BILLCS Top 30 #442 – October 20, 2014

Time isn’t standing still, but when you’ve got a 1,2,3,4 kapow like what’s happening at the top of my new chart, you’re gonna have to be patient to find out when they all get shook loose.  And it could happen as early as the next chart in two weeks but until then, enjoy:

#1 “I’m Not The Only One” by Sam Smith

samsmith6#2 “Smile” by Mikky Ekko

mikkyekko#3 “Afterglow” by Harriet

harriet3#4 “Thanks For Nothing” by Brandyn Burnette

Brandyn Burnette has a new acoustic set available on Soundcloud above and lots of free songs as well so I’ll be keeping you posted on the prolific singer’s new songs very soon!

ON THE RISE

The lone new entry to the Top 5 isn’t actually new, but it does sound significantly different from the original version which got to #5 in 2011.  I’m talking about the mid-tempo Aron Friedman house remix of “I Won’t Let You Go” by Adam Tyler of course, which climbs 8-5.

As her album Tough Love enters the UK Top 10 and her October 26 show in my city approaches, Jessie Ware is the gal-most-likely-to as “Say You Love Me” continues to rise quickly, up 9-6.

It’s now due on November 10 (in Canada anyway), but if you go to iTunes you’ll find 3 more songs to preview from Jamie Scott’s My Hurricane album, including a duet with Christina Perri called “Gold”.  In the meantime, his latest single “Unbreakable” moves up 11-9, joining his band Graffiti6 with their Top 5 entry from last year, “Free”.

Music fans are the always the first ones to get “Zeppelin” by Eli Lieb but even if you’re not familiar with the famous band’s songs or why friends might be jamming to Zeppelin in the car, then you can still revel in the positive and nostalgic vibe of the song.  It anchors the top songs on the chart at #10.

Chromatone is out gigging in the London, England area quite regularly, so do try to catch one of his performances!  His latest song “Play For Me” continues to advance on the chart 17-13.

It’s one of the more discreet songs on the chart, but it’s heartwarming and holds within its lyrics reams of truth.  The fastest riser on the chart is “Stage Fright” by Jake Barker.

It’s not easy to find different love songs to write about but Semi-Precious Weapons has done just that with “Brando”.  Hopefully a video is in the works and can make it out before their next album, still expected before year end.

I caught Smallpools’ set back when they opened for Neon Trees back in July, and with new songs like “Killer Whales” I look forward to their next album release.  The band plays in my city on October 24 too.  “Killer Whales” swims upstream to #18!

Between her acting career and her singing career, Jane Badler travels all over, and will next perform a concert in Paris at the end of November.  Her beguiling single, featuring Spanish guitar via 70’s new wave via torch ballad, “Losing You”, lands at #20 on my chart, from her new album Opus.

Those Janoskians are still making their way across North America promoting their latest single “That’s What She Said”, which lands at #21 this week.  The teens definitely like their Aussie boys when they get even a little more than naughty, and that’s what makes watching their success unfold rather interesting! Yes, this blogger likes The Janoskians 🙂

There’s nothing stopping Sam Smith short of exhaustion, and he’s announced another North American tour, including a stop in my city on January 20 at the biggest venue in town!  I was fortunate to see him at the 500 person Virgin Mod Club last Spring for $15.00!  “Restart” moves up to #22.

NEW TO THE CHART

Keep those dancing shoes on for “Arms Of Another” by Bright Light Bright Light, which I wrote about recently as the extra song (or ‘B’ side as we used to call them) on the new single for “An Open Heart”.  The latter song already conquered this chart back at the top of the year, and now “Arms Of Another” arrives at #24.

And now I return you to the explosive and diverse dubstep/trap and other EDM scene.  “Gold Skies”, brought to you by the quartet of Sander van Doorn, Martin Garrix, and DVBBS, and featuring vocalist Aleesia, sounds like a radio hit in the making, and it’s included on Martin’s EP of the same name on iTunes, which also features two of my 2014 #1’s, “Animals” and “Proxy” (previously a free download).  “Gold Skies” bows at #27.

It’s been since 2011 that The Script last landed on my chart, and to me have returned to the sound now which got them popular in the first place back in 2009.  “Superheroes” is the first single from No Sound Without Silence, the Dublin, Ireland trio’s fourth album.  And they are well worth seeing in concert!  “Superheroes” premieres at #28.

EXTRA! EXTRA!

While “Hang On To Your Love”, the Penguin Prison free download cover of the 1984 Sade debut glides up the chart at #19, the singer (aka Chris Glover) released his first solo single in three years last week.  He’s not breaking a formula that won over fans like me either with “Calling Out”.  It’s as simple a song as “The Worse It Gets”, with similar late 70’s early 80’s inspirations like “Kiss On My List” by Daryl Hall & John Oates or “What A Fool Believes” by The Doobie Brothers, but spun Penguin Prison style:  Danceable ear candy!  Can’t wait to hear more from PP’s upcoming sophomore album.  Listen below and get it on iTunes.

The Full Chart

Listen to the songs or watch the videos using the links on the pictures on the pretty and detailed web edition of my chart.

01 01 I’M NOT THE ONLY ONE Sam Smith
02 02 SMILE Mikky Ekko
03 03 AFTERGLOW Harriet
04 04 THANKS FOR NOTHING Brandyn Burnette
08 05 I WON’T LET YOU GO (Aron Friedman remix) Adam Tyler
09 06 SAY YOU LOVE ME Jessie Ware
07 07 GET TO KNOW YOU Corey Niles featuring Ish
05 08 NO FUN The Presets
11 09 UNBREAKABLE Jamie Scott
12 10 ZEPPELIN Eli Lieb
14 11 AMNESIA 5 Seconds Of Summer
15 12 CRIMINAL Adam Tyler
17 13 PLAY FOR ME Chromatone
06 14 MUSIC GODS Davis Redfield featuring Carl Man
23 15 STAGE FRIGHT Jake Barker
10 16 THIS COULD BE SOMETHING Anton Ewald featuring Medina
24 17 BRANDO Semi-Precious Weapons
21 18 KILLER WHALES Smallpools
22 19 HANG ON TO YOUR LOVE Penguin Prison
26 20 LOSING YOU Jane Badler
27 21 THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID The Janoskians
28 22 RESTART Sam Smith
13 23 JUST SAY HELLO Lyonn
New 24 ARMS OF ANOTHER Bright Light Bright Light
16 25 I BELIEVE Bright Light Bright Light
18 26 STRANGER Chris Malinchak featuring Mikky Ekko
New 27 GOLD SKIES Sander Van Doorn, Martin Garrix & DVBBS featuring Aleesia
New 28 SUPERHEROES The Script
19 29 TIME HAS COME Hannis
20 30 TEN FEET TALL Afrojack featuring Wrabel

Listen for My New Music Pick Of The Week on D-Moos.com!

