In 1999 and 2000, both Chicane and Duane Harden had major club hits but they are also two artists that you would never expect to collaborate. Chicane created epic gorgeous trance tracks like the chart topping “Don’t Give Up” (featuring Bryan Adams,) “Strong in Love” and “Saltwater.” Duane Harden is the soulful disco house singer/songwriters behind the classic “U Don’t Know Me” by Armand van Helden and “What You Need” with Powerhouse. Working together on “One More Time,” you can hear the two influencing each other. Chicane’s track is a bit funkier and harder than his classic sound (and more aggressive than his recent work with Ferry Corsten “One Thousand Suns.”) Duane’s vocals are as soulful as ever but silkier and prettier than anything else he’s ever done. While the pairing seems pretty random, the results are better than you would imagine. Thinking back to that same time period of dance music, I wonder how the random pairing of say Green Velvet and Tori Amos would turn out?
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