#BILLCSTop30 #550 – December 10/18

The Top 10 of this edition of the chart is a dancin’ fool’s dream, just chock full of classic house, disco, trap, and of course what would be more likely labelled as pop/dance. But there are many soulful and hip hip influences embedded, along with the presence of a singer normally associated with the country genre.

The Top 10

  • Odesza’s “Loyal” crushes it again at the top, with a feverishly paced song that just makes your heart race and leaves you with an incredible rush at the end. How many other songs could do that this year?

  • The presence of A-Trak and Todd Terry in “DJ’s Gotta Dance More” (3-2) is an inspired collaboration which honours classic house and helps to make that style of dance music even better, by inspiring those who play it!
  • Mercer’s 70’s flavoured house of “Fireworks” (above) races 7-3 to join the dance festivities as he releases another new single called “Boss” (below).
  • PatrickReza’s taut remix of Illenium and Annika Wells’ “Crawl Outta Love” soars 10-5 to give presence to this fine song.
  • These are hardly the last “Days Of Disco” but Canadian duo Botnek definitely have catchy business happening with this song which moves up 8-7.
  • Soulful UK singer/songwriter Sam Dickinson scores his third Top 10 here with “Wild Sun”, which in its Handbag House radio edit should by all rights be played in any club, anywhere that has great taste!  It climbs 13-9.

  • Of course it’s The Chainsmokers who paired with country singer Kelsea Ballerini for another treat for us this year with “This Feeling” rising 12-10.

Movin’ On Up

  • From a great go-to EP called Tough Love, Bright Light Bright Light’s “How I Feel” climbs 19-13.
  • If there’s such a thing as alt.soul.pop then singer Victor Perry and producer Ficci may have coined it in their project called Labrose with “Gravity”, up 20-15.

  • The good-natured vibes of San Holo’s “Brighter Days” definitely creep under your skin and stay there thanks to a totally in sync vocal by Bipolar Sunshine.  The song is from San’s release called Album1 and moves up 21-17.
  • Possibly the tightest and most irresistible song on the chart at only 2:28 is “In My Arms” by L.A.-based producer Mahalo in partnership with newcomer Le:Blanc.  It’s the fastest riser on the chart, soaring 26-18.
  • Illenium entry #2, “God Damnit” as written and sung by Call Me Karizma, wastes no time landing in the Top 20, up 24-19.

4 Debuts

  • As “All For You” exits the chart, Years & Years maintain a presence, this time courtesy of UK producer Jax Jones on “Play” at #24.  “Play” is featured on Jax’s compilation EP called Snacks.
  • Another disco-tastic track to grace the chart is “Mister Love”, by Luxembourg-born producer White Chocolate, which arrives at #25.
  • And as the long-lasting “Infinitum” leaves the chart, so “Naked” by Revelries featuring Romanian vocalist Jeoko arrives to take its place.  The exotic song, tapping into Revelries Emerati roots, lands at #26 out of the gate.

  • More Chainsmokers anyone?  Yes, please!  The guys know when to let loose and show their progressive side, and “Siren”, featuring Aazar is a shining example.  “Siren” debuts at #27.

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A wicked keyboard melody fuels “Paradigm” by @JayHardway

JAY HARDWAY, “Paradigm”

Dutch producer Jay Hardway is pretty consistent with a steady stream of dance floor and festival favourites to draw from in his repertoire.  Add up high on that list, his latest instrumental “Paradigm”.  I’m not sure if it’s intended, but there’s an incredible late 70s/early 80’s vibe about the song, and it rests in the keyboard hook.  While I can definitely hear a classical melody at its core, I immediately think of some of the instrumental work in Giorgio Moroder’s seminal “From Here To Eternity” as well as some of the synth lushness that’s identified with European hits like FR David’s “Words”. And while I might be totally wrong about all of that, dance music fans will still be hanging on that synth hook while the song shifts into lower gear and then revs back up, similar to what you’ll hear that worked so well in recent songs by Arty and Martin Garrix.  In any case, “Paradigm” is a winner that will sound fabulous through monstrous festival speakers.

