The problem with politicians is that they often try to be all things to all people and they end up being useless. However with dance tracks, the effect is often the exact opposite. The new track “Disconnected” is a mashup of different styles structured so that every 45 seconds it changes (basically a less ADHD take of Arcader’s “Pillowtalk”). Antillas and up-and-comer Vitodito seamlessly blend big beat, electro, progressive, and trance elements in a structure that tells a story as it develops. While the male vocal bit seems generic- bordering on cheesy, the equilibrium shifts when Fiora’s angelic vocals come in on the breakdown. Kudos to Antillas & Vitodito for being able to place vocals in a breakdown over a beat (yeah, that’s a strange compliment to have to give but it seems like most of the other producers just don’t have this skill or care to learn it). Lyrically, “Disconnected” fits the track perfectly as the disparate elements come together masterfully. DJ’s looking for a track that does a full sonic journey in under six minutes should unleash “Disconnected” on their floors. Hopefully, there will be a full-length Fiora album in the near future, as this and her recent collaborations with Armin Van Buuren and Erick Morillo show that she has the range and personality to carry such a project.
If Chuckie calls it “loud and proud,” you know it’s got to be energetic. South American duo HiiO follows up their recent club hits “Something About You” and “Meant to Be” with “Waiting for the Night,” a big room electro stomper equally balanced between massive energy and chilled-out dropouts. What makes this track stand out (aside from the amazing vocal performance by Abigail Bailey) is the way the dropouts aren’t completely beatless and have a groove that will keep the dancefloor. The rhythm is quite memorable but driving my trainspotter brain crazy, I thinks it’s a bit of Lee and Cabrera “Shake It” mixed with Deep Dish “Flashdance” in there. The lyrics are quite strong, also taking a different direction on the same theme recently explored by Armin van Buuren & Fiora. If the lyrics could be fleshed out into a complete verse/chorus/verse structure, this could be the basis for quite a strong pop song in its own right. As it is, watch for “Waiting for the Night” to be a big room club smash for most of the summer and festival season.
Following in the footsteps of fellow Dutchman Junkie XL, Armin van Buuren is adding film scores to his c.v. For the upcoming Dutch movie “Verliefd op Ibiza” (translated as In Love With Ibiza), Armin scored a third of the movie and produced the single “Waiting for the Night.” A pretty and energetic trance pop song with catchy vocals, “Waiting for the Night” is cool enough for clubs and commercial enough for radio without going into cheese pop land. DJs wanting a more aggressive mix can reach for Clinton VanSciver’s electrodisco take or Beat Service’s progressive rethink. The video is the typical cliche soundtrack formula, film scenes interspersed with singer Fiora – who looks as beautiful as she sounds – performing with scenes from the film projected onto her. The film looks fun and for someone who will probably never make it to Ibiza, I definitely hope that an English-subtitled version of the film finds it way for rental on Netflix quite soon.