#BILLCSTop30 #516 – August 21/17

The new chart marks one of my favourites this year, with so many songs on the rise that will do very well, plus three new entries to add to the influx of great tunes ūüôā

The Top 10

  • It is now very resolute that “New York Pretty” (above) by Bright Light Bright Light isn’t going anywhere any time soon as it holds at #1 for a second appearance. ¬†Its companion song and video, “Into The Night” (below) soars 26-15 as BLx2 himself commutes back and forth between the UK and the US performing live and DJ gigs. ¬†He’s also been added to UK dates as the opening act for Erasure on their upcoming tour – what a perfect match!!

  • Axel Mansoor’s “Out Of My Head” (above) stays put at #2 for a 4th appearance (8 weeks), while former #1 “Wasted My Love” departs the chart. ¬†But I will leave you with a lively remix of that song, below, by Dulsae which totally catches its vibe.
  • Also in the new remixes department, you can pick your fill of seven for “There For You” by Martin Garrix and Troye Sivan, including one by Toronto’s own Dzeko ūüôā
  • “Bad Drug” by Cosmos & Creature rises 6-4 as new collaborations and singles from the talented duo of Brandyn Burnette and Molly Moore keep on comin’ this month!
  • The retro R&B groove of Anton’s “L.I.L.Y.” (like I love you) is irresistible, as the song climbs 8 to 5 for the Swedish pop singer.

  • Oregon’s CVBZ gets his first Top Tenner here with “Be Like You” in its Sean Turk remix, wasting no time by rising 12-6. ¬†It’s Sean’s third ‘bedroom bass’ remix in the Top 10, following last year’s “Closer” by Brandyn Burnette (#7) and this year’s “Sleeping In” by Phil Good (tying its #6 peak). ¬†CVBZ played the Billboard Hot 100 festival over the past weekend ūüôā
  • Another newcomer to the Top 10 is England’s Sean Smith whose magnificent song “Magic” climbs 11-8 in its Andy Sikorski remix.

  • The fastest riser, and perhaps #1 contender, rounds out the Top 10. ¬†It’s “Show Me” by Toronto’s Loud Luxury (recently gigging in Las Vegas with Martin Garrix) and Nikki’s Wives, flying up the chart 22-10. ¬†Loud Luxury recently got to #1 with their redux of Craig David’s “Fill Me In” with Ryan Shepherd.

Movin’ On Up

  • Can’t get enough of Dan Talevski’s fun and lighthearted “Birthday Suit” right now as it rises 14-11.

  • Toronto quartet Blajk gave one of my favourite club shows of 2017 almost two weeks ago in their home town at The Drake Hotel with a stunning performance that recalled The Killers when they first began. ¬†All eyes were on singer Jordan Radics as he sang songs like “Gunshot”, which jumps 20-14 (and ironically leaps over “The Man” by The Killers at #17!).
  • I’m gonna call it now – feel good song of the year. ¬†It’s “I Like Me Better” by L.A. singer/songwriter Lauv, also now a national chart hit in Sweden. ¬†So USA, I think you are missing out! ¬†“I Like Me Better” moves up 27-18.

  • Keep your ears peeled for more from Iowa’s Kid Froopy – concert dates are in the works! ¬†“Drive Slow” is one of those great songs for a lazy day with a funky vibe to keep those feet tapping. ¬† It climbs up 30-20.

Three New Entries

  • At #21 is the FOURTH chart entry so far this year for L.A.’s Maholo and go-to-vocalist Cat Lewis, with “Perfect” (above). ¬†This one is to be played loud in the wee hours as Cat’s vocals are shifted and played with and then in perfect harmony with each other. ¬†“Perfect” sneaks in right above their prior release, the soulful “Heaven”, which moves up 25-22. ¬†Their other two chart entries this year were “Be My Love” (#5) and “WTFYWF” (#3).
  • First timers to the chart are French producer Nick Peters along with American producer Frank Pierce and featuring vocalist Scott Vega for the telling and bittersweet “No Love In Brooklyn” at #25. ¬†This one has an unmistakable melody and a great singalong chorus which you need to check out.
  • Just as his song “D U S T” (which peaked at #5) is about to finish its run, along comes another new one from Bobby Nourmand. ¬†Reprising his collaboration with soul and hip hop vocalists DOC and Goodmorning from his #1 “D E E P in NY”, “MIND” and its catchy chorus bow at #28.

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#BILLCSTop30 #515 – August 7/17

My final week of vacation begins with a new chart, and the Top 10 gets turned inside out a bit as a new #1 leads the pack.

The Top 10

  • Bright Light Bright Light gets his 6th #1 on my chart since 2010 with the spectacular “New York Pretty”. ¬†And he also has one of four debuts on the chart with a second song from the Tales Of The City EP with “Into The Night” (below) at #26. ¬†Both videos are stellar, heartwarming, and important statements about loving yourself and self-empowerment. ¬†“New York Pretty” was preceded at #1 by BLx2’s 2010’s “A New Word To Say” and “Love Part II”, 2012’s “Waiting For The Feeling”, 2013’s “An Open Heart”, and 2014’s “I Believe”. ¬†He ties Simon Curtis with most #1’s on the chart – though one of Simon’s songs, “8bit Heart”, got to #1 twice in two different versions.

  • If “New York Pretty” had lagged behind by two weeks, then Axel Mansoor would have got a second #1 with “Out Of My Head”, but it has to settle for a 3rd appearance (6th week) at #2. ¬†More to come thought from this great new singer/songwriter!

  • Martin Garrix gets back-to-back Top 5 songs on the chart as his pairings with Troye Sivan and Brooks, “There For You” (above) and “Byte” (below), climb to #4 and #5 respectively. ¬†All of Martin’s songs that have appeared in the chart have reached the Top 5, with two, “Animals” and “Proxy”, getting to #1 in 2014.

