Your Long Weekend Playlist Part II: Lawson, Lenka, Magneta Lane, Darin, Kim Smith, Josh Kumra, Late Nite Tuff Guy, and tet:Dior

LAWSON featuring B.o.B. “Heartbroken”

In case you haven’t yet had enough of Andy, Ryan, Joel and Adam, the four young men who have had considerable UK success as Lawson, they are dropping this new single featuring rapper B.o.B. which could be the international breakthrough that I thought would happen with “Learn To Love Again”.  The band sways comfortably back and forth with harder-edged rock songs with more thoughtful softer pop ones.  This is as tight as it gets… and the rap by B.o.B. works just fine, as it did with another band – the alternate version of “Walk Away” by The Script.  Watch the video below as well which documents the band’s AustralAsian tour and shows how much synergy they have among each other as band members.  These lads are gonna go far!!

LENKA “Heart to the Party”

US-based Australian singer Lenka is on deck to release her third album Shadows, preceded by a new single “Heart to the Party”.  You probably know Lenka best from her ear candy that was featured in a Windows 8 commercial over the last year, “Everything At Once”.  This new song is a much more gentle, feel good record that wants to take you sunny days where you can forget about everything and feel like a kid again.  Score!


In stark contrast to the above video, is the latest from Canadian trio Magneta Lane, whose EP Witchrock I wrote about earlier this year.  The song lyrics and the video don’t really have anything to do with each other, “Burn” being a scathing breakup song, and instead the video makes a huge and compelling statement about the portrayal of images of women to young girls.  Don’t take the video literally; if you’re a parent of a teen or pre-teen girl (who happens to be a competitive singer/dancer) like me, then you know that videos like this just try to reinforce the message which is an ongoing one throughout the teen years and into the early 20’s.  “Burn” is also a good performance showcase for Magneta Lane despite the obvious focus on the message.  Well done.

DARIN “Check You Out”

I guess it’s time for me to backtrack to Swedish singer Darin Zanyar’s latest release Exit.  Its second single “Check You Out” is indeed a bristling dance number sure to shake your tailfeather and more.   Darin seems to be filling the gap of Swedish male dance pop while Eric Saade is releasing softer R&B-oriented pop songs.  My only complaint, as with many records from the Nordic countries and northern Europe – it’s not released in North America.  Darin could have so much dance club play success with “Check You Out” worldwide.  It’s a strong and unique ready-for-play offering that stands readily next to dance club hits by Jennifer Lopez or Usher.  There’s also a really gleefully grimy-sounding John De Sohn remix on deck (listen to the preview below).

KIM SMITH “Never Ever” (J-Mi & Midi-D’s Highly Improbable Radio Edit)

Fresh from some glorious reviews for his debut pop single “Jealous” comes New York-based Australian singer Kim Smith’s second single “Never Ever”, from his upcoming album.  This song, in its original format, is all about the the sterling vocal performance, as you will find out when it’s released worldwide on iTunes tomorrow.  This J-Mi & Midi-D remix surrounds Kim’s classic voice with all kinds of sneakily creative big-sounding business, which takes the song to a new level on which you will find dance club DJ’s simply wanting more.  Listen below – there’s more to come from this great new talent in 2013!


JOSH KUMRA “The Answer” (Russ Chimes remix)

Highly reminiscent of classic mid-90’s electro, “The Answer” by 22 year old UK singer Josh Kumra gets its groove on and doesn’t stop.  Russ Chimes’ remix brings it down low and then brings you back and wanting much, much more.  UK chart buffs will know Josh from his vocal on Wretch 32’s #1 hit “Don’t Go” two years ago.  More like this please 🙂


LATE NITE TUFF GUY remixes JAMIROQUAI’s “Too Young To Die” (LNTG Capricorn High Remix)

Someone who knows how to lock into a groove, reshape and transform it, without taking anything away from the original, is Australia’s Late Nite Tuff Guy.  This talented producer/DJ recently won a contest to remix a song by Jamiroquai, so behold his Capricorn High remix of “Too Young To Die”, which originally appears on Jamiroquai’s 1992 massive debut album Emergency On Planet Earth.  It’s a bit different even for a Tuff Guy remix, very classy electro-disco-jazzy that truly shows off Jay Kay’s vocal.  Everything that a remix should be – I hope it receives official release.

