#BILLCSTop30 #622 – September 13, 2021

If the music industry doesn’t come up with a better strategy other than for artists to keep releasing more, more, more new music, then the quality is going to suffer because of quantity. Already, there are too many awful knockoff cover versions released every week, none of which intends to try and be better than the original, and only exist to make money from unsuspecting listeners who flock to them on streaming services. I have a private playlist that I use to keep track of songs under consideration for review, both submissions and my own discoveries, it rarely sinks below 50 songs as I remove songs from it that I’ve written about or considered. Most songs I listen to get two or three listens before I make my decision to write about them or not. As a blogger who no longer has a full-time career and doesn’t use other contributors to write reviews, I can’t imagine the amount of releases continuing to increase. There’s definitely too much that falls in the lap of the artists, and it never seems like they can do enough to get ahead!  Rant over hehe.

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Sweden’s Darin hangs tight at #1 for a second time with the fun pop-dance track “Can’t Stay Away”, which I like more than ever since it first debuted.  And it’s hard for such a great song to hold on to #1 when so many good ones are right behind.

Sofi Tukker and Amadou & Mariam move up 3-2 with the “Red Hot + Free” multilingual track “Mon Cheri” (above).  Sofi Tukker along with producer John Summit have a huge dance hit in the making with “Sun Came Up” at the link below.

And right behind “Mon Cheri” up 9-3 is “Sanctuary” (above), which features one of my favourite vocals of the year by “American Idol” contestant Robbie Rosen.  This beauty is produced by relatively new Dutch producer Howen, who has a bright career ahead.  Robbie’s other song on the chart, “Don’t Want Perfect” (below), with Quebec dance producer Kayliox, rises 18-13.

The triad of talent that is Russian producers Purple Guns, NYC singer Jessica Chertock, and Florida rapper Young Jae, came together this year for a fantastic cover of Noah Cyrus and XXXTentacion’s “Again”, which climbs 11-6 and is well worth your attention.  The highlight is a fantastic vocal by Jessica.

India’s Ashwyn climbs into the Top 10 with his pop-rock-dance fusion of “Sell My Soul”, which moves up 12-9.

“Break Me Down” rises 14-10 and becomes the second Top 10 for each of the producers, Autograf and Win & Woo, featuring a fine vocal by SINGA.

The Fastest Riser on the chart is one of the most enjoyable dance songs on release right now.  It’s “Never Going Home” by French producer Kungs, which climbs 19-12.

Reaching a new peak of 14 is “Anxious”, the taut and empathetic song with soulful touches by Australia’s Beamish Brothers.

Duck Sauce’s “Nonchalant” would normally have made a bigger jump of 24-19 but has a wall of other fine tracks to break through, so watch for some more movement in two weeks.  Its melody is sampled from Modern Romance’s 1981 release “Queen Of The Rapping Scene”.

“Take My Breath” is proving to be a more than worthy and highly danceable successor to “Blinding Lights” for The Weekend, and it rises 26-21.  It’s from The Weeknd’s upcoming yet untitled project.

NYC’s Gina Naomi Baez has a winner with her powerful anthemic ballad “My Time” (above), which moves up 27-23.  Check out her newest song “Liquor Love” below.

The Highest Debut of the week comes from Denmark’s Christian and Christian, aka Boye & Sigvardt, appearing on the chart for the second time with a real grower, “Microdose”, featuring singer and co-writer Jordan Shaw.  Although I’ve written about the talented lads several times since, their infectious song “Astronauts” (with MAGNUS and UHRE) reached #6 in 2017.

At #27 is no stranger to this chart.  Toronto’s Justin Nozuka is back with a soulful and thoughtful new release that will make you smile called “Nova”.  He appeared on the chart late last year with “No One But You” (with the Grammy-nominated Mahalia), which topped out at #4.  It’s his seventh song to reach the chart.

“Chasing Stars” is a rather unlikely collaboration between Alesso, Marshmello and James Bay that works like a charm!  It arrives at #29 and is Marshmello’s debut on this chart. It’s Alesso’s third appearance, following last year’s #8 “Midnight” (with Liam Payne) and the fourth for James, following “Chew On My Heart”, which peaked at #5 earlier this year.

“Almost Home” is a big welcome back to this chart for British trance legendary trio Above & Beyond, who return with the inimitable Justine Suissa at #30.  Both artists last appeared on the chart in mid-2004 at the same time, Above & Beyond under their pseudonym Oceanlab (with Justine on uncredited vocal), which reached #1, and Justine also billed as featured vocalist on Armin van Buuren’s “Burned With Desire”, which reached #11.  While trance has been rearing its head in the past few years outside of its sub-genre as an influence in other dance music sub-genres, is it about to make a big comeback? “Almost Home” could be its ticket.