  • Cosmos & Creature continue to be one of the most prolific pairs in music today, either through creating their own work or collaborating with others. ¬†Their most recent single “Bad Drug” climbs 8-6.

  • Like Martin Garrix, every song that has appeared for Anton Ewald on this chart has reached the Top 10. ¬†The sinfully catchy and funky “L.I.L.Y.” (like I love you) keeps it going by moving 12-18.
  • The last new entry into the Top 10 is a first for Florida’s Tipsy label. ¬†Danish producers Boye & Sigvardt and singer Uhre, as well as Scottish producer MAGN√úS leap 13-10 with the infectious and engaging “Astronauts”, with remixes now available.

Movin’ On Up

  • “Magic” by UK singer Sean Smith, in its classic house Andy Sikorski mix, is headed for the Top 10 as it climbs 15-11.
  • The fastest riser on the chart is the last chart’s highest debut by Oregon’s CVBZ with “Be Like You”. ¬†In its ‘bedroom bass’ Sean Turk remix, “Be Like You” bounds 20-12.

  • In a common theme with this week’s chart – some excellent videos, starting with those by Bright Light Bright Light above – the colourful and sexy visuals for Dan Talevski’s “Birthday Suit” all came to life recently and a really great time was had by all. ¬†“Birthday Suit” climbs 19-14.

  • The Killers announced their latest stadium tour as their single “The Man” continues to rise 21-18, feeling very much like when the band arrived in 2004. ¬†It’s from their upcoming 5th album Wonderful Wonderful.
  • Toronto’s Blajk makes its first appearance since playing the NXNE festival in June. ¬†The quartet rocks The Drake Hotel on Thursday August 10, and new single “Gunshot” rises 24-20.

  • “Suitcase” marks Matthew Koma’s 10th appearance on this chart since 2012, and it moves up 26-21.

The Remaining 3 Debuts

  • The highest debut on the chart at #22 is “Show Me” by Toronto production duo Loud Luxury featuring fellow Torontonians Nikki’s Wives. ¬†If you haven’t yet caught the fun video, Ron Jeremy stars in his second appearance in recent years – remember the video for Armin van Buuren & Trevor Guthrie’s “This Is What It Feels Like”, which got to #6 on my chart in 2013?

  • One of the most aimiable songs of late is an independent release that has suddenly become a national hit in both Canada and the UK – we’re waiting on YOU, USA! ¬†American singer/songwriter Lauv arrives at #27 with “I Like Me Better” – check out both the original above and Canadian producer Famba’s recent remix below.

  • The final debut is one of the most unique songs of 2017. ¬†Its video was released last week and is a travel ode to Los Angeles. ¬†Iowa’s Kid Froopy precedes his upcoming EP with the single “Drive Slow” which bows at #30.

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“Drive Slow” shows a creative @KidFroopy dancing down an interesting path

KID FROOPY, “Drive Slow”

With every release he’s created over the last year or so, relative newcomer Kid Froopy draws reams of attention because he’s carving his own path, and people like what songs he’s making a whole lot. ¬†“Drive Slow” is the US producer’s most interesting and carefully constructed song yet. ¬†It has all of the trappings of an electronic pop song, but it swerves and jiggles and shakes until all of the pieces fall into the right places. ¬†Not only this, but the Kid lends his own very likeable voice to “Drive Slow”. ¬†I would have liked to hear more of it but the lyrics and vocal stop in favour of a lingering melodic coda to the song. ¬†Like with other newer artists that I’ve written about such as San Holo, DROELOE, Eau Claire, Reid Speed, and Lemaitre, the world of the musical shape-shifter is an intriguing one, and Kid Froopy’s listeners will keep coming back for more. ¬†Give a good solid listen to “Drive Slow” at the link above.

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Unconventional “Dreams” lets rising producer @KidFroopy follow the beat of his own drum

KID FROOPY, “Dreams”

I must admit I was a bit side-swiped upon first listen of the latest by American producer Kid Froopy called “Dreams”. ¬†While Kid has garnered significant attention over the last year remixing the likes of songs by Terror Jr. and having his own music remixed by other rising stars like WRLD, he has remained an enigma who follows the beat of his own drum. ¬†So “Dreams” isn’t really a Dance/EDM track, but an electronic one that might even be better suited for alt.rock and college radio. ¬†Its unconventional chilled out flavour seems to draw from classic 70’s rock like Fleetwood Mac and The Eagles, yet the lyrics contain a very contemporary edge, with vocals that are alternately quiet or harmonic, not usually found in this kind of record. ¬†After a few listens I expect you will enjoy the different kind of diversity that Kid Froopy is offering here. ¬†Throw back to the first time you heard “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster The People, and likely scratched your head, that’s my best reference point. ¬†Check out what Kid Froopy’s been up to in “Dreams” at the link above.

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“Come First” is breezy fun by @TerrorJrmusic as remixed by @KidFroopy

TERROR JR., “Come First” (Kid Froopy remix)

“Come First” by trio Terror Jr. as remixed by the elusive Kid Froopy is a quirky bit of breezy fun with some punchy guitar riffs that will pull at your ears and make you sway. ¬†This is a next level official remix released by Atlantic that focuses on making “Come First” playful with a shiny, arpeggio-laden melody¬†and a fair bit of repetition. ¬†This may give it a bit of a short shelf like but you’ll be guaranteed to keep coming back to it. ¬†Kid Froopy’s remix of “Come First” is definitely a fine early evening song to successfully coax folks onto the dance floor. ¬†Check it out above and pick it up at your favourite digital store.

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