France’s Krono have a soulful, retro-flavoured winner with “Perfect Strangers” featuring PIOTR

KRONO and PIOTR, “Perfect Strangers”

The French brothers that recorded under the name Krono had a viral favourite particularly in Europe a few years back with their remix of Aaron Smith’s “Dancin'”.  After releasing an album and receiving plenty of support from most major DJ’s, Krono are back via Tipsy Records with “Perfect Strangers” from the upcoming album The Kid Life.  These lads are classically trained and know how to keep a melody moving.  And with great help from singer PIOTR, the song has major 90’s/00’s retro appeal with a soulful voice that takes cues from Jay Kay of Jamiroquai and Adam Levine.  Add a dark and mysterious undercurrent to the song and “Perfect Strangers” should have know trouble making lots of friends in due order.

Published in: on February 9, 2019 at 11:02 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Dutch producer @MarcBenjamins has slick, anthemic pop in “Out Of Touch”

MARC BENJAMIN, “Out Of Touch”

Dutch producer is a household name in his home country and well known in south east Asia too, where he’s performed at several festivals.  Over the last six years, he’s worked with the best of the dance music biz from Zedd to Laidback Luke to Nicky Romero to Afrojack, and recorded with almost every major indie dance label.  This time Tipsy Records has his latest, more pop-inflected release, “Out Of Touch”.  Its slick sound and anthemic hook is matched by an on-point uncredited male vocal, which all make “Out Of Touch” stand out in a set of tunes.  I think remixes could up the ante for “Out Of Touch” but as is Marc Benjamin has a far above average pop/dance release which should continue to get attention from those friends in high places!

Published in: on February 2, 2019 at 11:37 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Some fresh lyrical pop/dance from new producer @atSmilemusic with “Good About Us” featuring singer Philip Strand

SMILE and PHILIP STRAND, “Good About Us”

I don’t know anything about new producer Smile or singer Philip Strand who’ve created the single “Good About Us” but it’s a solid, fresh pop/dance release with a lot of sparkle that easily passes the blind taste test!  Philip has an earthy gravel to his voice which gives a genuine sound to “Good About Us”, while the synths pop and glisten and win you over.  Ever seeking top quality releases, Tipsy Records is passionately behind this one, and a fine, positive song like this will win us over every time.  There’s loads of pop potential here so don’t miss it.

Published in: on January 27, 2019 at 11:51 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Heart Beat Faster” is sexy, slick deep house from @UNOMASmusic and @TeoMandrelli

UNOMAS & TEO MANDRELLI, “Heart Beat Faster”

Leave it to some sexy, slick deep house music coming out of Miami to be one of your winter warmers!  Both UNOMAS and Teo Mandrelli are based out of Miami, though with Teo being from Italy, there’s definitely a more European flavour to this collaboration.  The lads have been well-represented through a feature on Oliver Heldens’ mix series, and have recorded for most major dance labels such as Ultra, Spinnin’ and Heldens’ own label.  The carefree melody and appropriately enticing female vocal make “Heart Beat Faster” worthy of major club attention.  Both producers know how to mix harder edged sounds and graceful synths to come up with a memorable song that’s easy to digest.

#BILLCSTop88of2018

As we head into 2019, 2018 set the foundation for dance music to evolve in a big way – to make people want to dance together again, and to create festive, fun music which moves away from a lot of mid-tempo songs over the past few years. 

Unfortunately it may have taken the death of Avicii to realize how much many of us miss the frenetic synths and arpeggios of dance music of the early part of this decade.  It also made many of us look back in time to soak in what dance and disco music of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s brought us, and how it all made us feel great.  

While dance music is the main genre I listen to, there are other pop, alternative, and R&B/soul songs in my year end list.  These are simply my favourites, in an order that could change at any time in the near future, so for now it’s a snapshot in time. 

Songs that were on the BILLCS Top 30 at year’s end appear on this list if they had 4 appearances or more and may appear on next year’s list too if they end up ranking higher than this year. 

You’ll see some of my favourite performers multiple times – The Chainsmokers, The Him, Miguel, and Bobby Nourmand all have three entries – while there are less remixes on the chart than in recent years. 

And a tip of the hat to the many performers that continue to release excellent music on their own, represented here by the UK’s Sam Dickinson and Lostchild, Florida’s Adam Foster, Philadelphia duo NiGHTS, Germany’s Saxity, US sensation-on-the-rise YEBBA, NYC’s Squired, and even Australia-born actor Keiynan Lonsdale.

I’m in the process of entering all of my year end lists from 2009 to present in a Google Docs spreadsheet, and you’ll find these listings with tabs for each year at this link:

https://tinyurl.com/BILLCSTop88of2018

Spotify playlist – listen to all of the songs! 

