Singer/actor @ReeveCarney’s diverse album “Youth Is Wasted” yields rhythmic and radio-ready “Truth”

REEVE CARNEY, “Truth”

While you may not know his name, you’ve almost certainly seen singer and actor Reeve Carney in recent years (his great uncle was Oscar-winner and comedian Art Carney).  I first wrote about him back in 2011 when he won the lead on Broadway as Spider-man, whose theatrical soundtrack offered the uplifting and catchy “Rise Above 1” as a single featuring Bono and The Edge from U2 (I saw the fine play when I was in NYC but Reeve didn’t perform that evening).  He’s played on and off in New York with his brother in their band Carney, and has more recently become better known as Dorian Gray in HBO’s “Penny Dreadful” and bringing a new spin to Riff Raff in the TV remake of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” last year.  But Reeve has never been away from music, having built his own studio, and his debut album Youth Is Wasted was released late last year.  It’s full of jazz-tinged, classic-rock-bred originals with a unique whimsical side – Rod Stewart meets Amy Winehouse via Paul McCartney.  My favourite song this far is an album track called “Truth”, a rhythmic, somewhat bluesy, but lyrically edgy song that shows off Reeve’s alternately soft or raspy but wide-ranging voice, reminding me a lot of Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham, and it’s very radio-friendly.  Reeve is currently on tour supporting Youth Is Wasted, so get a taste of what he has to offer by checking out “Truth” at the Spotify link above.

Reeve Carney plays The Drake Hotel in Toronto on Saturday, May 27 and I will be there 🙂

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Published in: on May 21, 2017 at 5:37 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Troubled” is shiny emotional pop/dance from @iamtheElephante featuring @iamDebsDaughter

ELEPHANTE featuring DEB’S DAUGHTER, “Troubled”

After touring the hell out of North America since last Fall, L.A.-based Elephante follows up his well-received EP I Am The Elephante with a new original, “Troubled”, featuring fellow L.A.-based singer Deb’s Daughter, who has recently collaborated with Audien as well as scoring a Billboard club play #1 with Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike and Diplo on “Hey Baby”. “Troubled” is a fine emotional song with a folk edge to it, which is ultimately carried by a shiny chorus that will make you sway away.  I like to hear different voices in dance music and Elephante is certainly bringing that to the table with many of his songs. Deb’s Daughter has an earthy Sheryl Crow meets Wynonna Judd vibe about her voice and it totally suits the song.  “Troubled” may not have as much wow-factor as last year’s “Closer” or “Plans” but it’s definitely got me intrigued to see where Elephante is headed next.  Give it a spin at the Spotify link above.

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Published in: on May 21, 2017 at 5:36 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Chicago-bred NYC-based newcomer @iaminverness fuels summer pop with “Working On You”

inverness, “Working On You”

Naming himself after the Chicago-area village where he grew up, NYC-based inverness is definitely waving the ‘here comes summer’ flag with the bright and buoyant “Working On You” for the BonFire label.  Having worked recently with the likes of KRANE and SoupAndreas, the traditionally-trained inverness is carving his own path with some soulful 80’s influences – specifically think dashes of new jack swing – in “Working On You”.  Blend that with a contemporary bounce and a confident, almost Broadway-sounding vocal and the result is something a touch different in the pop/dance vein that will stand out in a large crowd.  I’m sure we’ll be hearing much more from inverness, so now’s the time to check out “Working On You” at the link above.

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Published in: on May 21, 2017 at 5:36 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Enigmatic @Meatportmusic premieres with bold and wild “The Troll”

MEATPORT, “The Troll”

Enigmatic producer/DJ Meatport premieres with “The Troll” via Vinyl City.  It’s a bold, wild ride of a song that straddles fun as much as it might infuriate you with its alternately ominous and goofy chorus.  Musically it surfs a seriously ambitious wave of 90’s techno-house colliding with drum ‘n bass and trap elements along the way – put early Armand Van Helden and DaRude in a room with Martin Garrix and Pegboard Nerds and you might get a sense of where the song might head for you.  And if you’re game – well, welcome to the #MeatFam with much more zaniness to come, meat-helmet included 🙂 There is no second-guessing that Meatport knows his craft well!  Check out the tight radio edit up top or the full enchilada with all of the hot sauce and jalapeño peppers below, and pick it up at your favourite digital store.