The Tuff Guy also posted about a contemporary electro remix which re-envisions Donna Summer’s “Love To Love You Baby” a year after her passing.  Do take the time to listen to tet:Dior’s “Love2Love” below.  How very fitting considering the good times and influences of disco music are on the rise this year 🙂

More Summer Popervescence: Baiyu featuring Paul Kim, Jessie Ware, Roz Bell, and Russ Chimes

Baiyu featuring Paul Kim “Make Believe”

It’s arrived so quickly after the initial video of “Invisible” from the Hunter mixtape, but it’s all about the exposure for delightful new talent Baiyu, as she will appear on August 16 on the CW’s new show The Next as a contestant.  Fortunately, “Make Believe”, featuring match-made-in-heaven duet vocals by American Idol 6 contestant Paul Kim, is one of the best songs from Hunter.  The simple video, with use of eye-catching colours and featuring both singers, should help enhance the buzz for Baiyu and ignite some interest for Paul Kim, whose voice just soars.  Watch the video below and mark August 16 on your calendars!

Jessie Ware “Wildest Moments”

Similar to the triumphant breakthrough that was afforded to Lana Del Rey at the end of last year, largely on the basis of online word-of-mouth, we are now introduced to 26 year old UK singer Jessie Ware, whose debut album Devotion will be upon us in the coming weeks.  Aside from an initial single and an appearance with SBTRKT, we now have “Wildest Moments”, which places her potent voice somewhere between Leona Lewis and Florence Welch.  Not a bad place to be at all, with a most unique-sounding single despite somewhat deliberate pacing.  Watch below.

Roz Bell “Ur Place Or Mine”

Toronto singer Roz Bell has so many flavours of pop music up his sleeve that it’s dizzying 😉  We heard from him in the Spring with a Nashville-inspired bluesy hard luck story called “Half A Man Down”.  His latest, “Ur Place Or Mine”, harkens back to a pick-me-up like 2009’s “Endless Summer Night”, with a melody that goes hand-in-hand with the end of summer and featuring some of Roz’s higher register a little more too.  Can’t wait to hear the full album package of what Roz has been recording for the last while too.  Listen to “Ur Place Or Mine” below.

Russ Chimes “Back 2 You”

I’ve been waiting to hear what renown DJ/producer Russ Chimes would come up with after the successful triad of 2010’s “Midnight Club” songs and videos “Never Look Back”, “Tertre Rouge”, and “Targa”, as well as his enjoyable Expressway mixes.  Out on Beatport now, but coming to iTunes in September is “Back 2 You”, in which Russ doesn’t let go of any momentum, building and building the power of the record until its soulful climax.  Listen below via Soundcloud and try to stay still 😉

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Tuned-On! Top 30 #340 – November 22/10

In some ways it’s hard to believe that it’s around this time of year that you begin to think of what songs are being released as next year’s songs.  Year end Best Of lists of just around the bend!

I don’t think my Top 5 favourite songs have been as energetic as on this chart in recent years.  The Top 3 remain exactly the same as two weeks ago:  The Temper Trap with the Penguin Prison remix of “Resurrection”, Bright Light Bright Light with one of my most favourite songs in the past few years and former #1 “Love Part II”, and another Penguin Prison remix, the underappreciated “White Knuckle Ride” by Jamiroquai.  In this edition they’re joined by Russ Chimes’ fantastic “Never Look Back” and “When She Turns 18” by Christian TV, still catchy after all these months.

New to the Top 10:  Fastest Riser “Golden Train” by Penguin Prison, now available commercially in the UK, and bound to be an early fave of 2011, it’s definitely one great tune; 100 Akres and Roz Bell doing the “Breakup Anthem” thing; and the enticing “Jacksonville” from Brandon Flowers.

The rest of the chart sees smaller jumps, led by the infectious “Alors on danse” by Stromae, “Operation” by Adam Tyler (whose debut album we still look forward to!), “Raise Your Glass” by mom-to-be Pink, and album track “Ready To Love” by UK duo Bim.

