Notable Dance Podcast #050

Annie ft Bjarne Melgaard – Russian Kiss (Original Mix)

Kiesza – Hideaway (Gorgon City Remix)
Paul Sirrell – What Would We Do (Original)
Astronaut – Rain (Calvertron Remix)
Ron van der Beuken ft Demi Thomasson – Fire to the Rain
W&W vs KSHMR – BigFoot vs Megaloon (Hit Noize Bootleg)
Cole Plante with Myon & Shane 54 ft Ruby O Dell – If I Fall (Bit Error Mixshow)
D-Wayne – Africa (Original)
Klaas – Party Like We Are Animals (Original)
Hix – Alarma (Original Mix)
Martin Solveig vs Laidback Luke – Blow (Quintino & MOTi Remix)
DJ Chuckie – Dirty Funkin Beats (Original Mix)
TAI ft Rutedo – Just Smile (Original)
BT, Fractal & JES – Letting Go (LTN Remix)

(Picture with Cole Plante taken at Promo Only Summer Session 2013)

Notable Dance Podcast #050

SONG OF THE DAY (SUNDAY FUNDAY): Annie ft Bjarne Melgaard – Russian Kiss

Just the other day, I mentioned how Annie was probably getting in touch with Richard X to make some more synth-pop dance music since there is a whole ’90s revival.  If you go back a few years and listen to “Chewing Gum” or “Greatest Hit,”  you will hear how she jumped the ’90s flashback trend.  Created as a fundraising record in protest of Russian anti-gay laws, “Russian Kiss” is an updated version of Lil’ Louis’ classic “French Kiss” with new vocals and a bit more acid in the track.  The breakdown to slow sexy music (a/k/a porn groove) gradually comes in, unleashing the same primal sexual energy as the original.  This is one of the rare updates that both pays respect to the original while twisting it into a new direction that is fresh and now.   Club DJs will want to reach for the Skatebard remix, titled “Norwegian Kiss,”  which pumps ups the energy while giving it a bit of a happy-go-lucky Deee-Lite kinda vibe. The NSFW video feels like a Benetton ad of hipsters having a kiss-in where they are really going for it.  If this doesn’t inspire you to “shake a fist for the Russian kiss,” nothing will.

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Annie ft Bjarne Melgaard – Russian Kiss

SONG OF THE DAY: Kiesza – Hideaway

Canadian born singer/dance Kiesza makes a sparkling debut with “Hideaway,” a catchy pop interpolation of the NuHouse trend thats been dominating the UK club scene.  It’s a blend of lo-fi synth-pop and classic ’90s house with enough catchy vocal hooks to ingrain itself into your head on first listen.  Imagine Disclosure going back and producing Madonna circa “Everybody” for a reference.  BBC Radio One DJ Annie Mac is championing this record, and the Gorgon City remix is quite amazing (blending their “Ready For Your Love” vibe with a hint of Mr Oizo/”Flat Eric” atonal wah-wah noise), so expect this song to buzz from the indie world all the way up to the mainstream.  Watching the video, you can’t help but fall in love with Kiesza.  It looks like it was shot in one continuous take, and even if it wasn’t, the perfectly-timed choreography is so creative and well-executed that it seems to reference classic videos by Spice Girls (“Wannabe”) and Kylie Minogue (“Love At First Sight”). After watching the video, check out the live performance clip from McClusky’s where she dances and sings, bringing that ’90s hip-house vibe to the kids of today.   Somewhere in Berlin, I can’t help but think Annie is on the phone calling Richard X.


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Kiesza – Hideaway