As many of you are already aware, after many years away from the microphone, I am now pleased to be back as a voice on D-Moos.com Canada’s National Internet Radio Station, which mainly plays a selection of oldies, mostly from the 50’s to the 90’s, with soon to be more intrusions from the 2000’s and other new music.

Do listen in for my New Music Pick of the Week feature on D-Moos.com 8 times per day starting at 2:05 AM EST on Mondays, and while the station is only live in the evenings from 9:00 pm to midnight (with my long-time musical partner in crime “The Musicman” James Rogers), you can hear my voice at other odd times, particularly if you’re an oldies loving night owl on the weekend overnights 🙂

BILLCS Top 30 #441 – October 6, 2014

The top three songs have an incredible lock on the chart right now, and there are five debuts, so without further adieu:

ONE!!!

 

Sam Smith “I’m Not The Only One”

TWO!!

Mikky Ekko “Smile”

THREE!

Harriet “Afterglow”

 

THE REST OF THE CHART

  • So the next question is:  Can Brandyn Burnette’s “Thanks For Nothing” crack the Top 3, as it rises significantly, up 10-4?  The singer constantly reminds us on Twitter that the song may be a straight middle finger to a past relationship, but that it has an optimistic side to it about moving forward.  Gotta listen to Brandyn!!  There’s an ages old soul in that young body, methinks!

 

  • Those “Music Gods” keep forging ahead on this chart!  Davis Redfield and vocalist Carl Man climb 7-6 in this edition.

 

  • Get to know Canadian R&B/hip hop singer Corey Niles as his latest song “Get To Know You” spreads across Canada, with the help of rapper Ish!  It rises 9-7 🙂

 

  • Second time’s a charm, especially when it’s in a gorgeous, romantic, midtempo house remix!  “I Won’t Let You Go” by Adam Tyler in an Aron Friedman remix gets to the Top 10 for the second time, and that’s only happened once before, with Nelson Clemente’s “You Want Me Don’t You” in 2008/09, which peaked at #3 both times.  “I Won’t Let You Go” is at #8, three places short of its original #5 peak in 2011.
  • The fastest riser on the chart is “Say You Love Me” by Jessie Ware, moving 20-9, and arriving in the Top 25 on the UK Singles Chart this week.  Simply cannot wait to hear it in concert later in the month.  Looking at the Top 3, I have to wonder when “Say You Love Me” will be able to crack the mold, but we’ll see!

 

  • Jamie Scott’s “Unbreakable” may be unstoppable at this point – it moves up 16-11 this week and will almost certainly grab a Top 10 berth in two weeks!

 

  • Aussie faves 5 Seconds Of Summer seem to be making more waves at radio now as the Fall sets in with “Amnesia” rising up 17-14 🙂

 

  • Chromatone has such a good groove going on in “Play For Me” that you must check out the fantastic dance moves in its well-shot video.  It climbs 21-17.

 

ABOUT THOSE FIVE DEBUTS…

  •  It’s an overdue debut, but always better late than never.  While his team has been promoting “Oh So Simple” and “Scared” from his fine EP Stage Fright, the romantic inside me has long been with The Voice contestant blue-eyed soul singer Jake Barker’s title song, which bows at #23.  You can only hear a preview on iTunes but it’s worth purchasing the EP for its entire four song selection.  The following lyrics alone just send me at each listen just after the minute mark:  “10,000 people looking down on me / All eyes on me / Could I picture my life / All I see is you”.  Jake Barker has an immense future ahead – and he didn’t even finish in the Top 10 on The Voice!
  •  A love song of a very different kind is “Brando” by Semi-Precious Weapons, which arrives at #24 in advance of their second 2014, following Spring’s Aviation release.  “Brando” gets away from the anthemic sounds on Aviation in favour of a song that sings about when you are faced with the fact that you are impossibly in love.  Justin Tranter’s vocal is on its best game here, and I’m really looking forward to more from SPW before the end of the year!  Now if we can only get them up to Canada to tour…

 

  • I wrote about Jane Badler’s “Losing You” a while back, but the song gets under your skin quickly, so it arrives on the chart at #26.  Actress/singer Jane previously reached #8 with “Yesterday’s Tomorrows”, so her alt.pop stylings are no stranger to this chart!  Be sure to check out the impressive video trek through personal hell below.
  • Those Janoskians fans have eaten up my Twitter timeline today as the boys play a show at the Danforth Music Hall.  I like these guys for the fact that they are bold enough to take risks to break out of the boy band mold, even though they will attract some similar fans as One Direction, 5 Seconds Of Summer, and even Justin Bieber.  The Janoskians shake things up with their innuendo with “That’s What She Said” at #27.  North American radio isn’t playing, but then again that’s no surprise.  The huge fan base says ALL!!

 

  • It seems like there’s always room on my chart this year for another Sam Smith song.  The 80’s flavoured “Restart” (particularly reminscent of Daryl Hall & John Oates or The Doobie Brothers brand of white soul) premieres at #28 along with a new video below.

 Extra! Extra!

The duo Erasure (being singer Andy Bell and keyboardist Vince Clarke) has long endured because they know how to deliver exactly what their audience wants, and continue to create new songs for their huge repertoire.  Their music is hugely influential on today’s electronica performers, whether that’s obvious or not.  Their latest album The Violet Flame is their best in many years, more than ever a throwback to their classic late 80’s/early 90’s period, which is where their set list focuses in concert.  While “Elevation” rises on the Billboard Dance Club Play chart, the chart-bound zinger on the album belongs to “Sacred”.  Listen below!!

  • Lastly, Tristan Thompson’s “Mistaken” shall return to the chart!  It’s been bumped to being the third single release from Here For You in favour of another song, which I shall be writing about very soon!

The Full Chart

01 01 I’M NOT THE ONLY ONE Sam Smith
02 02 SMILE Mikky Ekko
03 03 AFTERGLOW Harriet
10 04 THANKS FOR NOTHING Brandyn Burnette
05 05 NO FUN The Presets
07 06 MUSIC GODS Davis Redfield featuring Carl Man
09 07 GET TO KNOW YOU Corey Niles featuring Ish
13 08 I WON’T LET YOU GO (Aron Friedman remix) Adam Tyler
20 09 SAY YOU LOVE ME Jessie Ware
04 10 THIS COULD BE SOMETHING Anton Ewald featuring Medina
16 11 UNBREAKABLE Jamie Scott
14 12 ZEPPELIN Eli Lieb
15 13 JUST SAY HELLO Lyonn
17 14 AMNESIA 5 Seconds Of Summer
18 15 CRIMINAL Adam Tyler
06 16 I BELIEVE Bright Light Bright Light
21 17 PLAY FOR ME Chromatone
08 18 STRANGER Chris Malinchak featuring Mikky Ekko
11 19 TIME HAS COME Hannis
12 20 TEN FEET TALL Afrojack featuring Wrabel
23 21 KILLER WHALES Smallpools
25 22 HANG ON TO YOUR LOVE Penguin Prison
New 23 STAGE FRIGHT Jake Barker
New 24 BRANDO Semi-Precious Weapons
19 25 WHEN YOU LEFT ME Sam Dickinson
New 26 LOSING YOU Jane Badler
New 27 THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID The Janoskians
New 28 RESTART Sam Smith
24 29 BIG CITY GIRLS (DON’T FALL IN LOVE WITH SMALL TOWN BOYS) Zorro Blakk
29 30 KNEW YOU BETTER Adam Tyler

Listen for My New Music Pick Of The Week on D-Moos.com!