Take a lookee at the debuts, for they are an odd bunch, even for me.

Rihanna’s Loud album looks to show another side of her that Rated R only touched on.  Despite the subject matter “S&M” contains a sensational vocal by her and debuts at #25.  It’s her first appearance in these parts since her vocal on Jay-Z’s “Run This Town” last year, and first solo foray since “Rehab” in early 2008.

Next up, as most of the world has discovered, “Barbra Streisand” by Duck Sauce is extremely hard to get out of your head.  Blame it on Aussies and Kiwis who discovered it first!  But mostly blame it on Duck Sauce, aka the extremely talented Armand Van Helden and DJ A-Trak.  I’m only a bit familiar with A-Trak – of particular note was an online redux earlier this year of Birdman & Drake’s “Money To Blow” – but Van Helden is well known to my chart.  He’s reached the summit in 1999 with “U Don’t Know Me” and in 2004 with “My My My”, but last appeared in 2007 with “I Want Your Soul”.

Then we have #28 and #29 – a somewhat deliberate pairing I admit, but I want to see where both songs go from here.

#29 belongs to Kanye West’s “Monster” from his upcoming release My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.  To me this is Kanye at his most in-your-face in years, yet somehow it’s all very accessible thanks to contributions from Jay-Z, Bon Iver, Rick Ross, and 2010 It girl Nicki Minaj.  It’s also extremely entertaining, a little too crude for me at times, but with everything going on here it comes together as a rock solid whole, with kudos going to Minaj, whose segment is more than just icing on this evil-tasting piece of cake.

I’ve been listening to my fellow Torontonian Colin Munroe’s ‘revoxing’ for a few months now, that started with “One” by Sky Ferreira (which so much reminded me of Laurie Anderson’s “O Superman” in some ways).  Munroe stirred some heads by borrowing Nicki Minaj’s vocal from Kanye West’s “Monster” and using it for his second ‘revox’ project, which combined Minaj with La Roux’s “Bulletproof” for “Bulletproof Monster”.  It’s a quick track, little more than 2 1/2 minutes, but it works splendidly, with Minaj’s  altered vocal track even more positively ferocious.

Hear West’s “Monster at the bottom of this page, and download Munroe’s “Monster” right here.

You can view the full chart using the link under ***BILL’S PERSONAL CHART***  to the right, or simply click right here.  Enjoy! Don’t forget to post any comments you might have :)

Tuned-On! Top 30 #338 – October 25/10

Two weeks fly by and suddenly it’s time for another personal chart!   The beauty of “Love Part II” by Bright Light Bright Light captures #1 for a 4th chart (8th week), and it looks like the fast rising Penguin Prison remix of “Resurrection” by Australia’s The Temper Trap will challenge in two weeks.  It’s amazing sometimes what a remix will do for a song.  Some people will prefer the original with its rock edges but this particular remix takes the song’s theme and turns it into a retro 70’s disco celebration.  Listen to it here before you grab the free download from my chart page.  I am also checking out Penguin Prison in concert on Monday evening, so I hope to have an update for you in the week about the show!

Elouise’s “Pretender” stays at #2, just as this effortlessly talented singer is about to drop her second EP, Stardust Memories, which features covers of ABBA’s “The Winner Takes It All”, and the standards “You’ll Never Walk Alone” and “Stardust”.  The three track E.P will be released digitally through iTunes (USA and European stores) and Amazon MP3 on the 15th of November with the physical luxury digi-pak’s release following in the week of the 24th of November.  You can see and hear her live rendition of Charlie Chaplin’s “Smile” below.

Jamiroquai’s official single of “White Knuckle Ride” is available on iTunes Canada but the “Love Sensation”-inspired remix by Penguin Prison is what sends the song to #6 on my chart this week.  Right behind it is the best dance instrumental I’ve heard it years, “Never Look Back” by Russ Chimes.  The Midnight Club EP from which it comes will be available on November 1 at selected digital stores.  The official artwork is below.