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#BILLCSTop30 #621, August 30/21

It’s hard to believe I finished my last day of work in my human resources career a year ago! While it’s been tough with the restrictions of the pandemic during my first year of retirement, my music projects and consulting have increased, and I’m suddenly back “on air” on online radio stations as an announcer for the first time in many years, which I never, ever expected to happen.  The only way is up, and I’m looking forward to some travelling this coming year.  

Make sure you read about my ONLINE RADIO AFFILIATES (see details after the post) – all kinds of online radio announcing projects now keeping me busy!

The revolving door at #1 on this chart continues, as Sweden’s Darin reaches the top with the best song of his career so far called “Can’t Stay Away”.  This is a very deserved number one, the positivity oozes from the song and the video is a fun, colourful throwback to the disco years.

I can’t get enough of the multilingual “Mon Cheri” (above) by Sofi Tukker and award-winning African duo Amadou & Mariam, which climbs 9-3. It’s culled from the recent Red Hot + Free set, whose proceeds go to charity. Now also available in a host of remixes at the link below.

Ed Sheeran’s upcoming album is now called Equals (or = ) as “Bad Habits” (above) climbs 6-5. He’s also released a new single from it called “Visiting Hours” (below).

The Fastest Riser on the chart lands in the Top 10 in its second appearance on the chart. It belongs to “Sanctuary” (above) by Dutch producer Howen and “American Idol” finalist, songwriter and producer Robbie Rosen, which soars 16-9 with sights clearly set on #1!  Robbie is also the singer and co-writer behind “Don’t Want Perfect” (below) with Quebec producer Kayliox, which moves up 22-18.

Also new to the Top 10 is “Back To You”, the riveting house track by Chicago’s Aash Mehta and Charlotte’s ephem, which rises 13-10.

Ashwyn’s “Sell My Soul” is a real grower, with its stellar guitar solo as the focus of an otherwise mellow and thoughtful song.  It moves up 15-12.

“Break Me Down” (above) busts through the middle of the chart for Chicago’s Autograf and Win & Woo with vocalist SINGA, and climbs 20-14.  Also check out below a lovely dance performance video from Win & Woo of their latest release called “Knots” featuring Blair Lee.

The Highest Debut on the chart is “Nonchalant” by Duck Sauce at #24.  In my blog post last week, I noted that its melody revolves around an old somewhat obscure favourite of mine, “Queen Of The Rapping Scene”, a 1981 release by UK group Modern Romance.  Combine it with a pulsating house rhythm and A-Trak and Armand Van Helden have another winner!

Next up at #26 is The Weeknd’s “Take My Breath”, yet another winner for my fellow Scarborough native Abel Tesfaye, who in full club mode and is clearly with retro disco rhythms this time, which is no surprise given he covered Michael Jackson’s “Dirty Diana” (as “D.D.”) ten years ago.

Then at #27 is NYC’s Gina Naomi Baez with a vocal tour de force on “My Time”, which is your new end-of-summer empowerment anthem!

Chicago house music is winning on this chart! As with releases from Aash Mehta, Autograf and Win & Woo, Jarod Glawe and Dutch vocalist Robin Vane arrive at #28 with “Belong To You”.  It’s an enjoyable release peppered by a powerful vocal from Robin, who I initially compared to Dan Smith of Bastille when I wrote my blog post about it, but since then I’ve been hearing more similarities to Bono of U2.  In any case he’s in great company!

View the full BILLCS Top 30 right here!  Click on the hyperlink on the song titles to hear the songs or watch the videos!

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Halton Hills Online – “Your Weekend Music Mix” has a second home on Saturday and Sunday evenings from 8pm to Midnight! It’s a different mix from Radio GTA’s show, and like that one it is also commercial free, proudly brought to you by Symposium Cafe Restaurant & Lounge in Georgetown, Ontario!

