NYC’s @Reigenmusic sings ear-catching soulful pop with “Rollin”

REIGEN, “Rollin”

NYC’s Reigen Miller has such a big vocal range that it’s always a pleasure to hear such warm restraint in softer songs like “Rollin”.  It’s the recently-blond singer’s first new music since the sexy “Weekend” earlier this year.  “Rollin” is wrapped up in a soulful vocal that shows off Reigen’s higher register and incorporates a repeated bar of falsetto notes which form the hook of the song.  It’s an ideal song for those carefree moments or lazy Sundays when you can just groove along or put your head back and soak them all in.  Reigen continues to offer consistently high quality music like “Rollin” which deserves your attention.  Add it to one of your playlists using the Spotify link above.

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“Weekend” is sexy but earnest chilled out R&B #EDM by NYC’s @Reigenmusic

REIGEN, “Weekend”

NYC singer Reigen continues to diversify his style with “Weekend”.  Like my favourite by him,  the ballad “Come Back To Me”, “Weekend” features a lush, soulful vocal that shows off a lighter, sometimes breathy style that totally suits this new song.  Reigen marries his love of R&B and dance music together with a chilled out backdrop that helps tell the story of a weekend encounter that happens to lead to something more.  With every release, and following some inspiring songs with a lot more force and drive (“Seize The Night”, “Real New Yorker”), Reigen offers a different side to his stories, enhanced by a rich grab bag of vocal talents that will take him far.  “Weekend” is a sexy and earnest introduction for those who don’t already know Reigen’s music.  Watch the video above and pick up the single on iTunes.

Published in: on January 20, 2017 at 10:33 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Do it for love: “Seize The Night” by @Reigenmusic

REIGEN, “Seize The Night”

Though I’ve written about his songs several times since 2014’s “Come Back To Me”, Brooklyn, NYC singer/songwriter/producer Reigen is still one of my blog’s best kept secrets.  As he continues to write more of his repertoire, which consists of R&B-soaked softer songs or punchy dance/EDM, continuing towards a full EP or album release, and performing in his city, to me it’s only a matter of time before that changes.  “Seize The Night” is a beautiful anthemic ode to not holding back for the sake of love.  Make that first kiss, win over that first impression – basically don’t hesitate to seize the moment for love if it feels right.  Reigen has absolutely nothing to lose with this one, it’s a real crowd pleaser on its own, this time in a co-production with Data Child (aka Chrissy Tignor Fisher).  So do get to know Reigen with “Seize The Night” and search this blog for my posts about his other songs and videos, which you can hear/watch on his website.

Published in: on July 30, 2016 at 4:16 pm  Leave a Comment  
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@Reigenmusic offers another taste of 5 Nights In America with the reflective “Feel For You”

REIGEN, “Feel For You”

While NYC singer Reigen’s songs often incorporate dance/EDM vibes, the essence of his songs is pure pop.  From his upcoming 5 Nights In America release is another song to tantalize you called “Feel For You”.  It’s a reflective ode about reconciling your feelings for someone with the inevitable and sometimes unenviable choice of opening a door wider or closing it altogether.  Like Sia (whose “Chandelier” he has covered), Reigen has an unconventional approach to the pop song with his unique and sometimes soulful phrasing, but when “Feel For You” gets to its softer, critical moments, they are straight up bare for all to hear, which makes those parts of the song especially memorable.  The video has the singer escaping the big city to a huge barren field for that reflection.  While we will share in the potentially painstaking decision to be made, we can still dance along and celebrate what has already been.  “Feel For You” wears Reigen’s emotions earnestly on its sleeve.  Watch the well-crafted video above.

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Check out @Reigenmusic’s unique take on @Foreignermusic’s classic “I Want To Know What Love Is”

REIGEN, “I Want To Know What Love Is”

NYC singer Reigen previews upcoming new music with his unique take on Foreigner’s “I Want To Know What Love Is”.  It’s a bold move, considering that this was a massive Grammy-nominated 1985 hit that’s much loved today.  I probably appreciate the song more now than back then.  Reigen, whose aching EDM ballad “Come Back To Me” was my #13 song of 2015, manages to keep the same wonder and fascination about love intact with his interpretation.  But he takes away the big, almost over-the-top choral power of the original, and breaks the song into pieces, rendering a subtler vocal here, and a more emphatic one there.  The arrangement poses many questions on first listen, so Reigen succeeds at making you listen a few more times to figure out how he’s restructured this classic.  To me it works beautifully, though I think the casual listener in love with the original will probably not appreciate this kind of reimaging.  Reigen is a versatile and creative talent whose music challenges you every time, which makes his upcoming project well worth the wait.  You can buy “I Want To Know What Love Is” on iTunes.

