“Take It Off” continues light-hearted fun from L.A.’s @TwoFriendsmusic

TWO FRIENDS, “Take It Off”

Continuing a steady stream of original songs for L.A.’s Two Friends (Matt and Eli) is “Take It Off”.  Not surprisingly, it’s a light-hearted blast guaranteed to make you bounce on the dance floor.  But this one is also a smart pop tease, with absolutely the right choice of (uncredited) female vocal to make it work.  The sound of Two Friends has grown immensely in the last four years.  They add spot-on hooks and a variety of crisp keyboard sounds that make their music unmistakably identifiable.  And you know when Two Friends release a song that you’re gonna have a great time.  What more can you ask?  “Take It Off” is fun and infectious ear candy.

Two Friends are playing a show tonight (February 15) at Toybox Nightclub in Toronto and I wouldn’t miss it 🙂

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“Let It Go” is bright and tasty future bass from Toronto’s @Wildfirebeats

WILDFIRE, “Let It Go”

“Let It Go” is meant to be played from huge speakers at an outdoor club pool party, with enough high-end future bass sounds to resonate around the block.  It’s all brought to you courtesy of Toronto-based producer Wildfire (aka Paul O’Brien) with bright and shiny synths and a crisp female vocal.  The rhythm of “Let It Go” struts along well until a few well placed drops cause you to lose control and let your body flow right along.  I do believe Wildfire has a lot of potential with “Let It Go”, and the producer has already received past support from the likes of The Chainsmokers and Alison Wonderland.

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#BILLCSTop30 #554 – February 4/19

Some new songs make inroads deeper into the chart and there are four debuts.

But it’s once again A-Trak and Todd Terry who dominate the list for a 4th appearance (8 weeks) with “DJ’s Gotta Dance More”.

But “DJ’s Gotta Dance More” (above) should give way next week to the fantastic song that soars 10-2, which is “Closure” by Dutch producer and record label honcho Steve Void.    The original version is above and the new acoustic version is below in its video featuring singer Andy Marsh.

The disco-tastic “Mister Love” by Luxembourg’s White Chocolate (above)advances 8-5, while the pairing of Jax Jones and Years & Years is a winner with “Play” (below) moving up 9-6.

New to the Top 10 are the *rock and roll* of “Siren” by The Chainsmokers (above) – who have more new music coming this week with 5 Seconds Of Summer called “Who Do You Love” – featuring Aazar, rising 14-9, and the fastest riser on the chart from Netherlands-based Emirati duo Revelries in partnership with Sam Smyers and vocalist Oktavian for “Don’t Think Twice” (below), moving 20-10.  The Revelries lads also have new music coming out this week called “Handle” featuring MFLR.  

“Shooting Star” (above) by NYC singer/songwriter/producer Anna Yvette reaches a new peak of #11, while Sam Bluer’s “Bite My Tongue” (19-14) and “Sexual Vibe” (21-15) by Charlie Puth’s younger brother Stephen (both below) are both eyeing the Top 10.

Indie songstress Molly Moore jumps into the Top 20 for the 5th time with “Be Here Now” (22-17, above), while hot newcomer and Milwaukee native of Albanian heritage Amanda Koçi, better known as Ava Max, rises 25-18 with former UK #1 “Sweet But Psycho” (below).

Dance master R3HAB takes it slow and romantic with “All Into Nothing” (26-19, above) featuring Nashville vocalist Mokita.  Once known as Marcy Levy, the incomparable Marcella Detroit graces “Paradise” by Parralox (Eric Kupper remix, below) with her vocals and in its video.

The highest debut on the chart at #22 is one of the most delightful collaborations of 2019 so far.  Who woulda thunk that the music of Lauv and Troye Sivan would be so darned harmonious with “I’m So Tired…”.  It’s Lauv’s 2nd chart entry, following “I Like Me Better” (#3), and Troye’s 7th.  By Spring, this song should be everywhere.

I didn’t care much for the next song until its drawing power convinced me at a concert in November.  I’m talking about San Holo’s “Lift Me From The Ground”, featuring Sofie Winterson on vocals, from San’s acclaimed Album1.  The crowd reaction to “Lift Me” in NYC in November was almost overwhelming, a really defining moment for San Holo with his rock star live show.  “Life Me” arrives at #23.  It’s San Holo’s third chart entry following “Light” (#4) and “Brighter Days” (#12, now #28).

