Notable Dance Podcast #016

Alaia & Gallo – Ole Ole (Extended)
Axis – Hands Up
DJ Prime – Tutti Fruity
Wideboys – Party People
Lee Dagger – Poseidon
Chase & Adam Rickfors – Freaks (Original)
Dada Life – Boing Clash Boom (Bingo Players)
Junior Sanchez ft Ineabell – Alive At Night
Vicetone ft Collin McLoughlin – Heartbeat (Popeska)
BT – Skylarking (Maor Levi)
Craig Connelly & Christina Novelli – Black Hole

SONG OF THE DAY:?Charlie Darker – “Anxiety”

For some reason, when I was listening to “Anxiety” I was having a flashback to the part of “Rush” by Big Audio Dynamite when they were talking about the only important thing today is “rhythm and melody.” Rising Canadian producer/DJ Charlie Darker has found his own sound, a blend of hard and pretty – aggressive, bass-driven electro smoothed out with pretty, melodic breaks. The contrasts work and make for interesting tracks like “Anxiety” and his recent collaboration with Paris & Simo, “Cairo.”? Along with rising star Popeska, Charlie has been signed by electro mastermind Wolfgang Gartner to his Kindergarten Recordings.? In addition to checking out his track, follow him on twitter as his ramblings as a 20 year-old spinning around the country tend to be quite humorous.

Image Courtesy of Dim Mak.

SONG OF THE DAY: Popeska ft Luciana – “The New Kings”

Signed to Wolfgang Gartner’s Kindergarten label, Georgia Tech alumni Popska (aka Ralf Popescu) is quickly making a name for himself with glitchy, electro remixes (Bloody Beetroots, Street Lurkin) and strong original productions (“Karma Meter” and “Liar”). Enlisting the vocal talent of clubland favorite Luciana, he has constructed “The New Kings,” a big room electrohouse anthem for the new school with elements of glitch and stadium and just enough pop for possible crossover. Luciana follows her singing muse (like recent releases “Something For the Weekend” and “Calling All the Lovers”), moving further away from the talk/rap vibe of many of her past hits. The lyrics about the new generation of clubbers and everyone being beautiful could go a bit cheesy, but Luciana’s sweet and sultry voice gives it an edge. The “Oh Oh oh” chant recalling the classic “Self Control” by Laura Branigan is a nice touch as well. While this song may not be the one that makes Popeska a massive superstar, it will definitely increase his audience as more people discover his production talents- making him one to watch for 2013.