“Love You To The Sky” is uplifting electropop from the masters themselves, @Erasureinfo

ERASURE, “Love You To The Sky”

“Love You To The Sky” is the first taste of the new Erasure album World Be Gone for duo Andy Bell and Vince Clarke, the follow up to 2015’s highly successful The Velvet Flame. ¬†That album put singles “Elevation”, “Reason” and “Sacred” back into the upper-end of the dance charts, where Erasure should rightly be more than 30 years after their first hit (my first club experience with Erasure was in 1986 ūüėÄ ). ¬†Andy also has a fab¬†thing going on in collaboration with Dave Aud√© – two #1 Billboard club play songs in a row. ¬†

There’s nothing particularly new about “Love You To The Sky” – it’s reliably, solid Erasure with a straight-forward positive pop song about a summer romance with Andy’s recognizable voice front and centre, and a lilting, uncomplicated-sounding synth backdrop from Vince. ¬†It’s everything you know and want from Erasure that will be a singalong by the time they tour next. ¬†You can also head over to their page on Pledge Music where they offer up some incentives to help get World Be Gone finished and released. ¬†Check out the lyric video for “Love You To The Sky” above.

“Scared To Be Lonely” benefits from a @JoeMasonmusic remix for @MartinGarrix and @DuaLipa

MARTIN GARRIX & DUA LIPA, “Scared To Be Lonely” (Joe Mason remix)

I wasn’t nearly impressed with “Scared To Be Lonely” in its original mix. ¬†Perhaps another song not so far removed from “In The Name of Love” came a little too soon after it, instead of one of Martin’s noted bangers. ¬†I don’t think either song are as big successes as what was anticipated, so that’s where remixes come in to give them extra shelf life! ¬†Landing with an official remix, Australian teen Joe Mason, about whom I’ve written about many times in the last year or so, jazzes up “Scared” with lots of spit and polish, adding more instrumentation and a perfectly placed reggae break that break up the melodrama of the original. ¬†And with a powerhouse machine behind Martin Garrix, Joe and his fellow “Scared” remixers will continue to make inroads creating fresh sounds that can accentuate the best from the pop/dance world. ¬†Check it out above and pick it up on iTunes.

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If you want your #EDM extra heavy then you can “Rock Thiz” with Dirty Rush & Gregor Es (@dirty__es)

DIRTY RUSH & GREGOR ES, “Rock Thiz”

You’re likely to get so wrapped up with the electro-house energy and power of “Rock Thiz” that you’ll be surprised that it’s over in a two and a half minute flash! ¬†Polish producer/DJ’s Dirty Rush & Gregor Es totally blast through the doors with this powerhouse which is out to not only work you out on the dance floor, but will totally slay you in the process. ¬†I’ve read the comments that some listeners say this is repping on “All Day” by Kill FM, and while there may have been some inspiration, I think the Polish duo make “Rock Thiz” stand firmly on its own. ¬†Listen at the link above, but be prepared to get silly while you do ūüôā

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“Cruel” by L.A.-based singer/songwriter Eddy Faulkner (@Eddyftw2) is a perfect summer radio song in waiting

EDDY FAULKNER, “Cruel”

Virginia-born but now L.A.-based singer/songwriter Eddy Faulkner has a no-brainer winner with his new pop song “Cruel”. ¬†Getting away from the power-pop of his EP Unbreakable, featuring¬†“All The Way” which I wrote about last Spring, “Cruel” offers a gentle but sometimes emotional vocal up against a really big and rich, full-sounding house-y backdrop, which helps bring out a bit of a dark side to the song. ¬†It’s amazing what a lot of hard work will do in-between releases, but Eddy’s sound has matured significantly and stays ahead of the game with a song that easily stands out from the rest. ¬†It does beg some dance remixes, so you can watch for them in the coming weeks ūüôā Pop and dance radio will find themselves with a listener-friendly song in “Cruel”. ¬†Check it out at the above link and pick it up at your favourite digital store.

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“Love Like We Used To” by @CaptainCuts in a @YoungBombs remix is west coast beach party dance music at its best

CAPTAIN CUTS, “Love Like We Used To” (Young Bombs remix)

“Love Like We Used To” is one of the best pop/dance songs I’ve heard lately by recent Sony signing the L.A. trio Captain Cuts (or, two Ryans and a Ben ūüėõ ) thanks to its fitting remix by Vancouver duo Young Bombs. ¬†It’s a really sweet song that can touch anyone who’s just gotten out of a relationship. ¬†The vocals are crisp and soulful, and Young Bombs take care of the song well in their remix. ¬†They add their usual panache by accentuating the music and slipping in some vocal effects which mesh well with the original. ¬†It’s perfect for a late night west coast beach party. ¬†You can’t go wrong with the remix or the original of “Love Like We Used To”, it is radio or dance club ready. ¬†Listen to Young Bombs’ take above and do yourself a huge favour and pick up the original at your favourite digital store.