Published in: on January 21, 2016 at 12:39 am  Leave a Comment  
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#BILLCSTop75Songsof2015

Onward and upward to 2016!  However the music in 2015 was really strong compared to other recent years.

Chart: BILLCS Top 75 Songs of 2015

01 BRANDYN BURNETTE I Wanna Be (Free)
02 YEARS & YEARS Shine
03 ADELE Hello
04 COREY NILES F/ ALEX LACASSE Chasing Stars
05 YEARS & YEARS King
06 RIVER TIBER Let You Go
07 BRANDYN BURNETTE Sleeve
08 RIVER TIBER No Talk
09 COLOR THEORY Headphones (Matt Mancid Retro Crossover Mix)
10 DAN TALEVSKI Guilty As Sin
11 DENIZ KOYU VS TWOLOUD Goin’ Down
12 THE CHAINSMOKERS F/ GREAT GOOD FINE OK Let You Go (Tiesto Remix)
13 REIGEN Come Back To Me
14 ERIK HASSLE No Words
15 DNCE Cake By The Ocean
16 NATHAN SYKES Kiss Me Quick
17 CHRIS JAMISON Velvet
18 BRANDYN BURNETTE Life’s A Beach
19 THE KNOCKS & MATTHEW KOMA I Wish (My Taylor Swift)
20 TRIBE SOCIETY F/ KIESZA Pain Told Love
21 JESSIE WARE Pieces
22 SMASHING SATELLITES Waterfall
23 ADAM LAMBERT Ghost Town
24 ERASURE Sacred
25 SANDER VAN DOORN, MARTIN GARRIX & DVBBS F/ ALEESIA Gold Skies
26 JESSIE WARE Champagne Kisses
27 ANTONIO GIACCA Sensation
28 PARRALOX Aeronaut
29 DAN TALEVSKI My Religion
30 PENGUIN PRISON Show Me The Way
31 ERIC SAADE Sting
32 GREAT GOOD FINE OK F/ ST. LUCIA Something To Believe In
33 ELI LIEB Lightning In A Bottle
34 BRANDON FLOWERS Can’t Deny My Love
35 CHIC F/ NILE RODGERS I’ll Be There
36 GRAHAM ALEXANDER She’S A Chameleon
37 BOJANA STAMENOV Beauty Never Lies
38 NERVO F/ KYLIE MINOGUE, JAKE SHEARS & NILE RODGERS The Other Boys
39 LUCIEN DANTE Black Water
40 FRANCESCO YATES Better To Be Loved
41 GIORGIO MORODER F/ SIA Deja Vu
42 ERASURE Reason
43 TYLER SHAW Dizzy
44 FALL OUT BOY Uma Thurman
45 YEARS & YEARS Desire
46 GIORGIO MORODER F/ KYLIE MINOGUE Right Here, Right Now
47 MIKKY EKKO Riot
48 CHARLIE PUTH F/ MEGHAN TRAINOR Marvin Gaye
49 LIFEHOUSE Hurricane
50 DATABOY F/ NIKO THE KID When It Rains, It Pours
51 SHIFT K3Y I Know
52 ANTONIO GIACCA Ignited
53 NEW ORDER Plastic
54 SAM SMITH Writing’s On The Wall
55 KRISTINE W. Love Come Home
56 MARTIN LUKE BROWN Take Out Of Me
57 ANTON EWALD Save The Last Dance
58 DISCLOSURE F/ SAM SMITH Omen
59 JULLY BLACK Fever
60 THE WEEKND I Can’T Feel My Face
61 SAM SMITH Lay Me Down
62 SMASHING SATELLITES What It’s All About
63 GIORGIO MORODER F/ FOXES Wildstar
64 STEVE GRAND Time
65 ELEVEN PAST ONE There’s Nothing Wrong
66 THE WEEKND Earned It
67 BOYCODE It’s A Mistake
68 JAMES BAY Hold Back The River
69 MATTHEW KOMA So F**Kin’ Romantic
70 ADAM LAMBERT The Light
71 LAWSON Roads
72 SAM SMITH Like I Can
73 DANIEL ROBINSON Moonmolt
74 TRISTAN THOMPSON Burn Again
75 MI DISGUISE East Side Bay

