Notable Dance Podcast #011

Benny Benassi ft John Legend – Dance the Pain Away (Original)
Jus Jack & Oza ft Blessid Union of Souls – Love is the Answer (Tiesto)
Laid Back – White Horse (Funkerman)
Brass Knuckles ft John Ryan – Alive (Starkillers)
HIIO ft Abigail Bailey – Waiting For the Night (Original)
Denis the Menace and Syke & Sugarstarr – World in Your Hands (Antranig)
Far Too Loud – Drop the Bomb
Holmes Watson – LOL
Maison & Dragen – WOW (Original)
Cosmic Gate – Storm Chaser (Original)
Tiesto ft Kyler England – Take Me
Lange & Susana – Risk Worth Taking (Extended)

SONG OF THE DAY: Lange & Susana – “A Risk Worth Taking”

When we last heard from British producer Lange, it was “Our Brief Time In the Sun,” a beautiful and modern instrumental trance track with a bit of a classic feel.? Changing gears, this new single “Risk Worth Taking,” is more aggressive, with a harder electro feel that still shares the classic feel of one his harder mixes from the early 2000s, though completely modern in execution. The track is energetic, the vocal is quite strong, and the chorus is hooky and memorable.? It’s dark and light at the same time – if that makes sense.? One complaint though, in the extended version available on Beatport, a long patch of the vocals is over a massive beatless dropout – following the trend of many current EDM tracks.? The video version on YouTube, though, is a bit more commercial-sounding and so much more energetic- it really translates the emotion of the song to a higher degree.? It would be so nice for us DJs to be able to purchase an extended version – with intro and outro – of this version… Especially since not everyone spins in rooms that can handle extended dropouts.?? Other than that, “A Risk Worth Taking” is a brilliant vocal electro-trance record and it’s easy to see why the big guys like Gareth Emery, Armin Van Buuren, and Markus Schulz are supporting it.

Image Courtesy of Lange Music.

SONG OF THE DAY: Lange – “Our Brief Time in the Sun”?

Looking forward is sometimes looking back… British producer Lange is known for creating magnificently beautiful trance records.? On first listen to “Our Brief Time in the Sun,” the emotional chords in the dropdown transport me back to the first time I heard “Follow Me” or “You Take My Breath Away,” or his mix of “Heaven Will Come” by Space Brothers ?The keyboard line is so stark that it seems to have an innocence and purity that seems to be lost in a lot of recent big room tracks.? More importantly, it doesn’t sound like the stadium house-by-numbers track that others seem to be pumping out in regular intervals. “Our Brief Time in the Sun” is one of those rare tracks that sounds classic and modern at the same time.? On its own, the trancey instrumental is memorable and makes a connection, and you are going to feel something whether you experience it on your mp3 player, or even better in a big room with hundreds of your closest friends (or fellow clubbers). One thing to consider, like the previously mentioned classics, an old school angelic topline might elevate this one to the stratosphere, making the “brief time in the sun” last all summer long.

Image Courtesy of Lange Recordings.