Australia’s @Throttle goes next level with the R&B dance blend of “All In”

THROTTLE, “All In”

Continually one to watch as he grows and grows within dance music, Australia’s busy and prolific and ever-touring Throttle tackles a very different but next level style for him with “All In”.  As co-written with singers/songwriters A*M*E and MNEK, “All In” is smoking R&B dance music that is a surefire strong bet for international play on dance music radio stations and in clubs.  Although uncredited, I would gather that the vocal also belongs to MNEK, already out there with his new songs “Tongue” and “Colours”.  Even if not, the vocalist tackles the song in the way any powerhouse would and totally goes neck-and-neck with Throttle’s inventive and complimentary production.  A song like “All In” only makes you want to hear more collaborations by the three principals, who are onto a good thing that can only get better!  Add “All In” to your Take No Prisoners dance playlist using the Spotify link above.

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“Happy Again” is taut and intense for the dance floor by @SynColemusic with #LissA

SYN COLE and LissA, “Happy Again”

“Happy Again” may be downbeat in theme but it will be all abuzz for the dance floor as brought to you by Estonian producer Syn Cole with distinctive vocals by LissA.  “Happy Again” follows up Syn Cole’s latest Billboard-charting single “Who You Are”.  I particularly enjoy how this song builds and takes you on a taut and intense ride thinking that you’ll be led to a happy ending to the story.  You’ve heard LissA numerous times in the last few years but to me her most notable vocal was for The Him in “I Wonder”.  She captures the uneasiness of the song well as it moves through some dandy house rhythms to keep you grooving.  From recently remixing duets by Kygo and Miguel, and Charlie Puth and Kehlani, Syn Cole is a diverse producer who will continue to grow on the industry’s radar.

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#BILLCSTop30 #537 – June 11, 2018

The top of this week’s last chart for Spring stays pretty consistent, leaving one to wonder what will succeed the current #1 song.  Some other recent songs make key moves, while the new chart brings three top-drawer debuts.

The Top 10

  • “Satisfy” by Mercer and Ron Carroll handily lands at #1 for a second appearance, and a third one is beckoning from the dance floor 🙂

  • Both “Sick Boy” and “Everybody Hates Me” by The Chainsmokers really got under my skin for their topical and unconventional lyrics, and for the duo’s sidestep away from danceable Top 40 pop.  Like “Sick Boy”, “Everybody” has reached #2… but does it have enough to get to the top?
  • Following “I Want You”, Canadian producer Robotaki obtains his second Top 5 hit here with the soulful “Butterscotch”, produced with Falcxne and owing great thanks to a scorching vocal by Jamie Fine.  
  • Jesse McCartney’s “Better With You” advances 8-6, but it’s not his biggest hit on this chart.  Album track “Relapse” from Departure got to #1 in 2008, and his biggest hit in general “Leavin'” reached #5.  “Bleeding Love”, which he co-wrote, got to #3 for Leona Lewis also in 2008.
  • Whethan’s “Be Like You”, featuring New Zealand duo Broods, climbs 13-9 becoming the first Top 10 entry for both the 19 year old producer (real name: Ethan Snoreck) and the duo.  I wrote about Whethan’s recent remix for Clairo this week.
  • Shawn Mendes gets his second Top 10 song on this chart with the romantic “Lost In Japan” from his self-titled album.  “Japan” climbs 12-10.

Movin’ On Up

So many new songs about to breakthrough even more in two weeks!

  • Brandyn Burnette’s debut album Eminate is due on his 28th birthday, which is August 23.  In the meantime, “Run” is a few pages from his recent years documented in song, and it rises 16-11.  Brandyn also co-wrote Jesse McCartney’s “Better With You” at #6 above.

  • The new “Bloom” video is out and it’s overflowing with colour and images.  Troye Sivan’s tour (announced last week on his 22nd birthday) is coming to a city near you (I’m going to his show with my daughter – who introduced me to his music from You Tube – in October), and the Bloom album is also on its way.  “Bloom” soars 17-12.
  • “Time” is Adam Foster’s retake on Marvin Gaye’s “Too Busy Thinkin’ Bout My Baby” – minus its original chorus.  He creates an entire new one and has made this one very club-worthy.  “Time” rises 19-13.

  • The fastest riser on the chart comes from my unexpectedly favourite albums of 2018, Electric Light by James Bay.  The New Order-ish “Pink Lemonade” advances 25-15.  You have to listen closely to the song to hear the title when James sings about drinking it ‘while watching movie trailers till late’.
  • Ravitez and his mentor Afrojack definitely have an old school-flavoured summer EDM anthem in play with the instrumental “2012”, which climbs up 22-18.

  • Norway’s Matoma and blog favourite MAX make an impressive pairing with the expressive “Lonely”, which rises 24-19.