Christian TV is another new artist who has captured my interest.  It’s taken a while but the extremely fun “When She Turns 18” breaks into my Top 10 at last.  His mixtape “Who The Fuck Is Christian TV” arrives on Hallowe’en, and he has a new video that is stirring some controversy called “Let’s Just Fuck”. Watch it here and you be the judge… Does the song push the envelope too far, or is it not worth worrying about?  For me, it’s just not as strong a song as “Turns 18” but I’ll look forward to the mixtape.

My new theme song of positivity, “Glow” by Richard Barone, climbs to #13 as Richard announces more tour dates in New Jersey as well as England and Wales.  The rest of last week’s debuts, by Sweet Thing with “Change of Seasons”, Far East Movement – “Like A G6” has hooked me with all of its singalong lyrics and attitude, and is the first Billboard #1 to hit my chart in a while – and Andrea Lewis with the energetic “Voodoo” all make decent inroads, and Miss Lewis has one of our five debuts this week as well!

First up, as “Friction” leaves my Top 10, we have the latest from Adam Tyler called “Operation” at #24.  This song is pretty different from Adam’s more high energy efforts relying on a swaying rhythm that reminds me of Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus”.  And song of the lyrics here are really creative and delivered very well.  Download it for free with you provide your email address right here .

Next, at #25, is the third entry from the Flamingo CD by Brandon Flowers, but it’s one that I referenced two weeks ago as being only available on the Deluxe version.  The pensive and haunting “Jacksonville” alone makes it worthwhile for you to buy the Deluxe edition.  Hear it right here . As I listen to the CD more, I keep hearing more and more Neil Young influence too.

Then the third debut is indeed from Andrea Lewis’ 54321 album, which I’ve been enjoying since its release two weeks ago.  It’s a well-rounded release which showcases Andrea’s diverse voice, which conquers on tracks like “Voodoo”, the hard-edged “She”, the highly emotional “Linda”, and the mellow duet that lands at #26.  “Talk To Me” has a 1960’s vibe to it that is enhanced by the guest vocal by Simon Curtis.  It seems like the boy can’t stay away from my chart – last week was his first time off the chart since last November!  Bravo to all involved – Andrea Lewis’ 54321 should be on your 2010 playlist, and why not?  You can download it for free right here .

Next up, after a five year absence, it’s a return to my chart for Robbie Williams.  One of his best songs in years appears on his new compilation In And Out Of Consciousness: Greatest Hits 1990-2010.  It’s a ballad called “Heart and I” and Robbie’s excellent, classic delivery makes it remind me of an old Neil Diamond song, not a bad thing!  It debuts at #27.  The last time Robbie appeared in these parts was with 2005’s “Tripping”, which I still play a lot and find to be terribly underrated.

The final debut belongs to one of the acts to watch that has debuted online this year.  Bim’s Scatterheart album is well worth checking out, and after “Head Over Heels” has peaked at #3, I’ve delved deeper into the album, with the beautiful “Ready To Love” bowing at #29 this week.

View the full chart using the link to the right under ***BILL’S PERSONAL CHART*** or simply click right here …  Enjoy!

Tuned-On! Top 30 #337 – October 11/10

“Love Part II” by Bright Light Bright Light continues its reign at the top of my chart as we slide into October.  Unfortunately those of us outside of the UK cannot yet purchase a download of the track and if you want a hard copy of the CD single it’s a $12.99 purchase through Amazon plus shipping.  Hopefully PopJustice HiFi and Virgin Records will rectify this soon.  You can however grab a free Louis LaRoche remix – but it’s less satisfying than the original minus almost all of the lyrics.

The Top 5 changes about as Elouise’s gorgeous “Pretender” claims the runner up spot, and then in sharp contrast, Ryan Star’s rockin’ “Start A Fire” climbs to #3.  Other upward movement in the Top 10 comes courtesy of Saint Motel’s “Dear Dictator”, “Get Outta My Way” by Kylie Minogue (which really should be igniting outside of dance clubs), as well as new arrivals from Russ Chimes’ “Never Look Back” and, as “A New Word To Say” leaves the chart, Bright Light Bright Light’s CD single flip side “Cry At Films”.

