Top 30 Songs for January 16-22, 2022

I just can’t get enough of those exuberant jangly guitars, driving beats and soaring vocals on the marvelous “Good Friend” by Canadian artist dwi, and it remains my favorite song for a second week. Closing in at #2 is “Crutch” by Band of Horses, and climbing four spots to #4 is the beautiful “Time in Disguise” by Kings of Leon. It’s not doing particularly well on the Alternative charts, which is perplexing to me, especially given that “Bandit” was the top song of 2021 on the Adult Alternative Airplay chart. The ebullient dance-pop tune “Starts With You” by L.A.-based singer-songwriter Shimmer Johnson climbs three spots to #6, and Tears for Fears’ “The Tipping Point” also climbs three spots to #7.

Three songs debut on this week’s chart: Though it’s been out for over three months, “INDUSTRY BABY” by Lil Nas X featuring Jack Harlow finally enters my chart at #28. Bringing up the rear are new songs by two of my favorite acts from London, England – “Just Like Always” by Oli Barton & the Movement and Maella, and “Redchurch Street Blues” by Philip Morgan Lewis, which enter at #29 & #30, respectively.

  1. GOOD FRIEND – dwi (1)
  2. CRUTCH – Band of Horses (3)
  3. I DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE – The War on Drugs featuring Lucius (2)
  4. TIME IN DISGUISE – Kings of Leon (8)
  5. LOVE LOVE LOVE – My Morning Jacket (4)
  6. STARTS WITH YOU – Shimmer Johnson (9)
  7. THE TIPPING POINT – Tears for Fears (10)
  8. BEGGIN’ – Måneskin (5)
  9. I DON’T WANNA TALK (I JUST WANNA DANCE) – Glass Animals (6)
  10. LOVE IN OCTOBER – Ships Have Sailed (7)
  11. I SEE THE SUN – Solar Eyes (12)
  12. TWO CAR FAMILY – Apollo Junction (13)
  13. LEFT BEHIND – a million rich daughters (14)
  14. SMILE – Wolf Alice (15)
  15. JOURNEYMAN’S BALLET – Sam Rappaport (17)
  16. U&ME – alt-J (18)
  17. ONE AND THE SAME – Future Theory (19)
  18. WAKE ME UP – Foals (20)
  19. THE HARDEST CUT – Spoon (22)
  20. UNTIL I COME HOME – Two Feet & grandson (23)
  21. CHAPSTICK – COIN (24)
  22. HEAD IN THE CLOUDS – Thunder Fox (25)
  23. THE OUTSIDE – twenty øne piløts (26)
  24. DON’T BRING ME DOWN – Two Feet (11)
  25. THE ONLY HEARTBREAKER – Mitski (30)
  26. JUSTIFIED – Kacey Musgraves (16)
  27. KALEIDOSCOPE – Soda Cracker Jesus (21)
  28. INDUSTRY BABY – Lil Nas X featuring Jack Harlow (N)
  29. JUST LIKE ALWAYS – Oli Barton & the Movement & Maella (N)
  30. REDCHURCH STREET BLUES – Philip Morgan Lewis (N)

PHILIP MORGAN LEWIS – Single Review: “Redchurch Street Blues”

British singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Philip Morgan Lewis is one of the most creative and prolific artists I’ve encountered in my more than six years as a music blogger. Drawing from an eclectic range of music genres and influences, including alternative rock, blues, R&B, soul, garage rock, folk and EDM, the London East Ender crafts his own unique style of blues-soaked rock. That unique style, combined with his distinctive raspy singing voice that sounds like no one else, makes his music instantly recognizable as only his.

Over the past decade, Philip has released an impressive amount of music, including two albums – Grief Harbour in 2017 (which I reviewed) and Now + Then this past September – as well as two EPs and scores of singles. I’ve also reviewed several of those singles, most recently “I.O.U” this past August (you can read some of those reviews by clicking on the links under ‘Related’ at the end of this post). Now the hard-working musician returns with a fantastic new single “Redchurch Street Blues“. In addition to writing, singing and producing the track, Philip also played slide and electric guitars and organ. Drums were played by Jon Harris, bass by Ben Jones, additional electric guitar by Rob Updegraff, and backing vocals were sung by Philip, Vicky and Little A. The track was recorded at One Louder Studios London by Alan Emptage, and mastered at Fluid Mastering by Tim Debney.

