Kismet and guilty pleasures seem to go together. I was watching America’s Next Top Model last weekend, and the models were challenged to walk on revolving wheels shaped like turntables.? Spinning the decks was no other than Caroline D’Amore.? Since “The Music Man,” her vivacious collaboration with Stonebridge has been in my clubsets all year, I clicked over to Beatport and was delighted to find a new single from the modelicious twosome called “Live Life.”? The blend of sexy, classy house (Stonebridge’s lineage) with modern electro is a little more subdued than the jaunty and playful “Music Man,” and the lyrics have an uplifting message about working towards a brighter day when things get rough.? The inspirational song feels like Lady Gaga’s “Edge of Glory” run through the questioning filter of Avicii’s “Wake Me Up.”? While it might not be an immediate floorfiller for big room club jocks, there’s quite a special message that a lot of club kids will latch onto. It’s a song that grows with every listen.
Back at WMC 2004, there was a song that kept getting a major reaction every time I heard it played. It wasn’t until a party on the last day that I was able to approach the DJ and ask what it was (this, of course, was pre-Shazam). The song was “Put Em High” by Stonebridge ft Therese, and wouldn’t you know that Stonebridge was the DJ spinning (and he even gave me a promo CD of the song to play). Fast forward to WMC 2013 and I go to a lounge to hear Stonebridge spin. In the middle of his set a gorgeous singer, Krista Richards, comes out and beings to perform. In the middle of her performance, I heard a catchy melodic progressive song which I couldn’t place (and neither could Shazam). The only lyrics I remembered were “can’t quit, can’t exist,” so I went up to Stonebridge later in his set and asked about the song. He said, ‘oh that’s a new single on my label Stoney Boy Music by S69 and Krista Richards called “Can’t Quit.”‘ Rather than handing me a CD, he offered me a thumb drive, which I anxiously walked back home to listen to. It its original version, it feels quite like an ’80s record with a modern feel- not exactly new wave that we are used to, but a sort of somber keyboard track, a dance song with a new wave retro feel. Stonebridge ups the BPM on his mix and adds a modern progressive/electro feel to it. Daniel Beasley’s mix is a unique combination of house and electro, with a bit of a broken beat vibe that gives the song a completely different flavor. Throughout the different remixes, Krista Richards sounds uniquely strong with her seductive, pretty voice that exudes power in a very pleasing yet emotional way. “Can’t Quit” is definitely a major tune to watch out of WMC 2013.