Three Debuts

  • Just as their recent “White Lies” peaks at #7, don’tcha know that Dutch duo The Him come back aboard the chart with what might be their best song to date.  Co-written by and sung by American singer Parson James, “Broken Love” is a supreme soundtrack to lost love that arrives on the chart at an impressive #20!
  • I jumped on the Rüfüs Du Sol train a little late, but the Aussie trio are back and better than ever with “No Place” with its big instrumental hook.  They make their bow on the chart at #24.
  • Also new to the chart is Estonian producer/DJ Madison Mars who gets on the summer party anthem train with the brief but heavy and fun “Back The Funk”, which premieres at #25.

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Crank That: “Bring It To Me” is a worthy summer house anthem from @Shaanmusic with @NinoLucarelli in a @iamKaaze mix

SHAAN and NINO LUCARELLI, “Bring It To Me” (Kaaze mix)

It hasn’t really happened in a few years, but there are some songs in a lineup to garner your attention as Summer Dance Anthems, and one of these comes from India’s Shaan with “Bring It To Me” as sung by American vocalist Nino Lucarelli in a Kaaze mix. The song was debuted by Hardwell as the theme to his charity show “World’s Biggest Guestlist”, and it’s hard not to wonder why.  The song builds beautifully and doesn’t launch into its full set of lyrics until after the 2 minute mark.  Not many records can do that, but Shaan knows how to create momentum and undivided attention.  By the time Nino’s compelling voice begins, you are immersed in “Bring It To Me”.  There’s a lot to be said for Kaaze’s mix which beautifully captures the intensity of the song.  So yes, like many other performers, Shaan is looking back to the golden years of EDM earlier in this decade and putting his spin on it to tantalize his many fans.  “Bring It To Me” is an epic anthem that will stand with the best of them in time.

“Por Qué” is top drawer Latin house from @RyShepherdmusic and @FitoBlanko

RYAN SHEPHERD x FITO BLANKO, “Por Qué”

Sometimes in dance music, some unexpectedly wonderful collaborations surface out of the blue.  So with “Por Qué”, the pairing is Toronto producer Ryan Shepherd along with Panama-born, Mississauga, Canada-raised and world-renown Latin singer Fito Blanko.  If “Despacito” is in your wheelhouse then you may find “Por Qué” equally if not more enjoyable!  Ryan takes a well-known bar of classic 80’s house and builds a percussion-oriented synth arrangement around it, to create an idyllic musical setting for a Spanish song (the title means “Why”).  Fito’s vocal is fun and dynamic, which will make “Por Qué” a must for Canadian dance clubs, DJ’s, and Latin dance music lovers everywhere.  Add “Por Qué” to your Shake It Up dance music playlist using the Spotify link above.

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“Heartbeat” is breezy, summery emotional house from @officialAevion

AEVION, “Heartbeat”

“Heartbeat” is one of those fine summery house songs that you can blast from your car stereo while driving down the highway at night, or play at a beach party.  It’s got an emotional and affecting vocal from an uncredited female singer, and UK producer Aevion keeps the production and rhythm at an even keel, never overdoing things with effects in favour of free flowing enjoyment just under 4 minutes that goes by in a flash.  The noted quality of the Aftr:Hrs label is driving this one, so add “Heartbeat” to your “Breezy Summer” dance music playlist using the Spotify link above.

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“Get Down” is a killer future house summer jam from @RetroVisionfr

RETROVISION, “Get Down”

“Get Down” by French producer RetroVision has been a killer future house summer jam in the waiting since last year when the likes of Alan Walker played it at Tomorrowland.  I’m pretty sure I heard it more than once when I was at events at Miami Music Week too.  For it’s the instantaneous draw of the hook from The Shapeshifters’ classic “Lola’s Theme” meshed with a sample from Rob Base’s “It Takes Two” that seals the deal within the first 20 seconds of “Get Down”.  The rest of the song is no less than creative and bouncy fun featuring some well-placed future bass grooves, no effort required, just do as the title says 🙂  “Get Down” is meant for big dance clubs and festivals and is a great summer companion to Madison Mars’ “Back The Funk” which I wrote about a few weeks back.  Add “Get Down” to your “Party Your A** Off” playlist using the Spotify link above.

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#BILLCSTop30 #536 – May 28/18

Some recent favourites give way to new ones in a particularly competitive Top 10, and there are three debuts.  

The Top 10

  • It’s French producer Mercer who gets to #1 in his first appearance on this chart with the rollicking “Satisfy”, featuring a terrific vocal by Chicago’s Ron Carroll.  There’s no wonder why the best DJ’s were playing this one back at Miami Music Week, where I first heard it.

  • Last week’s songs 4 through 8 each move up a notch. About songs 3 through 5:
    • Also prevalent at Miami Music Week was MK whose “17” (above, up 4 to 3) was a Top 10 hit in the UK at the end of last year, and it subsequently became a Top 10 dance club hit in North America.  
    • Duo Sofi Tukker are happily straddling the pop and dance music worlds, and my favourite song from their album Treehouse remains “Baby I’m A Queen” (also above), which climbs to #4.
    • “Everybody Hates Me” by The Chainsmokers (below) is poised to make its key move in two weeks as it rises to #5.  The duo won three Billboard Music Awards last week in the Dance music category!  Bravo!!