I’ve stated previously that one of the things I like about Philip’s music is its unpredictability, and how no two songs of his ever sound alike. With every release, we’re treated to an entirely different sound and vibe than the song before, and “Redchurch Street Blues” is another fine example of that. The song is a raw and bluesy ode to the hardscrabble East London neighbourhood he once lived in, which in recent years has undergone gentrification, along with all the positive and negative changes that comes with it.

The song’s retro and bluesy vibe has one foot planted in late 1950s rock’n’roll, with noticeable shades of Buddy Holly, Gene Vincent and Elvis Presley. In fact, Philip seems to channel Vincent with his be-bop-a-lula-esque vocals in the bridge. The other foot is firmly planted in the present, with a contemporary blues rock sensibility similar to some of the music of two of my favorite bands, Cage the Elephant and The Black Keys. The dual intricate guitars of Philip and Rob Updegraff are outstanding, floating over Ben Jones’ pulsating bass groove and Jon Harris’ thumping drums keeping the tight rhythm.

About his inspiration behind the song, Philip elaborates: “Redchurch Street is set in Shoreditch. I used to live a couple streets down on Bethnal green which is rougher and saw a good deal of the riots; it’s part of the poorest borough of London, Tower hamlets. It’s the home of the colourful Bricklane market and of course the Cockneys which by the way my daughter is as she was born in Whitechapel. Gentrification started a while back as posh shops and franchises moved into the area and most of the little shops, tenants and businesses had a hard time surviving with rent rising and all. I guess this is the way of the world, but the contrast remains stunning from one street to the other, with the City of London and its billions looming over in the east end of London.”

Builders aren’t building
Landlords evicting
The rent is trebling
No signs of easing

Cars are burning
While my baby is sleeping
The streets are a-blazing
And the bonfire grins

I’ve got the red church street blues
And I’m down in the gutter
There goes the neighbourhood

We toil everyday
For a misery pay
Ain’t got too much to lose
When you’re down with that blues
Now shops they are closing
And the malls keep on thriving
Got a bag full of nothing
And the pawnbroker’s spleen


I’ve got the red church street blues
And I’m down in the gutter
There goes the neighbourhood

Now the tables are turning
Heads are consulting
Inflation is rising
And my blood pressure steams
I’m just a dead man walking
Lord I’m up to my chin
I’ve been played now I spin
And the banker still grins     

I’ve got the red church street blues
And I’m down in the gutter
There goes the neighbourhood
It seems like yesterday
Will never fade away
No matter what you hear
No matter what they say
You’re on your own

I’ve got the red church street blues
And I’m down in the gutter
There goes the neighbourhood

Here’s a video of Philip’s acoustic performance of the song:

Connect with Philip: Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram
Stream his music: Spotify / YouTube / Apple Music
Purchase:  Amazon / Deezer / Bandcamp 

New Song of the Week – PHILIP MORGAN LEWIS: “I.O.U.”

British singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Philip Morgan Lewis is one of the most creative and prolific artists I’ve come across in my six years as a music blogger. He’s become a favorite of this blog, and this is the fifth time I’ve featured him since November 2017. Drawing upon a wide range of genres and influences, including alternative rock, blues, R&B, garage rock, folk and EDM, the London East Ender crafts his own unique style of blues-soaked rock that’s perfect for his distinctive raspy vocals. His singing voice sounds like no one else, making him one of those artists you immediately recognize upon hearing his songs.

Over the past decade, Philip has released an impressive amount of music, including his superb 2017 album Grief Harbour (which I reviewed), two EPs and scores of singles. Among those I’ve written about was “Come Find Me Back”, which I premiered this past April along with its wonderful accompanying video. The hauntingly beautiful song spent 10 weeks on my Weekly Top 30. He quickly followed with two more singles and an EP Lost Soul Sessions, and now returns with yet another new single “I.O.U.“, which I’ve chosen as my New Song of the Week.

Released via Tx2 Records, “I.O.U.” is his second collaboration with Belgium producer Orfeo Brigande, who co-wrote and co-produced the track. Philip played guitar and sang all vocals on the track, Orfeo programmed the beat and synths, and Karl Velsch played additional guitar. The track will be included on his upcoming EP NOW + THEN, to be released September 1st. 

One of the many things I like about Philip’s music is its unpredictability, and that no two songs ever sound alike. With every release, we’re treated to an entirely different sound and vibe than the song before, and “I.O.U.” is no exception. The song has a slow, sensuous vibe, with Orfeo’s moody synths and keyboards creating a sultry, almost cinematic groove, over which Philip and Karl layer a marvelous blend of funky and distorted guitar notes. As always, Philip’s raspy emotive vocals are soulful and evocative, conveying his ardor in a way that’s soothing, but also smoldering with a white-hot desire.