BILLCS Top 88 of 2018 

88 BIG FISH featuring MIKE GOMES Moves
87 JYYE Somewhere Else
86 CHICO ROSE featuring DJ AFROJACK 2012
85 TWO FRIENDS featuring KEVIN WRITER Just A Kid
84 ROZES & NICKY ROMERO Where Would We Be
83 SQUIRED Peace Out
82 FELIX CARTAL featuring VICTORIA ZARO Worry
81 BTS DNA
80 SAN HOLO featuring BIPOLAR SUNSHINE Brighter Days
79 SAM SMITH featuring YEBBA No Peace
78 REVELRIES featuring THE BEAMISH BOYS Infinitum
77 LABROSE Gravity
76 EKALI & ZHU Blame
75 RYAN SHEPHERD featuring DIRTY HARY Right Now
74 REIGEN Dreams
73 ARIANA GRANDE Breathin
72 MATOMA featuring MAX Lonely
71 YEARS & YEARS Sanctify
70 MIKA It’S My House
69 BOBBY NOURMAND featuring ADAM ENGLE The Sun
68 BRIGHT LIGHT BRIGHT LIGHT How I Feel
67 FRANK PIERCE featuring MILES B. Do Me
66 SHAWN MENDES Lost In Japan
65 TIESTO & DZEKO featuring PREME & POST MALONE Jackie Chan
64 CADEN JESTER featuring BLAKE ROSE Vacant Love
63 BOBBY NOURMAND featuring LAURENT JOHN Prisoner
62 IDEO featuring J. PAULISHED Multiply
61 HELLBERG & LEONA LEWIS Headlights

60 WHETHAN featuring BROODS Be Like You
59 MADISON MARS Back The Funk
58 SAINT WKND & MAX Survive (PLS&TY Remix)
57 JAMES POOLE Perfectly Me
56 TROYE SIVAN Bloom
55 JESSIE WARE Overtime
54 ADAM FOSTER  Time
53 THE CHAINSMOKERS featuring KELSEA BALLERINI This Feeling
52 THE HIM White Lies
51 SAXITY featuring VICTOR PERRY You Found Me
50 THE KNOCKS featuring METHOD MAN Goodbyes
49 JONAS BLUE featuring JACK & JACK Rise
48 KEIYNAN LONSDALE Preach
47 ROBOTAKI featuring JAMIE FINE & FALCXNE Butterscotch
46 AXEL MANSOOR Talk To Me
45 YEARS & YEARS All For You
44 BOTNEK Days Of Disco
43 WAITWHAT featuring RIELLE Alive
42 JESSE McCARTNEY Better With You
41 MARTIN GARRIX  featuring BONN High On Life
40 PLS&TY Down For Me (Morgan Page Extended Remix)
39 SAM DICKINSON  Wild Sun
38 GROMEE featuring JESPER JENSET One Last Time
37 NORA EN PURE Tears In My Eyes
36 ALYX ANDER & REDONDO featuring MARIA Z Casually
35 NiGHTS Eyes
34 BRANDYN BURNETTE Run
33 SOFI TUKKER Baby I’m A Queen
32 ILLENIUM featuring ANNIKA WELLS Crawl Outta Love (PatrickReza Remix)
31 YEBBA Evergreen

30 LOSTCHILD Blacklist
29 MIGUEL Told You So
28 THE HIM featuring IVY ADARA Everybody Hurts
27 MERCER Fireworks
26 RETROVISION Get Down
25 DAVE EDWARDS featuring MARK ASARI What We’Re Made Of
24 MIGUEL featuring TRAVIS SCOTT Sky Walker
23 GIIANTS Small Talk
22 ARTY Tim
21 DZEKO Crazy (Tiësto’s Big Room Mix)
20 PETER WILSON & SEAN SMITH Verona
19 MK 17
18 TONY MORAN featuring JASON WALKER I’m In Love With You (Victor Dinaire/Bissen Remix)
17 RUFUS DU SOL No Place
16 ROBOTAKI & MANILA KILLA featuring MATTHEW JOHN KURZ I Want You (Spirix Remix)
15 THE CHAINSMOKERS Sick Boy
14 MAKO Breathe
13 BENNY BENASSI & SOFI TUKKER Everybody Needs A Kiss
12 THE CHAINSMOKERS Everybody Hates Me
11 KIESZA featuring PHILIPPE SLY Phantom Of The Dance Floor
10 JAMES BAY Pink Lemonade
09 A-TRAK featuring TODD TERRY DJ’S Gotta Dance More
08 BOBBY NOURMAND Subterranean/Estranged
07 ODESZA Loyal
06 LOUD LUXURY featuring BRANDO Body
05 TROYE SIVAN My My My!
04 DYRISK featuring NIK ERNST Smile
03 MERCER featuring RON CARROLL Satisfy
02 THE HIM featuring PARSON JAMES Broken Love
01 MIGUEL Pineapple Skies

