A word can have so many meanings… On the surface, Tomcraft’s new track is a modest electro track with a repetitive, nursery rhyme kind of vocal on top. The hook of the beat and the vocal loop become insanely addictive as it develops throughout the track. I am having vague flashbacks to Sarina Paris for some reason, but then I realize its the word “roller” has myriad meanings- the lyric develops into a roll of film, yet in any EDM scene you are going to imagine that roller describes someone tripping on ecstacy. Then comes the video with clownface-painted girls rollerskating. While the original mix is the clearest vision, the club mix adds a sharp synth line, and the David Jones mix might work better in the bigger rooms with a more progressive sound. Yeah, it’s not Mozart, but there is something trippy and addictive to this earworm of a dark electro record.
Wow, it’s hard to believe that this track is more than ten years old. Originally released in 2002, the dark electro track by German producer Tomcraft is based on a vocal sample from Andrea Martin’s “Share the Love.” With a stomping Benny Benassi remix, it topped the UK pop chart and was a club hit around the world. Fast forward to 2013 and the release of his ’20 Years’ album (preceded by his catchy curveball track “The Noyz” with Sam Obernik – reviewed here), this rerelease is perfectly timed. While it sounds like the vocals are resung, they are quite close to the original. The production is also true to the original, just tweaked and updated a bit with a little more of an electro and rock vibe. The “Loneliness 2k13” Club Mix is by far the strongest version on this rerelease with the Tujamo remix sounding oddly dated and the Jaxxon remix just losing the point. Going back to the original 2002 version (and Benny Benassi remix), you will notice how close they sound to many current records out right now. “Loneliness” stands out as one that was way ahead of its time.
The first time I heard Circ’s “Destroy She Said,” I fell in love with the voice of Madelin Zero. Her breathy angelic vocals were both soothing and haunting at the same time. Her solo album was a visionary fusion of rock and electro that was, frankly, ahead of its time. She’s gone on to work with everyone from ATB and Tomcraft to Richard Morel and Shah. Teaming up again with Estonian producer DNS, with whom she recorded Another Day, she goes a bit darker and more progressive with “If I Just Listened.” The sound is quite warm, with effected vocals used in the intro as if another instrument. The vocals in the verse start off almost spoken and gradually become sung with a hushed tone. The groove intensifies until the big breakdown when Madelin’s angelic vocals become the focus over minimal backing. The music builds again to a hands-in-the-air progressive groove with electro flourishes that will sound amazing on a big sound system. “If I Just Listened” is one of those songs that might not grab you on first listen. I played it in a radio show, and when I listened back to the set I found myself falling for the track big time.