It looks like a Penguin Prison Fall for remixes!  The vibrant redux of “White Knuckle Ride” by Jamiroquai soars to #12, while that intensely disco flavoured remix of  “Resurrection” by Australia’s The Temper Trap stands to be noticed at a high #18 debut this week.  Elsewhere, Christian TV’s fun-and-full-of-attitude “When She Turns 18” continues to climb, as do “Dance In The Dark” by Lady GaGa, 100 Akres & Roz Bell’s new singalong “Breakup Anthem”, and Jackanory & The Ball’s pop/rap/jazz of “Audio Precision”.

At the top of this page you’ll see the charming video of “Glow” by Richard Barone, which is the fastest riser on the chart this week, up from 27-19.  I love the refreshing simplicity of this song, which makes it a bit anomolous in these times, but really at times you get more from a song when it’s stripped down.  Richard’s 10/10/10 CD release show for Glow is in NYC at Le Poisson Rouge.

Also on this day 10/10/10 on release online is Andrea Lewis’ 54321!  Her punchy first single “Voodoo” slams onto the chart at #24.  Be sure to watch for all of the details about 54321 right here.  Also debuting this week is “Change of Seasons” by Canadians Sweet Thing, as discussed last week in my blog, as well as a song that I would call a guilty pleasure of mine.  I don’t know how far up the chart it will go but “Like A G6” by Far East Movement gets cranked in the car whenever it comes on.  I shouldn’t really like it because of all of the autotune and sonic tricks I’ve heard before, but somehow the entire package works, kitchen sink and all.

You may notice that almost half of my chart consists of relatively new artists, and to be honest, I didn’t know about almost half of those artists a year ago!  I’m absolutely loving the online connection to all of this great music, it makes the songs on pop radio pale in comparison.

View the full chart using the link to the right under ***BILL’S PERSONAL CHART*** or simply click right here…  Enjoy!

Tuned-On! Top 30 #336 – September 27/10

It’s finally on release tomorrow!  “Love Part II” is a glorious homage to 80’s and 90’s electro-pop from Bright Light Bright Light (aka Rod Thomas) and holds strong at #1 for a second chart appearance.  Brandon Flowers’ “Crossfire” and Bim’s “Head Over Heels” hold in the runner-up spots too, but the rest of the Top 10 has been turned inside out and sideways.

Adam Tyler’s “Friction” slides upward to #4 – I’ll be blogging about his newest song “Operation” soon (and you can get it free with a subscription right here)!  “Pretender” by Elouise reaches through a hole in the Top 10 to land at an impressive #5 – it’s one of the best ballads of the year.  Right behind is power in a more rockin’ way as “Start A Fire” by Ryan Star lands at #6.  Then the surprise – quirky ol’ “Dear Dictator”, in a wonderfully warped 70’s disco remix by Sam Sparro, takes LA’s Saint Motel from 16-7!  Bringing up the rear in Top Ten Land are Kylie Minogue’s ever perky “Get Outta My Way” and Chris Mann’s fun take on George Michael’s “I Want Your Sex”.  Tally:  5 Yanks, 4 Brits, and an Aussie!  Aside from Toronto’s Roz Bell, my chart is so lacking my own country’s content!

And still more action, just below the Top 10… More Bright Light Bright Light too, always a good thing, Rod’s third appearance with “Cry At Films” (which appears on the “Love Part II” single), which you can also download for free right here.  Then we have Sweden’s Darin, who has already had two Top 5 hits on this chart in 2009 with his duet with Kat Deluna, “Breathing Your Love”, and then “Girl Next Door”.  Now “Lovekiller” makes a bold jump, rising 24-12… North American release, pretty please??

But still, the fastest riser on the chart this week belongs to the highly infectious instrumental dance track “Never Look Back” by Russ Chimes.  Two weeks ago I gave you the link to part two (“Tertre Rouge”) of his video trilogy, which started with “Never Look Back”, and now Russ brings you the conclusion with “Targa” – which has a couple of intriguing ‘aha’ moments to wrap up the story.  It’s all a bit visually busy and has layers of complexity, but they warrant the multiple viewings just to get it all sorted out in your head.  View the video at the top of this page.  Well done!

