “Queen Of Hearts”.

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