2019 has kicked off with some fun music, and one anthem that should by all rights be played at every festival is “Repeat After Me”.  It premieres at #25 and is by the all stars that are Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Armin van Buuren and W&W.  It’s the first time on the chart for Dimitri, Mike and W&W, but it’s the 5th for Armada Music founder Armin.  He first charted in 2003 with a #1 “Just Another Day” (featuring Ray Wilson) and got another #1 in 2008 with “Going Wrong” (featuring Chris Jones).  Welcome back Armin for the first time since 2013’s “This Is What It Feels Like” (featuring Trevor Guthrie, #6).

The final debut belongs to UK producer Maff Boothroyd with the retro-flavoured deep house of “Take Me Away” at #27. It’s also the second entry for the Strange Fruits label, also at #2 with label owner Steve Void’s “Closure”.

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“American Dream” is a smoking new instrumental from @SultanShepard – with a backstory

SULTAN + SHEPARD, “American Dream”

“American Dream” marks the return of L.A. based Canadian duo Sultan + Shepard this time through Armada.  It’s an alternately rollicking and sultry instrumental that draws its inspiration, and some samples, from the main theme of the movie “American Beauty”.  It’s a perfect fit for clubs, with quiet, understated moments taking turns with some really fluid and dirty synth work.  Sultan + Shepard have always been known for creative, outside-of-the-box originals and remixes during this decade that have attracted collaborations with the likes of Nadia Ali, Taryn Manning (with a #1 Billboard club chart hit, “Send Me Your Love”), Tiësto, Fedde LeGrand, and Dillon Francis, which have also resulted in nominations for both Grammy Awards (remixing Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out Of Heaven”) and Juno Awards (their collaboration with Nadia, “Almost Home”).  If this is just the start of what Sultan + Shepard are bringing us in 2019, then watch out!

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Dutch producer @MarcBenjamins has slick, anthemic pop in “Out Of Touch”

MARC BENJAMIN, “Out Of Touch”

Dutch producer is a household name in his home country and well known in south east Asia too, where he’s performed at several festivals.  Over the last six years, he’s worked with the best of the dance music biz from Zedd to Laidback Luke to Nicky Romero to Afrojack, and recorded with almost every major indie dance label.  This time Tipsy Records has his latest, more pop-inflected release, “Out Of Touch”.  Its slick sound and anthemic hook is matched by an on-point uncredited male vocal, which all make “Out Of Touch” stand out in a set of tunes.  I think remixes could up the ante for “Out Of Touch” but as is Marc Benjamin has a far above average pop/dance release which should continue to get attention from those friends in high places!

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UK producer @AntonPowers and Dutch duo @RedondoNL concoct a fresh retro blast with “Make Your Move”

ANTON POWERS & REDONDO, “Make Your Move”

I suppose a revival was due and fortunately UK producer Anton Powers and Dutch duo Redondo make it all fresh again with “Make Your Move. Anton of course is no stranger to the charts, with the Top 5 UK hit “Alone No More” with Philip George and famed A&R guy for 3 Beat Productions (think ‘This Girl” by Kungs & Cookin on 3 Burners).  You also heard Redondo paired recently with Alyx Ander for “Casually”.  Think way back to 2004 when Junior Jack’s “Stupidisco” created a worldwide smash around the chorus of one of The Pointer Sisters’ best 80’s songs “Dare Me”.  This time, take some added lyrics, a winning set of vocals, and brisk (and not campy Junior Jack) production and you have “Make Your Move”.  It’s a fun throwback and should have no problem winning over dance club goers anywhere.

German duo @weareSteamPhunk’s “Hometown” featuring @CarrieLanemusic gets a spirited remix by @Uniryde

STEAM PHUNK and CARRIE LANE, “Hometown” (Uniryde remix)

“Hometown” by Germany’s Steam Phunk featuring American singer Carrie Lane was released about a year ago as a mid-tempo dance track that recalls songs like “Closer” by The Chainsmokers.  This spirited remix by new producer Uniryde could definitely reignite interest in the song.  The remix captures the poignancy and reflective appeal of the original, but aims to make you bounce along to a more carefree, fast paced rhythm track.  “Hometown” will definitely grab your ears and your feet, so be sure to check it out at the link above.