As many of you are already aware, after many years away from the microphone, I am now pleased to be back as a voice on D-Moos.com Canada’s National Internet Radio Station, which mainly plays a selection of oldies, mostly from the 50’s to the 90’s, with soon to be more intrusions from the 2000’s and other new music.

Do listen in for my New Music Pick of the Week feature on D-Moos.com 8 times per day starting at 2:05 AM EST on Mondays, and while the station is only live in the evenings from 9:00 pm to midnight (with my long-time musical partner in crime “The Musicman” James Rogers), you can hear my voice at other odd times, particularly if you’re an oldies loving night owl on the weekend overnights 🙂

BILLCS Top 30 – #440 – September 22, 2014

Suddenly we move into Fall, and the entire landscape at the top of my chart is changing.  Not unexpectedly, the high energy dance experience that we enjoyed for most of the year is shifting to quieter music with top notch vocal power and three songs that will rule the top of my chart for the next while.

The Top 10

  • The hint from two weeks ago proved to be true.  Sam Smith acquires his 4th number one song of the year on my personal chart with “I’m Not The Only One”, moving up 4-1.  This is one song that’s grown immeasurably on me from In The Lonely Hour since it was first release.  It’s in fine contention to be one of the top songs of 2014, along with “Stay With Me”, “Money On My Mind”, and “Latch”.  The relentless worldwide touring must be taking its toll – Sam had to cancel his Toronto stop on his tour.

  • The fastest riser is right behind, and it’s “Smile” by Mikky Ekko, bounding 17-2, certain to be #1 whenever “I’m Not The Only One” concedes.  The singer is touring with Alt-J, which is already seeing sold out shows across the country, including the Toronto stop on November 11.

Harriet’s rich vocal tones send “Afterglow” from 6 to 3.  It’s from her fine 3 song EP What’s Mine Is Yours, containing the solid pop song of the same name, plus a cover of Judie Tzuke’s “If (When You Go)”, and they’re all grandly produced by Steve Anderson.

  • “This Could Be Something” by Anton Ewald & Medina is proving to be enduring, slipping 2-4, just can’t get the ‘oooh oooh’s’ out of my head yet!
  • Davis Redfield & Carl Man’s “Music Gods” moves up 9-7, ever so eyeing the Top 50 in two weeks amid fierce competition.

  • It’s Mikky Ekko again at #8, this time as featured voice on Chris Malinchak’s funky club song “Stranger”, rising 11-8.

  • “Get To Know You” by Corey Niles & Ish is picking up in radio airplay across Canada!  The infectious and tightly produced song climbs 12-9.

  • From the forthcoming album The Couch Surfing Chronicles, Brandyn Burnette’s “Thanks For Nothing” moves 15-10.  Brandyn’s one well-grounded old soul kind of guy and his tweets are well worth your perusal!  He plays in L.A on Monday September 22 at the Hotel Cafe.  Take a look at his “Life’s A Beach” video below – it will make you smile!

On The Way Up

  • The remix of Adam Tyler’s 2011 single “I Won’t Let You Go” in an Aron Friedman remix is once again on its way to the Top 10, where it previously peaked at #5.  Also climbing is the Paul Hetherington-produced “Criminal”, up 23-18.  You can preview a new single featuring Adam further down below 🙂

  • The positive folk/pop of Knoxville, TN based singer Lyonn (aka Tyler Gelrud) continues to flourish as “Just Say Hello” climbs 20-15.

  • Soon to make an international breakthrough is Graffiti6 singer Jamie Scott with his latest single “Unbreakable”, from his upcoming album My Hurricane.  The song jumps 24-16.  Watch the new heart-stirring video above.

  • Slick R&B/pop from Chromatone, with a winning video full of great dancing and choreography, comes in the form of “Play For Me”, which rises 26-21.

Premiering

  • Like many others, I can’t wait till the release of Jessie Ware’s Tough Love album as well as the UK singer’s North American tour, which brings her to Toronto on October 26 (and I’m going YAY).  In the meantime, “Say You Love Me” and its quiet power makes a splash on the chart at #20.  Jessie’s only previous appearance on my chart was on a reissue of Miguel’s “Adorn”, which got to #1 last Fall.  The Tough Love album also features a 70’s R&B flavoured Miguel composition “Kind Of…Sometimes…Maybe”, which you can hear below.
  • As his former #1 “Tidal Wave” is about to depart the chart after a maximum 10 appearances (20 weeks), the latest from 16 year old Tristan Thompson arrives on the chart at #22.  Watch the video for “Mistaken” below.
  • Lastly, it’s a great reason to fall in love with a song you enjoyed the first time around.  Penguin Prison has put a disco spin on his cover of Sade’s first single “Hang On To Your Love”.  It’s available to you as a free download in anticipation of PP’s sophomore album, and bows on the chart at #25.  PP has a great track record on my chart – “Hang On” is his 7th entry, plus he’s been featured on one other Top 5 song (RAC’s “Hollywood”) and remixed four songs (by Jamiroquai, The Temper Trap’s #1 “Resurrection”, Ghost Beach, and Lana Del Rey).

Extra! Extra!

Here’s what Adam Tyler’s up to in his spare time.  His 19 year old producer friend Mi Disguise has featured him on the exuberant “Alive”, which has loads of dance club potential.  You can preview this new song below.  Enjoy!

The Full Chart

Listen to the songs or watch the videos using the links on the pictures on the pretty and detailed web edition of my chart.