Amid other respectable chart moves for “When She Turns 18” by Christian TV – which I still think is a hoot whether you’re watching the ‘photocopier’ video or not – and the theatrical “Audio Precision” by newcomers Jackanory & The Ball, you will find four debuts.

Welcome back Jay Kay and Jamiroquai, and whatta way to drive back onto the dancefloor in style than in the limo that is the 70’s flavoured Penguin Prison remix of “White Knuckle Ride”, from Jay’s upcoming album Rock Dust Light Star.  It’s Jamiroquai’s first appearance on my chart since 2002’s “You Give Me Something”, though I did really enjoy the High Times compilation which featured some terrific extended mixes of 90’s hits.  I am hoping for a 2011 tour!

Then courtesy of his CD Flamingo comes Brandon Flowers’ “Swallow It”.  Now when I saw Brandon in concert last month I really did not come away from the show liking this song, but it really is one of the most engaging songs on the album, and it’s also the new single.  I love how Brandon flexes his lower register, giving the song a more modern Lou Reed feel.  And it’s also much more playful than I thought initially.  I’m still wanting to collect my thoughts on Flamingo for a separate blog…

Next up is a track I featured in my blog a few weeks back.  100 Akres and Roz Bell make such a great, creative team, and their latest “Breakup Anthem (We Never Cared)” is absolutely no exception.  It hits the nail on the head about the subject matter and still comes across as being fun and anthemic.

Last but not least, our favourite troubadour king of chamber pop, Richard Barone , is back after many years of recorded absence, despite keeping very active in the music biz.  Richard’s career began in the early 80’s with New Jersey new wave band The Bongos, who released a few well-respected albums, with “Numbers With Wings” still receiving play on alt.rock stations.  Richard began releasing solo albums in the late 80’s with the live ‘Cool Blue Halo’, then triumphing particularly for me with songs like “Native Tongue” and “River To River” from 1990’s Primal Dream, and the title track and “Nobody Knows Me” from 1994’s conceptual, very-Beatles influenced tribute to writer Nicholas Schaffner, Clouds Over Eden”.  As I tipped a few weeks back, Richard is back in solid form – guitar work and strings intact – in his new CD Glow, which is produced by the legendary Tony Visconti.  I’ll write more about Glow in a separate blog, but the title track has definitely gotten under my skin and debuts on the chart.  Having just recently been to New York City, there’s something very special about this song, conceived after a walk through Manhattan, these many years after 9/11.  Last year’s NYC theme was Jay-Z & Alicia Keys’ “Empire State Of Mind”.  For 2010, could it be “Glow”?  It’s certainly how NYC makes me feel after two consecutive visits… thank you Richard.  Here’s a live clip of the song from earlier this year:

I have so much more to blog about and so little time… so stay tuned!!

Tuned-On! Top 30 #335 – September 13/10

It’s somewhat of a no frills blog this week, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t much to chat about or that the chart isn’t any less active…

There’s a new #1 song on top.  And it’s the second time this year, and only the third time since 2007, that a song has debuted at the top.  Rod Thomas and the folks at Popjustice Hi Fi made a good decision to debut Bright Light Bright Light’s “Love Part II” online this summer, followed by the video at the top.  For “Love Part II”, simply put, is one of the most glorious, revelatory songs of 2010.  It has a melody that sings by itself under the vocal, which in turn sings this absolutely fantastic chorus:  Do what you want with me / And let everybody see / I’m in love again / I’m in love again / And you changed my mind / And took me by surprise / And I’m in love again / I’m in love again…  “Love Part II” is a song that I’ll be listening to years and years from now – it’s one of the sure bets of 2010!  Congratulations, Rod and friends 🙂

With “Love Part II” arriving in the best possible place on the chart, that’s not to slight the gentle and raw emotion of Bim’s “Head Over Heels”, which moves to #3.  Adam Tyler’s “Friction” is a song that will change the mood you’re in with its zesty rhythm, and it moves up to #5.  Lifehouse’s powerful “All In” bounds 12-10, while gorgeous UK pop singer Elouise climbs 15-10 with “Pretender”.  Check out some of these pictures on Facebook from her September 11 show in London !

