Summer redux: “Hit Rewind” by Axel Mansoor @iamAxelM & @LouisVivet

AXEL MANSOOR & LOUIS VIVET, “Hit Rewind”

It’s here, your official end-of-summer song!  One of my favourite new singer-songwriters  is L.A.’s Axel Mansoor, whose two recent free downloads of “Wasted My Love” and “Out Of My Head” have graced the top and near-top of my personal chart respectively, making them two of the best new songs you can hear this year.  Paired with fellow L.A. denizen and producer Louis Vivet, the groovesome twosome come up with some smokin’ hot pop with “Hit Rewind”.  I had yet to hear Axel in an uptempo setting and this one is a treat, with a chorus that is such an 80’s-inspired blast it needs to be played quite loud. But that doesn’t mean that the song doesn’t have some downtime saved for Axel’s sweeter voice before that chorus kicks in again.  “Hit Rewind” is the kind of potent pop that causes big ears to listen up.  Show it some big love at the Spotify link above.

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Italy’s @Flyboy_official rides the big wave that is @Krewella with his remix of “Team”

KREWELLA, “Team” (Flyboy remix) (free DL)

Italian producer Flyboy – not even yet 20 – definitely has a great ear for leaving his imprint on a song, even if it happens to be the ever-reliable Illinois duo Krewella with his remix of “Team”.  This one will leave you spinning with all kinds of whirling synths and effects to perfectly match the fresh attitude of the lyrics and vocals calling out the haters.  But Flyboy knows his limits and how to place catchy synth riffs without them driving you crazy.  Flyboy is getting a lot of notice of late, through Spotify and Sirius XM, particularly in France, where some of his music has been picked up by none other than the prestigious Parlophone label through Warners.  This remix of “Team” is only near the beginning so there’s still lots of time to watch Flyboy soar 🙂  Download “Team” for free at the link above.

Published in: on September 22, 2017 at 10:17 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Do Me” ignites Afro-pop dance rhythms from @itsFrankPierce featuring @MilesB_yeaaaa

FRANK PIERCE featuring MILES B., “Do Me”

Hearing African rhythms blended slickly with international dance and pop styles is quite refreshing in the latest from western New York producer/songwriter Frank Pierce with “Do Me”, featuring vocalist Miles B.  The flavours in “Do Me” come from Nigeria, and they are definitely joyous, a fusion of African pop and familiar dance hall sounds.  The song stands out with its buoyant, unconventional polyrhythmic beats and cheerful synths, which are guaranteed to make your body want to let loose.  “Do Me” has a funky side to it and a soulful, but the overall result is irrefutably pop which would fit happily alongside songs from Major Lazer.  If you’ve heard his recent collaboration with Nick Peters on one of my current faves “No Love In Brooklyn”, then you know that “Do Me” is another good reason to get to know more of the music of Frank Pierce.  Once again from Tipsy Records in conjunction with Epic Oslo, “Do Me” is a whole lotta fun and delivers the goods!

Published in: on September 18, 2017 at 10:34 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Perfect getaway: “Sun Goes Down” by @officialKoni & #Jeongwoo featuring Toronto’s @LiliannaWilde

KONI & JEONGWOO featuring LILIANNA WILDE, “Sun Goes Down” (free DL)

“Sun Goes Down” is a logical follow-up to German producer Koni’s irresistible “Mad About You” (featuring Danelle) from earlier this year.  Relying on a similar and distinct vocal from Toronto’s Lilianna Wilde, “Sun Goes Down” is about the time to make your perfect getaway for romance, fun or whatever.  Like a number of Koni’s songs, this time in collaboration with mystery collaborator Jeongwoo, the overall sound is bright and resonating with easy-to-enjoy tropical flavour.  Koni knows his audience and hones his craft well, and besides “Sun Goes Down” there’s more new music coming down soon to enjoy.  Get “Sun Goes Down” for free at the link above while you can 🙂

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#BILLCSTop30 #518 – September 18/17

Lots of songs on the rise will change the top songs in the next month or so, and there are three debuts 🙂

The Top 10

  • Bright Light Bright Light’s “New York Pretty” leads the chart for a 4th appearance (8th week).  He has done this before THREE TIMES with “Love Part II” in 2010, “Waiting For The Feeling” in 2012, and “An Open Heart” in 2013/14.  “New York Pretty” is tied with The Chainsmokers and Coldplay’s “Something Just Like This” for most time at the top in 2017.  and BLx2’s Billboard Dance Club Play hit “Into The Night” (below) climbs 10-8 this week too!