04 01 I’M NOT THE ONLY ONE Sam Smith
17 02 SMILE Mikky Ekko
06 03 AFTERGLOW Harriet
02 04 THIS COULD BE SOMETHING Anton Ewald featuring Medina
05 05 NO FUN The Presets
01 06 I BELIEVE Bright Light Bright Light
09 07 MUSIC GODS Davis Redfield featuring Carl Man
11 08 STRANGER Chris Malinchak featuring Mikky Ekko
12 09 GET TO KNOW YOU Corey Niles featuring Ish
15 10 THANKS FOR NOTHING Brandyn Burnette
03 11 TIME HAS COME Hannis
08 12 TEN FEET TALL Afrojack featuring Wrabel
19 13 I WON’T LET YOU GO (Aron Friedman remix) Adam Tyler
16 14 ZEPPELIN Eli Lieb
20 15 JUST SAY HELLO Lyonn
24 16 UNBREAKABLE Jamie Scott
21 17 AMNESIA 5 Seconds Of Summer
23 18 CRIMINAL Adam Tyler
07 19 WHEN YOU LEFT ME Sam Dickinson
New 20 SAY YOU LOVE ME Jessie Ware
26 21 PLAY FOR ME Chromatone
New 22 MISTAKEN Tristan Thompson
28 23 KILLER WHALES Smallpools
10 24 BIG CITY GIRLS (DON’T FALL IN LOVE WITH SMALL TOWN BOYS) Zorro Blakk
New 25 HANG ON TO YOUR LOVE Penguin Prison
13 26 ELECTRIFY THE NIGHT House Rockerz featuring Davis Redfield & Carl Man
14 27 TIDAL WAVE Tristan Thompson
18 28 BOOM CLAP Charli XCX
22 29 KNEW YOU BETTER Adam Tyler
25 30 LITTLE ME (Steve Smart & Wildfunk radio edit) Little Mix

Listen for My New Music Pick Of The Week on D-Moos.com!

As many of you are already aware, after many years away from the microphone, I am now pleased to be back as a voice on D-Moos.com Canada’s National Internet Radio Station, which mainly plays a selection of oldies, mostly from the 50’s to the 90’s, with soon to be more intrusions from the 2000’s and other new music.

Do listen in for my New Music Pick of the Week feature on D-Moos.com 8 times per day starting at 2:05 AM EST on Mondays, and while the station is only live in the evenings from 9:00 pm to midnight (with my long-time musical partner in crime “The Musicman” James Rogers), you can hear my voice at other odd times, particularly if you’re an oldies loving night owl on the weekend overnights 🙂

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    BILLCS Top 30 #439 – September 8/14

    While I have three sharp debuts on this new edition of my personal chart, most of the big activity takes place in the upper half of the chart.  The top of the chart stays the same and all those newcomers from the last few weeks are jammed in line waiting for their turn to advance 🙂

    WordPress also kindly reminded me that it was five years ago that I started this blog! 🙂

    THE TOP 10

    • 1, 2, 3 BLAM!  All held tight by Bright Light Bright Light’s “I Believe”, Anton Ewald & Medina’s “This Could Be Something” (video is right here), and “Time Has Come” by Finland’s Hannis.  Let’s see who’s going to give up their place in two weeks as other songs below will advance!  Bright Light Bright Light also returns to North American for another leg of his tour with Elton John!  Check online for dates!
    • Sam Smith has already had three songs which have reached #1 here this year – “Money On My Mind”, “Latch” (with Disclosure), and “Stay With Me”.  Can he do the same with “I’m Not The Only One”?  It soars 13-4.  What kind of bet would you make? 🙂

    • The Presets are coming back to North America (in Toronto at Danforth Music Hall on October 29), and I’m hoping a new album or EP will follow that tour.  “No Fun” is close to matching the #4 peak of “If I Know You” from 2009 as it climbs 8-5.
    • The fastest riser on the chart, not surprisingly, is last week’s highest debut, the pensive and thoughtful “Afterglow” by new UK sensation Harriet.  It vaults 16-6 and Top 5 is an immediate destination!
    •  I was a bit late on this song but it does resonate long-term!  “Ten Feet Tall” by Afrojack featuring Stephen Wrabel moves up 11-8.
    • Just as former #1 “Electrify The Night” leaves the Top 10, the team of Davis Redfield & Carl Man and their songwriting crew continue on as “Music Gods” leaps 15-9!

    • The fourth song new to the Top 10 is the bouncy and fun “Big City Girls (Don’t Fall In Love With Small Town Boys)” by the mysterious Zorro Blakk at #10.

    ON THE RISE

    • Some nice five point jumps happening for three songs.  The fine collab between Corey Niles & Ish on “Get To Know You” soars 17-12 (already matching the peak of “Rollercoaster”!), while Brandyn Burnette’s entertaining kiss-off “Thanks For Nothing” and Eli Lieb’s retro-pop “Zeppelin” move up 20-15 and 21-16 respectively!

    • Other recent entries seem to be off to slower starts but could pick up in the coming weeks.  So there are three point moves for the re-entry of Adam Tyler’s “I Can’t Let You Go” in an Aron Friedman remix (22-19), Nashville-based singer Lyonn with “Just Say Hello” (23-20) (below), and Aussie sensations 5SOS with “Amnesia” (24-21).

    • The remaining two of last week’s debuts are also off to deceiving starts – “Criminal” by Adam Tyler climbs 27-23 and Jamie Scott’s “Unbreakable” (below) rises 28-24, but they should also get into full gear on subsequent charts!

     PREMIERING

    • Mikky Ekko’s “Smile” is one of the most stunning new songs of the year and arrives at #17.  Its sights are set for #1 so watch out!  Mikky’s also featured on Chris Malinchak’s funky and fresh “Stranger” at #11.

    • “Play For Me” by Chromatone debuts at #26 for the talented singer/songwriter/dancer.  Be sure to click on the picture on the chart to watch the video, which is filled with all kind of great dance moves and choreography.

    • The last debut is “Killer Whales” by Smallpools at #28, which I first heard in concert when they opened for Neon Trees this summer.  The quartet initially made the song available for free download, and I’m looking forward to their sophomore album which should arrive this Fall.

    The Full Chart

    Listen to the songs or watch the videos using the links on the pictures on the pretty and detailed web edition of my chart.

