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.


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!