SONG OF THE DAY: Sylvia Tosun – Take My Breath Away (Bimbo Jones Mix)

Honestly, when someone told me that they heard a dance cover of “Take My Breath Away” on Fusion Radio, I was thinking to myself, “please, Lord, no.” To say that I had low expectations would be a mild understatement. You know how when you are about to get a shot at the doctor and tense your arm in fear – that’s kind of what I was doing when I was about to listen to it. My delusional drama was more than unfounded. Operatically-trained Sylvia Tosun takes the classic Berlin ‘Top Gun’ theme song in a fresh new direction – not the expected karaoke-lite Hi-NRG cover – but a modern progressive vocal pop record. Yes, you get the vibe of the original singer Terri Nunn, but with a mix of Enya and Amba Shepard as Sylvia’s soothing yet powerful vocals elevate the new version beyond expectations. The track doesn’t even sound like what you would expect from Bimbo Jones – it sounds more like Markus Schulz channeling Zedd. Let me make it clear that I am a huge fan of Bimbo Jones’ Hi-NRG commercial sound, but together with their recent mix of Zedd’s “Stay the Night” – this new direction from them is unexpected and quite wonderful. This song would fit on A State of Trance radio show just as easily as it would make bears rush to the dancefloor at a leather bar. Sylvia has two other tracks that are buzzing in the trance world (“There Are No Words” with Andrew Rayel and “Eye 2 Eye” with Aly & Fila and Roger Shah), but I am hoping that “Take My Breath Away” encourages her to update even more classic songs with modern EDM styles (future house, electro, and even trap) for a new generation of listeners.

Image courtesy of Sea to Sun Records.

SONG OF THE DAY: Lee Dagger & Inaya Day – Shelter Me

Unexpected.? When you see Inaya Day’s name on a record, the first though is full-on diva singing, wailing, and screaming. “Shelter Me” is a much softer and prettier side of Inaya; you can definitely tell it is her singing but it is unlike most of her big house records.? The collaboration with Lee Dagger is in the current big room EDM style – pretty synth dropouts for vocals with banging electro beats for the festival kids. The contrast of soft and hard works rather well. For club consumption, there is a large set of remixes of various styles (house, electro, dubstep, nu-house, festival, progressive) from Alex Preston, Bimbo Jones, DDei & Estate, Funky Junction (with Ariano Kina & Marco Bruzzano), Killerpunkers, Giuseppe D, Looney B & Clemens Brock, M-Series, Soneec, and Wawa – so just about any kind of club DJ can find something that fits their set.??

Image Courtesy of Radikal.

Notable Dance Podcast #055

White n3rd – SKANK
Bimbo Jones & Beverley Knight – I Found OuT (The Bimbo Jones Mardi Gras Mix)
WaWa & Tune Brothers – Sing (FalseFace Remix)
Oliver Heldens – Gecko (Original Mix)
Jason Herd ft Sherry St Germain – This is What We Came For (Original Mix)
MOTI – Don’t Go Lose It (Original Mix)
Hardwell – Everybody Is In The Place (Original)
Alvaro – Shades (Original Mix)
Joachim Garraud ft Perry & Etty Farrell – Everybody (Original)
Showtek & Ookay – Bouncer (Original)
Botnek & 3LAU – Vikings (Original Mix)
Sander Van Doorn & Firebeatz – Guitar Track (Original)
Audien – Wayfarer (Original Mix)
tyDi ft Dia Frampton – Stay (Extended Mix)

(Picture of Audien taken during WMC 2014.)

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