Australia’s @Throttle goes next level with the R&B dance blend of “All In”

THROTTLE, “All In”

Continually one to watch as he grows and grows within dance music, Australia’s busy and prolific and ever-touring Throttle tackles a very different but next level style for him with “All In”.  As co-written with singers/songwriters A*M*E and MNEK, “All In” is smoking R&B dance music that is a surefire strong bet for international play on dance music radio stations and in clubs.  Although uncredited, I would gather that the vocal also belongs to MNEK, already out there with his new songs “Tongue” and “Colours”.  Even if not, the vocalist tackles the song in the way any powerhouse would and totally goes neck-and-neck with Throttle’s inventive and complimentary production.  A song like “All In” only makes you want to hear more collaborations by the three principals, who are onto a good thing that can only get better!  Add “All In” to your Take No Prisoners dance playlist using the Spotify link above.

Published in: on June 17, 2018 at 11:07 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Happy Again” is taut and intense for the dance floor by @SynColemusic with #LissA

SYN COLE and LissA, “Happy Again”

“Happy Again” may be downbeat in theme but it will be all abuzz for the dance floor as brought to you by Estonian producer Syn Cole with distinctive vocals by LissA.  “Happy Again” follows up Syn Cole’s latest Billboard-charting single “Who You Are”.  I particularly enjoy how this song builds and takes you on a taut and intense ride thinking that you’ll be led to a happy ending to the story.  You’ve heard LissA numerous times in the last few years but to me her most notable vocal was for The Him in “I Wonder”.  She captures the uneasiness of the song well as it moves through some dandy house rhythms to keep you grooving.  From recently remixing duets by Kygo and Miguel, and Charlie Puth and Kehlani, Syn Cole is a diverse producer who will continue to grow on the industry’s radar.

Published in: on June 17, 2018 at 11:07 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“You” makes it two consecutive winners for NYC producer @Elementthecity with @Khamarimusic

ELEMENT and KHAMARI, “You” (free DL)

Quickly following up the success of the melodic and free-flowing “Movements”, NYC producer Element (aka Chris Cruz) is back with “You”.  He moves away from dreamy, female-led electronica to a powerful, soulful, male-led release with vocals by Boston singer Khamari.  The production is equally slick but when you have a song simply called “You” the affect is that much more personal.  Khamari has a fantastic voice and Element plays with it a bit for emotional effect that completely works.  So with two delightful and ever-so-different songs in a row, Element shows how fluidly he can move from style to style within the genre, and I look forward to more new songs from him this year!  Like with “Movements” you can download “You” for free for now, so get it while you can at the link above.

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Take a ride with “Charlie”, new from Sweden’s @weareBrohug

BROHUG, “Charlie”

Who knows how some songs get their titles, particularly instrumentals.  For every “Pizza” by Martin Garrix there is a “Charlie”, the latest from Sweden’s Brohug.  The boys swing in kind of a flamboyant but classic house style in this one which could end up being the opening song in one of their sets.  “Charlie” is playful and cheesy as it gets deeper and dirtier as it goes along, and there’s lots happening in the mix to make the song’s three minutes fly by.  “Charlie” is a fine one for clubs where DJ’s can mess with the multi-coloured and strobe lighting and help make the song as flashy and sassy as it should be.  Add “Charlie” to your Drop That House playlist using the Spotify link above.

Published in: on June 16, 2018 at 9:03 pm  Leave a Comment  
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#BILLCSTop30 #537 – June 11, 2018

The top of this week’s last chart for Spring stays pretty consistent, leaving one to wonder what will succeed the current #1 song.  Some other recent songs make key moves, while the new chart brings three top-drawer debuts.

