Tunisian-born, Italian-raised Ben DJ is probably best known for the massive “Me and Myself,” which topped DJ playlists a few years. Teaming with singer/songwriter Chris Willis, the two have attained the rare achievement of constructing an empowerment anthem from a male perspective. To call it a gender-flipped version of “I Will Survive” might seem a bit hasty, but that same emotionally inspirational message is captured by both Willis’ powerful, yet controlled, vocal performance and Ben DJ’s gorgeous, emotional production. Cristian Marchi’s mix is a bit more big room-oriented with the nearly obligatory banging electro sections, yet keeps the uplifting vibe perfectly in place. “Survivor” is one of those songs that might not grab you on first listen, yet once you hear it a few times it will definitely stay in your mind.
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Ben DJ Vs Chris Williis – “Survivor”
Nearly 15 years since the release of his first single, the classic “U Don’t Know Me” with Armand Van Helden, Duane Harden finally releases his debut solo album #NB4U (Naked Before You). In the time elapsed, he has grown into many roles – singer, songwriter, producer, label mogul, author – all of which has contributed to his current release. The album features collaborations with everyone from Ferry Corsten, Sidney Samson, and Louie Vega to Bimbo Jones, Jessica Sutta, and Chris Willis. There is truly something for everyone on the album. This kind of diversity of talent is not a surprise, if you take a moment and search for Duane on discogs.com, it might blow you away to see how many incredible records he has been involved with over the years.
DJ Ron Slomowicz: Let’s start with something I’ve been wondering about. How did the Chicane “One More Time” collaboration come about?
Duane Harden: Chicane sent me a message and it was the usual process from there. I think he may have gotten the idea from Ferry Corsten because they work together a lot and I did the Ferry Corsten track “Love Will.” It was my first dive into that genre of music, so maybe he thought it would be a cool idea to do a track with an underground, soulful dance artist.
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Syn Cole ft Madame Buttons – Miami 82 (Cole Vocal)
The Freestylers ft Laura Steel – Falling (Stanton Warriors)
Laidback Luke & Peking Duk – Mufasa
Steve Aoki & Coone – Cant Stop the Swag
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Ben DJ vs Chris Willis – Survivor (Cristian Marchi)
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