Published in: on May 17, 2017 at 10:25 pm  Leave a Comment  
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A refreshing, bright house remix by @Christofimusic peppers @Transvioletband’s “Future”

TRANSVIOLET, “Future” (Christofi remix) (free DL)

It’s easy for producers and remixers to get comfortable in one genre and repeat the formula that gave them their greatest success.  Michael Christofi is certainly a producer/DJ to watch, particularly with recent remixes of songs by Elohim and Opia as well as his own originals, and walls of genre and sub-genre don’t seem to matter much to him.  Here he accentuates the vibrant but softer alt.pop of “Future” by L.A.-based quartet Transviolet, who you may have seen on tour with Mikky Ekko or LANY within the last year or so. Christofi has peppered the song with enough of a bright, bouncy house vibe that clubs should easily embrace this remix.  Fans of the song will enjoy how true Christofi has also stayed to the melody and intent of “Future” in this official remix, as well as to vocalist Sarah’s unique style.  You can also see Transviolet this month if you’re in LA as they play some local shows.  Check it out at the link above and get it for free.

Published in: on May 17, 2017 at 10:11 pm  Leave a Comment  
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#BILLCSTop30 #509 – May 15/17

For the first time since March, following “Something Just Like This” by The Chainsmokers and Coldplay, which stayed up top for 4 appearances (8 weeks) as did Brandon Skeie’s “So Bad” last summer, there is a new #1 on the BILLCS Top 30, and a few more contenders bubbling below!

The Top 10

  • My fellow Torontonians, Loud Luxury and Ryan Shepherd ascend to the top with “Something To Say”, their brilliant deep house rework of Craig David’s “Fill Me In”.  It’s the first time since another fellow Torontonian finished out 2016 at #1, that being The Weeknd with Daft Punk and “Starboy”.
  • Mahalo and Cat Lewis continue to rise in the Top 5 as the rollicking “WTFYWF” arrives at #3.
  • One of the most unique songs out there in every good sense of that word is Brandyn Burnette’s “Manifest”, and this song from his third EP Feature Films jumps 7-4.

  • Eyeing the Top 5 and the top of the chart is Alesso’s huge club hit “Falling”, which moves up 10-6.
  • The sweet soul of L.A.’s Axel Mansoor lands in the Top 10 with “Wasted My Love” climbing 12-9.

  • L.A.-based producer Spirix gets his second Top 10 hit here with “Runaway”, featuring pop/hip hop duo Xuitcasecity on vocals, to make an addictive blend of EDM, pop, soul and hip hop.  It bounds into the Top 10 soaring 17-10.

Movin’ On Up

  • Harry Styles looks to be the bona fide pop star formerly of One Direction, as “Sign Of The Times” from his new self-titled album winds its way up to the outskirts of the Top 10, rising 15-11.
  • L.A.-based singer/songwriter Eddy Faulkner is halfway up the chart with his first entry “Cruel”, a slick blend of pop and dance styles with rich production, moving 18-15.
  • Check out Steve Void’s fun new video for “West L.A.” below, as I’m hardly done yet with his previous single “Never Been Better” (above), which climbs 21-16.  The memorable, commanding uncredited vocal is by British singer Grace Tither.

  • The fastest riser on the chart has one of the quirkiest hooks around which will grow on you big time.  With its blend of soulful pop and EDM, Philadelphia duo NiGHTS vault 29-17 with “Party”.
  • NYC’s Andy Suzuki & The Method have announced upcoming tour dates in (natch) NYC, but also Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and Boston, which is always a great way to feel the energy they bring to their music.  “I Need You Now (The More You Leave)” is from their second album The Glass Hour, and rises 24-19.
  • They co-produced “Break Up Every Night”, a song on The Chainsmokers’ album Memories… Do Not Open.  The trio Captain Cuts joins The ‘Smokers on the chart with “Love Like We Used To” (Young Bombs remix), climbing 27-22.