  • Staying at #2 for a second appearance is Toronto’s Loud Luxury with Nikki’s Wives and the catchy bass sounds of “Show Me”.  Both groups are touring with Nikki’s Wives bowing in London, Ontario this week.
  • The fastest riser on the chart belongs to Mahalo and Cat Lewis, obtaining their third Top 5 song on the chart with “Perfect” vaulting 15-4.  It will battle with “Show Me” and CVBZ’s “Be Like You” (#3) for #1 in two weeks.  Mahalo and Cat Lewis hit the Top 5 earlier this year with “Be My Love” (#5) and “WTFYWF” (#3), and their other recent collaboration of “Heaven” (below) continues to climb 19-13!
  • Toronto’s Dan Talevski collects his third Top 5 song on this chart with the endless fun of “Birthday Suit” climbing 9-5.  “Guilty As Sin” got to #3 in 2015, and it was followed by “My Religion” (#5).

  • L.A.’s Lauv will be touring with none other than Ed Sheeran in Asia very soon, as “I Like Me Better” continues to make new friends and rises 12-9.

  • Those of you who enjoy the new mystery band Terror Jr. will have a chance to catch Iowa’s Kid Froopy as the opening act on their tour.  The Kid’s exceptionally produced “Drive Slow” moves up 14-10.

Movin’ On Up

  • Matthew Koma’s “Suitcase” breaks loose from lower chart numbers and soars 17-12 and is headed for the Top 10.
  • The Florida-based Tipsy label’s partnership with Epic Oslo is working with stellar new songs like “No Love In Brooklyn”, which has a great singalong chorus.  It’s by French producer Nick Peters paired with American Frank Pierce and with vocals by American Scott Vega, climbing 20-14.
  • “Gold” by Ricky Remedy and John.k rises a big 26-16, thanks to slick production and amazing vocals by John.k.  In fact John.k has already followed it up with a new song “OT”, which you can hear below.
  • What more can I say about the songs from Carlos Nobrega’s The Art Of Making Love?  A dedicated following has provided him with great chart numbers in Europe and has sent so many new visitors to this blog, over 80,000!  The charge started with “You (It’s All About You)” (above), the blog post of which is now my 3rd most viewed – but the blog post for the album is now most viewed at over 36,000 views!!  The song climbs 27-18, as a new instrumental from Carlos’ other project, Almageddon is released, “Almageddon: Madrid”.  This time it’s accompanied by a picturesque video of the famous city where he lives.  It debuted at #1 on the Spanish new age chart this past week.  Check it out below.

  • Steve Void and Syence move up with their touching joint collaboration to support anyone who’s down.  “We Won’t Leave You” rises 25-20.
  • The melodic but crazy dubstep of “Anesthetic” by San Diego’s Convulsic moves up 28-22.

Three Debuts

  • A new current favourite of mine that blends in contemporary electronic dance sounds with early 90’s classic house is “Need Your Heart” by Australia-based British producer Latchmere, from his debut indie EP Lovedrunk.  It bows at an impressive #23, ahead of some major major names and deserves your support 🙂

  • Sam Smith has such an amazing voice even if “Too Good For Goodbyes” as a song is weaker than some of his past hits, nonetheless it premieres at #26.  Sam has got to #1 here four times, all in 2014, with “Money On My Mind”, “Stay With Me”, “I’m Not The Only One”, and his collaboration with Disclosure on “Latch”.  The video arrives tomorrow!
  • Arriving on the chart for the first time is multi-Grammy winner Skrillex in collaboration with producer/songwriter Poo Bear (aka Jason Boyd), who co-wrote many songs on Justin Bieber’s Purpose album as well as classics like 112’s “Dance With Me” and Usher’s “Caught Up”.  The free download remix by scrvp. of “Would You Ever”, which gives the vocals and song an entirely different effect from the original, arrives at #27.