    01 01 I BELIEVE Bright Light Bright Light
    02 02 THIS COULD BE SOMETHING Anton Ewald featuring Medina
    03 03 TIME HAS COME Hannis
    13 04 I’M NOT THE ONLY ONE Sam Smith
    08 05 NO FUN The Presets
    16 06 AFTERGLOW Harriet
    07 07 WHEN YOU LEFT ME Sam Dickinson
    11 08 TEN FEET TALL Afrojack featuring Wrabel
    15 09 MUSIC GODS Davis Redfield featuring Carl Man
    12 10 BIG CITY GIRLS (DON’T FALL IN LOVE WITH SMALL TOWN BOYS) Zorro Blakk
    14 11 STRANGER Chris Malinchak featuring Mikky Ekko
    17 12 GET TO KNOW YOU Corey Niles featuring Ish
    04 13 ELECTRIFY THE NIGHT House Rockerz featuring Davis Redfield & Carl Man
    05 14 TIDAL WAVE Tristan Thompson
    20 15 THANKS FOR NOTHING Brandyn Burnette
    21 16 ZEPPELIN Eli Lieb
    New 17 SMILE Mikky Ekko
    06 18 BOOM CLAP Charli XCX
    22 19 I WON’T LET YOU GO (Aron Friedman remix) Adam Tyler
    23 20 JUST SAY HELLO Lyonn
    24 21 AMNESIA 5 Seconds Of Summer
    09 22 KNEW YOU BETTER Adam Tyler
    27 23 CRIMINAL Adam Tyler
    28 24 UNBREAKABLE Jamie Scott
    10 25 LITTLE ME (STEVE SMART & WILDFUNK RADIO EDIT) Little Mix
    New 26 PLAY FOR ME Chromatone
    18 27 LOVE IN THE 21ST CENTURY Neon Trees
    New 28 KILLER WHALES Smallpools
    19 29 TELL IT TO MY HEART Jason Walker featuring Bimbo Jones
    25 30 GOOD NEWS (FOR PEOPLE WHO LOVE BAD NEWS) Zorro Blakk featuring Deniz Olivieri

    Listen for My New Music Pick Of The Week on D-Moos.com!

    As many of you are already aware, after many years away from the microphone, I am now pleased to be back as a voice on D-Moos.com Canada’s National Internet Radio Station, which mainly plays a selection of oldies, mostly from the 50’s to the 90’s, with soon to be more intrusions from the 2000’s and other new music.

    Do listen in for my New Music Pick of the Week feature on D-Moos.com 8 times per day starting at 2:05 AM EST on Mondays, and while the station is only live in the evenings from 9:00 pm to midnight (with my long-time musical partner in crime “The Musicman” James Rogers), you can hear my voice at other odd times, particularly if you’re an oldies loving night owl on the weekend overnights 🙂

    It’s Time for @MikkyEkko with “Smile”

    MIKKY EKKO, “Smile”

    Only recently with his Michael Jackson throwback vocal on Chris Malinchak’s funky and fabulous “Stranger” (currently #14 on my chart) has Mikky Ekko been positioned better for more success, after breaking through on Rihanna’s “Stay” (which he co-wrote) almost two years ago.  His album Time is on deck this Fall, and “Smile” is the new, vibrant single that should be his solo breakthrough.  Not too far off the mark musically or vocally than previous single “Kids”, “Smile” is all about making first impressions no matter what the scenario – it always goes a long way.  It can not only lift you up but also the people around you.  And while the message of the song is also to live each moment until the end, living in the moment also goes a long way for self-esteem, pride, and ultimately love and affection.  Time should be on your must-listen list, and it looks like Mikky will be on a short tour (including Toronto, my city 🙂 ) in November and December.  Mikky Ekko has a diverse voice which makes him the chameleon go-to guy when you want something a little different but full of meaning and promise.  You can buy “Smile” on iTunes.

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    BILLCS Top 30 #438 – August 25/14

    This post will be about the highlights on the chart, as there is so much going on, with so much good new music find its way onto the chart too that others are making a quick exit.  Plus there’s a rare event as a past hit re-enters the chart in a remixed version!

    The New #1

    Bright Light Bright Light gets his latest #1 (only his 5th since 2010 😉 ) with “I Believe”, from his sophomore album Life Is Easy.  Past #1’s were “A New Word To Say”, “Love Part II”, “Waiting For The Feeling”, and the song that will follow “I Believe” as the next single from the album, “An Open Heart” (released on last year’s In Your Care EP).  Rod (aka BLx2) will be on tour in England soon and then back to the US for more shows later in the year.

    The Rest of the Top 20

    • “This Could Be Something” by Anton Ewald featuring Medina is one of the year’s ear-creepers as it advances to #2, matching Anton’s previous peak last year with the still-exhilarating “Begging”.
    • One of the year’s most unexpected pleasures is the europop/dubstep mix in “Time Has Come” by Finnish singer Hannis.  It moves up to #3!
    • Sam Dickinson is one busy lad in the UK, set to perform a number of dates to promote the deluxe edition of his album The Stories That Occurred.  “When You Left Me” will grab you from its first note, and it climbs 10-7, surpassing the previous #8 peak of last year’s equally riveting “Learn To Wait”.

    • The Presets are in fine funky form with “No Fun”, the Aussie duo’s latest and one of their most interesting songs to date.  And I’m so pleased they’re coming back to North America for a Fall tour, so I’m hoping to catch them in Toronto on October 29 at the Danforth Music Hall this time.  It’s been 5 years since I saw their show in California and I’m itching to hear the songs in concert that they’ve released since that time!!

    Movin’ On Up

    • It’s absolutely no surprise that Sam Smith’s “I’m Not The Only One” is the fastest riser, jumping 22-13.  It’s simply a classic pop song just like “Stay With Me” and is set to follow suit up my chart and others!

    • “Stranger” by Chris Malinchak & Mikky Ekko debuted just outside of the Top 40 in the UK this week, and I’m hoping interest will continue in this gorgeously sung and produced song.  It moves up 18-14 and Mikky Ekko is set to release his debut album, which he previewed in concert in Times Square recently!
    • “Electrify The Night” leaves #1 after a month at the top, but the other collaboration by Davis Redfield & Carl Man, “Music Gods”, is on its own way up the chart, advancing 19-15.

    • Canadians Corey Niles and Ish and their busy hip hop/pop song “Get To Know You” are all fired up and climbing, this week up a massive 25-17!

    • I thought we’d hear more about what was next (besides more touring) for Neon Trees after the success of “Sleeping With A Friend” from their album Pop Psychology.  In my chart world, “Love in the 21st Century” continues to rise, up 20-18.

    • Singer/songwriters Brandyn Burnette and Eli Lieb have good things going on with their latest single.  Brandyn’s kiss off “Thanks For Nothing” moves 26-20 and Eli’s reminiscence of those special times listening to “Zeppelin” climbs 27-21.

    Four Debuts!

    The chart continues to be a revolving door for new music lately – it’s all soooo good!

    • I wrote about her EP What’s Mine Is Yours just the other day, but I’ve been waiting so long to chart Harriet’s “Afterglow” – I won’t chart songs until they are officially available for purchase/download.  Nonetheless, “Afterglow” makes a huge splash at #16 – a must for your ears in 2014!
    • While his “Knew You Better” holds at #9 this week, I mentioned two weeks ago that songs from Adam Tyler’s Shattered Ice deluxe edition have been quietly waiting for their turn on the chart.  And with this edition there’s a double whammy.  First, a rarity:  “I Won’t Let You Go” returns after 3 years in a brilliant downtempo house-y remix by Aron Friedman that almost sounds like a new song.  It returns at #22 and we’ll have to see if it matches the #5 peak of the original.  It also may end up being the longest-lasting song on the chart as a re-entry if it lasts 9 appearances.  The record for a re-entry is currently held by Ryan Star’s “Last Train Home”, which had 17 appearances in two separate chart runs.  Then we have an insanely catchy new one, produced by Australia’s Paul Hetherington called “Criminal”, which I think should be the next single after “Knew You Better”.  “Criminal” arrives at #27.
    • Debuting at #28 is Jamie Scott’s “Unbreakable”, which sounds like it could be a Fall smash with its emotional story and solid vocal performance from the singer of Graffiti6.  Jamie’s album My Hurricane is on deck for October.

