"I've been testing this track out on the road for the better part of 12 months, tweaking the moments until I felt it had just the right amount of dance-floor appeal," Dom Dolla tells Billboard. "I wrote the hook after wrapping up a club show at Audio in San Francisco in June 2018. The crowd was really gravitating towards sustained, rolling grooves that night, so when I got back to the hotel I really felt the need to make one that was just for them.
"The speech in the breakdown is a sample of a local San Franciscan dance legend, Justin Martin, whom I've respected for a long time, and I felt it was just too perfect to let the track out into the world without it."
Greek-Australian singer VASSY vaults onto two Billboard dance charts, earning her eighth placement on Dance/Mix Show Airplay (No. 40) and 11th on Dance Club Songs (No. 43) with "Trouble." The track is drawing airplay on core-dance outlets, including KQPS, KNHC (C89.5) Seattle and Music Choice's Dance/EDM channel. Co-produced by VASSY and Dan Muckala, "Trouble" was remixed by Dan Thomas, Leo Blanco and Manny Martinez, among others.
"'Trouble' is a song about taking risks in life, about not being afraid to attract a little trouble," VASSY tells Billboard. "It's about how you look at life, having a positive outlook. 'Trouble' is more of an attitude than a predicament.
"I wanted to create a song that embodies an uplifting tone with a little bit of attitude to encourage my fans to take chances and not be afraid of the rejections that they may encounter in life," VASSY continues. "It's a nice balance of pop-leaning dance with a fusion of EDM drops, yet embracing a more traditional songwriting style. I wanted to embellish and embody all the different musical elements that make up who I am today as an artist. After all, I like a little trouble in my life."
SLANDER feat. Dylan Matthew, "Love Is Gone"
Los Angeles-based DJ duo SLANDER (Derek Andersen and Scott Land) starts at No. 48 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs with "Love Is Gone," featuring Dylan Matthew. Originally released on May 10, the track has become re-energized by a host of Oct. 5-released remixes, including from Kompany, Spag Heddy and Crystal Skies. SLANDER's third chart entry and Matthew's second earned 447,000 U.S. streams (up 89%) in the tracking week ending Oct. 10.