#BILLCSTop30 #546 – October 15/18

The Ides of October are upon us already, and that means Summer favourites are departing the chart.  To replace them though, there’s no shortage of great tunes.  There are three debuts and a brand new #1!

The Top 10

  • Calgary’s Kiesza gets her first #1 on this chart with the season-appropriate “Phantom Of The Dance Floor”, featuring Quebec opera singer Philippe Sly, in only its third appearance on the chart.  It’s a fun song and an even more fun, manic video.  Spread the news about this one kids as people are missing out.  It’s also the first #1 by a Canadian since this year at this very time when Loud Luxury and Nikki’s Wives held court with “Show Me”.  Benny Benassi & Sofi Tukker’s “Everybody Needs A Kiss” slides to #2, still one of my faves of the year, and it will hang around for a while.
  • Another song that I can’t stop playing is “Verona” by Australia’s Peter Wilson and England’s Sean Smith.  It advances 9 to 4 this week, and the combination of 80’s musical flavour/production, great storytelling, and fine singing make “Verona” the total package!
  • Philadelphia’s N i G H T S get their second Top 5 hit with “Eyes”, following last year’s totally different “P A R T Y”.  Give these guys some time and they will make their mark, with so many songs up their sleeves.

  • Both “High On Life” by Martin Garrix and Bonn (above), and “All For You” by Years and Years (below), finally break into the Top 10 after a lot of patient waiting for some of my favourites to depart.  “High On Life” climbs 11-7 and “All For You” is up 12-8.  

  • “Vacant Love” by Caden Jester and Blake Rose hits another new peak, climbing 10-9.

  • Norway’s Jesper Jenset gets his second Top 10 as featured vocalist in Gromee’s “One Last Time” (above), which climbs 13-10.  He’s also featured in Lost Kings’ new single “Drunk As Hell” which you can check out below in its amusing Simpsons-ish looking video.

Movin’ On Up

  • It’s sort of peaked already but “Rise” by Jonas Blue and Jack & Jack (above) has been slowly making its way up my chart.  It climbs 15-11 this week.  Jack & Jack recently dropped their new song “No One Compares To You” (below).

  • Netherlands-based producers Revelries also continue to climb with their latest original “Infinitum”, featuring Australia’s Beamish Boys on vocals.  It rises 14-12.
  • The fastest riser on the chart is “Loyal” by Odesza, up 24-14.  This should be no surprise; it’s one of the most intriguing and unpredictable songs on the chart with a soulful female vocal (sample or no?) that drives it home.

  • Also making a significant leap is PLS&TY’s “Down For Me” in its club-ready Morgan Page extended mix, climbing 21-15.

  • Though it made a small move two weeks ago, “Soldier” by Sidney Samson & GWise is hardly done, and jumps 27-22.

3 Debuts

  • It took a few spins for me to really dig this record, but now there’s no stoppin’ me playing it!  My fellow Canadian A-Trak is back with a fun, inspiring original called “DJ’s Gotta Dance More”, made even more genuine with legend Todd Terry on vocals!!  This song is a MUST for every club DJ.  It’s classic, reverent house with a great message.  It bows at #24.  A-Trak was last on the chart as part of the trio with Kimbra and Foster The People’s Mark Foster in 2012 for “Warrior” (#10), a freebee at the time courtesy of Converse.
  • Mercer returns to the chart after his #1 “Satisfy” with “Fireworks”, a 70’s retrotastic song I’ve been playing for months that is re-released as part of French producer’s new EP Neo Disco, along with another new song “Monte Carlo”.  “Fireworks” arrives at #25.

  • The Chainsmokers are also back making a collaboration with Country singer Kelsea Ballerini work so well with “This Feeling”.  Their other recent single “Side Effects” failed to resonate with me, sounding too much like other dance pop on the charts.  “This Feeling” premieres at #26.