    The Full Chart

    Listen to the songs or watch the videos using the links on the pictures on the pretty and detailed web edition of my chart.

    08 01 I BELIEVE Bright Light Bright Light
    03 02 THIS COULD BE SOMETHING Anton Ewald featuring Medina
    05 03 TIME HAS COME Hannis
    01 04 ELECTRIFY THE NIGHT House Rockerz featuring Davis Redfield & Carl Man
    02 05 TIDAL WAVE Tristan Thompson
    07 06 BOOM CLAP Charli XCX
    10 07 WHEN YOU LEFT ME Sam Dickinson
    14 08 NO FUN The Presets
    09 09 KNEW YOU BETTER Adam Tyler
    04 10 LITTLE ME (Steve Smart & Wildfunk radio edit) Little Mix
    13 11 TEN FEET TALL Afrojack featuring Wrabel
    15 12 BIG CITY GIRLS (DON’T FALL IN LOVE WITH SMALL TOWN BOYS) Zorro Blakk
    22 13 I’M NOT THE ONLY ONE Sam Smith
    18 14 STRANGER Chris Malinchak featuring Mikky Ekko
    19 15 MUSIC GODS Davis Redfield featuring Carl Man
    New 16 AFTERGLOW Harriet
    25 17 GET TO KNOW YOU Corey Niles featuring Ish
    20 18 LOVE IN THE 21ST CENTURY Neon Trees
    06 19 TELL IT TO MY HEART Jason Walker featuring Bimbo Jones
    26 20 THANKS FOR NOTHING Brandyn Burnett
    27 21 ZEPPELIN Eli Lieb
    Re-entry 22 I WON’T LET YOU GO (Aron Friedman remix) Adam Tyler
    28 23 JUST SAY HELLO Lyonn
    29 24 AMNESIA 5 Seconds Of Summer
    11 25 GOOD NEWS (FOR PEOPLE WHO LOVE BAD NEWS) Zorro Blakk featuring Deniz Olivieri
    12 26 MIRACLE E-Mute
    New 27 CRIMINAL Adam Tyler
    New 28 UNBREAKABLE Jamie Scott
    16 29 YOUR LOVE FADES AWAY Simone Denny
    17 30 TRUST IT Nick Hagelin

    Listen for My New Music Pick Of The Week on D-Moos.com!

    As many of you are already aware, after many years away from the microphone, I am now pleased to be back as a voice on D-Moos.com Canada’s National Internet Radio Station, which mainly plays a selection of oldies, mostly from the 50’s to the 90’s, with soon to be more intrusions from the 2000’s and other new music.

    Do listen in for my New Music Pick of the Week feature on D-Moos.com 8 times per day starting at 2:05 AM EST on Mondays, and while the station is only live in the evenings from 9:00 pm to midnight (with my long-time musical partner in crime “The Musicman” James Rogers), you can hear my voice at other odd times, particularly if you’re an oldies loving night owl on the weekend overnights 🙂

    BILLCS Top 30 #437 – August 11, 2014

    The vacation season is almost as busy as being at work, though with Robin Williams’ passing last night it didn’t seem appropriate to post anything amid the sadness.

    But on we go, to a new personal chart with six new contenders premiering, four of which I’ve already written about!

    The Top 10

    • My Top 2 songs stay the same.  House Rockerz/Davis Redfield/Carl Man continue to light up the chart with “Electrify The Night” at #1, while former #1 Tristan Thompson hangs at #2 with “Tidal Wave”.  Tristan’s coming to Toronto for a benefit performance in a few weeks so I’ll keep you posted on that!
    • Eyeing the top spot for two weeks from now is the brilliant pairing of Sweden’s Anton Ewald with Denmark’s Medina on “This Could Be Something”, from Anton’s EP On My Way.  There’s truly international potential for this one, hopefully it can still break out of the Nordic countries!
    • New to the Top 5 at #5 is Finland’s Hannis with her europop/dubstep beauty, “Time Has Come”, one of the most different and alluring songs of 2014.
    • Charli XCX’s “Boom Clap” from “The Fault In Our Stars” appears to be headed for #1 in many places around the world and will become one of 2014’s defining pop songs.  It climbs to #7 this week.  It might be the best song Roxette never wrote! *Hums “Joyride*
    • The fastest riser once again on the chart is no stranger to that accolade, Bright Light Bright Light, with “I Believe” from his new album Life Is Easy, climbing 16-8.  “An Open Heart”, which got to #1 earlier in the year on my chart through its appearance on the In Your Care EP, will be the next official single release from the album.  Woooohoooo!

    • I’m so torn between two or three other songs from the Deluxe Edition of Shattered Ice that another Adam Tyler song will have to wait for two more weeks to appear on the chart.  In the meantime, leading the way is the single “Knew You Better” – love all of the Madonna-ish French dialogue – rising 13-9.
    • Right behind, after releasing his Deluxe Edition of The Stories That Occurred last week on iTunes, is Sam Dickinson, receiving his second Top 10 placing on this chart with “When You Left Me”, moving up 14-10.

    Movin’ On Up

    A bit of a log jam happening for some fine songs, with a couple of last chart’s debuts making headway and looking to climb more in the next few weeks!

    • “Ten Feet Tall”, the affecting collaboration by Afrojack and Wrabel, climbs 20-13 – does anyone else think the melody sounds a bit like Marc Cohn’s “Walking In Memphis” at times?

    • Despite its title, “No Fun” by The Presets is indeed a fun, funky, grooving ride, full of great effects and a fine vocal.  It rises 21-14.

    • Zorro Blakk’s second chart entry, the bouncy “Big City Girls (Don’t Fall In Love With Small Town Boys)”, continues to move up after “Good News (For People Who Love Bad News)” peaked at #7 on the last chart.  “Big City Girls” jumps 18-15.
    • Look for “Stranger” by Chris Malinchak featuring Mikky Ekko (22-18), “Music Gods” by Davis Redfield featuring Carl Man (23-19), and “Love In The 21st Century” by Neon Trees (25-20) to break out more in two weeks.