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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“Be Somebody” is more unique and touching encouragement from Oregon’s @CVBZmusic

CVBZ, “Be Somebody”

Throughout 2017 so far, there are few singer/songwriters who have surprised me more than Oregon’s CVBZ.  And it’s not like his music totally won me over at the first few listens.  The great thing about songs is they get stuck in your head and sometimes the rest of their intentions strike you later.  Such is the case with “Be Like You”, which in its Sean Turk remix is one of my favourites of the year so far.  Following up “Be Like You” and the bold and risky “Vicodin” is third single “Be Somebody”.  Like both songs, it’s full of earnest sentiment that comes from a place deep down where you can fill lyrics with both encouragement and well screw that attitude.  So many young people can relate to these lyrics and I hope “Be Somebody” can find its way through the maze of a today’s music scene to get to the listeners who need it the most.  Musically, its big electronic sound is the right backdrop for its lyrics, and some remixes might help follow up the success “Be Like You” has had with dance music lovers.  Check it out at the link above.

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NYC duo @djSHADESmusic gives electronic inspiration for clubs to “Moonlight” by @GraceVanderWaal

GRACE VANDERWAAL, “Moonlight” (SHADES remix) (free DL)

After receiving praise for their remixes this year for the likes of Betty Who, SHADES are back with an unexpected electronic reinterpretation of “Moonlight” by Grace VanderWaal.  Grace, as you likely now, was last year’s winner of America’s Got Talent at age 12.  Her debut album for Sony “Just The Beginning” is coming this Fall and has been preceded by some singles such as “Moonlight”, which definitely recalls singer JoJo at around that age.  But with different current inspirations like Lorde, Grace’s style veers more towards alt.pop. SHADES definitely see the potential for clubs as they fill “Moonlight” awash with uplifting synths, transforming the alt.pop leanings for club goers in the process.  The song is more than suited for a deep house style, with fine drops and other moments that work completely well.  Download it for free at the link above.

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San Sings! @SanHolobeats’ melodic “I Still See Your Face” is full of hooks and charm

SAN HOLO, “I Still See Your Face”

It’s been a bit of a wait for the official follow up to last year’s glorious “Light”, which broke wide open internationally last year in the dance and electronic genres for The Netherlands’ San Holo (aka Sander van Dijck).  After some collaborations, notably the recent “The Future” with James Vincent McMorrow, and with fellow countrymen DROELOE, San Holo returns with “I Still See Your Face”.  It’s a logical successor to “Light”, emphasizing a melodic structure over big beats, though that doesn’t mean the song doesn’t kick into high gear for the dance floor.  San takes the vocal reigns this time though, isolating them with an acoustic backdrop that go a long way on raw charm.  What I like best about “I Still See Your Face” is how it segues from hook to hook layered on top of the melody to make it a breezy three and a half minutes.  It features on the upcoming Bitbird compilation “Gouldian Finch 2”.  Check out the audio above and the official video below.

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“Murder” by @LadyBeeofficial is a trap dance floor sizzler featuring @Tropkillaz and vocals by @Oktavianmusic

LADY BEE featuring TROPKILLAZ and OKTAVIAN, “Murder”

The rhythm’s gonna getcha on “Murder”, the latest by rising Dutch producer Lady Bee.  The collaboration with Brazil’s own Tropkillaz arose at last year’s ADE, and they took it to L.A.-based Dutchman Oktavian for his own special vocal vibes, which you’ll recall well from last year’s “Balance” by The Him.  So the results are nothing short of terrific – Oktavian takes command over a super tight Lady Bee and Tropkillaz creation, and if the melodic hook sounds a tad familiar, then think Katy Perry’s “Swish Swish” slowed down a couple of notches.  Brought to you by Trap City and Spinnin’, “Murder” is a compelling dance floor filler that sizzles.

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Don’t stop, won’t stop: “Ghetto” is trademark trippy ‘future jack’ by @dj_DOD

D.O.D., “Ghetto”

“Ghetto” is fast and furious fun in the big room sub-genre, from Wall Recordings courtesy of the U.K.’s D.O.D. (aka Dan O’Donnell), whose music is being supported by a who’s who of contemporary dance music – Calvin Harris, A-Trak, Sander van Doorn, among others.  While “Ghetto” doesn’t sound entirely new to me – think back to the late 90’s and annoyingly infectious club hits like “Up To No Good” by The Porn Kings – it follows in the series of D.O.D. releases labelled as ‘future jack’.  However you want to call it, “Ghetto” is two and a half minutes of crazy fun that will endeavour to enlist club goers to show off a bit.  You’ll have to keep your ears peeled as to why it’s called “Ghetto” though!  Listen at the link above.

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