SONG OF THE DAY (SUNDAY FUNDAY): Gala – “Lose Yourself in Me”

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With mind and senses pure, I can honestly say that I was a big fan of europop in the ’90s, and Gala was one of my favorites.  “Freed From Desire,” “Let a Boy Cry,” and “Come Into My Life” – in their original versions and the remixes by Da Loops and Motiv8 were mainstays of my radio and club sets for quite a while.  Imagine my sheer delight when I recently stumbled upon “Lose Yourself in Me,” released last June on her own label Matriarchy.  The song has all of the elements of classic Gala – that unique, tough-but-sweet voice, intelligent lyrics written above the level of most dance pop, and a catchy repeated chorus hook.  The sound is definitely current, yet there’s an influence of the melancholy t.A.T.u sound that adds a duality of emotion to the sound.  For club play, remixes are a mixed bag (literally) with a contrasting Veldt/Gangnam style mash (JoeySuki), the old school Hi-NRG hands-in-the-air girl twirl (Clap), and the electrohouse/stadium fusion (Hakimaki).  I could only imagine how great the vibe on the set of the Tron-style video was, as you see the oft-somber Italian girl smiling and having a lot of fun.  Isn’t that the kind of energy you want from a europop song?   While credible DJs may turn up their noses at such an obvious pop record, lyrics like “Find Yourself in Me, I’ll Set You Free” make it a perfect song to start a set with.   

Image Courtesy of Matriarch Records.

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