I’m humbled by the amount of new visitors I’ve had recently to this blog and Twitter. The BILLCS Top 30 is my personal chart of favourites which started out online in 1998 as the monthly Tuned-On! Top 10 and quickly grew into a bi-weekly Top 30 on a web page hosted by Geocities (remember them?). Its focus over the years has shifted depending on what styles of music I’ve been drawn to the most. It largely focuses on singles but album tracks are included. Songs can only appear on the chart for 10 appearances (20 weeks) which keeps the new songs flowing. In 2003, music was becoming much more globally in sync and I allowed songs to appear on the chart providing they were released … somewhere. In 2009, a free download hit #1 for the first time. A song must be ‘released’ (for pay or for free) in order to qualify to appear on the chart – a You Tube or Soundcloud post that is not consumable does not qualify. Official remixes may chart instead of the original if that’s the version I prefer.
With that update provided, on to the new chart 🙂
The Top 10
- The ongoing revival of Simon Curtis “8bit Heart” continues to grow as the cover to his upcoming book “Boy Robot” (cover above) was premiered by Just Jared Jr. The book would not be forthcoming without Simon’s original 2010 mixtape (still available for free at http://www.simon-curtis.com) which has recently been re-recorded as Super 8bit Heart and now available everywhere for purchase. “8bit Heart” is still so much of a personal favourite, and continues at #1 for a second appearance in its delightful redux version. The new version of “Super Psycho Love” joins “8bit Heart” in the Top 10, rising 16-10.
- MAX (Schneider) holds at #2 with “Wrong”. Do check out the infectious remix recently unleashed online by RyanEXOE featuring Taylor Bennett, above.
- Before my next chart, the album 55 by The Knocks will finally be on release and should be the soundtrack to the first part of 2016, given that I heard most of the songs at their Toronto concert in January. “Kiss The Sky”, featuring a fantastic vocal by Wyclef Jean, climbs 7-4 and is definitely eyeing #1.
- Coincidentally, The Knocks are back-to-back with their own label signees, Sofi Tukker. The NYC duo holds steady at #5 with the irresistible “Drinkee”. Yeah it’s all in Portuguese, but no matter!
- This chart marks the mini-invasion of the Top 10 by songs by the latest boy wunderkind, Troye Sivan. The glorious “Talk Me Down” advances 12-7 while the heart-wringer “Wild” climbs 14-9 (both above). And Troye’s “Fools” (below, rounding out the Blue Neighbourhood trilogy of videos) is the fastest riser, movin’ on up a few notches below 26-17. This only means one thing: If you haven’t heard Troye’s Blue Neighbourhood, you are missing out. Troye is playing a sold out show at the Danforth Music Hall in Toronto next week.
More Songs Movin’ On Up
- Brandyn Burnette’s hip hop flavoured “Down” from his Made Of Dreams EP rises 15-12. He and his gal Molly Moore (sitting pretty at #8 with “Blood. Sweat. Tears.”) have joined forces as Cosmos & Creature and will appear as the featured voices in an upcoming song by dance music performer Vicetone called “Brightside”! Watch for it!
- Elephante’s original “Age Of Innocence” (featuring Trouze and Damon Sharpe) is one pumped up slice of emotional EDM with a melody that stays with you for days. It moves up 18-15.
- Like “Hello”, it looks like Adele’s “When We Were Young” is about to dominate the dance charts in its remixed version. But the still stunning original from the 25 album climbs 21-16.
- Calvo’s “Vicious Girl” continues to be embraced by DJs throughout the world thanks to a memorable keyboard melody and an odd vocal that works quite well. It jumps 27-20 and is well on its way. It’s also a co-write by the talented Daniel Volpe (who as a performer is none other than Zorro Blakk).
- It may be their best song yet. Canadian bros DVBBS feature a Torontonian singer Dante Leon on “Angel”, which bows at #23. DVBBS have previously charted with MOTi with “This Is Dirty” (#9) and with Sander van Doorn and Martin Garrix on “Gold Skies” (#3).
- A bit of summer is upon us courtesy of the driving beat of the Cloudchord remix of “Loud Places”, an alternative hit last year for Jamie xx featuring Romy, from Jamie’s Grammy-nominated album In Colour. This tropical anthemic remix stands on its own and arrives at #24.
- Sweden will simply have to share its current #1 with us. That song is “Faded” by Norwegian producer/DJ Alan Walker, which originally started as an instrumental called “Fade”. It premieres at #25.
- And at #27 is “u suck” by Minnesota rapper/producer Call Me Karizma (aka Morgan Parriott). Its clever featured chorus from the song “Why Don’t You Do Right” is sung by UK vocalist Bev Lee Harling. “u suck” is a wonderful slice of what sounds like ‘new era rap’.
Listen to the songs or watch the videos using the links on the pictures on the pretty and detailed web edition of my chart. Go on, have a look and listen/watch 🙂
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Although it will not air this week, you can usually hear me online on http://www.planetradio.ca every Monday at 9:00 pm EST counting down a Toronto Top 10 chart from yesteryear, and then again every Thursday in a rebroadcast at 7:00 a.m. EST on WROCK http://www.wlor.net!