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SONG OF THE DAY (SUNDAY FUNDAY): Dido – “End of Night (Remixes)”


I will be the first to admit that Dido is not the first artist I think of when I am reaching for a floorfilling club anthem.  Her songs tend to be more downbeat, introspective, and dare I say depressing- not really the ultimate source material for hands-in-the-air fun.  Maybe this is why her new single “End of Night” blew me away so much.  Produced and co-written by Greg Kurstin, the pop mastermind behind two of the year’s best dance pop records, Tegan and Sara’s “Closer” and Rita Ora’s “Radioactive,” the song spins Dido’s telling off of an ex-boyfriend as an ’80s-vibed nu-romantic La Roux-inspired electro track.   What makes it even more special is that both remixes feel like modern takes of ’90s dance styles – Vince Clarke’s mix sounds like an updated DNA-ish hip-house track, while Bimbo Jones go hands-in-the-air Hi-NRG europop (imagine Motiv8 reworking Yaz’s “Don’t Go” for an idea).  Whoever A&Red these remixes deserves kudos for one of the more interesting remix packages of the year.

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SONG OF THE DAY (SUNDAY FUNDAY): Rita Ora – “Radioactive”


Here’s a simple formula: great producer + great songwriter + great pop artist = great pop song. British singer/songwriter Rita Ora exploded on the scene in the UK first as a featured singer on DJ Fresh’s dubstep pop hit “Hot Right Now.” She then scored solo with the chart topping singles “How We Do (Party)” and “Shine Ya Light.” While she hasn’t conquered the US with such success, her new single “Radioactive” just might do the trick. Written and produced by Sia Furler (who we all know from her solo work along with massive David Guetta/Flo Rida collaborations) and Greg Kurstin (from hits by Kylie and Kelly Clarkson and Tegan and Sara’s recent “Closer”), this stadium house-grooved europop record is love at first listen. With lines like “hand to the sky” and “I feel it” and incredibly strong remixes by Dutch producers Baggi Begovic, Flexican and Lucien Foort, “Radioactive” will definitely generate a lot of DJ love.

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Top 50 Club Chart – August 2012

Compiled from a panel of DJs from across the United States