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A new @Spirixmusic dance tune is always worth waiting for – “Runaway” featuring @Xuitcasecity

SPIRIX featuring XUITCASECITY, “Runaway”¬†

Young L.A.-based producer/DJ Spirix caught my ears last year big time with his original with LZRD “Take Me Apart” and with his remix (with EDWYNN x TIKAL) on my favourite song of 2016, “So Bad” by Brandon Skeie. ¬†He’s since trail-blazed with other remixes of songs by Lost Kings and Vanic, but has now returned with another collaborative original, “Runaway”, for Spinnin’ Premium no less, featuring Tampa pop/hip hop duo Xuitcasecity. ¬†“Runaway” has a friendly pop flavour about it that’s thrown into an effortless Spirix dance mix that doesn’t let up, and doesn’t let go of the R&B/Hip Hop vibes that Xuitcasecity brings to the song either. ¬†“Runaway” is a pretty straight-forward song that will win you over on first listen and will keep us waiting for more new Spirix tunes ūüôā ¬†Get it on iTunes (the free download is no longer available).

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Australia’s @Spenda_C brings you the unique hip hop-infused “Release” featuring @CultShotta

SPENDA C featuring CULT SH√ėTTA, “Release”

People often forget how innovative the Australian dance music scene is, and that sometimes when new music arrives on North American or European shores, it’s treated as odd… and then becomes the next big thing six months later. ¬†Spenda C is well-established in his homeland but puts a unique hip hop-infused spin on EDM with “Release”, featuring fellow Aussie, rapper/singer Cult Sh√łtta. ¬†“Release” gives us an awful lot to digest in its 3:32 length. ¬†There’s a terrific uncredited female vocal to give it a familiar EDM lift, but then Cult Sh√łtta’s vocal arrives, alternates between rapping and singing – fans who like everyone from Fetty Wap to Big Sean to Kranium will appreciate this diversity ūüôā ¬†And the song develops this infectious, dizzying buzz that keeps going, which you will simply love. ¬†Check out “Release” at the link above. ¬†This is a grower that could find its way as a surprise summer breakout.

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#BILLCSTop30 #505 – March 20/17

This 505th edition of the BILLCS Top 30 is brought to you once again by The Chainsmokers, except this time they share the #1 spot with Coldplay on “Something Just Like This”. ¬†This is a song that appeals to the good nature of everyone, and gets The Chainsmokers their third number one on this chart, while Coldplay gets their first (both “Talk” and “Clocks” got to #2). ¬†Can’t wait to hear more from The Chainsmokers’ upcoming album Memories…Do Not Open. ¬†These guys have not stopped and 2017 will continue to be huge for them.

Our Top 10 continues to seem like a revolving door as recent favourites depart to the lower parts of the Top 30.

The Rest of the Busy Songs on the Rise

  • In a chart where there were no songs by The Chainsmokers, Germany’s Koni and US vocalist Danelle would be at #1 with the effervescent “Mad About You”, which climbs to #2, bypassing The Chainsmokers’ “Paris” which dips 1-3. ¬†“Mad About You” is one of those songs guaranteed to put a smile on your face, particularly if you happen to be someone crazy over someone else. ¬†With Callum McBride, Koni has also done a great job on a remix edit of Ed Sheeran’s “Galway Girl”, injecting just a tad of tropical flavour – give a listen below and download it for free.
  • Another German producer and American vocalist soar into the Top 5 from outside of the Top 10. ¬†It’s Levi featuring Victor Perry on the timeless and effortless “Sail”, which vaults 13-4 and is the Fastest Riser on the chart for a second time in a row.
  • A song I simply cannot get out of my head is “Be My Love” by Mahalo featuring Cat Lewis, so much so that even in its 8th appearance on the chart it still moves upward, bounding 9-5. ¬†The pair also have a second song taking off further down. ¬†“WTFYWF” climbs 22-15 (both below).
  • Toronto’s Loud Luxury pairs up with Ryan Shepherd on “Something To Say”, the deep house redux-in-disguise of Craig David’s “Fill Me In”, which flies into the Top 10 15-8.
  • If there weren’t as many songs as strong as DNCE’s “Naked” the song would be much higher on the chart but not as high as the #2 placing of “Cake By The Ocean” in late 2015. ¬†Nonetheless, DNCE reach the Top 10 a second time as “Naked” moves up 11-9.

  • The last debut in the Top 10 belongs to the currently-touring Justin Taylor Phillips, aka Crywolf, who I will see in concert on March 25. ¬†The waltz-like epic “Windswept” jumps 14-10.
  • One of the most unique songs of the year is “Manifest”, the progressive soul/hip hop flavoured song by Brandyn Burnette from his third EP Feature Films. ¬†“Manifest” rises 20-13.