@Reigenmusic marches to the beat of his own drum with the equality anthem “Real New Yorker”

REIGEN, “Real New Yorker” (free download)

Versatile New York vocalist Reigen returns with an anthem that will touch you deep down inside as it does me called “Real New Yorker”.  I worked in the equity field for a number of my early years with my company so the spirit of all forms of equality is embedded inside.  “Real New Yorker” gets right in your face and between your ears, exactly what it should do to command immediate reaction with its chorus “the future is now”.  There’s a bit of charming synth work at the beginning that sounds like it might burst into “The Neverending Story” 😉 and helps to set the stage brightly for what’s to come.  Reigen’s vocal is committed and appropriately unrelenting. “Real New Yorker” is quite unlike the soulful EDM ballad “Come Back To Me” that reached #2 on my chart earlier this year.  Reigen is a powerful, honest new voice and with songs like “Real New Yorker” I can only foresee great things for him and his music in 2016.  Download “Real New Yorker” for free below #thefutureisnow 🙂

Published in: on October 31, 2015 at 8:08 pm  Leave a Comment  
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NYC Singer @Reigenmusic Shows His Versatility with “Another Dimension”… and Covering @Sia’s “Chandelier”

REIGEN, “Another Dimension” and “Chandelier” (Sia cover)

NYC singer/songwriter Reigen Miller isn’t looking to follow a conventional path with his blend of electronica and pop.  After the emotional electro-balled “Come Back To Me” (peaking recently at #2 on my personal chart), which has every potential to be a pop hit, Reigen returns with a funky slice of alternative dance music with “Another Dimension” (above).  It’s got this drunken, lazy kind of feel to it in somewhat contrast to Reigen’s sometimes breathy vocal which is peppered with the same kind of high notes found in “Come Back To Me”.  It’s an obvious example of how versatile Reigen is and shows how much he enjoys his craft.

As well, I will ask you to turn your ear to Reigen’s cover of Sia’s “Chandelier” (below), which he recorded last summer.  It’s as different as Sia’s original.  The song is meant to be almost ‘over the top’ but perhaps some of his vocal could be less exaggerated in spots.  Yet there is not a note out of place, and that makes it inspiring, captivating and worthy of your attention – Reigen can likely nail it in live performance.

Published in: on March 15, 2015 at 3:27 pm  Leave a Comment  
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BILLCS Top 30 #451 – February 23/15

The top of the new chart stays steady, while the rest is formed of a diversity of so many pop music genres… I like to think my tastes are well-rounded 🙂

The Top 10

  • The names are Brandyn, Reigen, and Chris, and they have a lock on the Top 3!  Brandyn Burnette’s heartwarming (and yet to be officially released) “Sleeve” will continue to have you tugging at it as it stays at #1, while “Come Back To Me” by Reigen holds steady at #2, and “Velvet” by Chris Jamison rests contentedly at #3.  So what songs below could shake the Top 3 loose perhaps even in two weeks?
  • Jessie Ware is always a good bet, as the gorgeous album track “Pieces” slips into the #4 ranking, while rocker Graham Alexander is right behind with his energetic blast called “She’s A Chameleon” up 8-5.
  • The fastest riser on the chart is accompanied by news that Giorgio Moroder will in fact be touring with Kylie Minogue this year!  Undoubtedly somewhere in the show “Right Here, Right Now” will be performed, as the first single from Giorgio’s upcoming album 24 Is The New 74 is the fastest riser for a second week, advancing 14-6!
  • Also new to the Top 10 is the song produced by John Rzeznik of Goo Goo Dolls for Canadian quintet Eleven Past One.  It’s not a single but it’s the gem from their EP The World Is Ours called “There’s Nothing Wrong”, moving up 13-10!  Here it at the Amazon link right here or on other sources like Spotify.

