#BILLCSTop30 #478 – March 7, 2016

A scorching new #1 and 4 debuts highlight edition my 478th bi-weekly chart since 1998 ūüôā

The Top 10

  • MAX Schneider’s “Wrong” hangs in long enough to score an appearance at the top ūüôā ¬†I couldn’t let all of those Prince-ly high notes get away just yet! ¬†This is because MAX has already released a video for a song from his upcoming album Hell’s Kitchen Angel, out on April 8. ¬†Check out “Holla” below.

  • Congratulations to The Knocks for their excellent long-awaited album 55, which was released this past Friday. ¬†The Wyclef Jean-led “Kiss The Sky” climbs 4-2 and undoubtedly more songs from 55 will prevail on this chart ūüôā

  • Troye Sivan is a vivid force on this chart with three showings: ¬†“Talk Me Down”¬†(below)¬†glides 7-5, while “Wild” climbs 9-6 and “Fools” rises 17-13. ¬†All songs are from his continually impressive Blue Neighbourhood album. ¬†“Youth” is beckoning from outside of the Top 30 too.

  • While Simon Curtis’ redux of “8bit Heart” slips to #4, the Super 8bit Heart version of “Super Psycho Love” continues to climb 10-7 as Simon’s “Boy Robot” novel gets an earlier October release!

  • Fun on the dance floor continues as Craig David & Big Narstie arrive at #9 with “When The Bassline Drops”. ¬†It’s Craig’s first Top Tenner here since “7 Days” in 2002.

  • The fastest riser on the chart has its designs on #1 – soon! ¬†Canadians DVBBS and Dante Leon should be all over dance club charts – and maybe even pop charts too – with the irresistible “Angel”, which soars 23-10.

Movin’ On Up

  • The Voice Season 10 has started up again with some interesting contestants, including Nick Hagelin, who I’ve written about many times and will be writing about soon again. ¬†Clinton Washington gave an excellent showing two seasons ago and has produced some beautiful songs lately. ¬†Despite the emphasis on my chart towards dance music, his gorgeous ballad “Frozen” rises 14-11.

  • The rest of the last chart’s debuts all break into the Top 20. ¬†The joyous and anthemic Cloudchord remix of Jamie xx & Romy’s “Loud Places” bounds 24-17, and right behind it is the Norwegian EDM grace of “Faded” by Alan Walker (featuring the gorgeous voice of Iselim Solheim) up 25-18 (both above), and rising 27-20 is the both truthful and amusing “u suck” by Minnesota’s Call Me Karizma (below), featuring a cool interpolation of “Why Don’t You Do Right” as recorded by Bev Lee Harling.

Premiering

  • It takes a lot for me to enjoy a cover version as much as or even maybe more than the original. ¬†I love the way that Jonas Blue and Dakota have made Tracy Chapman’s ¬†huge 1988 hit “Fast Car” into this introspective¬†song for a highway drive along a beach coast. ¬†And of course you can dance to it too, so I’m looking forward to official remixes! ¬†This Top 5 UK hit should do the same on North American shores. ¬†I particularly enjoy covers when they don’t take anything away from the original. ¬†This one expands on that and runs with it ūüôā ¬†“Fast Car” arrives at #23.
  • Another song for warm, late nights and dancing on the beach is “Beat The Sunrise” by SNBRN featuring vocalist Andrew Watt, as remixed by Dutch producer/DJ Steve Void. ¬†It’s all warm and good natured for middle-of-the-night grooving and bows at #24.
  • Sweden’s Hellberg is on a breakthrough with the emotional EDM of “Synchronize” featuring a fine vocal by American singer Aaron Richards. ¬†This is just a taste of great things to come from this talented producer/DJ and debuts at #25.

  • Miguel’s Wildheart naughtiness has caught up with me and I have completely given in. ¬†And it makes me ask, almost belatedly, why “Waves” isn’t all over everywhere yet? ¬†It could still happen with new remixes by the likes of Tame Impala and one featuring Travis $cott. ¬†But I like the sexy original best and it jumps onto the chart at #26. ¬†It’s Miguel’s first appearance here since “Adorn” went to #1 in 2013 in his UK duet version with Jessie Ware.

Listen to the songs or watch the videos using the links on the pictures on the pretty and detailed¬†web edition of my chart.¬†Go on, have a look and listen/watch ūüôā

Listen to the BILLCS Top 30 Songs on Spotify! ¬†Click on this link to take you there, and follow me on Spotify ūüôā¬†BILLCS Top 30 Songs

You can now hear me online on http://www.planetradio.ca every Tuesday at 9:00 pm EST counting down a Toronto Top 10 chart from yesteryear, and then again every Thursday in a rebroadcast at 7:00 a.m. EST on WROCK http://www.wlor.net!

 

#BILLCSTop30 #477 – February 22, 2016

I’m humbled by the amount of new visitors I’ve had recently to this blog and Twitter. ¬†The BILLCS Top 30 is my personal chart of favourites which started out online in 1998 as the monthly Tuned-On! Top 10 and quickly¬†grew into a bi-weekly Top 30 on a web page hosted by Geocities (remember them?). ¬†Its focus over the years has shifted depending on what styles of music I’ve been drawn to the most. ¬†It largely focuses on singles but album tracks are included. ¬†Songs can only appear on the chart for 10 appearances (20 weeks) which keeps the new songs flowing. ¬†In 2003, music was becoming much more globally in sync and I allowed songs to appear on the chart providing they were released … somewhere. ¬†In 2009, a free download hit #1 for the first time. ¬†A song must be ‘released’ (for pay or for free) in order to qualify to appear on the chart – a You Tube or Soundcloud post that is not consumable does not qualify. ¬†Official remixes may chart instead of the original if that’s the version I prefer.