    A Half Dozen New Arrivals

    •  Sam Smith’s “I’m Not The Only One” debuts at #22.  It wasn’t what I expected as a follow up single to “Stay With Me” but it could do as well on the charts.  It’s also accompanied by a terrific and sometimes hard-to-watch video featuring “Glee”‘s Dianna Agron.  Give it a watch at the top of the post.
    • Corey Niles has his second chart entry with a rollicking slice of hip hop/pop, “Get To Know You”, featuring fellow Toronto rapper Ish.  It bows at #25.

    • It’s all about the hook and Brandyn Burnette knows how to write ’em.  It takes a couple of listens but “Thanks For Nothing” is a no-brainer winner.  It arrives at #26.

    • Remember those times spent with friends and rocking out to your favourite performers?  Eli Lieb makes it an emotional memory fest with “Zeppelin” at #27.

    • Talented Knoxville TN-based newcomer Lyonn arrives with “Just Say Hello” at #28 from his EP Promenade.  Huge thumbs up for the adorable and sincere accompanying video.

    • All of a sudden 5SOS are one of the biggest bands in the world.  The Aussie quartet lands on the chart for a second time as “She Looks So Perfect” exits with the pretty pop/rock ballad “Amnesia” at #29.

    The Full Chart

    Listen to the songs or watch the videos using the links on the pictures on the pretty and detailed web edition of my chart.

    01 01 ELECTRIFY THE NIGHT House Rockerz featuring Davis Redfield & Carl Man
    02 02 TIDAL WAVE Tristan Thompson
    05 03 THIS COULD BE SOMETHING Anton Ewald featuring Medina
    04 04 LITTLE ME (Steve Smart & Wildfunk radio edit) Little Mix
    06 05 TIME HAS COME Hannis
    03 06 TELL IT TO MY HEART Jason Walker featuring Bimbo Jones
    08 07 BOOM CLAP Charli XCX
    16 08 I BELIEVE Bright Light Bright Light
    13 09 KNEW YOU BETTER Adam Tyler
    14 10 WHEN YOU LEFT ME Sam Dickinson
    07 11 GOOD NEWS (FOR PEOPLE WHO LOVE BAD NEWS) Zorro Blakk featuring Deniz Olivieri
    12 12 MIRACLE E-Mute
    20 13 TEN FEET TALL Afrojack featuring Wrabel
    21 14 NO FUN The Presets
    18 15 BIG CITY GIRLS (DON’T FALL IN LOVE WITH SMALL TOWN BOYS) Zorro Blakk
    17 16 YOUR LOVE FADES AWAY Simone Denny
    19 17 TRUST IT Nick Hagelin
    22 18 STRANGER Chris Malinchak featuring Mikky Ekko
    23 19 MUSIC GODS Davis Redfield featuring Carl Man
    25 20 LOVE IN THE 21ST CENTURY Neon Trees
    09 21 HEY I DON’T KNOW Kongos
    New 22 I’M NOT THE ONLY ONE Sam Smith
    10 23 STAY WITH ME Sam Smith
    11 24 THE DAY YOU LEFT Convulsic
    New 25 GET TO KNOW YOU Corey Niles featuring Ish
    New 26 THANKS FOR NOTHING Brandyn Burnett
    New 27 ZEPPELIN Eli Lieb
    New 28 JUST SAY HELLO Lyonn
    New 29 AMNESIA 5 Seconds Of Summer
    24 30 BACK HOME Andy Grammer

    Listen for My New Music Pick Of The Week on D-Moos.com!

    As many of you are already aware, after many years away from the microphone, I am now pleased to be back as a voice on D-Moos.com Canada’s National Internet Radio Station, which mainly plays a selection of oldies, mostly from the 50’s to the 90’s, with soon to be more intrusions from the 2000’s and other new music.

    Do listen in for my New Music Pick of the Week feature on D-Moos.com 8 times per day starting at 2:05 AM EST on Mondays, and while the station is only live in the evenings from 9:00 pm to midnight (with my long-time musical partner in crime “The Musicman” James Rogers), you can hear my voice at other odd times, particularly if you’re an oldies loving night owl on the weekend overnights 🙂

    BILLCS Top 30 #436 – July 28/14

    I’m a tad late due to vacationing in New York City but there’s plenty brewing on the new chart that’s of interest!!

    Fancy That, Another New #1

    It’s probably one of the more obscure songs to top my chart, but you owe it to yourself to check out “Electrify The Night” by House Rockerz, Davis Redfield and vocalist Carl Man below.  It’s one energetic romp with great lyrics that will connect to the music lover and club goer inside you 🙂  Right now, I’m only aware of it being available on a European dance compilation “House Rockerz – Feiern ist wichtig! Vol. 2” released by Kontor Records.

    The Rest of the Top 10

    • That clever, swirling Steve Smart & Wildfunk remix of “Little Me” by Little Mix finds its way to the dance-filled Top 5 at #4!
    • I’m hoping that the fun “This Could Be Something” by Sweden’s Anton Ewald and Denmark’s Medina finds its way to international clubs and radio, it’s too irresistible to pass up.  It climbs 9 to 5 🙂  Watch the video right here!  I don’t know why it can’t be made available on You Tube or Vevo…
    • The last chart’s fastest riser, “Time Has Come” by Finland’s Hannis, makes another big bold move 13-6, and should find itself easily in the Top 5 in two weeks.
    • “Good News (For People Who Love Bad News)” (below) takes Zorro Blakk & fellow vocalist Deniz Olivieri to a new peak of #7!  El Zorro is also moving up the chart further down with “Big City Girls (Don’t Fall In Love With Small Town Boys)” at #18 as well!
    • Also new to the Top 10 are Charli XCX’s soon-to-be-seminal-summer-song “Boom Clap” at #8, and Kongos’ rollicking “Hey I Don’t Know” at #9 🙂

    Movin’ On Up

    •  UK alt.rock performer E-Mute’s intense, rocking “Miracle” climbs up a few more notches to #12!
    • Don’t be surprised if more songs from Adam Tyler’s deluxe edition of Shattered Ice start appearing on the chart soon!  In the meantime, “Knew You Better” continues to rise up 18-13.
    • Sam Dickinson’s deluxe edition of The Stories That Occurred is coming soon, and just ahead of that is the classic-sounding “When You Left Me”, moving up the chart 19-14.
    • The fastest riser on the chart is no surprise at all, “I Believe” (27-16), the new single by Bright Light Bright Light from his album Life Is Easy.  North American audiences will now be able to see Bright Light Bright Light open for Elton John on select dates 😀
    • We should see Simone Denny’s new album The Stereo Dynamite Sessions Volume One later in the year, but for now enjoy the change of pace for her with the torch ballad “Your Love Fades Away”, climbing 20-17.  It’s available on iTunes.
    • Two of the three performers at #1 this week have their own collaboration jumping up 28-23 – “Music Gods” by Davis Redfield and UK singer Carl Man.  This one’s available on iTunes.