The Top 10

  • “Satisfy” by Mercer and Ron Carroll handily lands at #1 for a second appearance, and a third one is beckoning from the dance floor 🙂

  • Both “Sick Boy” and “Everybody Hates Me” by The Chainsmokers really got under my skin for their topical and unconventional lyrics, and for the duo’s sidestep away from danceable Top 40 pop.  Like “Sick Boy”, “Everybody” has reached #2… but does it have enough to get to the top?
  • Following “I Want You”, Canadian producer Robotaki obtains his second Top 5 hit here with the soulful “Butterscotch”, produced with Falcxne and owing great thanks to a scorching vocal by Jamie Fine.  
  • Jesse McCartney’s “Better With You” advances 8-6, but it’s not his biggest hit on this chart.  Album track “Relapse” from Departure got to #1 in 2008, and his biggest hit in general “Leavin'” reached #5.  “Bleeding Love”, which he co-wrote, got to #3 for Leona Lewis also in 2008.
  • Whethan’s “Be Like You”, featuring New Zealand duo Broods, climbs 13-9 becoming the first Top 10 entry for both the 19 year old producer (real name: Ethan Snoreck) and the duo.  I wrote about Whethan’s recent remix for Clairo this week.
  • Shawn Mendes gets his second Top 10 song on this chart with the romantic “Lost In Japan” from his self-titled album.  “Japan” climbs 12-10.

Movin’ On Up

So many new songs about to breakthrough even more in two weeks!

  • Brandyn Burnette’s debut album Eminate is due on his 28th birthday, which is August 23.  In the meantime, “Run” is a few pages from his recent years documented in song, and it rises 16-11.  Brandyn also co-wrote Jesse McCartney’s “Better With You” at #6 above.

  • The new “Bloom” video is out and it’s overflowing with colour and images.  Troye Sivan’s tour (announced last week on his 22nd birthday) is coming to a city near you (I’m going to his show with my daughter – who introduced me to his music from You Tube – in October), and the Bloom album is also on its way.  “Bloom” soars 17-12.
  • “Time” is Adam Foster’s retake on Marvin Gaye’s “Too Busy Thinkin’ Bout My Baby” – minus its original chorus.  He creates an entire new one and has made this one very club-worthy.  “Time” rises 19-13.

  • The fastest riser on the chart comes from my unexpectedly favourite albums of 2018, Electric Light by James Bay.  The New Order-ish “Pink Lemonade” advances 25-15.  You have to listen closely to the song to hear the title when James sings about drinking it ‘while watching movie trailers till late’.
  • Ravitez and his mentor Afrojack definitely have an old school-flavoured summer EDM anthem in play with the instrumental “2012”, which climbs up 22-18.

  • Norway’s Matoma and blog favourite MAX make an impressive pairing with the expressive “Lonely”, which rises 24-19.

Three Debuts

  • Just as their recent “White Lies” peaks at #7, don’tcha know that Dutch duo The Him come back aboard the chart with what might be their best song to date.  Co-written by and sung by American singer Parson James, “Broken Love” is a supreme soundtrack to lost love that arrives on the chart at an impressive #20!
  • I jumped on the Rüfüs Du Sol train a little late, but the Aussie trio are back and better than ever with “No Place” with its big instrumental hook.  They make their bow on the chart at #24.
  • Also new to the chart is Estonian producer/DJ Madison Mars who gets on the summer party anthem train with the brief but heavy and fun “Back The Funk”, which premieres at #25.

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Crank That: “Bring It To Me” is a worthy summer house anthem from @Shaanmusic with @NinoLucarelli in a @iamKaaze mix

SHAAN and NINO LUCARELLI, “Bring It To Me” (Kaaze mix)

It hasn’t really happened in a few years, but there are some songs in a lineup to garner your attention as Summer Dance Anthems, and one of these comes from India’s Shaan with “Bring It To Me” as sung by American vocalist Nino Lucarelli in a Kaaze mix. The song was debuted by Hardwell as the theme to his charity show “World’s Biggest Guestlist”, and it’s hard not to wonder why.  The song builds beautifully and doesn’t launch into its full set of lyrics until after the 2 minute mark.  Not many records can do that, but Shaan knows how to create momentum and undivided attention.  By the time Nino’s compelling voice begins, you are immersed in “Bring It To Me”.  There’s a lot to be said for Kaaze’s mix which beautifully captures the intensity of the song.  So yes, like many other performers, Shaan is looking back to the golden years of EDM earlier in this decade and putting his spin on it to tantalize his many fans.  “Bring It To Me” is an epic anthem that will stand with the best of them in time.