The lyrics speak to someone who brings so much joy and love into your life that you feel an intense love for them in return, along with a grateful feeling of indebtedness – expressed by the initials “I.O.U.” In them, you’ve found someone so perfect, you need look no further for anyone who could possibly be better.

Ain’t gonna dig down deeper
There ain’t nobody like you
Ain’t gonna look no further
I want somebody like you
For the love you’ve given me
Is hard and dirty babe
And I.O.U.
Ain’t gonna dig it down
Don’t want nobody but you

Connect with Philip: Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram
Stream his music: Spotify / YouTube / Apple Music
Purchase:  Amazon / Deezer / Bandcamp 

Top 30 Songs for July 18-24, 2021

  1. WELCOME TO THE PARTY – Jack Droppers & the Best Intentions (2)
  2. WE ARE BETWEEN – Modest Mouse (1)
  3. BED HEAD – Manchester Orchestra (4)
  4. FLATLINE – Two Feet (3)
  5. CAN WE GO BACK – The Frontier (7)
  6. FOLLOW YOU – Imagine Dragons (5)
  7. MARTYR – Oli Barton & the Movement (8)
  8. SINNER – Young Decades (9)
  9. ZITTI E BUONI – Måneskin (10)
  10. METRONOME – Polarizer (6)
  11. YOUR POWER – Billie Eilish (14)
  12. BETTER – Michigander (15)
  13. CRAWLING KINGSNAKE – The Black Keys (16)
  14. STARGAZING – The Neighbourhood (20)
  15. LIKE I USED TO – Sharon Van Etten & Angel Olsen (21)
  16. TYPHOONS – Royal Blood (11)
  17. ALL YOU EVER WANTED – Rag’n’Bone Man (19)
  18. NOT DEAD YET – Lord Huron (12)
  19. SHY AWAY – twenty øne piløts (13)
  20. NOTHING2 – Strange Souvenirs (23)
  21. HIGHER POWER – Coldplay (22)
  22. STOP MAKING THIS HURT – Bleachers (24)
  23. STICKY – The Maine (25)
  24. SOLAR POWER – Lorde (26)
  25. MISSING PIECE – Vance Joy (27)
  26. EVERY WINDOW IS A MIRROR – Joywave (28)
  27. ENNUI – Dawning (29)
  28. COME FIND ME BACK – Philip Morgan Lewis (17)
  29. SAVE YOUR TEARS – The Weeknd (18)
  30. MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name) – Lil Nas X (N)

Top 30 Songs for July 11-17, 2021

  1. WE ARE BETWEEN – Modest Mouse (1)
  2. WELCOME TO THE PARTY – Jack Droppers & the Best Intentions (5)
  3. FLATLINE – Two Feet (2)
  4. BED HEAD – Manchester Orchestra (6)
  5. FOLLOW YOU – Imagine Dragons (4)
  6. METRONOME – Polarizer (3)
  7. CAN WE GO BACK – The Frontier (10)
  8. MARTYR – Oli Barton & the Movement (12)
  9. SINNER – Young Decades (13)
  10. ZITTI E BUONI – Måneskin (19)
  11. TYPHOONS – Royal Blood (11)
  12. NOT DEAD YET – Lord Huron (7)
  13. SHY AWAY – twenty øne piløts (8)
  14. YOUR POWER – Billie Eilish (15)
  15. BETTER – Michigander (16)
  16. CRAWLING KINGSNAKE – The Black Keys (18)
  17. COME FIND ME BACK – Philip Morgan Lewis (14)
  18. SAVE YOUR TEARS – The Weeknd (9)
  19. ALL YOU EVER WANTED – Rag’n’Bone Man (20)
  20. STARGAZING – The Neighbourhood (22)
  21. LIKE I USED TO – Sharon Van Etten & Angel Olsen (23)
  22. HIGHER POWER – Coldplay (21)
  23. NOTHING2 – Strange Souvenirs (24)
  24. STOP MAKING THIS HURT – Bleachers (25)
  25. STICKY – The Maine (26)
  26. SOLAR POWER – Lorde (27)
  27. MISSING PIECE – Vance Joy (28)
  28. EVERY WINDOW IS A MIRROR – Joywave (29)
  29. ENNUI – Dawning (30)
  30. BREAK MY BABY – KALEO (17)