Movin’ On Up

  • Sam Smith’s last entry “Restart” topped out at #11, so let’s see if “Like I Can” will become the 4-time Grammy winner’s 6th Top Tenner on my chart, as the lovely “Lay Me Down” becomes his latest single.  In The Lonely Hour is the album that keeps on giving 🙂
  • Years & Years are the band to watch in 2015, and with good reason – catchy, well-performed songs like “King” from their self-titled EP!  The song climbs 19-12 on the chart.
  • Daniel Robinson’s breezy take on EDM pop, the mysterious “Moonmolt”, moves up 17-13 as the singer announced the imminent arrival of an EP called I Don’t Know How It Is, in advance of his album called Truant.
  • UK’s Shift K3Y definitely is getting around, remixing songs such as “You & I (Forever)” by Jessie Ware!  The singer rises 21-15 with the single “I Know”
  • Canadian quartet Smashing Satellites, led by striking ex-My Darkest Days singer Salvatore Costa, has one of the hardest hitting videos of 2015 so far created for their song “Waterfall”, which climbs 25-18.  Look for the band playing regularly around North America – with side trips elsewhere, who knows? – throughout the year.
  • Another hard hitting song, and a standout from his debut album, is “Riot” by Mikky Ekko, performed on TV’s David Letterman show last week.  It moves up 26-19.
  • Matt McAndrew’s “Wasted Love” has a wonderful singalong chorus, and the runner-up contestant on Season 7 of “The Voice” climbs 27-21.  Look for Season 8 of “The Voice” starting Monday February 23 (recent Grammy winner Christina Aguilera returns).
  • Lifehouse’s “Hurricane” climbs 28-22 but I think the song will let loose everywhere in the coming weeks.  Watch out!

4 Debuts

  • Why it’s Jessie Ware again!  And while the video is a tad, urhm, unconventional, the song is brilliant.  “Champagne Kisses” is one of my faves from Tough Love and bows at #23, likely to join “Pieces” in the Top 10 at some point.
  • It’s taken a little while longer than usual to hear what a brillo song that 19 year old DJ/producer Mi Disguise (aka Louie Garcia) and BILLCS chart fave Adam Tyler have created with “Alive”.  I did write about it a while back in September, but it’s finally debuted on the chart at #27.
  • Samantha Gibb, she of the famous last name as daughter of The Bee Gees’ Maurice, premieres on the chart with her sunny and reflective “Memories” at #28.
  • It’s kind of strange how my fellow Torontonian The Weeknd (aka 25 year old Abel Tesfaye) had yet to appear on my chart until now, but his song from “50 Shades Of Grey” called “Earned It” is a dramatic stunner with a compelling vocal that I bet will land him a Grammy nomination.  The song is already a Top 5 UK hit (a good sign), and arrives on my chart at #29.  Fellow “50 Shades” performer Ellie Goulding did appear on my chart in 2012 with her free download cover of The Weeknd’s “High For This”, the original of which you can find on his House Of Balloons album.

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.  Go on, have a look and listen/watch 🙂

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BILLCS Top 30 #450 – February 9, 2015

Five debuts and a sparkling new #1 highlight my 450th bi-weekly chart since 1998!

The Top 10

  • After vaulting into the top 10 from 12-2 two weeks ago, it’s no surprise that Brandyn Burnette’s gentle song about family, “Sleeve”, is my new #1. Since the song is so fresh and being played regularly by yours truly, I have no idea what will succeed it.  I’m hoping “Sleeve” will be on Brandyn’s upcoming album tentatively called The Healing.  “Sleeve” is one of those songs that will strike an emotional nerve and leave you feeling great.

  • Right behind “Sleeve” again is another indie performer, New York singer Reigen, with the almost equally affecting EDM ballad “Come Back To Me”, weighing in at #2.

  • No doubt about it, Chris Jamison’s R&B-influenced pop song “Velvet” has grown on me immensely since I first heard it in December.  It’s one of those songs you look forward to hearing every time you play it.  “Velvet” jumps 13-3 (tied for the fastest riser of the week) and is obviously a #1 contender.

  • I’m really surprised more promotion isn’t being given to Jessie Ware’s stunning album Tough Love.  I have so many favourites from it but my current is “Pieces”, which climbs 10-7.

  • Graham Alexander’s “She’s A Chameleon” is leading the way for more rock songs to arrive on my chart – four alone this week – to continue the diversity in music that I like.  This energetic number climbs 12-8 from Graham’s latest album Repeat Deceiver.

  • Every song that has appeared on my chart for Swedish singer Anton Ewald has reached the Top 5.  And though it’s not a single, “Save The Last Dance”, from his EP On My Way, rises 16-9, and may get there too!

