Producer @YungBae pairs up with rapper @Channel_Tres for disco and hip hop flavoured electronica of “Wonder”

YUNG BAE and CHANNEL TRES, “Wonder”

Yung Bae’s recent single with UPSAHL called “Woman On The Moon” had its lens on alternative flavoured pop, and his latest release “Wonder” couldn’t be anything more different.  This time with Compton rapper Channel Tres taking the vocal reins, the Portland, Oregon native has opted for a semi-sung hip hop song that charges right in with disco lights and mirror ball ablaze! I could be wrong but I think there is a sample in there too that helps drive the song with its orchestral melody.  “Wonder” is very well crafted, with interesting lyrics and vocal that don’t come off too heavy.  I guess the best thing to bear in mind with the music of Yung Bae is to expect the unexpected and ride those cool grooves.

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Quebec’s @Kayliox is back with the chic house groove of “Lighter” with American singer @JessicaChertock

KAYLIOX x JESSICA CHERTOCK, “Lighter”

After a few rough relationships, we usually change our focus and start looking for someone better.  “Lighter”, by Quebec City native Kayliox and NYC singer/songwriter Jessica Chertock, chronicles that search and zeros in on someone who has that special light inside them.  We already had a splendid taste of Kayliox’s rich house, melodic sound earlier this year with “Lost Control” featuring the voice of Victor Perry.  Jessica Chertock’s lovely voice and adds the golden touch to this production to make it a winner. The song is co-written by her with best buddy Jesse Blumenfeld, and its hopeful lyrics and gentle strokes are exactly what music lovers need right now.  Expect more great things from both Kayliox and Jessica very soon!

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Boston’s @AlmostOwenmusic returns with post-pandemic anthem “State of Mind”

ALMOST OWEN, “State of Mind”

I’ve written about the music of Boston’s indie alt.rocker Almost Owen several times over the past few years. He’s an inventive songwriter, singer and musician who has unique perspectives on life that get translated into song.  I didn’t connect with many of his songs last year, but “State of Mind” is a refreshing and joyous anthem that he wrote as a way to break out of the pandemic rut that we’ve all experienced.  The video is bright and uplifting, and we now get to see an updated visual side of Almost Owen that only makes you want more.  I particularly like his vocal in “State of Mind”, it seems to have drawn some soulful inspiration from Jamie Foxx’s “Blame It”.  All I can ask is for more songs like “State of Mind” please!

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Serbian producers @Vantizofficial bring you soulful and alluring deep house track “Preach”

VANTIZ, “Preach”

Serbian production duo Vantiz have been known over the past few years for their live performances, having played some of the best of them thus far like TomorrowLand, as well as the Ibiza club circuit, and a month long tour in China.  “Preach” is deep down soulful house music, with an alluring uncredited vocal that’s likely a royalty-free “splice” sample, as I’ve heard it before in GRAEY’s “High There”.  Regardless, it’s a very well placed sample, and the guys structure a balanced and ear-catching song with lots of big synths and beats around it.  Vantiz has ongoing support from some of the best like Showtek, Fedde LeGrand and Firebeatz, so a welcome back to live performances is imminent.

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Acclaimed electronic producer Moby @thelittleidiot returns with new album Reprise featuring reworks of his songs like “Natural Blues” with @GregoryPorter and @AmythystKiah

MOBY featuring GREGORY PORTER and AMYTHYST KIAH, “Natural Blues” (reprise)

Much respected electronic dance producer Moby caps a 30 year music career with a new album called Reprise. It reworks many of his more popular songs such as “We Are All Made Of Stars” and “Go”, and features such diverse talent as Kris Kristofferson, Skylar Grey, and on “Natural Blues”, Grammy Award winning jazz/R&B singer Gregory Porter and Grammy-nominated Americana singer Amythyst Kiah of the group Our Native Daughters. You’ll remember  that the hook of the original 2000 version of “Natural Blues” revolved around a sample of classic Blues singer Vera Hall’s “Trouble So Hard”. And while the sample is included in this new take, the potent voices of Gregory and Amythyst take centre stage in an orchestral setting and truly elevate the song. While I will always appreciate the innovation of the original “Natural Blues” 20 years ago, this new version joins it in kind of a tie as my second favourite Moby song (next to the remix of 1995’s “Every Time You Touch Me”). Congratulations to Moby for taking “Natural Blues” to this unexpected next level.

