Canada’s own @Robotaki follows up his Science EP with the electro hip hop/soul of “Brooklyn ’95” with Mike Clay @alldayjam

ROBOTAKI and MIKE CLAY, “Brooklyn ’95”

After the release of his diverse and dynamic EP Science, Montreal-based producer Robotaki is back with new music to support his upcoming tour with “Brooklyn ’95”.  It’s an easy-going slice of electronic hip hop/soul featuring an ultra-friendly vocal by Mike Clay.  “Brooklyn ’95” is totally on point about where it wants to transport you – to the hip hop/soul of the 90’s with similarly relaxed vibes coming from the likes of Arrested Development, Montell Jordan, Aaliyah, Brandy, and others of that era.  When you want to remember and share all of those memories of good times, then “Brooklyn ’95” is the companion song for you.  Robotaki keeps that fluid rhythm going, only pausing briefly in spots to bridge the gentle message of the song.  

Published in: on August 14, 2018 at 10:21 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Young NYC-based producer @iamCRVEU spices up “Favorite Color Is Blue” by @DeLongmusic and @KFlay for clubs

ROBERT DELONG and K.FLAY, “Favorite Color Is Blue” (CRVE U remix)

You can hear the influences of Green Day, Linkin Park and others in “Favorite Color Is Blue” by L.A.’s Robert DeLong with a cool feature by hip hop rocker K.Flay, now available in a variety of remixes to maximize its appeal for dance clubs and electronic music lovers.  Teenage producer CRVE U definitely bridges the alt.rock style with a flurry of busy synths that make the song sound even better when cranked up loud.  The mix almost has a tribal feel at time, but it seamlessly winds its way back to Robert and K.Flay’s infectious collaboration and chorus which are what make the song so memorable in the first place.  CRVE U has always opted for unconventional mixes, and “Favorite Color Is Blue” is yet another reason for you to keep an eye on his ongoing progress.

Published in: on August 10, 2018 at 2:41 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Complicated” by newcomer #Benjmn marries clever rhythms and vocal with passionate, real-life words

BENJMN, “Complicated”

While newcomer 22 year old R&B/hip hop/electronic artist Benjmn has his face out there in the artwork of his single “Complicated”, he keeps a discreet social media profile, lending a bit of mystery to this genre for the first time since say The Weeknd arrived.  While he’s done some remixing already for King Arthur and Loud Luxury, “Complicated” is going to attract attention from fans of Kanye West, Bryson Tiller, and in particular Kid Cudi, whose voice has a similar tone.  It puts his own troubles with anxiety right out there in simple, memorable terms:  Demons they come out at night / I’m losing control / The worst kinda ride / I hate how it goes.  Anyone can relate even though it paints a bleaker picture than your straight-forward everyday problem.  So not only does Benjmn have the voice and the lyrical power and passion, he has the ability to put a compelling rhythm and a variety of sounds underneath, and out of it all I can hear influences perhaps more from gritty 80’s R&B than anything else.  Remember the name though – Benjmn’s EP will be dropping soon.

Published in: on August 1, 2018 at 11:18 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Peace Out” by NYC-based @Squiredmusic confidently meshes electronic dance with hip hop

SQUIRED, “Peace Out”

For a debut single, “Peace Out” by NYC-based act Squired is one powerful, confident piece of business!  21 year old New Jersey native Sean Squires, previously one half of Opvs, packs a wallop with his blend of electronic dance and hip hop styles.  There’s a continuous hard-edged groove that barely lets up led by a smoking vocal.  Layers of synths are everywhere but I’m also detecting a lot of rock influences in the mix which provide its anthemic qualities.  Squired takes his inspiration from artists like Flume and R.L. Grime and then runs wild with it.  “Peace Out” arrives and commands instant attention, making Squired someone to put all ears on for the rest of 2018.  You can bookend “Peace Out” with another similar slice of electro hip hop like Bobby Nourmand’s “D E E P in NY” and add it to your favourite dance playlist using the Spotify link above.