  • Boycode’s lovely rendition of “It’s A Mistake” is a great showcase for the Belgium vocal quartet, and it climbs 14-10.

Movin’ On Up

  • I’m sure it will conquer clubs in no time, but I want “Right Here Right Now” by Giorgio Moroder & Kylie Minogue to be a pop hit too!  This pop-dance extravaganza soars 24-14 to tie as the fastest rising song of the week.

  • Buffalo, NY indie singer Daniel Robinson moves up 21-17 with the mysterious but melodic “Moonmolt”, which is among the new songs that will appear on his upcoming release Truant through EQ Music!

  • L.A.-based Color Theory has a second song rising on my chart, and it’s a cover of Barry Manilow’s “Could It Be Magic” as remixed by Lyder Janøy.  This faithful but contemporary cover rises 22-18, following up the recent #1 “Headphones”.

  • 2015 looks to be the year for  UK trio Years & Years!  A self-titled four song EP dropped this week containing previous singles “Desire” and “Take Shelter”, plus the latest called “King” which is well on its way, with a smashing video too, moving 28-19.

Chart Debuts

  • This one’s been around last Fall and got to #25 on the UK charts following the #3 hit “Touch”, but UK singer/DJ/producer Shift K3Y (aka Lewis Jankel) has a winning style that goes somewhat hand-in-hand with Years & Years.  “I Know” bows on my chart at #21.  You can also glimpse the singer briefly as he walks by in the video.

  • As “Hounds” departs the chart after peaking at #16, the striking “Waterfall” arrives for Canadian quartet Smashing Satellites with a powerful video at #25, from their album SonicAluzion (A-Side).

  • I’m not sure what is the official next single from Mikky Ekko’s new album Time following my #1 “Smile”, but the rollicking “Riot” is the next standout song for me, featuring a ‘timelapse’ video.  “Riot” bows at #26.

  • To keep fellow contestant Chris Jamison from The Voice company on the chart, New Jersey-born Matt McAndrew’s “Wasted Love” wastes no time in arriving at #27.  The only other time a contestant from The Voice has appeared on my chart, is actually before he was a contestant and was an indie performer!  Chris Mann charted at #10 in 2010 with his cover of George Michael’s “I Want Your Sex”.  Now he’s on tour as “The Phantom Of The Opera”!

  • I’m very hopeful for Lifehouse’s “Hurricane” to put the group back on the rock map, with a new independent album due called Out Of The Wasteland.  “Hurricane” debuts at #28.

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 SLEEVE Brandyn 
03 02 COME BACK TO ME Reigen
13 03 VELVET Chris Jamison
04 04 LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE Eli Lieb
01 05 GOIN’ DOWN Deniz Koyu Vs Twoloud
07 06 IGNITED Antonio Giacca
10 07 PIECES Jessie Ware
12 08 SHE’S A CHAMELEON Graham Alexander
16 09 SAVE THE LAST DANCE Anton Ewald
14 10 IT’S A MISTAKE Boycode
05 11 REASON Erasure
06 12 LOVE COME HOME Kristine W.
15 13 THERE’S NOTHING WRONG Eleven Past One
24 14 RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW Giorgio Moroder featuring Kylie Minogue
18 15 LIKE I CAN Sam Smith
19 16 HERE’S TO THE ZEROS Marianas Trench
21 17 MOONMOLT Daniel Robinson
22 18 COULD IT BE MAGIC Color Theory
28 19 KING Years And Years
08 20 HEADPHONES (Matt Mancid Retro Crossover Mix) Color Theory
New 21 I KNOW Shift K3Y
09 22 TIME Steve Grand
17 23 SOMEDAY Neverest
11 24 GOLD SKIES Sander Van Doorn, Martin Garrix & DVBBS featuring Aleesia
New 25 WATERFALL Smashing Satellites
New 26 RIOT Mikky Ekko
New 27 WASTED LOVE Matt McAndrew
New 28 HURRICANE Lifehouse
20 29 BURN AGAIN Tristan Thompson
26 30 ARMS OF ANOTHER Bright Light Bright Light

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

Every week I feature a New Music Pick of the Week on D-Moos, which is usually either on my chart or may soon be!  Listen in amid the great variety of older music as I bring cutting edge new music to the rotation of over 20,000+ songs!!

Did you know that 12 of this week’s charted performers have never appeared on my chart in its 16 years (and that includes Giorgio Moroder and Sander van Doorn)!