  • Jesse McCartney gets his first Top 10 on this chart since 2009’s #6 “How Do You Sleep” with “Better With You”, which rises 13-8.  So great that it was co-written with blog faves Brandyn Burnette and Molly Moore!
  • Quickly following “Prisoner”, Bobby Nourmand racks up another Top 10 with songs from his EP Subterranean – the title song and the dark and eerie “Estranged”.  They soar into the Top 10 rising 15-9.

Movin’ On Up

  • He only just turned 19 but he’s already on his way to having a Top 10 record on my chart.  That’s Chicago’s Whethan, who got to feature acclaimed New Zealand duo Broods in the compelling “Be Like You”, which climbs 17-13.
  • While talented Canadian singer/songwriter Tyler Shaw already has a Top 20 national hit with “Cautious” (up 18-15 in its Famba remix), he already has a second single out from his upcoming album.  You can check out “Anybody Out There”, with female vocalist Amaal Nuxx, below.

  • Brandyn Burnette’s upcoming album is called Emanate, and the debut single from that album is “Run”, which jumps 22-16.  The second preview of the album is “Layup”, below.

  • Not surprisingly, the fastest riser on the chart is the title song from the upcoming album by Troye Sivan called “Bloom”.  It zips up the chart 26-17 to follow up the departing “My My My!”, #1 this past week on Billboard’s Dance Club Play chart!
  • Not far behind is Miami producer Adam Foster’s bold rework of Marvin Gaye’s classic hit from 1969 “Too Busy Thinkin’ About My Baby”.  Omitting the chorus, he makes a new one as he rechristens it “Time”, available as a free download, and moving up 27-19.

  • Norway’s Matoma and US singer/songwriter MAX are a joint force to be reckoned with in “Lonely”, which rises 28-24.  You can hear it now in 4 remixes, including one by Steve Aoki and another by MAX’s side project Party Pupils, below.

Debuts

  • James Bay has made a transformation from folk/rock troubadour to glamorous pop star in one fell swoop.  His new album, Electric Light, is one of the best of the year, so I am belatedly debuting its best song and second single “Pink Lemonade”, at #25.  It’s got unexpected 80’s influences all over it – I hear mid-80’s New Order for one.  The album is diverse and well-produced.  Don’t be surprised if other songs from Electric Light land on the chart in the coming weeks.
  • UK producer bvd kult arrives on the chart for the first time with the sunshiny pop/dance of “Let You Go”, featuring vocalist OT, which I wrote about a while backIt debuts at #26.

  • Florence & The Machine gets its 6th chart entry with “Hunger” from the upcoming album High As Hope.  It has one of Florence Welch’s best recent vocals, and “Hunger” is also their first chart entry since 2012.  The band’s highest peak was attained with their first entry, the #2 “Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)”, back in 2009.

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“Cold Heart” is a convincing fusion of pop, techno and dubstep from L.A.’s @Prizmofficial

PRIZM, “Cold Heart” (free DL)

Quickly following up the more pop-flavoured “Lifeline”, which I wrote about earlier this month, is “Cold Heart” from L.A. producer Prizm.  It’s the start of learning more of what is indeed up this creative producer’s sleeves, as his new songs have been brewing for a while, having previously recorded under another name.  Here he fuses pop, techno, and dubstep, along with anonymous female vocal, to make a delightfully terse but still quite accessible song for dance fans.  The commanding but alternately irritating/compelling pulse throughout the song is reminiscent of Basement Jaxx’s “Red Light”, ultimately the heartbeat that is the constant for the melody, and everything is built around it.  Drawing from influences like Porter Robinson and K?d, you’ll know from “Cold Heart” that you’ll want to hear more from Prizm, so much that you’ll download the song (under the “More” tab) from the link above while you can!

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“Misunderstand” by UK singer/songwriter @Jazz__Mino surrounds a breakup with a sparkling melody

JAZZ MINO, “Misunderstand”

A while back, I brought to your attention Jazz Mino’s “Warriors”, a bright celebration of taking a stand despite what anyone else thinks.  “Misunderstand”, the British singer/songwriter’s follow up, is a delightful contrast to that song as it documents the emotion of being mistreated and misunderstood, and surrounds it with a sparkling melody to make it more about carrying on than dwelling on the past.  You can hear the affect of the lyrics in her vocal, which comes to terms graciously with it all, but all of the high notes and synth flourishes can’t bring the story down, so we can choose to dance it all away.  Songs like “Misunderstand” should continue to open doors for this intriguing new talent.  Add it to your Moving On From Love playlist using the Spotify link above.

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