With that update provided, on to the new chart ūüôā

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The Top 10

 

 

 

  • The ongoing revival of Simon Curtis “8bit Heart” continues to grow as the cover to his upcoming book “Boy Robot” (cover above) was premiered by Just Jared Jr. ¬†The book would not be forthcoming without Simon’s original 2010 mixtape (still available for free at http://www.simon-curtis.com) which has recently been re-recorded as Super 8bit Heart and now available everywhere for purchase. ¬†“8bit Heart” is still so much of a personal favourite, and continues at #1 for a second appearance in its delightful redux version. ¬†The new version of “Super Psycho Love” joins “8bit Heart” in the Top 10, rising 16-10.
  • MAX (Schneider) holds at #2 with “Wrong”. ¬†Do check out the infectious remix recently unleashed online by RyanEXOE featuring Taylor Bennett, above.

  • Before my next chart, the album 55 by The Knocks will finally be on release and should be the soundtrack to the first part of 2016, given that I heard most of the songs at their Toronto concert in January. ¬†“Kiss The Sky”, featuring a fantastic vocal by Wyclef Jean, climbs 7-4 and is definitely eyeing #1.

  • Coincidentally, The Knocks are back-to-back with their own label signees, Sofi Tukker. ¬†The NYC duo holds steady at #5 with the irresistible “Drinkee”. ¬†Yeah it’s all in Portuguese, but no matter!

  • This chart marks the mini-invasion of the Top 10 by songs by the latest boy wunderkind, Troye Sivan. ¬†The glorious “Talk Me Down” advances 12-7 while the heart-wringer “Wild” climbs 14-9 (both above). ¬†And Troye’s “Fools”¬†(below, rounding out the Blue Neighbourhood trilogy of videos)¬†is the fastest riser, movin’ on up a few notches below 26-17. ¬†This only means one thing: If you haven’t heard Troye’s Blue Neighbourhood, you are missing out. ¬†Troye is playing a sold out show at the Danforth Music Hall in Toronto next week.

More Songs Movin’ On Up

  • Brandyn Burnette’s hip hop flavoured “Down” from his Made Of Dreams EP rises 15-12. ¬†He and his gal Molly Moore (sitting pretty at #8 with “Blood. Sweat. Tears.”) have joined forces as Cosmos & Creature and will appear as the featured voices in an upcoming song by dance music performer Vicetone called “Brightside”! ¬†Watch for it!

  • Elephante’s original “Age Of Innocence” (featuring Trouze and Damon Sharpe) is one pumped up slice of emotional EDM with a melody that stays with you for days. ¬†It moves up 18-15.

  • Like “Hello”, it looks like Adele’s “When We Were Young” is about to dominate the dance charts in its remixed version. ¬†But the still stunning original from the 25 album climbs 21-16.

  • Calvo’s “Vicious Girl” continues to be embraced by DJs throughout the world thanks to a memorable keyboard melody and an odd¬†vocal that works quite well. ¬†It jumps 27-20 and is well on its way. ¬†It’s also a co-write by the talented Daniel Volpe (who as a performer is none other than Zorro Blakk).

Debuts

  • It may be their best song yet. ¬†Canadian bros DVBBS feature a Torontonian singer Dante Leon on “Angel”, which bows at #23. ¬†DVBBS have previously charted with MOTi with “This Is Dirty” (#9) and with Sander van Doorn and Martin Garrix on “Gold Skies” (#3).
  • A bit of summer is upon us courtesy of the driving beat of the Cloudchord remix of “Loud Places”, an alternative hit last year for Jamie xx featuring Romy, from Jamie’s Grammy-nominated album In Colour. ¬†This tropical anthemic remix stands on its own and arrives at #24.

  • Sweden will simply have to share its current #1 with us. ¬†That song is “Faded” by Norwegian producer/DJ Alan Walker, which originally started as an instrumental called “Fade”. ¬†It premieres at #25.
  • And at #27 is “u suck” by Minnesota rapper/producer Call Me Karizma (aka Morgan Parriott). ¬†Its clever featured chorus from the song “Why Don’t You Do Right” is sung by UK vocalist Bev Lee Harling. ¬†“u suck” is a wonderful slice of what sounds like ‘new era rap’.

Listen to the songs or watch the videos using the links on the pictures on the pretty and detailed¬†web edition of my chart.¬†Go on, have a look and listen/watch ūüôā

Listen to the BILLCS Top 30 Songs on Spotify! ¬†Click on this link to take you there, and follow me on Spotify ūüôā¬†BILLCS Top 30 Songs

Although it will not air this week, you can usually hear me online on http://www.planetradio.ca every Monday at 9:00 pm EST counting down a Toronto Top 10 chart from yesteryear, and then again every Thursday in a rebroadcast at 7:00 a.m. EST on WROCK http://www.wlor.net!

 

@Jamie___xx’s “Loud Places” as remixed by @Cloudchord becomes a tropical deep house anthem

JAMIE xx featuring ROMY, “Loud Places” (Cloudchord remix)

It’s almost a year old and did very well in alt.pop and EDM circles last summer, but Jamie xx’s “Loud Places” gets a rollicking reboot courtesy of Austin TX producer/DJ/guitarist Cloudchord (aka Derek Van Scoten). ¬†It’s transformed into a driving disco tropical house track full of additional instrumentation which helps stand it apart from other remixes. ¬†Vocals by Romy so very much suit this reworked setting. ¬†In a dance club, the first two minutes of “Loud Places” will create a perfect lead out of a soft set and into a set of club bangers. ¬†It may go on a little long at 5 minutes plus, but don’t be surprised if Cloudchord’s remix of “Loud Places” sneaks up on you when you’re clubbing or listening online to dance music radio. ¬†

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