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“Voice Mails” aims for a unique, special experience from new electronic producer @Kookysmusic

KOOKY, “Voice Mails” (limited free DL)

It may take a few listens before you buy into “Voice Mails” by new mystery electronic producer Kooky, but once you do, you will be captivated.  Essentially, it’s a mid-tempo electronic instrumental bookended by voice mail messages of two lovers whose relationship is on the wane.  What the messages say and the thoughts they provoke may vary from person to person, but it’s a fascinating concept.  Put it along side of Baz Luhrmann’s “Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)” or MKJ’s “Time” or Paul Hardcastle’s “19” which have also generated a variety emotional responses.  “Voice Mails” deliberately doesn’t tell a complete story, almost prompting a possible sequel, or maybe some remixes for the dance floor with additional voice mail messages that might tie it tighter together.  Despite his name, Kooky has definitely offered us a unique listening experience that makes you listen all the way through, so now’s your time to react!  For now you can get it for free using the link beside the song title above.

Published in: on September 3, 2018 at 1:52 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Life Of The Party” fuels anxiety through straight up dance pop from @CallMeKarizma

CALL ME KARIZMA, “Life Of The Party”

Although he’s veered away before from the edgier rap and hip hop that has become a signature sound for him, knowingly or not, Minnesota’s Call Me Karizma has landed square in the dance pop realm with “Life Of The Party”.  Thinking back to my own younger years, I can totally relate to the anxieties of peer pressure to go to parties and be more social when you really don’t want to be – or need to be, for that matter.  It’s an entirely personal choice, regardless of what anyone says, something to this day by which I abide!  “Life Of The Party” is a theme song for us introverts.  It has a gentle pop melody with electronic flourishes, and marks a return to the sung/spoken voice of ‘Riz which has worked before on past songs.  If like me you very much enjoyed The Chainsmokers’ recent “Sick Boy” and “Everybody Hates Me” – and no wonder the guys themselves playlisted “Life Of The Party” this week, something they don’t do lightly – then “Life Of The Party” is a fine companion piece to them and a worthy song for the end of summer months.  

Published in: on July 30, 2018 at 10:23 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“American Summer” is an idyllic good time, the third single from L.A. trio @Giiantsmusic

GIIANTS, “American Summer”

Following the smashing debut “Small Talk” as well as “Looking Up” comes the third single from L.A. based production/songwriting trio Giiants with “American Summer”.  It’s Giiants’ first for Ultra after releasing the others through Tipsy Records, continuing the breakthrough of the terrific mystery trio which is starting to unfold discreetly online (check out their Facebook page for some very familiar names written in these blog pages!).   I’m writing this fittingly on the 4th of July as it kickstarts summer with with its bright, heartfelt lyrics and joyous melody.  Even if you don’t live in the USA, you can’t help reflect on past summers with this song, and try to make future summers even better.  While there are plenty of shiny synths present to send the song into higher gear, it’s the acoustic guitar work that will charm you into “American Summer” from the very first note until you are completely swept away.  Add “American Summer” to your Summer Freedom playlist using the Spotify link above.

Published in: on July 4, 2018 at 10:51 pm  Leave a Comment  
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UK trio @Patawawa continue to impress with lo-fi funky, emotional disco of “Fight Me”

PATAWAWA, “Fight Me”

Yes, you read that headline correctly.  Dance music sometimes disguises the toughest of emotions, so that we can let them all out and leave our blood on the dance floor, as Michael Jackson once sang.  UK trio Patawawa subscribe to these sentiments in their latest song “Fight Me”, following up the 70’s funk-laced “Lie” and their EP Bedroom.  Retaining the lo-fi production that highlights the bass work in a pretty raw form, “Fight Me” is also a showcase for Beth’s captivating vocal, as well as out-and-out disco inspiration that brings the zing back into those strings that recall so many records particularly out of the Salsoul and Philadelphia International labels of the 70’s.  Patawawa’s hearts and minds are all in the right places and they keep you happily stuck dancing on the groove line with “Fight Me”.

Published in: on July 4, 2018 at 10:51 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Watch the haunting, stunning video for “Chess” by @_ANIQO

ANIQO, “Chess”

At the end of last year, I wrote about “New Signs” by German singer/songwriter ANIQO.  She’s followed it up with a haunting, compelling video for “Chess”, also from her upcoming album Birth.  Sounding perhaps most like Sinéad O’Connor with a dash of Björk in this song, “Chess” is a deliberately paced, progressive slice of electronica, also recalling Laurie Anderson’s initial works, which is enhanced greatly by the imaginative visuals in the video.  It’s somewhat reminiscent of the intrigue of changing faces in the classic video for “Cry” by Godley & Creme from back in the 80’s.  Except there’s only one face, or partial face, in the video, and it’s ANIQO.  “Chess” is not for everyone but it’s bold and adventurous to the credit of the singer/songwriter and her video partners.  I would definitely suggest exposure for the video through various competitions such as one I eventually saw at SXSW – potential award calibre material here in my opinion!

