SONG OF THE DAY: HIIO ft Terri B – “Something About You”

There has been a noticeable lack of soulful vocals on recent big room/progressive/stadium house tracks. This is why recent releases featuring Max C, Peyton, Janice Robinson, and Frenchie Davis have really stood out due to the powerful and sometimes gospel feel to their vocal performances. Continuing this wonderful trend is “Something About You,” the new single by South American duo HIIO (pronounced H2O- like water) featuring the vocals of Terri B. The uplifting production sounds like Almighty channeling classic Perfecto while attempting a progressive pop track (i.e. stadium house that is commercial but not cheesy). Terri B sounds incredible, possessing a voice that can be both soft, pretty europop and screaming gospel diva. What also stands out is the admirable vocal production, not for changing the sound of her voice, but obviously working with Terri to control the power and use it for emphasis in chorus and not oversing the whole record. For a frame of reference, take a listen to two songs from another “b-girl,” Sandy B, with the classic and pristinely-produced “Make the World Go Round” and the horribly-engineered mess “Everlasting Love” (with Jackie Christie). Listening to those back-to-back illustrate the importance of good vocal production and why “Something About You” will sound just as great on a club floor as it will on the radio or your iPod. DJs who find the original version to be too commercial-sounding should reach for the harder, electro/progressive remixes by DONS and Peter Gelderblom – two solid producers who just don’t seem to get the recognition for the great work they do. Listening to this track makes me want to know more about HIIO and track down their upcoming releases as they drop. After listening, I think you might agree.

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SONG OF THE DAY: John Dahlback and Greg Cerrone ft Janice Robinson – “Every Breath”

What do you get when you cross a Swede, a Frenchman and an American diva? In the case of John Dahlback, Greg Cerrone and Janice Robinson, you get an uplifting electro monster called “Every Breath.” The original production is the perfect blend of big room electro with a touch of pop feel, one of those great club records that can be shortened into a radio friendly pop hit. DJs will appreciate that there are no beatless dropouts, even during the breakdown there is a keyboard keeping the beat as not to scare away finicky crowds. Singer/songwriter Janice Robinson (best known for Living Joy’s “Dreamer’) turns in a powerful vocal performance with inspired lyrics like “This is a song to save my life.” That’s a big claim to live up to but with the superb original production and aggressive electro remix by Lucky Date, “Every Breath” is definitely a song that can save your dance floor.

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