    New to the Chart

    I’ve written about all three recently, so that’s always a good sign for songs to start appearing on the chart 🙂

    • Dutch producer/DJ Afrojack and American singer/songwriter (Stephen) Wrabel collaborate on “Ten Feet Tall”, bowing at #20, it’s gorgeous and affecting lyrical dance-pop which I still think you will hear soon on your local Top 40 radio station.
    • “No Fun” by Australian duo The Presets is more fun than a lot of songs you will hear right now.  It’s got a great playful funky groove to it that’s different from the lads’ last efforts, while retaining the big stadium-like anthemic feel of many of their songs.  It arrives at #21 as a single available on iTunes.
    • Another slice of funky business, early 80’s style, is “Stranger” by New York producer/DJ Chris Malinchak, pairing up with versatile Mikky Ekko, who has never sounded so soulful.  It debuts at #22.

    The full chart can be found further down the page…

    Listen for My New Music Pick Of The Week on D-Moos.com!

    As many of you are already aware, after many years away from the microphone, I am now pleased to be back as a voice on D-Moos.com Canada’s National Internet Radio Station, which mainly plays a selection of oldies, mostly from the 50’s to the 90’s, with soon to be more intrusions from the 2000’s and other new music.

    Do listen in for my New Music Pick of the Week feature on D-Moos.com 8 times per day starting at 2:05 AM EST on Mondays, and while the station is only live in the evenings from 9:00 pm to midnight (with my long-time musical partner in crime “The Musicman” James Rogers), you can hear my voice at other odd times, particularly if you’re an oldies loving night owl on the weekend overnights 🙂

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    The Full Chart

    Listen to the songs or watch the videos using the links on the pictures on the pretty and detailed web edition of my chart.

    02 01 ELECTRIFY THE NIGHT House Rockerz featuring Davis Redfield & Carl Man
    01 02 TIDAL WAVE Tristan Thompson
    03 03 TELL IT TO MY HEART Jason Walker featuring Bimbo Jones
    06 04 LITTLE ME (Steve Smart & Wildfunk radio edit) Little Mix
    09 05 THIS COULD BE SOMETHING Anton Ewald featuring Medina
    13 06 TIME HAS COME Hannis
    08 07 GOOD NEWS (FOR PEOPLE WHO LOVE BAD NEWS) Zorro Blakk featuring Deniz Olivieri
    11 08 BOOM CLAP Charli XCX
    12 09 HEY I DON’T KNOW Kongos
    04 10 STAY WITH ME Sam Smith
    07 11 THE DAY YOU LEFT Convulsic
    14 12 MIRACLE E-Mute
    18 13 KNEW YOU BETTER Adam Tyler
    19 14 WHEN YOU LEFT ME Sam Dickinson
    05 15 PROXY Martin Garrix
    27 16 I BELIEVE Bright Light Bright Light
    20 17 YOUR LOVE FADES AWAY Simone Denny
    23 18 BIG CITY GIRLS (DON’T FALL IN LOVE WITH SMALL TOWN BOYS) Zorro Blakk 
    21 19 TRUST IT Nick Hagelin
    New 20 TEN FEET TALL Afrojack featuring Wrabel
    New 21 NO FUN The Presets
    New 22 STRANGER Chris Malinchak featuring Mikky Ekko
    28 23 MUSIC GODS Davis Redfield featuring Carl Man
    10 24 BACK HOME Andy Grammer
    29 25 LOVE IN THE 21ST CENTURY Neon Trees
    15 26 NOT IN THAT WAY Sam Smith
    17 27 TEENAGER IN LOVE Neon Trees
    22 28 ME AND MY BROKEN HEART Rixton
    16 29 THIS IS DIRTY DVBBS & MOTi
    26 30 SHE LOOKS SO PERFECT 5 Seconds Of Summer

    Funkytune: “Stranger” by @ChrisMalinchak featuring @MikkyEkko

    CHRIS MALINCHAK featuring MIKKY EKKO, “Stranger”

    “Stranger” is about to put that funky groove back into the hot summer months for you.  On a totally 80’s/90’s retro tip, with particular reference to Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, and Mary J. Blige, NYC producer/DJ Chris Malinchak follows up his worldwide smash “So Good To Me” with a song that will make heads turn.  The song features the gifted voice of Mikky Ekko, the Louisiana-born singer who wowed us on Rihanna’s “Stay” and his own follow-up single “Kids”.  “Stranger” is completely unlike those songs and is really a fresh start for Mikky.  Look for “Stranger” to be one of the most welcome surprises of the summer.  It’s an uncharacteristic collaboration but I think will be the start of more between Chris Malinchak and Mikky Ekko.  It’s available on iTunes.

    Published in: on June 22, 2014 at 10:08 pm  Leave a Comment  
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    Remixes Galore: The Rise of @MonsieurAdi

    MONSIEUR ADI, Remixes and “What’s Going On” (featuring A*M*E)

    Beyoncé, “Grown Woman”; Mikky Ekko, “Kids”; Bastille, “Pompeii”; Capital Cities, “Safe & Sound”; Seal, “Crazy”; Jamie N Commons, “Rumble Away”; Say Lou Lou, “Julian”; Swiss Lips, “U Got The Power”; Laura Mvula, “Green Garden”; Lana Del Rey, “Summertime Sadness”; Don Diablo featuring Noonie Bao, “M1 Stinger”; Lana Del Rey, “Born To Die”.

    I’m so very pleased to have heard the rise of 26 year old French producteur, remixeur, et magicien des electroniques, Monsieur Adi, over the past three years with his own songs like “We Are The Romans” and the aggressive instrumental “Chariot”, as well as initial remixes like the heavily 80’s flavoured “Situation” by New York singer Javi Silva.

    Since that time, le Monsieur has gradually become the go-to-guy for unique and very personalized remixes for the likes of Ellie Goulding, Darren Hayes (who have both lavished praise upon him in social media), and Lana Del Rey among others.  He released his own EP last year called Fire Fire Fire, and it’s all resulting in an hour long A-list of remixes (which you can hear streamed above) as well as enhancing songs by newer performers like Swiss Lips and Say Lou Lou.

    In particular, I’m really impressed with his takes on the new Beyoncé song “Grown Woman”, and Mikky Ekko’s solo bid for stardom after being featured in Rihanna’s “Stay”, “Kids”.  His remix of “Pompeii” by Bastille got me into that song, and it looks like the same will happen with the current hit “Safe & Sound” by Capital Cities.  But most outstanding of late has been his collaboration with young UK-based chart topper A*M*E, “What’s Going On”, below, which completely transforms one of my favourite late 80’s smashes, Soul II Soul’s “Back To Life”, with A*M*E amply filling the big shoes of Caron Wheeler.  SMASH.  And more to come, OUI OUI! 🙂