Planet Radio Canada – Now back in action, listen to the “3D Variety Show” with “The Musicman” James Rogers. I’m featured every Tuesday between 7 and 7:30 pm with my New Music Pick of the Week, and I also join occasionally for looks at music from our past through some live segments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Nonchalant” is the latest deep house treat by @DuckSauceNYC featuring a fun, prominent sample from the 80’s

DUCK SAUCE, “Nonchalant”

After a long hiatus, A-Trak and Armand Van Helden reunited on record as Duck Sauce last year with two delightfully quirky singles in “Captain Duck” (which prominently sampled Captain Sensible’s “Wot”) and “Mesmerize” (which has one of the strangest animated videos).  “Nonchalant” isn’t as much of a novelty as either “Barbra Streisand” or “Captain Duck”, as it builds an extremely catchy, soulful vocal chorus around a retro-sounding Latin melody that is lifted from British group Modern Romance’s 1981 disco/dance release “Queen of The Rapping Scene (Nothing Ever Goes The Way You Planned)”, a minor but memorable dance record (I still am proud to have my original 12″ import of it!!).  That makes it a sure dance floor draw, with the slick-sounding sample in direct contrast to the fierce vocal. “Nonchalant” is a pretty irresistible, highly creative slice of fun.  You can peruse the ‘duck takeover’ in the odd video above, or check out the track below. Quack!

Tuned-On! Top 30 #340 – November 22/10

In some ways it’s hard to believe that it’s around this time of year that you begin to think of what songs are being released as next year’s songs.  Year end Best Of lists of just around the bend!

I don’t think my Top 5 favourite songs have been as energetic as on this chart in recent years.  The Top 3 remain exactly the same as two weeks ago:  The Temper Trap with the Penguin Prison remix of “Resurrection”, Bright Light Bright Light with one of my most favourite songs in the past few years and former #1 “Love Part II”, and another Penguin Prison remix, the underappreciated “White Knuckle Ride” by Jamiroquai.  In this edition they’re joined by Russ Chimes’ fantastic “Never Look Back” and “When She Turns 18” by Christian TV, still catchy after all these months.

New to the Top 10:  Fastest Riser “Golden Train” by Penguin Prison, now available commercially in the UK, and bound to be an early fave of 2011, it’s definitely one great tune; 100 Akres and Roz Bell doing the “Breakup Anthem” thing; and the enticing “Jacksonville” from Brandon Flowers.

The rest of the chart sees smaller jumps, led by the infectious “Alors on danse” by Stromae, “Operation” by Adam Tyler (whose debut album we still look forward to!), “Raise Your Glass” by mom-to-be Pink, and album track “Ready To Love” by UK duo Bim.

Take a lookee at the debuts, for they are an odd bunch, even for me.

Rihanna’s Loud album looks to show another side of her that Rated R only touched on.  Despite the subject matter “S&M” contains a sensational vocal by her and debuts at #25.  It’s her first appearance in these parts since her vocal on Jay-Z’s “Run This Town” last year, and first solo foray since “Rehab” in early 2008.

Next up, as most of the world has discovered, “Barbra Streisand” by Duck Sauce is extremely hard to get out of your head.  Blame it on Aussies and Kiwis who discovered it first!  But mostly blame it on Duck Sauce, aka the extremely talented Armand Van Helden and DJ A-Trak.  I’m only a bit familiar with A-Trak – of particular note was an online redux earlier this year of Birdman & Drake’s “Money To Blow” – but Van Helden is well known to my chart.  He’s reached the summit in 1999 with “U Don’t Know Me” and in 2004 with “My My My”, but last appeared in 2007 with “I Want Your Soul”.

Then we have #28 and #29 – a somewhat deliberate pairing I admit, but I want to see where both songs go from here.

#29 belongs to Kanye West’s “Monster” from his upcoming release My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.  To me this is Kanye at his most in-your-face in years, yet somehow it’s all very accessible thanks to contributions from Jay-Z, Bon Iver, Rick Ross, and 2010 It girl Nicki Minaj.  It’s also extremely entertaining, a little too crude for me at times, but with everything going on here it comes together as a rock solid whole, with kudos going to Minaj, whose segment is more than just icing on this evil-tasting piece of cake.

I’ve been listening to my fellow Torontonian Colin Munroe’s ‘revoxing’ for a few months now, that started with “One” by Sky Ferreira (which so much reminded me of Laurie Anderson’s “O Superman” in some ways).  Munroe stirred some heads by borrowing Nicki Minaj’s vocal from Kanye West’s “Monster” and using it for his second ‘revox’ project, which combined Minaj with La Roux’s “Bulletproof” for “Bulletproof Monster”.  It’s a quick track, little more than 2 1/2 minutes, but it works splendidly, with Minaj’s  altered vocal track even more positively ferocious.

Hear West’s “Monster at the bottom of this page, and download Munroe’s “Monster” right here.

You can view the full chart using the link under ***BILL’S PERSONAL CHART***  to the right, or simply click right here.  Enjoy! Don’t forget to post any comments you might have :)