SONG OF THE DAY: Tom Trago ft Breach – “True Friends”

Here’s an inspired mash of sounds – early ’90s Detroit techno with a bit of disco house. Dutch producer Tom Trago previews his forthcoming album ‘The Light Fantastic” with this modern throwback vocoder track, “True Friends.” Collaborating with Ben Westbeech, aka Breach, the guy behind the summer jam “Jack,” it’s a wonderful mix of various sounds with a subtly groovy and sexy vibe overlayed with cadenced vocals reminiscent of Outsiders/Amanda Wilson “Keep the Fire Burning.” The video is kind of dark, yet fun at the same way, and we’re always happy to see the effective deployment of mimes to express emotions. If you like “True Friends,” be sure to check out “Two Together,” that Tom Trago did with Steffi.

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SONG OF THE DAY: Marc Van Linden ft Amanda Wilson – “Gotta Let You Go”

House classics never really die, they just get remixed and covered to keep them alive for every new generation of clubbers. Originally released in 1994 on venerable US freestyle label MicMac records, “Gotta Let You Go” by Dominica became an international club hit thanks to the original and remixes by Loveland, Hyper GoGo, and DJ Misjah.? Then in 2000, the record was revived with fresh mixes by DJ Tonka and DJ Antoine.? For 2012, clubland favorite Amanda Wilson steps in to resing it with a different feel.? Her vocals are a bit more pretty and polished, yet keep the emotional feel of the original.? Marc Van Linden’s production shows reverence to classic piano house (close your eyes and it could be K-Klass or M People) while modernizing it with current sounds.? For a more progressive/chunky feel, check out Jason Mill’s Sunset mix which makes a great set closer with its smoothed-out grooves and dramatic dropout.? Although the title is “Gotta Let You Go,” I remember people requesting this as the “no more sleepless nights” song.?? Wouldn’t it be great if this is the start of a trend of DJs moving away from hard electro tracks emulating ’90s rave/techno to revisiting classic vocal piano house?

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SONG OF THE DAY (SUNDAY FUNDAY): Paul Rudd ft Amanda Wilson – “Trust In Me”

It is often said that a great song transcends genre.? This is the reason why you often seen country songs become pop or dance records.? “Trust in Me,” by Paul Rudd and Amanda Wilson, is another great example – the emotionally scorching lyrics work perfectly as a ballad with sparse piano accompaniment and with a gorgeous eurodance pop confection. Amanda Wilson, known for her work with Freemasons and Samuele Sartinin (which became the Tim Berg/Avicii “Seek Bromance”) sounds incredible with her powerful, multiple-octave voice expressing the emotional desire of the song.? Much kudos to producer Paul Rudd who was able to work with such an powerful instrument (Amanda’s voice) and create two incredibly strong, unique versions – a ballad and a dance pop version.? Read the entry on “Something About You” for more about the importance of vocal production, of course, that is after you enjoy these two great versions of “Trust In Me.”

Late Sessions Mix (Ballad)

UK Radio Edit (Dance Pop Mix)

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