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Nashville’s @SpazzCardigan’s “DOIDOIT” is jaunty, playful, slice-of-life

SPAZZ CARDIGAN, “DOIDOIT”

Multi-instrumentalist Spazz Cardigan is back with a playful slice-of-life called “DOIDOIT”, following this past Spring’s whimsical “Episode”.  While being entertained by its jaunty keyboard work – Spazz is a classically trained pianist –  and other live instruments, “DOIDOIT” will definitely have you thinking throughout the song about why things are the way they are, and why you’re the way you are.  Its sly humour that reminds me of the Jason Mraz of old while being channeled through a deft arrangement that would please Charlie Puth fans.  But “DOIDOIT” is really about getting through all of those questions to figure out that all Spazz wants is to be in love – many of you will no doubt relate!  The anthemic finale of the song will leave you wound up with a smile on your face.  Don’t underestimate the talented Spazz Cardigan, who will sing and write and play his way to many successes to come.

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“Whispers” is a softer Eurohouse delight from France’s Martin Vallée and US singer/songwriter Victor Perry @perksofbeingvic

MARTIN VALLÉE & VICTOR PERRY, “Whispers”

Following up their bouncy take on Stevie Wonder’s “Uptight” last Spring, French producer Martin Vallée and US pop/soul singer/songwriter Victor Perry have once again joined forces for “Whispers”.  With this song, they head straight into a softer Eurohouse mix that’s best suited either early on in the evening or later at night.  There’s an interesting song structure here, with a subtle introduction, that’s followed by the hook within its first minute.  This allows Victor to then wax his eloquent voice over the crux of the story, remembering the whispers of a past lover.  Queue the hook again and the song bobs its way playfully until it’s time to get closer again… “Whispers” is definitely a pleasing choice atypical of its genre and my compliments to the artists for taking some chances with a gentler shade of house music.

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French producer #Maone has an inspiring bass house track in “Never Break Me”

MAONE, “Never Break Me”

While the bass house bounce and rhythm are key in French producer Maone’s “Never Break Me”, its encouraging story is also an emotional draw for music lovers.  The steadfast, confident vocal by an uncredited female singer is a call to anyone going through a tough time about not cracking under whatever pressure is at source.  It makes a fine basis to help dance away any troubles you might have, and know there’s something better waiting.  Maone slams home those bass pulses set to a fast-paced house rhythm, and “Never Break Me” becomes a memorable and inspirational release.

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Colombia’s @Moskahouse teams up with Australia’s @BrookeEvers for irresistible “Dance”

MOSKA & BROOKE EVERS, “Dance”

“Dance” certainly nails it in the irresistible-for-clubs department.  It’s a clever deep house track brought to you by the unique pairing of Colombia’s Moska and Australia’s Brooke Evers, who both have so much fun with it in the above video.  It takes an old trick – the vocal is a soulful preacher urging listeners to dance – and milks it for everything that it’s worth.  The great melody and infectious changeups take the idea strides beyond what it could have been in the hands of others, but the experience of both established producer/DJ’s  is a shining example for many in the genre.

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Ukrainian producer @Saganmusic pairs with Belgium’s @RobertFalcon for fun and fast-paced “Gravity”

SAGAN & ROBERT FALCON, “Gravity”

“Gravity” is tidy EDM-pop from the diverse pairing of Ukraine’s Sagan with Belgian producer Robert Falcon.  It’s familiar pitched-up vocal ends up taking a much-needed second place to the buoyant fun rhythm and the quick pace of the song.  “Gravity” hardly lets up and makes the most of every second in its 3:23 running time.  Both producers have a flair for tight production amid a fun setting, so it’s hard to go wrong with “Gravity”.

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#BILLCSTop30 #549, November 26, 2018

This post provides highlights of my biweekly chart, where there is a new #1 and four debuts!  The first of the debuts belongs to an artist already on the chart in collaboration with one who appeared recently; the second had a #1 song last year; the third is a newcomer to the chart but not dance music; and the fourth recently assumed another performing name but is a BILLCS Top 30 veteran!

  • Seattle’s Odesza acquires its first #1 with fan favourite “Loyal”.  It’s one of the most potent dance songs of the year, and has a raucous new Deathpact reprise, available as a free download below!  It’s also the soundtrack to a new Apple commercial I saw on You Tube 🙂

  • Looking to compete with Odesza for the top spot is the engaging classic house of “DJ’s Gotta Dance More” by A-Trak featuring Todd Terry on vocals, which climbs up 6-3.

