Notable Dance Podcast #072 by Notable Dance on Mixcloud Junior Sanchez vs Bad Suns – Salt (Original Mix) Block & Crown vs Troj – Come To See Me Second City ft Ali
One complaint often leveled at electronic music is that it is so perfect and precise. The beats are measured, something happens every four measures, and everything is perfectly synched. Embracing the style
Honestly, when someone told me that they heard a dance cover of “Take My Breath Away” on Fusion Radio, I was thinking to myself, “please, Lord, no.” To say that I had
The “Queen of Rave” is best known for the classic technohouse anthem “Everybody’s Free (To Feel Good)” which gets remixed and rereleased every couple of years (Kortezman, Global Deejays, EFX and Digit,
How do you follow up the notorious electro track #Selfie? With another meme record of course. Kanye West is notorious for his aspirations to build a life on his own terms and
Shaolin usually refers to martial arts, specifically kung fu. Dutch duo Mightyfools build a banging electro track, complete with laser sounds that inspire visions of stars (the throwing weapon) flying right past
When I first heard about this summery europop song buzzing overseas, I thought, please not an ABBA or Mayra Veronica cover. Luckily, it is neither, but an original song by Romanian pop
Between remixes (Erika Jane, Demi Lovato) and touring (he opened for Demi for two months), 17-year old DJ/producer Cole Plante keeps himself busy. Following up the Billboard Club Chart-topping “If I Fall”
Junior Sanchez vs Bad Suns – Salt (Original Mix)
Block & Crown vs Troj – Come To See Me
Second City ft Ali Love – What Can I Do
Cleavage – Need Someone
Mike Mago ft Dragonette – Outlines (Original Mix)
Gabriel & Dresden – New Ground (Original Mix)
Olav Basoski – Stress Test (Vocal Mix)
Anna Lunoe – Bass Drum Dealer
BT ft Christian Burns – Paralyzed (Original Mix)
David Anthony ft Rozalla – Can You Feel The Love (Extended Mix)
Aerreo ft Jonny Rose – Meteorite (Extended Mix)
Manufactured Superstars ft Jarvis Church – Stay (Extended)
Cosmic Gate & Eric Lumiere – Falling Back (Extended Mix)
Picture of BT taken at WMC 2014.
One complaint often leveled at electronic music is that it is so perfect and precise. The beats are measured, something happens every four measures, and everything is perfectly synched. Embracing the style of Le Youth, sampling and distorting an old vocal sample until it is unrecognizable, “Come to See Me,” the recent release from Block & Crown vs Troj throws a bit of a curveball. The tech-house/future-house/nu-house (insert current de rigeur subgenre) track reworks the vocals of Brandy’s “What About Us” to sound masculine. If that isn’t disorienting enough, the vocal placement is off, seemingly on purpose, to throw you off the game. If you try to sing along, you can’t. This isn’t the haphazard sloppiness of an amateur producer, but an enticing, almost stimulatingly dysfunctional method of disorienting the listener. Just when you think you’ve got the groove, it throws you off. A parallel would be the high fashion models who become successful due to a flaw which makes them special. In a world of precision EDM, an off the cuff track like “Come to See Me” really stands out and makes a statement.
Image courtesy of Tactical Music.
Honestly, when someone told me that they heard a dance cover of “Take My Breath Away” on Fusion Radio, I was thinking to myself, “please, Lord, no.” To say that I had low expectations would be a mild understatement. You know how when you are about to get a shot at the doctor and tense your arm in fear – that’s kind of what I was doing when I was about to listen to it. My delusional drama was more than unfounded. Operatically-trained Sylvia Tosun takes the classic Berlin ‘Top Gun’ theme song in a fresh new direction – not the expected karaoke-lite Hi-NRG cover – but a modern progressive vocal pop record. Yes, you get the vibe of the original singer Terri Nunn, but with a mix of Enya and Amba Shepard as Sylvia’s soothing yet powerful vocals elevate the new version beyond expectations. The track doesn’t even sound like what you would expect from Bimbo Jones – it sounds more like Markus Schulz channeling Zedd. Let me make it clear that I am a huge fan of Bimbo Jones’ Hi-NRG commercial sound, but together with their recent mix of Zedd’s “Stay the Night” – this new direction from them is unexpected and quite wonderful. This song would fit on A State of Trance radio show just as easily as it would make bears rush to the dancefloor at a leather bar. Sylvia has two other tracks that are buzzing in the trance world (“There Are No Words” with Andrew Rayel and “Eye 2 Eye” with Aly & Fila and Roger Shah), but I am hoping that “Take My Breath Away” encourages her to update even more classic songs with modern EDM styles (future house, electro, and even trap) for a new generation of listeners.
Image courtesy of Sea to Sun Records.