Lush and dreamy production highlights “My Position” by @Prince_Paris and MindTrix @trixyourmind

PRINCE PARIS & MINDTRIX, “My Position”

What I like best about “My Position” is that it really bowls you over from all directions with its lush, dreamy soundscapes, creating its own “Wall of Sound” vibe.  It’s one of the new releases from Montreal producer Prince Paris, previously known as one half of the worldwide success called Paris & Simo, with Simo now behind the scenes and all eyes on Paris.  Prince Paris is paired with NYC producer Mindtrix and they make more than the most of what would be an average song in other hands.  It’s also represented by a powerful, diverse uncredited vocalist whose tones ride the masterful production.  It’s no wonder that this ended up as a Tipsy Records release – a high calibre record that wastes no time in making you groove right along.

Published in: on October 28, 2018 at 9:07 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Norway’s Dyrisk is back with acoustic-guitar driven electro of “Whispers”

DYRISK, “Whispers”

One thing’s certain with Norway’s Dyrisk – aka Vetle Gjøstøl Olsen – is to always expect something unconventional.  He scored big time in collaboration with UK producer Nik Ernst earlier this year with “Smile”, a #1 on my chart that is totally unlike anything you’ll hear this year – witty, smerking, in your face alt.rock,  and you can dance to it if you want to.  “Whispers” seems to take some cues from Radiohead and Beck and offers alt.electro with acoustic guitar folk flourishes in a commonly told tale where you can’t seem to do anything right in a relationship.  There are long pauses and drawn out melodies that totally work even if they’re against the normal grain.  Definitely even more of a change of pace for Tipsy Records, “Whispers” contains lots of soft electronic synth touches and a smoother Dyrisk vocal this time that offers up an earnest protagonist in the song.  Anything is possible in a Dyrisk song and I’m a firm believer that you will enjoy “Whispers”!

Published in: on October 9, 2018 at 9:55 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“No Way” is decisive for the dance floor from Sweden’s @weare JRL

JRL, “No Way”

Back with another strong dance record following last Spring’s feast of emotions in “Break Your Fall” are Swedish production wizards JRL with “No Way” for Tipsy Records.  The convincing uncredited female vocal and the resolute story are way up front in this particular song.  The rhythm will certainly take over and send you whirling away, and the JRL lads do go hard with the synths to bring the song home.  JRL are always consistent quality -wise with their records and “No Way” should continue to bring them fans and club DJ believers.  Add “No Way” to your Deep House Party playlist using the Spotify link above.

Published in: on August 23, 2018 at 10:37 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Promising L.A. production trio @Giiantsmusic offers second pop gem “Looking Up”

GIIANTS, “Looking Up”

It’s nothing but clear blue skies or bright shiny stars when you find yourself “Looking Up”.  L.A. mystery producers Giiants release their Tipsy Records follow up to the insanely catchy “Small Talk” with a lot of synth-driven melodic cheer and resilience.  The world needs more of and can’t get enough of positive pop songs right now and “Looking Up” is definitely worth cheering about.  The trio have a flair for picking great (and albeit deliberately uncredited) vocalists to bring the ocean waves crashing on to the beach.  I am more than curious where the Giiants’ next project will take us.  In the meantime, “Looking Up” is a delight in the delicious slices of life.

Published in: on March 27, 2018 at 8:18 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Hypnotic electro alt.rock of “Smile” by Norway’s @Dyriskmusic featuring @Nik_Ernst is a new favourite

DYRISK featuring NIK ERNST, “Smile”

2018 looks to be a year where boundaries of electronic dance and EDM are being pushed out of their comfort zones.  Norway’s Dyrisk is back with something new, and you won’t expect the alt.rock flavour of “Smile”, which he concocted with British producer Nik Ernst.  All of a sudden it’s a big rush back to the early 90’s when Massive Attack and Radiohead were breaking out while Nirvana and Soundgarden dominated the rock market and dance music was more about Madonna, Michael, Whitney, and maybe C+C Music Factory too.  Full of sarcastic lyrics calling out posers, “Smile” moves deliberately through its lilting rhythm and subtle electronics while incorporating crisp percussion sounds and zithery synths.  “Smile” is such an uncharacteristic shift for Dyrisk, and it works so well, that it can make you do nothing but smile.  Check it out at the link above and be sure to pick it up at your favourite digital music store.

Published in: on February 21, 2018 at 10:13 pm  Leave a Comment  
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