SONG OF THE DAY: Sweet Rains ft Reina – Forever

It’s been far too long since we’ve heard new music from Reina. The beloved singer of club anthems “Find Another Woman” and “Anything for Love,” and pop crossovers “No One’s Gonna Change You” and “If I Close My Eyes” has been out of the spotlight since the 2010 release of “Just Let Go,” popping up for guest spots on records by Jipsta and Cezar as well as a few club dates. Her comeback record with Sweet Rains “Forever,” was worth the wait. With an intro reminiscent of Robyn’s “Dancing on My Own,” the sweet pop feel showcases Reina singing in a softer and more controlled tone than you might expect. As the the bridge drops down, her vocals grow more powerful- leading to a catchy and emotional chorus. In the radio edit, each of the three choruses raise in intensity until the powerful last refrain. Even with her immense vocal prowess, she doesn’t oversing (even though she has the pipes to really wail, or SANG as they say in the gospel world), rather focusing on the emotion and communicating the song for a pop audience. For clubland, Nukage and Iggy toughen it up with a big room electro mix, while Serving Ovahness brings a touch of progressive house with a tribal overtone. The modern tribal-oriented mixes by Nick Harvey and Ranny will definitely find much love on the circuit scene. Clubland has missed you, Reina… Welcome back. Here’s hoping this is the first of many new club anthems featuring her brilliant voice and big heart. This record also launches a new record label Lafayette Street records which will focus on vocal dance music.

Image courtesy of Lafayette Street Records.

SONG OF THE DAY: Royksopp & Robyn – Say It?

If “Do It Again” was the dance pop anthem that all of Robyn’s fans were anxiously awaiting, then “Say It” is the quirky, trippy track made for devotees of Royksopp.? The Norwegian duo channel Front 242, Kraftwerk, and Giorgio Moroder into a progressive track with elements of glitch, lo-fi techno, and industrial.? Robyn’s voice is effected, sampled, and used as a duet partner to a computerized voice reminiscent of SAM (the computerized voice of 8-bit computers). The oddness of the track is further illustrated by its black & white repetitive motion video which is so visually arresting that the singing dog might be the only part that isn’t hallucinogenic. When you realize that “Say It” is produced by clothing magnate H&M (who was also behind the Bob Sinclar/Giselle Bundchen “Heart of Glass”), you can imagine the creative executives that have such a wonderfully diverse taste in electronic dance music.

Image Courtesy of Cherrytree.

Notable Dance Podcast #060

Made To Move – Perfect Lady (Original mix)

NSFW – Jaywalker
Lupe Fuentes – So High
Chocolate Puma – Rubberband Lazer (Original Mix)
Plastik Funk ft Polina – One of These Days (Original Mix)
Royksopp and Robyn – Do It Again (Zoo Station Club Mix)
New World Sound & Timmy Trumpet – The Buzz
Dave Aude vs Luciana – You Only Talk in Hashtag (REALLY CLEAN)
Kryoman, Paul Anthony featuring Playboy playmate Paige Young – Losing All Control (Kryoman Edit)
John Dahlback & Benny Benassi – Blink Again (John Dahlback Remix)
Michael Woods – Flash Hands (Original)
Matteo Marini & Molly Bancroft – Feel Like Hope (Mona Lisa Club)
Porter Robinson – Sea Of Voices (Social Status Remix)

Picture of Lupe Fuentes take at Winter Music Conference 2014.