Published in: on July 2, 2018 at 9:12 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Mexico” by @byOllieJoseph is positive hip hop with an easy-going groove

OLLIE JOSEPH, “Mexico”

Born in Japan, raised in Michigan, and now based out of L.A., rapper/songwriter/emcee Ollie Joseph has been immersed in a lot of musical styles.  It’s not surprising then that his latest single “Mexico” is actually a throwback to some older school, feel-good, R&B-flavoured hip hop.  Its easy-going groove will have you visualizing a drive down the pacific to your new destination for a great time.  By no means is “Mexico” out to floor you with a new or intriguing sound, but it will win you over with a friendly vibe to go along with its escapist lyrics.  Those who enjoy the destination may take to the song particularly well.  Ollie Joseph is someone to listen for who is bucking the current hip hop trends in favour of something familiar that still sounds fresh.

Published in: on June 16, 2018 at 9:03 pm  Leave a Comment  
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We’re all “Villains” in lust according to the ‘bedroom bass’ hip hop of @SeanTurkmusic

SEAN TURK, “Villains” (free DL)

NYC’s Sean Turk is on a roll with his original hip hop, gradually becoming a hybrid with his trademark bedroom bass house style, with songs like his latest, “Villains”.  No need to go into many details about the typically lusty song itself, when a fresh kind of balance is achieved. Sean focuses more on a tidier production and less emphasis on uber-fly lyrics, making “Villains” is a pleasant progression for those who enjoy soulful, house-inspired hip hop with plenty of bounce.  Download it for free at the link above while it’s still available.

Published in: on May 21, 2018 at 7:15 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Rockstar” is @CallMeKarizma’s engaging and on-point wake-up call about fame

CALL ME KARIZMA, “Rockstar”

Fame is one nasty bitch that can sneak up on you and bite you in the ass, as would relate the weary, self-imprisoned protagonist albeit a little too late in Call Me Karizma’s “Rockstar” (and, no, nothing to do with Post Malone).  I saw ‘Riz perform this song last Fall and knew that it would be one of his most special releases, which he’s been keeping under wraps obviously for that reason, teasing us with tweets over the last few months, and it’s finally here!  The Minnesota rapper has been regularly and generously offering new songs, but “Rockstar” is one straight-up, on-point message that needs to be heard by more than just his many fans.  There’s even some crunchy rock ‘n roll guitar work to enhance the proceedings which are anchored by ‘Riz’s vivid vocal.  Add “Rockstar” to your Fame Or Infamy playlist using the Spotify link above.

Published in: on May 3, 2018 at 10:06 pm  Leave a Comment  
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#BILLCSTop30 #534, April 30/18

Spring has sprung finally, there is lots of music in the air and on the new chart where there are three debuts.

The Top 10

  • Norway’s Dyrisk holds at #1 with the unconventional and delightfully catchy slice of alt.electronica, “Smile”, as produced by England’s Nik Ernst.  There’s lots more to come from Dyrisk who is a rising talent that you should be keeping your ears out for.  It’s the second song called “Smile” to top my chart in its 20 years, the other being by Mikky Ekko in 2015.

  • I do like The Chainsmokers’ forays away from EDM ballads and bangers with both “Sick Boy” (holding at #2) and the fierce “Everybody Hates Me” (above), soaring 15-8.  Check out their latest below called “Somebody”, featuring vocalist Drew Love of the duo They.

  • It’s one of the simplest and most haunting songs out there right now – “I Want You” (above) in its taut Spirix remix by Robotaki and Manila Killa featuring singer Matthew John Kurz.  It continues to rise, climbing 5-3.  L.A.’s Spirix has his own new original called “This Is What It Feels Like” (not the Armin van Buuren tune) below.
  • Besides “Everybody Hates Me”, the other new addition to the Top 10 is the quirky and fun “Multiply” by Italy’s IDEO featuring American hip hop artist J.Paulished.  It climbs 12-9 and is the first Top 10 for Balmung Digital Recordings.