It appears that I’m not the only one who finds “Start A Fire” as the best new track from Ryan Star’s 11:59 CD.  It’s the Fastest Riser on the chart, headed towards the Top 5 I would say, moving this time from 18-11.  Kylie Minogue’s “Get Outta My Way” continues to rise, 16-13, and courtesy of the noted Arjan Writes, download the Penguin Prison remix .  Into the lower teens, Saint Motel’s “Dear Dictator” is one of the more endearing and quirky songs around, The Script’s “For The First Time” is off to a great start as lead single from Science & Faith, and “Love Part II” B-side “Cry At Films” has a life of its own on this particular chart 🙂

Aside from the debut of “Love Part II”, I blogged specifically about two of our other debuts during the last few weeks.  Darin’s “Lovekiller” is growing and growing on me by the minute (Paul of My Fizzy Pop , of course, is right about this one!), and Russ Chimes’ “Never Look Back” may be the best dance instrumental I’ve heard in years, with extreme pop crossover appeal!  Check out part two of his “Midnight Club” trilogy video series at the bottom of this page, “Tertre Rouge”.  It’s not quite as good as “Look Back” but continues the intriguing story in that video.  Last, UK perveyors of miscellaneous fun pop styles, Jackanory & The Ball arrive on the chart with the indelibly infectious “Audio Precision”, which you can hear on their MySpace page .

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New Popervescence from 100 Akres/Roz Bell, Elouise, Russ Chimes!!

100 Akres featuring Roz Bell “Breakup Anthem (We Never Cared)”

The two creative forces that brought us the soulful and stunning “Pink Cadillac” last year (a #1 on my chart) are back with this cheery (?) and playful song about relationships that went south once both sides realized that they never cared anyway.  It makes great company with something equally energetic like Greg Kihn’s “The Breakup Song (They Don’t Write ‘Em)”, an oft-forgotten gem from 1981.  And perfect timing, for end of summer breakups and departures!  I think Keith and Roz need to make a full album together, don’t you?  Download “Breakup Anthem” for free right here.

Elouise “The Winner Takes It All”

Paul of My Fizzy Pop finds out about some glorious musical moments and one of those is Elouise’s upcoming recording of ABBA’s “The Winner Takes It All”.  After all, when was the last time you heard an effective ABBA cover?  The “Mamma Mia” film or show? A Bjorn Again concert?  The sample of “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!” in Madonna’s “Hung Up”?  Well gorgeous Elouise – currently riding my chart with torch song “Pretender” from her Stardust EP – brings it back full proper circle.  I have learned through listening to my daughter (a BIG ABBA fan) sing that ABBA songs are not at all easy, and for whatever we may have thought 30 years ago, Agnetha and Anni-Frid are extremely talented with great voices.  Elouise agrees, and voilà – a faithful, brilliantly sung rendition with contemporary Steve Anderson production that will go a long way.  Seriously, someone better sign Elouise to an international record deal and send her to Broadway.  I haven’t listened to Larry Flick’s interview with her yet, but you can hear the full version of the song at the 23:50 mark right here – and of course listen to the interview too!

Russ Chimes “Never Look Back”

A story interwoven into a succession of music videos by the same performer is not a new idea.  Think back to the 80’s, to those ZZ Top videos from the Eliminator album, (“Gimme All Your Lovin’”, “Legs”, “Sleeping Bag”, and “Sharp-Dressed Man”, see clip below), as well as many others.  However as videos became more like commercials for the songs, the creativity diminished.  But in the second decade of this century, the creative juices seem to be flowing again.  British producer/DJ Russ Chimes has created a three-instrumental song project called “Midnight Club”, and the first of these is “Never Look Back”.  The song itself sounds like it samples either some British soul tracks or perhaps even snippets of singer Michael McDonald’s voice.  The video (above) keeps your head spinning with the back-and-forward-in-time editing and the alternating scenes of good times and suspense, and it stays in your head long after watching.  You’ll want to see part two and three… One to watch!!  And could Russ Chimes be the new Giorgio Moroder/Cerrone/Alec R. Costandinos that us disco fans have been waiting for lo these many years?

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