B.C.’s @TristanTmusic is Diamond Café with an outstanding revival of #GeorgeMichael and Wham!’s “Nothing Looks The Same In The Light”

DIAMOND CAFE, “Nothing Looks The Same In The Light” (free DL)

It’s been a while since we heard from B.C. singer Tristan Thompson since his debut album as Diamond Café dropped last year with its varied take on contemporary soul.  Well brace yourselves folks because he’s returned with a remarkable choice of a cover tune in tribute to George Michael – Wham!’s “Nothing Looks The Same In The Light”, originally released on the 1983 album Fantastic.  Tristan makes this rendition extra poignant not so much because he sounds like George Michael all the time in the song, but because he has his style down pat, even in a more uptempo version than the original.  That this is not one of Wham!’s better known songs makes it sound fresh all over again in a new arrangement.  It’s also a free download, so better scoop it up while you can at the link above because in time it’s going to get noticed especially by George Michael fans.  Hats off to Tristan for bringing back this song in such fine form!

Tuned-On! Top 300 of the 2000’s, Part 5 (100-51)

Online discoveries and remixes dominate the top 100 of this decade list.  It is like no other list I’ve created before, but it parallels my list of the 1970’s in some ways since I was discovering the UK charts and dance remixes in the latter part of that decade.  But there would have been no way for me to discover, without our current technology and without meeting online friends:

* Dance music available otherwise to club DJ’s such as songs by Casey Stratton, iio, Motorcycle, Axwell, Crystal Waters, Cassius, Armin Van Buuren, Roger Sanchez, and Matt Darey, including remixes of songs by Coldplay and The Fray

* Canadian talent from across the country such as Mitchell Hunter and Jake

* Talent from across the world like Agnes Carlsson, Freemasons, Adele, Duffy, and Newton Faulkner

* Lesser known artists awaiting their breakout, like Tyler Hilton, Evan Taubenfeld, and Dan Black

* Updates on favourites such as David Usher, Darren Hayes, and Chris Isaak

* Monitoring success of new decade favourites like Jason Mraz and Lifehouse

The ‘hits’ are still here too, though much less so than ever.  Discovered the traditional way were songs by 3 Doors Down, Leona Lewis, George Michael (“Amazing”), The Fray (“Over My Head”), and Jordin Sparks/Chris Brown.

So the Top 100 begins with the updated list right here – don’t forget to leave your comments and observations!!

Tuned-On! Top 300 of the 2000’s, Part 2 (250-201)

From big worldwide hits (“Yeah”, “Naughty Girl”, “Can’t Get You Out of My Head”) to more localized hits (“That Girl”, “The Way (Put Your Hand In My Hand)”, “Alone In The Universe”), to club smashes (“Planets of the Universe”, “My My My”) to rock tracks (“Sometimes”, “Load Me Up”) to first timers (“There You Go”), to CD only tracks (“I’ll Do Anything”, “Hot Mess”) – you’ll likely find something you like a lot on this list.

You can find the updated list right here – don’t forget to leave your comments! 🙂