Movin’ On Up

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  • The huge club and dance radio hit “All Falls Down” by Alan Walker featuring Noah Cyrus and Digital Farm Animals continues to reach new heights on this chart, leaping 14-11.
  • Their new album is called Palo Santo, due July 6, which looks to be a more progressive effort for UK trio Years & Years if the lead single “Sanctify” is any indication.  “Sanctify” rises 16-13.

  • The fastest riser on the chart is a slick, languid mix of hip hop, soul and dance music styles.  It’s “Butterscotch”, the second entry by Canada’s Robotaki, featuring vocalist Jamie Fine and producer Falcxne.  It flies up the chart 22-14.
  • Jesse McCartney’s latest single is well on its way and starting to attract radio attention.  Taking cues from his early hit singles, “Better With You” is a charming, low-key winner and climbs 25-18.
  • Shawn Mendes’ new album is called – Shawn Mendes!  Which means his songs might continue to be just as personal as “Lost In Japan” seems.  With its old school vibe, “Lost In Japan” rises 26-20.

3 Debuts

  • While “Prisoner” continues its roost at #7, L.A.’s Bobby Nourmand has created some of the most enjoyably dark house music I’ve heard in quite some time with his recent EP Subterranean.  And seeing that I love both songs from the EP, I’ve created a ‘first’ on the BILLCS Top 30 to add both “Subterranean” (above) and “Estranged” (below) as one entry at #26.  Never listen to these ones nearly alone in a dark club or you may not feel the same again!!
  • On a completely different bent, Australia’s JYYE has a perky, percussive, upbeat electronic sound with his latest single “Somewhere Else” which makes a splash at #27.
  • Ever since I was at Miami Music Week I’ve been wanting EDM artists to throwback to the classic sounds of the 2012-14 era.  A number of artists have since obliged, and I expect there to be more after Avicii’s sudden passing.  Dutch producer Ravitez debuts on the chart with the instrumental “2012” which features his mentor Afrojack, who is about to go on his first North American tour in some time.  It’s Afrojack’s first chart entry since 2014’s smash “Ten Feet Tall” (#8).

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Positive vibes and diversity flow from “Hands Down” by @BrandynBurnette and @itsDWilly with @KayoGenesis

BRANDYN BURNETTE, DWILLY and KAYO GENESIS, “Hands Down”

It’s come straight out of left field, from Monstercat no less, but “Hands Down” is a total winner for dance music lovers and clubs from singer/songwriter Brandyn Burnette, L.A. producer DWilly, and guest hip hop star Kayo Genesis.  The song oozes good times and diversity.  There is so much going on that is rooted in 80’s soul and early hip hop (with some jazz riffing too) and somehow the trio have pulled it all together into a shiny and sometimes romantic pop sound.  Everyone can identify with a song about a crush when opposites might attract.  Kayo Genesis’ few verses are key and add an even more positive flavour to the song.  “Hands Down” should score well with dance radio and clubs and continue to open doors for Brandyn and his collaborators.

Published in: on April 15, 2018 at 3:58 pm  Leave a Comment  
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TV and film star @KeiynanLonsdale has a beautiful ode to love and being yourself with “Kiss The Boy”

KEIYNAN LONSDALE, “Kiss The Boy”

How did I miss that Australia-born TV and film actor Keiynan Lonsdale was also a singer/songwriter?  Why he’s even recorded dance tunes with Louis Futon and Kasbo that I didn’t know about.  So deep inside I’m fanboying a bit here because one of the most human and likeable characters on TV in recent years has been Wally West aka Kid Flash on “The Flash”, and Keiynan’s performances have been highlights of the series, as well as more recently “Legends Of Tomorrow”.  But in film he’s also been in the “Divergent” series as well as the recent “Love, Simon”.  So it’s not really a surprise that his new single “Kiss The Boy” is all about love and simply being yourself.  Its video above is so all inclusive that you’ll be wrapped up in it before you realize that it isn’t all about same sex love and affection.  It’s as warm as a big hug, a welcome arm around your back, or yes, even a kiss.  Keiynan has an easy-going hip hop-inspired style that will extend his appeal beyond the camera.  “Kiss The Boy” is for, and all about, everyone, and all are welcome.