Notable Dance Podcast #075 by Notable Dance on Mixcloud
Planet Of Sound ft Cider Sky – Together (Vocal Mix)
The Magician ft Years & Years – Sunlight (Watermat Remix)
Fedde le Grand Funkerman – 3 Minutes to Explain (Funkerman Fame Mix)
Ruffneck ft Yavahn – Everybody Be Somebody (Lucas & Steve Remix)
Don Diablo – Back In Time
Jakob Liedholm – NEA (Danny Howard Remix)
Kid Massive – Indigo
Thomas Newson & Magnificence – Blizzard
Patrick Hagenaar – Come Closer (Not Too Close)
Jacob van Hage – Floorburn (Original Mix)
W&W & Headhunterz – Shocker (Original Mix)
Armin Van Buuren – Hystereo
Andrew Rayel ft Jonathan Mendelsohn – One In A Million (Paris Blohm Remix)
Disco Fries & Gazzo ft Jones – Follow Me
No stranger to big festival anthems (“Don’t Give Up,” “No Good,” “Raw“), Dutchman Fedde Le Grand is about to unleash a new one called “Twisted.” What makes the big room electro track live up to its title? The intro is completely unexpected, starting with a funky guitar hook that sounds like it was lifted from an old Doobie Brothers track (maybe “Long Train Running”) which gets more aggressive and electro as it builds. Then come the male vocals which sound like Green Velvet (channelling Stewart Who) repeating an irresistible verse. The drop and buildup are everything you would expect from a track like this, but it’s the effects and the increasing power in the vocals that elevate the track to a higher level. While some may compare the lyrical content to “Wasted” (Tiesto’s paean to alcoholism), “Twisted” is simultaneously more playful and darker. It isn’t clear whether “Twisted” is referring to a crazy person, someone uninhibited by the music, or the darker side of drug culture. When a track isn’t overly explicit, it allows the listener to make their own interpretation. Though in reality, most ragers will just be jumping up and down to the beat for the entire track, which of course is “Twisted” enough in itself. As usual, Danny Howard of BBC Radio gets the coolest new tracks first.
Image Courtesy of Flamingo.
Seamus Haji is one of those rare producers who lives in both the commercial and underground worlds. One moment he is reworking a big pop record by Foxes, The Saturdays, Usher, or Mariah Carey for the dance floor and the next he drops something much deeper, like “Inception.” This new collaboration with Sheldon is much more on the progressive house tip- not stadium, but big, expansive and experimental, with huge washes of synths leading a journey reaching gorgeous heights and down to deep valleys. When Danny Howard premiered this on his BBC radio show, he referenced Eric Prydz, and while there is definitely a section reminiscent of “Pjanoo,” it is neither a knockoff nor an update but more an experimental groove with a variety of influences. Although I am not normally a fan of progressive tracks, “Inception” is something special that could draw new people into the prog world as it really embraces you on an emotional level and takes you on a sonic journey with the many layers that build over its six-minute length.
Image courtesy of Trice Recordings.