Top 30 Songs for July 4-10, 2021

  1. WE ARE BETWEEN – Modest Mouse (2)
  2. FLATLINE – Two Feet (1)
  3. METRONOME – Polarizer (5)
  4. FOLLOW YOU – Imagine Dragons (6)
  5. WELCOME TO THE PARTY – Jack Droppers & the Best Intentions (10)
  6. BED HEAD – Manchester Orchestra (8)
  7. NOT DEAD YET – Lord Huron (3)
  8. SHY AWAY – twenty øne piløts (4)
  9. SAVE YOUR TEARS – The Weeknd (7)
  10. CAN WE GO BACK – The Frontier (11)
  11. TYPHOONS – Royal Blood (12)
  12. MARTYR – Oli Barton & the Movement (13)
  13. SINNER – Young Decades (14)
  14. COME FIND ME BACK – Philip Morgan Lewis (15)
  15. YOUR POWER – Billie Eilish (16)
  16. BETTER – Michigander (17)
  17. BREAK MY BABY – KALEO (9)
  18. CRAWLING KINGSNAKE – The Black Keys (20)
  19. ZITTI E BUONI – Måneskin (23)
  20. ALL YOU EVER WANTED – Rag’n’Bone Man (24)
  21. HIGHER POWER – Coldplay (25)
  22. STARGAZING – The Neighbourhood (28)
  23. LIKE I USED TO – Sharon Van Etten & Angel Olsen (29)
  24. NOTHING2 – Strange Souvenirs (27)
  25. STOP MAKING THIS HURT – Bleachers (30)
  26. STICKY – The Maine (N)
  27. SOLAR POWER – Lorde (N)
  28. MISSING PIECE – Vance Joy (N)
  29. EVERY WINDOW IS A MIRROR – Joywave (N)
  30. ENNUI – Dawning (N)

Top 30 Songs for June 27-July 3, 2021

  1. FLATLINE – Two Feet (1)
  2. WE ARE BETWEEN – Modest Mouse (4)
  3. NOT DEAD YET – Lord Huron (2)
  4. SHY AWAY – twenty øne piløts (3)
  5. METRONOME – Polarizer (5)
  6. FOLLOW YOU – Imagine Dragons (6)
  7. SAVE YOUR TEARS – The Weeknd (7)
  8. BED HEAD – Manchester Orchestra (9)
  9. BREAK MY BABY – KALEO (8)
  10. WELCOME TO THE PARTY – Jack Droppers & the Best Intentions (12)
  11. CAN WE GO BACK – The Frontier (15)
  12. TYPHOONS – Royal Blood (16)
  13. MARTYR – Oli Barton & the Movement (18)
  14. SINNER – Young Decades (19)
  15. COME FIND ME BACK – Philip Morgan Lewis (17)
  16. YOUR POWER – Billie Eilish (20)
  17. BETTER – Michigander (21)
  18. ROSE HIPS – Dawning (10)
  19. BREATHE – Ships Have Sailed (11)
  20. CRAWLING KINGSNAKE – The Black Keys (24)
  21. AT HOME IN THE DARK – Au Gres (13)
  22. HYPOTHETICALS – Lake Street Dive (14)
  23. ZITTI E BUONI – Måneskin (28)
  24. ALL YOU EVER WANTED – Rag’n’Bone Man (27)
  25. HIGHER POWER – Coldplay (29)
  26. WAY LESS SAD – AJR (23)
  27. NOTHING2 – Strange Souvenirs (30)
  28. STARGAZING – The Neighbourhood (N)
  29. LIKE I USED TO – Sharon Van Etten & Angel Olsen (N)
  30. STOP MAKING THIS HURT – Bleachers (N)

Top 30 Songs for June 20-26, 2021

  1. FLATLINE – Two Feet (3)
  2. NOT DEAD YET – Lord Huron (1)
  3. SHY AWAY – twenty øne piløts (2)
  4. WE ARE BETWEEN – Modest Mouse (9)
  5. METRONOME – Polarizer (6)
  6. FOLLOW YOU – Imagine Dragons (7)
  7. SAVE YOUR TEARS – The Weeknd (8)
  8. BREAK MY BABY – KALEO (11)
  9. BED HEAD – Manchester Orchestra (12)
  10. ROSE HIPS – Dawning (4)
  11. BREATHE – Ships Have Sailed (5)
  12. WELCOME TO THE PARTY – Jack Droppers & the Best Intentions (19)
  13. AT HOME IN THE DARK – Au Gres (10)
  14. HYPOTHETICALS – Lake Street Dive (13)
  15. CAN WE GO BACK – The Frontier (17)
  16. TYPHOONS – Royal Blood (18)
  17. COME FIND ME BACK – Philip Morgan Lewis (21)
  18. MARTYR – Oli Barton & the Movement (22)
  19. SINNER – Young Decades (23)
  20. YOUR POWER – Billie Eilish (24)
  21. BETTER – Michigander (25)
  22. BLACK DAYS – Amongst Liars (15)
  23. WAY LESS SAD – AJR (16)
  24. CRAWLING KINGSNAKE – The Black Keys (26)
  25. LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN – Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic (20)
  26. I NEED YOU – Jon Batiste (14)
  27. ALL YOU EVER WANTED – Rag’n’Bone Man (27)
  28. ZITTI E BUONI – Måneskin (29)
  29. HIGHER POWER – Coldplay (30)
  30. NOTHING2 – Strange Souvenirs (N)

