EDM

Dirty Vegas – Days Go By

I’ve always been critical of the American taste in dance/EDM music. It’s always lagged behind Europe with the quality and what they actually listen to. Actually, the USA has a weird music taste – full stop. How people can stomach country and western is beyond me. And don’t get me started on bluegrass. The genre with the coolest name in the world has to possess the worst type of music ever made! But I digress.

It would be funny if I develop a taste for country in the next few years.

As the years have gone by, this has changed and there is much more parity between what is universally enjoyed in the USA and what is enjoyed on the other side of the Atlantic. Podcasts have definitely helped with really great quality music being easily available. Americans can now listen in awe and praise to what’s great in the boxes of Gareth Emery, Sander Van Doorn, Paul Van Dyk and Armin Van Buuren. The amount of shows these guys are playing in the USA is astounding and makes me slightly jealous. My to-do list includes going to a huge EDM party in the USA at some point in life.

Anyway, I mention this as Dirty Vegas won the Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording in 2003 for this song. Don’t get me wrong, its an awesome song. This Grammy is a bit of a joke as Janet Jackson won it in 2002 and Kylie Minogue won it in 2004. Progress has meant that the 2013 Grammy should actually go to someone that classifies themselves as a dance act although the songs nominated are completely and utterly pop songs. But hey, progress is progress.

The reason this song was huge in the USA was due to it being in an ad for the Mitsubishi Eclipse. In one version of the music video, the Eclipse is actually included. That’s the one here. The video is absolutely fantastic and I was very impressed when I first saw it. That bassline is so imposing. The song itself charted quite well and reached #14 on the Billboard Chart in 2002 which is quite an achievement for a dance song. It reached #16 in the UK.

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EDM, Indie, South Africa

St. Lucia – September

This is definitely one of the best songs I’ve heard this year.

South Africa is blessed to be home to the Drakensberg Boys Choir. They’ve travelled the world leaving audiences in awe every where they go. Jean Grobler is a recent alumni of the school and the face behind St. Lucia. Being a Jozi boy, you KNOW he picked the name because of iSimangaliso Wetland Park which was known as St. Lucia even though he probably tells a different story to the American music press. I find this pretty cool.

Apart from probably the best classical training one could ask for at the school, he left South Africa to study music in Liverpool. After being there, I definitely recommend it as a great place to find inspiration. He then moved to New York and released this KILLER track from his self-titled debut album. I really need to get a copy of this.

The sound harks back to heavy 80s electro. The modern electronics sound like a HUGE trance tune by Armin Van Buurin and John ‘o Callaghan. Then the lyrics hit all I could think of is Depeche Mode, just better. The vocal acrobatics are exciting. The power of the song is immense. I want more and more of his music! Take a listen and see what South Africa can actually produce…

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EDM, Uncategorized

Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike – Loops & Tings

I want to kick myself for missing this duo this past weekend as they played a set at Nicci Beach next to Wild Waters in Boksburg. The Prodigy gig on Saturday night destroyed my body although this was the best type of destruction you could ask for.

These two artists have come a long way in a rather short time. They’ve done the theme tune to Tomorrowland and well, go search on YouTube for videos from some of their parties – unbelievable.

I am kicking myself for missing out but I’m sure I will see them somewhere around the world. Anyway, this song actually is a bit of a cover version of a song by Jens from 1998. This is significant as this is a nice introduction to Covers Week which starts on Monday. You WILL enjoy it. In the meantime, get ready for the weekend with this tune.

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EDM

York feat. Jennifer Paige – Lost Under the Sun

This is the reason I started this blog – to rekindle the dormant fire of music that resides within me. Check the About section if you want to know what music once meant to me. Nowadays, I hardly find new music. But this is one of the gems that I just found.

York is one of my favourite dance acts ever. Their song “The Awakening” is probably the most beautiful chilled song that has ever existed. The video for that is UNBELIEVABLE. That will feature somewhere down the line. For now, here’s their new single. It’s from their new album called Islanders which you should own. It takes me back to the beach on Mauritius’ west coast at 3pm just before the sun celebrates its descent.

It’s a collaboration from someone I remember from my Standard 6 year: Jennifer Paige. Her voice is stunning and it still is! This song is phenomenal. It’s everything you want from a song. Yes it is.

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EDM

Robbie Rivera – Sex

It’s Friday so we need to get into a funky mood for the weekend. Mostly so that we don’t use the word funky to describe the weekend. I don’t think anyone in the last few years has used that word and then proceeded to have a funky weekend. It’s the world’s way of telling you DO NOT USE THAT WORD!

Music is synonymous with sexy music. There are many songs that you listen to and are immediately put in the mood to make love. Others make you feel like you really need to engage in unadulterated, mischievous behaviour. We can trust Robbie Rivera to go one better.

In 2002, he unashamedly released a song called, “Sex,” with lyrics that go, “Any time, anywhere, right now, oh yeah.” What more do you want? It’s a belter of a tune and one that will get you moving. What this movement may be is another issue.

Robbie is an absolute dance music legends. Since 1996, he has released around 80 singles! The single only reached #55 in the UK but it was a huge dance hit across Europe. Robbie actually has a house in Ibiza. I’m rather jealous of him.

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Yomanda – Synth & Strings

Even though my song selection from the last two weeks would probably not give you any clue to this, I am a HUGE fan of good EDM. EDM is actually a pretty new acronym that (more or less correctly) describes electronic dance music. One of the terms that does irk me is when people use the word “house” as a blanket term to describe EDM. Technically, most EDM does fall under the banner of house music but I guess my mind defaults to a certain type of music when someone mentions house. It’s just a personal thing.

The man behind this track is a pioneer of dance music: Paul Masterson. He played quite a big role in the development of dance music and although its very much quiet. He has racked up 18 Top 30 hits in the UK under different guises. Dance music would be very different without him.

This track is from 1999 and if you’re South African, you would recognise it from the quite legendary complication album Bump 5. Yes, just reading that would probably take you back to a very different time in your life. The version on the album was a slowed down version which only reached its climax at the end of the song. This one reaches that point twice. It reached an impressive #8 in the UK mostly thanks to how huge it was in Ibiza that year. It really is a classic dance choon!

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