Published in: on April 28, 2018 at 11:06 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Hypnotic electro alt.rock of “Smile” by Norway’s @Dyriskmusic featuring @Nik_Ernst is a new favourite

DYRISK featuring NIK ERNST, “Smile”

2018 looks to be a year where boundaries of electronic dance and EDM are being pushed out of their comfort zones.  Norway’s Dyrisk is back with something new, and you won’t expect the alt.rock flavour of “Smile”, which he concocted with British producer Nik Ernst.  All of a sudden it’s a big rush back to the early 90’s when Massive Attack and Radiohead were breaking out while Nirvana and Soundgarden dominated the rock market and dance music was more about Madonna, Michael, Whitney, and maybe C+C Music Factory too.  Full of sarcastic lyrics calling out posers, “Smile” moves deliberately through its lilting rhythm and subtle electronics while incorporating crisp percussion sounds and zithery synths.  “Smile” is such an uncharacteristic shift for Dyrisk, and it works so well, that it can make you do nothing but smile.  Check it out at the link above and be sure to pick it up at your favourite digital music store.

Published in: on February 21, 2018 at 10:13 pm  Leave a Comment  
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NYC producer @AireAtlantica returns with sweet dance/pop of “On My Own” featuring @EmilyTerran

AIRE ATLANTICA featuring EMILY TERRAN, “On My Own”

Like other stalwart producers NYC’s Aire Atlantica (aka Joe Pincus) stays a few steps of the game.  That he’s chosen to go big with sweet-sounding electronic pop/dance like “On My Own” isn’t really a surprise, but his game is on full throttle with a powerhouse emotional song with a distinct and earnest vocal by Emily Terran.  After a deceptively slow beginning, this one changes it up quickly and eagerly awaits dance music radio and club play with a pretty melody and confident chorus that will be chiming in your head for days (“I’ll never be the me you want me to”).  “On My Own” is a great progression for Aire Atlantica from his previous songs and I think some much-deserved attention will swing his way this year.  Add it to your diverse electronic dance/pop playlists at the Spotify link above.

Published in: on January 27, 2018 at 5:44 pm  Leave a Comment  
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It’s @Saxity and Victor Perry @perksofbeingvic together again for the flowing pop of “You Found Me”

SAXITY featuring VICTOR PERRY, “You Found Me” (free DL)

Sometimes, ongoing partnerships are just meant to be.  When German producers Saxity paired up with NYC-based singer/songwriter Victor Perry for a contemporary take on “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” last year, I just knew we’d hear them again.  Almost a year later, here they are again with “You Found Me”, which has a lovely and positive message for this time of year. Victor’s silky-smooth pop/R&B style gives it the flavour and inspiration it needs, while Saxity gives the deep house melody a seamless flow while adding in saxophone that anchors the song at key moments.  Proving once again that not all electronic pop needs to have a slamming beat and huge synths, “You Found Me” by Saxity and Victor Perry is fine and friendly pop for a variety of playlists.  You can download it for free at the link above.

Published in: on November 25, 2017 at 10:26 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Gentle “Surrender” is jazzy electronic alt.pop from @Labrosemusic

LABROSE, “Surrender”

“Surrender” is the latest from the US/UK collaboration of New York-based singer Victor Perry and Birmingham producer Ficci, the follow up to their recent debut together called “Disguise”.  “Surrender” is definitely gentle and low key, but it’s not about to fall under the radar thanks to Victor’s gorgeous spot-on vocal tones and a simmering jazzy melodic undercurrent from Ficci.  It has a rich, warm quality about it despite a minimalist approach.  Less is much more here so be sure to pick up Labrose’s “Surrender” at your favourite digital store after checking it out at the link above.  It’s from their upcoming EP Thinking Out Loud.

Published in: on October 11, 2017 at 10:33 pm  Leave a Comment  
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