Originally Posted by jahala
"Heard it before- and done better- from songwriters I already work with and do business with". - This is a statement from a top A&R in Europe- and I think it describes your problem.
I totally agree.
The production itself is not the biggest problem here. Sonically the sounds are in the ballpark of that genre. I listened to at least part of all of the soundcloud tracks.
Here is where I think you should focus:
-None of them have melodies that really stand out
-The song arrangements are waaaaaaaay predictable - boring....
-Instrumentation could be a bit more diverse, a bit one dimensional right now
The melody thing is the big one. The melody should be so good that it is great even when you remove all of the backing tracks. I found that often your melodies were quite simple and repetitive to the point of losing my interest. Not that I am a fan, but listen to "Party in the USA" by Miley Cyrus for an example of good use of melody and melody hooks in a song. It hasn't had 300 million Youtube views by accident. Notice how they frequently repeat the catchiest parts of the melody and/or lyrics. Whether you like the song or not, you can learn a ton by studying this song. Dr Luke has made a few $ on this one for sure.
Good luck, you're making good progress, keep working at it!