“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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“Yellow Brick Road” is electro-soulful from @weareFannypack and singer @SeannBowe

FANNYPACK and SEANN BOWE, “Yellow Brick Road”

Making it three solid singles in a row are Dutch producers Fannypack with “Yellow Brick Road”.  And this one’s quite different from the others (“Simple” and “Just A Bitch”), tapping into electronic sounds and altered vocals that one might find in contemporary R&B or Hip Hop, which may help introduce Fannypack’s music to fans of those genres. L.A.-based Seann Bowe is the vocalist, and he was also nominated for a Grammy this year as a co-writer of “Happy Hour” by Weezer, which makes him an interesting choice for an electronic release.  “Yellow Brick Road” has an extremely strong first minute which aptly connects the theme and the soul-searching distorted vocal, and then the melodic hook arrives to only make you want to hear more.

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The pairing of @SunsetCitymusic and @SJademusic bring Australian summery sounds to us with “Forget It All”

SUNSET CITY and SAMANTHA JADE, “Forget It All”

Australian trio Sunset City returns with fellow Aussie Samantha Jade trading off vocals with singer Parker Rose in “Forget It All”.  This is a blast of summer from Down Under, with Parker and Samantha having a great time singing about how to let your troubles slip away and have fun.  Having AUS X-Factor winner, number one recording artist and actress Samantha on board definitely takes the song to another level, and despite being relatively new on the music scene, Sunset City are quickly making great strides with a song like “Forget It All”.  There’s lots of potential here for pop radio and dance clubs everywhere so be sure to watch the lyric video above.

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“Love” is a warm, beautiful return for L.A.-based singer/songwriter @SimonCurtis

SIMON CURTIS, “Love”

Putting his previous musical personas on hold – the lonely boy robot of the 8bit Heart mixtape  who stole our heart, and the intense rebel of the album R∆ – L.A.-based singer, songwriter, and author Simon Curtis makes a more than welcome return with “Love”, his first new music since 2013’s Love, S EP.  Instead of being brokenhearted and/or looking for love or sex, “Love” is about being comfortably, rapturously in love, spiritually and physically.  It’s a beautiful and warm song, accenting a soulful side of Simon that hasn’t really shone through in his other works.  His on-point high register amid his always fine vocal draws with familiarity from the music of one of his inspirations (and fans!), Darren Hayes, while the music has a sexy groove with an instrumental pause 3/4 way through that parallels any soft, romantic, and speechless interlude that you might have with a partner.  It helps “Love” reach its 4 minute length without issue.  With “Love”, Simon Curtis offers the aftermath of what is sometimes a lifetime journey to get to all of the right moments we want and more.  It reassures us that “Love” is indeed out there waiting for all of us.  I can’t wait to find out where Simon will take us next!

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Check out the soft, sexy, unique vibe of “Handle” by @Revelriesmusic with #MFLR

REVELRIES and M F L R, “Handle”

Making it four intriguing singles in a row, “Handle” by Netherlands-based Emirati producers Revelries is probably their most unique one thus far.  Highlighting the soft and breathy vocal style of Atlanta singer M F L R, “Handle” has the underlying vibe of a George Michael song without sounding like the singer.  It’s also got many sexy rhythmic and chill, atmospheric qualities… but gosh if it isn’t next to impossible to figure out what it’s all about… and, to be honest, it doesn’t really matter.  There are many fine songs out there that draw you in for other reasons than lyrical content and this collaboration of Revelries and M F L R takes a lot of risks in “Handle” that just work.

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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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What’s on “The Other Side”? L.A.-based singer/songwriter Axel Mansoor @iamAxelM sings about those choices

AXEL MANSOOR, “The Other Side”

Axel Mansoor is an Emmy Awards-nominated singer/songwriter who has the rare talent for grasping particular moments in time and putting it into music.  We’ve already experienced glorious songs like “Wasted My Love” and “Out Of My Head”, but this time with “The Other Side”, Axel sings about making choices in a soft, soulful, high register.  This gives a gentle side to dealing with such decisions, making them part of everyday life rather than something to stress over, and by song’s end something that is resolute.  “The Other Side” has a delightful mid-tempo arrangement with solid harmonies and guitar work, and continues to earmark the growth of this talented performer.

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Toronto duo @Isla_Den bring chill, danceable, electronic story-making to your attention with “Navi.6”

ISLA DEN, “Navi.6”

I’m not sure what “Navi.6” is all about, but I think that’s part of the appeal behind the new single from Toronto electronic duo Isla Den (aka Ellie and Michael).  This is indie DIY story-making electronica that throws me back to the early 80’s when folks like The Cocteau Twins were emerging to bring another side to the new wave sounds that became more popular, with a vocal here that recalls late 80’s UK groups like The Sundays or The Heart Throbs.  What I also like about “Navi.6” are the inspired tempo shifts, and the spiritual, other-worldly side to some of its lyrics, particularly later in the song.  “Navi.6” is a fine song to generate interest in what Isla Den are all about after receiving some attention last year with a debut EP.  The duo received subsequent acclaim for bringing their songs to life through visuals in concert, and a follow up EP is coming soon.

Isla Den play The Garrison in Toronto on Saturday, February 16, 2019.

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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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