Older favourites depart to make room for five new songs in this edition of my bi-weekly personal chart. For those new to reading about my chart, there are very few rules, it’s just a list of my current favourites, stylized after the radio charts of yore. The only rule is that songs that reach 10 appearances (20 weeks) depart the chart – unless they are rising up the chart, which has only happened once (with Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep”, which had an 11 appearance run).
Two veteran electronic dance acts vie for #1 in two weeks. For now, “Shivohum” by Tritonal and Henry Dark (above) grabs #1 for a second appearance. It’s a mellow dance song with a chanting chorus sung in Sanskrit that’s set to a fantastic deep house rhythm, which you will undoubtedly hear at upcoming music festivals. Moving up 3-2 is the moody but riveting latest release by R3HAB in collaboration with Jungleboi and a stellar vocal by Zayn bringing life to the devil or demon persona in “Flames”
Look who has three songs in the Top 10 – it’s Harry Styles! Former #1 “Lights Up” is now at #3, while “Adore You” (above) and “Watermelon Sugar” (below) both continue to climb to #7 and #10 respectively. The last time this happened was back in July 2011, when Simon Curtis was in the Top 10 with “Flesh”, “Superhero”, and “The Puppet Who Gave Himself Strings”.
L.A.-based Canadian singer/songwriter Peter Foldy keeps busy between film-making, photography, and music. “Toxic World” climbs 8-5 and is starting to receive airplay on some Canadian radio stations thanks to its warm and timely message. Peter tells me he is working on more new music which we may hear by spring or early summer!
The only other new entry to the Top 10 besides “Watermelon Sugar” is Florida singer/songwriter John.k’s slice of life song “if we never met”, which rises 12-9.
The Weeknd has an album forthcoming – he’s just not saying what it is or when just yet. In the meantime, the 80’s retro-tastic “Blinding Lights” advances 18-11.
The Fastest Riser on the chart belongs to “Ain’t Deep Enough” where a classic deep house vibe will grab you underneath the sterling vocal by Jared Lee, courtesy of Chicago duo Autograf. “Ain’t Deep Enough” climbs 20-12.
“Storm” continues to ride the Top 10 of American dance charts, yet for some reason hasn’t followed up Famba’s Canadian radio hits in his own country (the producer recently relocated from Halifax to Toronto too). Featuring a vocal by fellow Canadian Kyra Mastro, “Storm” moves up 21-14.
Ekali’s new album A World Away will be dropping soon while the producer teases with previews on social media. In the meantime, the Vancouver-born Nathan Shaw collaborates with his buddy Illenium for “Hard To Say Goodbye”, featuring the voice of Chloe Angelides, which climbs 23-17. “Hard” will also appear on A World Away.
“Starlight” continues to be off to a great start for Germany’s ZEROBADDAYS and U.S. singer/songwriter Victor Perry, and rises 26-19.
While she awaits the birth of child #2, England’s Jessie Ware is releasing some of the best songs of her career, with R&B flavours that only seem to get captured by the best British women singers – Dusty Springfield, Lisa Stansfield, Beverley Knight, Corinne Bailey Rae, and Mica Paris to name a few. “Mirage (Don’t Stop)” follows up last year’s “Overtime” and “Adore You” – it might be the best of the bunch and bows at #23. It’s her 7th appearance on this chart, which started with a featured vocal on an alternate version of Miguel’s “Adorn” in 2013.
The next two entries are guaranteed to shake the snow off those winter boots and get you dancing. Veterans Chocolate Puma and Firebeatz (who I saw perform in Miami last year) join forces for a fantastic house track, “Soul Fifty” (above) at #24. NYC-based, Montreal-born A-Trak is on a real roll with releases on his Fools Gold label. Essentially a double “A” sided single with “What Can I Do” (featuring Loods), “Blaze” (below) is the epitomy of slick house and features Friend Within. “Blaze” arrives at #25.
To date, Vancouver production duo Young Bombs have only appeared on this chart as remixers, including with a #1 for Connor Phillips with “Lost” in 2016. The lads had a Canadian radio hit and US dance hit last year with “Starry Eyes” after signing with Astralwerks. Their latest single “Better Day” (#27) offers brightness and positivity in the bleaker months of winter, and brings us another dynamic vocal by Aloe Blacc, still on the chart with Hellberg’s “Punching In The Dark” at #20.
The fifth debut belongs to Canadian duo Homestead with “Lifeline” at #28 from their debut EP Beacon. The duo of Liam DeBoer and Joël have been collaborating for years, withJoël first appearing on this chart in 2016 with the fantastic storytelling of “You Fucked Up” (#12). “Lifeline” is much edgier musically, featuring standout guitar work and Joël’s fiery vocal style alongside a danceable rhythm.
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