Debuts

  • 25 year old singer/songwriter/producer Charlie Puth is back with a song from his upcoming second album.  “Attention” is as infectious as it gets, with a slightly dirty and soulful rhythm to counter Charlie’s knowing vocal.  It bows at #23 and becomes Charlie’s 4th entry on the chart, the last being “We Don’t Talk Anymore” (with Selena Gomez), which peaked at #5.
  • L.A. producer/DJ Bobby Nourmand grabbed a #1 song here earlier in the year with the crazy “D E E P In NY” (featuring great verses rapped by D.O.C. and Goodmorning).  He returns with the first bright light of summer for those of us in colder climates called “D U S T”.  It’s a mini-epic for a long drive up a sandy beach on a clear night, and bows at #24 – and it’s Bobby’s gift to you as a free download 🙂
  • New to the chart are Germany’s Lars Beck and Henri Purnell with their deep house production “Silent Games” featuring Hawaiian vocalist Zekt at #26.  This mix of EDM, soul and folk styles will catch you immediately and draw you in with Zekt’s classic way of unfolding a story.  You can get “Silent Games” as a free download for a limited time.

View the full BILLCS Top 30 right here, and be sure to click on the photos to hear all of the songs.

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Irresistible “Emily” is another score for original music from @TwoFriendsmusic featuring #JamesDelaney

TWO FRIENDS featuring JAMES DELANEY, “Emily”

“Emily” is the latest rich catchy piece of business from Matt and Eli, aka much-respected and fun L.A. producers Two Friends, who have their friends at Armada Trice working on this one.  Continuing with more originals, like their best works, “Emily” will be irresistible for club-goers and DJ’s, thanks to a gorgeous high end piano chorus which is augmented by the splendidly unique vocals of James Delaney.  It’s not over-burdened by effects, which allows “Emily” to shine for exactly what it is.  You simply won’t be able to get it out of your head – so head over to your favourite digital music store and pick it up.

Published in: on May 12, 2017 at 9:54 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Dance the night away with @CVBZmvsic’s new one “Vicodin”

CVBZ, “Vicodin”

Oregon-bred L.A.-based singer/songwriter CVBZ quickly follows up the inspired Sean Turk ‘bedroom bass’ remix of “Be Like You” with the funky bass rhythm of “Vicodin”.  It’s an intriguing song that will help you launch an evening where you dance the night away.  When you’re done with that and can lend an ear more closely you’ll find so much more in the lyrics that will warrant repeated plays.  Some days you just want to let loose like the big happy guy that decides to breakdance at prom for the first time, or the couple that decides to go skinny dipping late at night.  From the singer himself:

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Whatever your opinion, “Vicodin” is a bold and fun song from CVBZ, offering up a bit of risky business for us all.  Just remember, mom and dad will still love you in the end even if you do mess up the house 🙂

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“Line”, Latvia’s Eurovision entry by @TrianaPark receives a saxxy transformation by @Stan_Sax

TRIANA PARK, “Line” (Stan Sax remix) (free DL)

Germany’s Stan Sax is no stranger to these pages or my personal chart, having one of my favourite songs of the year with “Brothers” as part of duo Saxity, and adding trademark sax work to broaden the appeal of last year’s bubbly but inauspicious “Vague” by Fabian Luttenberger.  “Line” was this year’s Latvian entry for the Eurovision contest by the quartet Triana Park and regrettably this radio-friendly tune, a Top 10 hit in Latvia, didn’t move on to the upcoming finals.  But Mr. Sax has turned “Line” a bit inside-out and sideways, anchoring the song in a slower rhythm which gives it a more alt.rock vibe.  And of course there’s lots and lots of sax, and the melody and rhythm become a much more free-flowing jam session, making it quite the surprise by the end.  I often say that fine songs can receive some drastic but creative transformations and Stan Sax has a winner with “Line”, which you can download for free at the link above.

Your personal tropical house party begins with the @KamauMusic remix of @Faydee’s “Nobody” with @KatDeLuna and #Leftside

FAYDEE featuring LEFTSIDE and KAT DeLUNA, “Nobody” (KWM remix)

For North American audiences, the vibrant summer tunes are starting to emerge, and of course one of the first places they might come from is Australia, where their summer is on the wane.  Faydee’s “Nobody”, featuring dancehall singer Leftside and a shining appearance by Kat DeLuna, is most reminiscent of the same kind of tropical party music that Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull marry together and bring to a concert setting.  So in other words, just don’t think, let go, have a great time and dance it up!  The Kamau World Music (KWM) remix amps up the tropical/dancehall party vibe over the original and somehow makes it even more instantly appealing.  “Nobody” has already had success in Australia and Germany, is definitely one to watch.  It could bring the likeable Faydee more North American success after co-writing and appearing on “I Need Your Love” by Shaggy, Mohombi and Costi, a surprise gold-certified Billboard Hot 100 hit in 2014.  Listen and let loose to the KWM remix above.