Top 30 Songs for June 13-19, 2021

  1. NOT DEAD YET – Lord Huron (1)
  2. SHY AWAY – twenty øne piløts (3)
  3. FLATLINE – Two Feet (5)
  4. ROSE HIPS – Dawning (4)
  5. BREATHE – Ships Have Sailed (2)
  6. METRONOME – Polarizer (7)
  7. FOLLOW YOU – Imagine Dragons (8)
  8. SAVE YOUR TEARS – The Weeknd (10)
  9. WE ARE BETWEEN – Modest Mouse (21)
  10. AT HOME IN THE DARK – Au Gres (9)
  11. BREAK MY BABY – KALEO (12)
  12. BED HEAD – Manchester Orchestra (13)
  13. HYPOTHETICALS – Lake Street Dive (11)
  14. I NEED YOU – Jon Batiste (6)
  15. BLACK DAYS – Amongst Liars (16)
  16. WAY LESS SAD – AJR (17)
  17. CAN WE GO BACK – The Frontier (18)
  18. TYPHOONS – Royal Blood (19)
  19. WELCOME TO THE PARTY – Jack Droppers & the Best Intentions (20)
  20. LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN – Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic (14)
  21. COME FIND ME BACK – Philip Morgan Lewis (23)
  22. MARTYR – Oli Barton & the Movement (24)
  23. SINNER – Young Decades (25)
  24. YOUR POWER – Billie Eilish (26)
  25. BETTER – Michigander (27)
  26. CRAWLING KINGSNAKE – The Black Keys (29)
  27. ALL YOU EVER WANTED – Rag’n’Bone Man (30)
  28. ALL MY FAVORITE SONGS – Weezer (15)
  29. ZITTI E BUONI – Måneskin (N)
  30. HIGHER POWER – Coldplay (N)

Top 30 Songs for June 6-12, 2021

  1. NOT DEAD YET – Lord Huron (3)
  2. BREATHE – Ships Have Sailed (1)
  3. SHY AWAY – twenty øne piløts (2)
  4. ROSE HIPS – Dawning (4)
  5. FLATLINE – Two Feet (11)
  6. I NEED YOU – Jon Batiste (6)
  7. METRONOME – Polarizer (8)
  8. FOLLOW YOU – Imagine Dragons (9)
  9. AT HOME IN THE DARK – Au Gres (12)
  10. SAVE YOUR TEARS – The Weeknd (13)
  11. HYPOTHETICALS – Lake Street Dive (14)
  12. BREAK MY BABY – KALEO (15)
  13. BED HEAD – Manchester Orchestra (16)
  14. LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN – Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic (7)
  15. ALL MY FAVORITE SONGS – Weezer (5)
  16. BLACK DAYS – Amongst Liars (17)
  17. WAY LESS SAD – AJR (18)
  18. CAN WE GO BACK – The Frontier (20)
  19. TYPHOONS – Royal Blood (21)
  20. WELCOME TO THE PARTY – Jack Droppers & the Best Intentions (22)
  21. WE ARE BETWEEN – Modest Mouse (28)
  22. ENEMY MINE – Roadkeeper (10)
  23. COME FIND ME BACK – Philip Morgan Lewis (24)
  24. MARTYR – Oli Barton & the Movement (25)
  25. SINNER – Young Decades (26)
  26. YOUR POWER – Billie Eilish (27)
  27. BETTER – Michigander (30)
  28. MY EX’S BEST FRIEND – Machine Gun Kelly featuring blackbear (19)
  29. CRAWLING KINGSNAKE – The Black Keys (N)
  30. ALL YOU EVER WANTED – Rag’n’Bone Man (N)