Watch out for Toronto’s @_MaxParkermusic with pop earworm “Good Time”

MAX PARKER, “Good Time”

You won’t find a much more ear-catching pop tune around than “Good Time” by new Toronto pop singer/songwriter Max Parker.  This one is already being played nationally on radio in Canada, much thanks to Max being named as an iHeart Radio Future Star.  Max also previously had one of his songs featured among the Top 12 of one of CBC Radio’s previous Music Searchlight competitions.  So it’s quite clear that  his talent is shining through the rest, and comparisons to the music of fellow Canucks Tyler Shaw, Johnny Orlando or even Justin Bieber are not unwarranted.  Max Parker is definitely one to watch in 2021.

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“Secrets” is crisp, tidy house music from Ireland’s @LeeJamesmusic and English/Irish duo @Gold88music

LEE JAMES and GOLD 88, “Secrets”

While there are a lot of dance music songs that are now much shorter than they used to be in today’s busy music market, a song that’s under three minutes will still get significant notice if it’s tightly packed with all kinds of musical goodness. And the less-is-more theory suits “Secrets” by Ireland’s Lee James and English/Irish producers Gold 88 just fine.  Lee is a popular DJ in Ireland, still in his teens, and he’s got great symmetry with duo Gold 88, who also recently released one of my new favourites called “Give Me That” with Charlie Lane and Kate Wild.  “Secrets” is as crisp and tidy that a house track could be in 2:23 but it’s elongated to 3:07  for clubs, and has a well-kept secret of its own with a sparkling vocal from an uncredited female singer. 

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“Daisies” is a bright, shiny delight from L.A. singer/songwriter RayeRobinson @itsjustraye

RAYE ROBINSON, “Daisies”

L.A.’s Raye Robinson is out to charm you with her new single “Daisies” from an upcoming EP called Crushes & Love Songs.  “Daisies” puts her in a bright, sometimes comical “he loves me, he loves me not” setting, and the song melodically transports me back to classic early 1970’s pop songs sung by Karen Carpenter, Carly Simon and others.  Looking to more contemporary vocal comparisons, Lily Allen and Katy Perry (she of another “Daisies” song) come to mind. Wherever your thoughts might take you, there’s no denying the hook and vocal prowess of “Daisies” should be enough to get Raye Robinson some attention from key music industry tastemakers.

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Pittsburgh-based indie singer/songwriter Bishop Ivy brings touching new pop single “tunnel vision”

BISHOP IVY, “tunnel vision”

Set to a soothing, lilting melody that will stay stuck in your head, Pittsburgh indie singer/songwriter Bishop Ivy returns with “tunnel vision”. This song finds the protagonist in the dilemma where he can’t bring himself to let go of a relationship.  Many other listeners will truly relate as the song starts off as more of a narrative that gradually becomes more affecting right down to the distorted vocal near the end. “tunnel vision” is not the first I’ve heard from Bishop Ivy, in fact his songwriting has grown considerably compared to the others that I’ve heard over the past few years. With songs like “tunnel vision”, Bishop Ivy is sure to find fans who appreciate his down-to-earth style that comes complete with several twists.

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#BILLCSTop30 #615 – June 7/21

It looks like we might have a dancin’ summer after all, as cities start to reopen and concerts and venues begin to be booked.  So be prepared to get your dancin’ shoes on for the five debuts which come aboard to give the chart even more energy than usual!

After four appearances (eight weeks) at #1, there are signs of a replacement for “No More Looking Back” by Idris Elba and Inner City featuring Steffanie Christi’an.  It’s likely my favourite release in 2021 so far but it’s still early to see if another equally strong one will come along during the balance of the year.  I’m also looking forward to any further collaboration between Mssrs Elba and Saunderson (Kevin, he of Inner City fame) which will be very welcome indeed.

Holding snugly at #2 is Mahalo with “Got That Love”, which seems the likely successor at the top to “No More Looking Back”.  We’ll see if that happens in two weeks.