  • Three songs land in the Top 10 for the first time:
    • Mercer is back, after scoring #1 this year with “Satisfy”, with the 70’s flavoured disco of “Fireworks” moving up 14-7.
    • The Knocks land in the Top 10 for the fifth time with “Goodbyes”, their collaboration with Method Man from the New York Narcotic album, up 11-9
    • The fastest riser on the chart is PatrickReza’s compelling remix of Illenium’s “Crawl Outta Love”, featuring Annika Wells, soaring 20-10.

  • The Chainsmokers are busier than ever with new music.  Not only does “This Feeling”, featuring Kelsea Ballerini, climb 16-12, but they’ve released two new songs  (both below) in the last few weeks, the crunchy “Siren”, which shows our boys haven’t lost any harder core roots, and “Beach House”, which will please those who love their hits “Closer” and “Paris”.

  • I’m totally loving the Handbag House remix of Sam Dickinson’s “Wild Sun”, which comes from his hot new EP From The Glass House: Part One.  Also check out the acoustic “All We Are”, below.

  • The debuts from the last chart are all moving up steadily:
    • Swedish producer Hellberg’s collaboration with Leona Lewis should by all rights be a radio hit.  “Headlights” moves up 22-17.
    • Bright Light Bright Light’s “How I Feel” from the Tough Love EP climbs 25-19 as BLx2 concluded his recent tour.  Check out the 90’s inspired Disco 12″ mix above, also available on the EP.
    • San Holo put on a spectacular, intense show in New York City last week.  “Brighter Days”, from album1 and featuring vocalist Bipolar Sunshine, rises 26-21.  I was amazed at how many people knew the songs from the album and all of the words.  The man is one to watch for the 2019 festival circuit.
  • The highest debut belongs to “God Damnit”, the new collaboration between Illenium and blog favourite Call Me Karizma.  It’s actually a song that Karizma wrote that I featured in these blog pages back in March.  It received an impressive redux from Illenium, which has sent it to #24 on this chart out of the gate.  It’s Karizma’s second entry this year following the #17 “Life Of The Party”, which captured The Chainsmokers’ attention.
  • L.A.-based producer Mahalo returns to the chart this time in partnership with new producer Le:Blanc with the insanely catchy “In My Arms” at #26.  This is 2:28 jam-packed with hooks and a fantastic house rhythm.  Not to be missed!  Mahalo got to #1 last year with “Perfect” featuring Canadian singer/songwriter Cat Lewis.

  • Premiering on the chart is Anna Yvette, the NYC-based vocalist, songwriter and producer who has graced numerous fine songs over the past few years.  “Shooting Star” is the joyous new song to get her onto the chart at #28.

  • Arriving at #29 is “Amen” by EMAN8, who we better know as Brandyn Burnette.  Kicking off this new legacy of songs is the intriguing and very cool video above.  BB recently concluded a stay on the chart with the autobiographical #4 “Run”.

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Late night fun awaits with “Don’t Think Twice” by @Revelriesmusic & @SamSmyers with @Oktavianmusic

REVELRIES & SAM SMYERS and OKTAVIAN, “Don’t Think Twice”

The Emerati duo based out of The Netherlands, Revelries, quickly follows up two fine singles in the inspiring “Infinitum” and the exotic “Naked” with the deep house rhythms of “Don’t Think Twice”.  This one’s in partnership with L.A. producer Sam Smyers and features another solid but all too rare vocal by L.A.-based Dutch singer Oktavian, who you know from his work with The Him and Lady Bee among others.  “Don’t Think Twice” is about late night fun when you’ve maybe had a drink too many, and your first and best choice may not be the one you decide to take, hoping that all works out well in the end.  The rich production is perfect for late night club sets and “Don’t Think Twice” is nothing if dance radio friendly as well.  

The importance of living in the present is reflected in “Be Here Now” by @missMollyMoore

MOLLY MOORE, “Be Here Now”

L.A.-based singer/songwriter Molly Moore – also one half of Cosmos & Creature with EMAN8 (Brandyn Burnette) – follows up her third EP Third Eye High with the single “Be Here Now”.  In a year compounded by personal loss, “Be Here Now” reflects on the importance of the past but comes to terms with the even greater need to live in the present.  This new found approach for Molly is a great life lesson and I can envision this song being much welcomed and shared by those in similar circumstances.  It features one of Molly’s most compelling, driven vocals, and the adept alt.electronic production by France’s Besnine keeps the song taut and tight and wrapped up in its many big heartfelt moments.  But don’t get me wrong – “Be Here Now” is not sad or overly emotional.  It’s full of positives to allow us to cope with life’s many turns.

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