Dance music is normally a singles genre rather than an albums genre. The big DJ/producers are always banging out the big tracks, but aside from artists like Disclosure, Robyn, Afrojack, etc. – the artist album is usually not a focus. One artist who bucks that trend is Example. His just released album ‘Live Life Living” has already spawned three massive singles (“All the Wrong Places,” “Kids Again,” and “One More Day”), and the new one “Take Me As I Am” is even stronger. Starting off with a simple string backing, Example sings in a quite self-deprecating fashion and admits his flaws. The intensity gradually builds until it goes full-on stadium techno – massive-sounding big- and break-beats with massive energy. The vocals alternate between him singing and rapping the lyrics. The dynamic changes make this one of the most interactive and energetic tracks of recent memory. Since this year seems to be all about channeling the ’90s, the inspiration source “Take Me As I Am” is clearly The Prodigy, with elements of “Jericho” and “Firestarter” sprinkled throughout the track. Those of in the US will have to wait until next month for the release, and hopefully a tour of the States will be planned as well since Example is known for his energetic live shows.
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Leftwing & Kody, Kruse & Nuernberg – Turning
Don Diablo & Cid – Got Me Thinking
Example – Kids Again (MOTI)
Landis & Crespo – Funked Up
Basto – Keep On Rocking
David Gravell – Nighthawk
Joachim Garraud – Mothership Alarm
Daddy’s Groove – Miners
Roland Clark & Tocadisco – Phoenix
Starkillers & Tony Junior – Total Destruction
Adam Szabo & Johan Vilborg ft Johnny Norberg – Two to One (Jaco Vocal Mix)
Airscape ft Radboud – Promise (Extended)
Lush & Simon ft Rico & Miella – Drag Me to the Ground
Woody Van Eyden – Saripadanisa (Bjorn Akesson Filthy)
Notable Dance Podcast #043
I was talking to a record promoter on the phone and thought I was hearing my favorite track of the moment, Lazy Jay’s “On the Rocks,” playing in the background. When I asked what it was, it ended up being “Better Luck Next Time” by the Australian pranksters Bombs Away, the duo best known for their cartoon videos and party boy antics. “Better Luck Next Time” features the duo rapping and sounding like a cross between Example, Hypercrush and LMFAO with a bit of effected vocals (à la ’90s Daft Punk) over a commercial, yet progressive-sounding track. For me, it’s all about the genre-spanning mixes by Joel Fletcher (alternating trap, banging electro, and progressive phrases), a MOTi mix (full-on aggressive electro with staccato, accented vocal bits) and Reece Low (bounce and trap). It’s a solid package of tracks that just make the duo “explode” all over the world.