This is one of those collaborations that seem so random that it could either result in brilliance or madness. Europop legend Gala (“Freed From Desire”/”Let a Boy Cry”), whom we last heard on “Taste of Me” teamed up with house legend Todd Terry for the quirky yet delightful “The Beautiful.” The lyrics question the pursuit of material wealth and fame when inner beauty and resolve is much more valuable. Gala’s distinctive voice sounds better than ever with her trademark melodic talk/sing. Todd Terry shows the newcomers how to update the classic (and even his own) house sound with modern elements for a truly fresh vibe. Putting the two together is definitely brilliant. Loge21 remixes the track with a Chromeo vibe while the Hoxton Whores go big room with bouncy house- with the original vibe intact. The video is delightfully subversive, with Gala being bound yet clearly in control at the same time perfectly echoing the true meaning of the lyrics.
Dance covers can often slip into cliche, but when done well they can be quite special. Phyllis Nelson topped the club chart in 1985 with “I Like You,” a true club anthem still heard to this day in gay clubs around the world. Singer Debby Holiday pays respect to the original, staying faithful to the harmonies, but injecting her unique flavor into the performance. Debby is one of those rare singers who has the vocal power of a rocker and the soul of a legendary diva. Whether live or on a remix, you know it is her singing. Listening to the plethora of remixes spanning the various tribal subgenres, the dramatic and pretty breakdown of Twisted Dee’s Anthem is quite memorable- as is the bouncy vibe of Phil B & Andy Allder’s housified take.
Le Youth – R E A L
Bondax – All I See (TCTS Remix)
Sander Van Doorn & Oliver Heldens – THIS
Lucky Date – Just Move
Albin Myers – Jump
Lazy Rich & Hot Mouth – BONK
Martin Garrix & MOTi – Virus (How About Now)
Nicky Romero & Anouk – Feet On The Ground (Merk & Kremont Remix) Henrik B – In Your Eyes
Andrew Rayel ft Jonathan Mendelsohn – One In A Million
Jesse Voorn – Lights Hardwell ft Chris Jones – Young Again
Bassanova ft Freek Lohuis – Urban Legend (Pjanoo)
Dennis Shepard ft Chloe Langley – Bring You Home
Pictures of Sander Van Doorn (WMC 2014), Oliver Heldens and Jesse Voorn (ADE 2014), Henrik B (Atlantic City Summer Sessions 2013)