“Rogue” is wily, trap-inspired darker dance music from @iamDNMO and @Akaciamusic

DNMO and AKACIA, “Rogue”

Hailing from Cornwall in the UK, producer and songwriter DNMO (aka Aiden Morgan) is probably the most noteworthy teen on the rise in the biz and definitely shows a different side of what he can offer with the dark “Rogue”, featuring a sly but beautiful vocal by Australian singer Akacia.  With its almost metronome beat to build momentum, “Rogue” teases you with the soft voice of Akacia, but what she’s singing about continues to make you wonder what’s going to happen next.  There’s a bit of controlled foreboding and lots of attitude present, and then a brief trap-influenced drop surfaces to reassure you that something out of the ordinary is about to happen when the singer goes ‘rogue’.  The folks behind Deadbeats Records are going to push the music of DNMO to its limits so expect to hear much more very soon.  “Rogue” is an intriguing and adventurous next step for DNMO.

Published in: on June 10, 2018 at 6:10 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Pretty Girl” by @Clairo gets a future bass makeover from red hot @Whethanmusic

CLAIRO, “Pretty Girl” (Whethan bootleg)

Red hot Chicago 19 year old producer Whethan – currently very active with his recent single “Be Like You” featuring Broods – puts an interesting spin on Clairo’s “Pretty Girl” in a bootleg remix.  He essentially takes the chorus of the Boston singer’s chill cousin of a Lana Del Rey song and flips it sideways, giving it a snappy beat which then evolves into a futuristic synth mini-jam session just more than halfway through.  Clairo’s vocal picks it up again with the chorus and it’s over in a snap.  It’s a cute, breezy remix which definitely shows a different side of Whethan.  

Published in: on June 7, 2018 at 9:44 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Vancouver duo @WeAreFurymusic bring the emotional goods with “Killing Me Slow”

WE ARE FURY, “Killing Me Slow” (free DL)

“Killing Me Slow” brings you to a tale of a poisonous relationship where you keep giving to no avail, which makes a perfect set-piece for an engaging new song by Vancouver duo We Are Fury.  With a soulful vocal that will please fans of The Weeknd and a steady rhythm that borrows from hip hop but stays firmly in the dance realm, “Killing Me Slow” takes what would be described as emotional trap music to another more accessible level.  There’s a lot going on inside the song that keeps your ears tingling for what’s next, and the song ably sustains its 4+ minutes in length.  The guys in We Are Fury seem to know what gels together and are a pair to watch.  You can get your copy of “Killing Me Slow” for free at the link above.

Published in: on May 31, 2018 at 10:49 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“December” in Springtime is brought to you by upstarts @Kalidemusic @outr3achmusic @officialEvix and singers @supimBianca & @NickSummerfield

KALIDE, OUTR3ACH and EVIX with BIANCA and NICK SUMMERFIELD, “December”

One could wonder what would happen when you mix in two vocalists and a producer from Australia, and add in more producers who are American and Canadian.  Perhaps a case of too many cooks not necessarily in the same room together?  And you wouldn’t think of a song about the last day in “December” being perfectly solid for Spring and Summer either, but yet here it is, and yes indeed it is!  What might be perceived as an everything-but-the-sink song actually benefits from solid and consistent production, with two vocalists whose styles really shouldn’t work together, but yet they are quite appealing together.  Nick’s voice is a bit deliberately rough around the edges in spots but very genuine and enthusiastic, while Bianca’s is more pitch perfect with the ability to soar, and they make the story in “December” work.  The song has a great future bass refrain which ties it all together too.  Kudos to Kalide, Outr3ach, Evix, Nick, and Bianca for making “December” an unexpected pleasure!