 

Some fresh lyrical pop/dance from new producer @atSmilemusic with “Good About Us” featuring singer Philip Strand

SMILE and PHILIP STRAND, “Good About Us”

I don’t know anything about new producer Smile or singer Philip Strand who’ve created the single “Good About Us” but it’s a solid, fresh pop/dance release with a lot of sparkle that easily passes the blind taste test!  Philip has an earthy gravel to his voice which gives a genuine sound to “Good About Us”, while the synths pop and glisten and win you over.  Ever seeking top quality releases, Tipsy Records is passionately behind this one, and a fine, positive song like this will win us over every time.  There’s loads of pop potential here so don’t miss it.

Published in: on January 27, 2019 at 11:51 pm  Leave a Comment  
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#BILLCSTop30 #553 – January 21/19

In this new chart, there’s somewhat more movement and four debuts, but in the coming weeks you’ll be seeing the chart shed many of its favourites from late 2018.

Nonetheless, this time around you’ll still find A-Trak and Todd Terry up top with “DJ’s Gotta Dance More” for a 3rd appearance (6 weeks) at #1, with former #1 “Loyal” by Odesza hanging tight right behind.  But that’s where things start to change up.

Mahalo and Le:Blanc’s perky bop “In My Arms” becomes Mahalo’s 4th Top 5 placing song up 8-3 on this chart,  Illenium holds on to #4, albeit with a different song this time, with “God Damnit” in a pairing with Call Me Karizma climbs 9-4, as “Crawl Outta Love” slips down to #18.

The only artist from Luxembourg to ever grace this chart is producer White Chocolate, and his contemporary take on disco, “Mister Love”, moves 14-8.  Right behind is the effervescent pop/dance of “Play” by Jax Jones and Years & Years, climbing 15-9.  

The fastest riser on the chart is the fantastic new song by Steve Void featuring Andy Marsh called “Closure”, which soars 19-10. 

 

Keep your eyes on these relative newcomers in the next month or so.  NYC-based singer/songwriter Ryan Gibeau has the enlightening “Flying Away” moving up 22-16, while The Him’s anthemic “Look At Us Now” looks like another winner rising 23-17.  “Bite My Tongue” by Australia’s Sam Bluer (27-19) has a unique charm, while Stephen Puth’s “Sexual Vibe” (28-21) knows exactly what it wants.  Molly Moore’s great vocal helps define the urgency of “Be Here Now”, moving up 25-22.

As Revelries’ “Naked” departs the chart, it’s immediately replaced by what is likely the Netherlands-based Emirati lads’ best of the most recent trio of releases to date.  In collaboration with Sam Smyers and featuring a commanding vocal by Oktavian, “Don’t Think Twice” has the highest debut on the chart at #20.

It’s everywhere and especially in the UK where it’s been #1 for almost a month – soon to be replaced by Ariana Grande methinks – it’s American singer Ava Max at #25 with “Sweet But Psycho”.  Right behind it is a gentle love song for the colder months that could be a pop breakthrough for R3HAB with “All Into Nothing” at #26 in partnership with Nashville singer Mokita. 

And last but hardly least at #30 is “Paradise” by Parralox featuring singer Marcella Detroit.  It’s the flashy house mix by Eric Kupper that reinvents the song to make it fresh.  “Paradise”.  It’s the fourth entry for Australia’s Parralox (aka John von Ahlen and friends), whose previous three songs all reached the Top 10, particularly 2015’s “Aeronaut” (#4).

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Big Room goes booom with “Let’s Get This Thing Started” by Dutch producer @DJJohnChristian

JOHN CHRISTIAN, “Let’s Get This Thing Started”

Big Room is no longer a dirty dance music term when people like John Christian decide to make a huge anthem like “Let’s Get This Thing Started”.  John’s a Dutch producer whose White Villa Studios has been the destination for Madonna, Usher, Black Eyed Peas, Tiësto, Marshmello, and many more A-List performers.  So he’s not so well known to the rest of the world as a recording artist but “Let’s Get This Thing Started” should change that.  This is high quality, instantly enjoyable dance music with a frenetic pace that’s going to kick off many a festival set.  Be prepared to bounce for three and a half minutes of high energy fun!  Oh yeah – and that sneaky, familiar melody that slips in quietly?  Remember Hot Butter’s 1972 hit “Popcorn”?