Also making moves with eyes on the top is “Myself In You” (above) by Italy’s Lordnox and NYC’s Victor Perry, which climbs 5-3.  Victor keeps his charting streak going – his songs have been on the chart continuously for the last year, in fact since June 22, 2020!! – also has one of the five debuts which at #25 is his recent collaboration with French producer Kislaw called “Slip Away” (below).  It’s more of a soft and soulful cha cha, which continues to show Victor’s range.

Jessie Ware’s “Please” (above) has zipped right up the chart, this week moving 11-6, so don’t rule it out for the #1 slot either.  Jessie’s already followed it up with “Hot ‘N Heavy” which you can check out below.

The second new edition to the Top 10 is “Morning” by Karen Harding and Shift K3Y, which climbs 12-10.

The Canadian dance project Glass Petals, comprised of Felix Cartal and Johnny Jover, climbs 18-13 with their most recent single, the propulsive deep house track “Heartbeat”.

The Fastest Riser on the chart is the emotional whirlwind called “Sideways” by Illenium featuring vocalist Valerie Broussard as well as fellow producer Nurko.  It soars 24-15, with Illenium’s new album Fallen Embers coming soon.  I’m definitely jealous of lucky fans who can attend Illenium’s “Trilogy” show in Las Vegas on July 3!

The hard hitting “La Di Die” by Nessa Barrett and jxdn lands in the Top 20 as it moves 25-19.

Right behind it is Toronto pop/rock duo Crash Adams with “Symphony” rising 26-20.

Greyson Chance has a new album coming out soon called Trophies and from it is culled his latest single, the seductive and fun “Hellboy”, which moves up 27-22.

The Highest Debut belongs to New Jersey’s Cash Cash with vocalist Alex Newell (who played Unique on “Glee), both first timers on this chart, with “The Feels” at #23.  This massive house banger features vocals by Alex that will blow your socks off.  It’s from Cash Cash’s first album in five years called Say It Like You Feel It, which also includes some of their other singles from the last few years.

Next in line at #24 is “Drown” by Dabin and Mokita.  It’s the second chart entry for Toronto’s Dabin Lee, most often seen in support of Illenium or part of his band, following “Hearts On Fire” (#5, with Illenium and Lights) from earlier this year. Nashville’s Mokita is back in a delightfully different setting, though he has also remixed dance tracks himself and charted here previously with R3HAB.  This is Mokita’s fourth appearance on this chart and first since 2019.

“Give Me That” marks the chart debuts for a bevy of Brits, producers Charlie Lane and Gold 88, and absolutely wicked vocalist Kate Wild.  This is British house music that goes down so easy, and arrives at #29.

Bowing at #30 is a euphoric anthem for the summer, “Hero” by Afrojack and David Guetta.  Ever popular Dutch producer Afrojack first appeared on this chart in 2014 with “Ten Feet Tall” (#8, featuring Wrabel) and you might have seen him on the EuroVision broadcast too, while David Guetta’s first of six previous appearances was in 2004 with “Just A Little More Love” (#7, featuring Chris Willis), though he has been absent from the chart since 2010. He did have my #1 song of 2005, “The World Is Mine” (featuring J.D. Davis).

NEW!! Planet Radio Canada has returned to the interwebs with ‘The Musicman’ James Rogers and his “3D Variety Show” each week for three hours of great music as well as a few features.  Listen to my New Music Pick of the Week (usually featuring a song on the chart) in the second hour of the show.  Tomorrow, the show will feature the music of Nancy Sinatra!  Planet Radio Canada’s “3D Variety Show” is simulcast on http://www.classichits.ca and http://www.radiogta.ca from 6 to 9 pm EST.

The music from this chart and blog are also featured regularly on the online radio station Radio GTA. You can hear their Big 20 on Wednesday evenings, also with ‘The Musicman’ James Rogers, and listen for songs from the chart too 🙂Scroll down the station’s main page to listen to lots of variety from across the decades!  I’m the new music consultant for the station and another project is in the works and coming soon 🙂  You can start by joining Radio GTA’s new interactive Facebook group too!!

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