5 Debuts (all with featured vocalists)

  • I think young Dutch producer WRLD will become another Tiesto if song choices like “Stranded” keep coming his way. ¬†Paired up with American producers SMLE, the song benefits immensely from an outstanding, soaring vocal by Kiddo AI and bows at #21. ¬†It’s one-of-a-kind dance music for your ears and feet! ¬†It’s also currently available as a free download ūüôā

  • Right behind at #22 is “Stay” by Zedd featuring Alessia Cara. ¬†“Stay” is Zedd’s fourth appearance on the chart, but first in three years, and Alessia’s chart debut. ¬†Zedd is a refreshing change of electronic style for Zedd, and Canadian singer¬†Alessia Cara to me gives her best vocal to date (she also is one of the song’s co-writers). ¬†All of Zedd’s three songs to hit the chart have made the Top 5, including a #1 with “Spectrum” (featuring Matthew Koma) in 2012. ¬†Will “Stay” follow suit? ¬†I think there’s a strong possibility!

  • Dutch duo The Him are back after finding their way to #2 last year with “Balance” (featuring Oktavian) and opening on The Chainsmokers’ European tour. ¬†But “I Wonder” is far different from the deep house of “Balance”. ¬†It’s got a bright summery melody in stark contrast to a divine but forlorn vocal by singer LissA – and it all works beautifully. ¬†“I Wonder” arrives at #24. ¬†I will be checking out The Him’s own show on March 31.
  • NYC duo The Knocks make their fifth entry on the chart with “Worship”, featuring UK singer MNEK, about whom I’ve written a number of times, and who first appeared on the chart in 2015 with Zara Larsson on “Never Forget You” (#17). ¬†I saw The Knocks on March 17 in concert and as usual they put on a dance party that you didn’t want to see end. ¬†Their new EP is Testify, and “Worship” is the Gospel-flavoured ear-ringer which debuts at #25. ¬†All of The Knocks’ previous entries have reached the Top 10, including a #1 last year with “Kiss The Sky”, featuring Wyclef Jean.
  • Our final debut is also the third one from The Netherlands (a fourth Dutch entry is at #11, “Light” by San Holo). ¬†Lulleaux makes his song “Sinner” a winner featuring a top notch vocal by SVM, and it premieres at #27, the first entry for Florida’s Tipsy Records.

View the full BILLCS Top 30 right here, and be sure to click on the photos to hear all of the songs.

Listen to the BILLCS Top 30 Songs on Spotify! Click on this link to take you there, and follow me on Spotify: BILLCS Top 30 Songs

Listen for me on http://www.planetradio.ca¬†on Tuesday evenings (returning on March 28), and with my Pick of the Week segment returning on March 27, aired throughout the week at 2:20 6:20 10:20 AM/PM EST ūüôā

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second taste of new songs by @DanBlacksound with “Blow” (featuring #Fans)

DAN BLACK featuring FANS, “Blow”

The first music I heard from Paris-based UK singer and electronic artist Dan Black was back in 2009 at the time this blog began. ¬†“Symphonies” was my favourite song of the time and his debut album UN still had not been released in North America. ¬†It was part of an engaging¬†soundtrack to what would turn out to be a rough winter for me. ¬†Over seven years later, after starting a family, and after a few fine dance singles (notably “Hearts” with Kelis, and “Sunlight” with Bag Raiders), comes the first efforts from his sophomore album Do Not Revenge, and the second taste of that, following “Headphones”, is “Blow”. ¬†Dan summarized it so well in his social media posts that it’s hard to top what he says: “… a song about those rare little diamonds, those people who blow our troubles away – even if for just a moment”. ¬†Music listeners need all of the positives they can get, and with the billing “featuring Fans”, I’m wondering if this is the song where his fans’ voices are incorporated, after he asked them to send in their recordings? ¬†With a breezy melody and undeniable hook, “Blow” is a perfect song for Spring, definitely (no pun intended) a breath of fresh air in 2017 even though it sounds like he has hardly missed a step since 2009. ¬†Give it a listen above and watch for more music from Dan Black!

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“Unleashed” is the second club hit for Nathalie Archangel @NArchangel in a zippy #MattPop edit

NATHALIE ARCHANGEL, “Unleashed” (Matt Pop edit)

I am such a big believer of remixes. ¬†They sometimes help make very good pop songs great. ¬†Such is the case with “Unleashed”, the new single by California-based Nathalie Archangel. ¬†In its Matt Pop edit, the song becomes a not-so-secret 80’s flavoured dance floor weapon, a pleasingly aggressive and effortless mix that has helped “Unleashed” already land in the Top 40 of Billboard’s club play chart. ¬†“Unleashed” follows the timeless “A Higher High”, which found its way into the Top 20 of the same chart two years ago. ¬†With pretty much the same dedicated and well-established songwriting and production team behind it as with “A Higher High”, may “Unleashed” soar even higher – a tremendous success story for Nathalie, who had her first start in the business in the early 80’s, only to persevere and find greater tidings so many years later now with dance music. ¬†Watch the lyric video above.

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