Let's Dance 2015
I have been in a dance mood of late. It could have something to do with the promise of spring. Or it could have to do with my desire to be uplifted, transported, and elated.
These songs fill up my current dance card to the max. Some cheesy, some naughty, a couple of slices of perfect pop, a few served with a chill... but it all works for me.
Dig in and see if the same is true for you.
Of Note: ‘Cool’ by Alesso
I must be in a Swedish house music state of mind this week.
Don’t worry, this, too, shall pass.
Alesso hails from Sweden. In 2011, he hooked up with Ingrosso (currently part of Axwell and Ingrosso - see yesterday’s post) of Swedish House Mafia, who introduced him to the art of spinning. He took to it like a duck to water and in the process has worked with numerous artists (Avicii, OneRepublic, Calvin Harris, Usher, David Guetta) and seized the reins once held by Swedish House Mafia.
‘Cool’ is a cream-filled punsch-roll certain to pacify even the greediest sweet tooth. It bounces and glides by, hitting all the expected ebbs and ramp ups. Roy English’s vocals are as spot on as they are faceless. Like all fads, the overall sound’s shelf date looms as large as the bombast of the synths employed. It’s formulaic, for sure, but like the best Swedish pop, that is part, if not most, of its charm.
And charming it is.
Of Note: ‘Something New’
by Axwell and Ingrosso
A recent long-term study revealed that cheese is not a contributing factor to weight gain. That’s good news, for sometimes the only thing that will satisfy my palate is a big old slice of cheese; a guilty pleasure, for sure, but an itch that demands to be scratched.
If you ever have the same yearning, then Axwell and Ingrosso’s latest is guaranteed to fill you up.
This Swedish DJ duo are both former members of the now defunct Swedish House Mafia, a DJ super group renowned for their own slice of cheese: ‘Don’t You Worry, Child’.
‘Something New’ - isn't; it doesn’t explore any new ground, as it sticks to the template of their former group’s 2012 swansong and biggest hit. It will float right through your digestive track like a big slice of vintage A-ha.
But it does satisfy.
It makes me smile. It makes me happy.
So, put some noise-cancelling ear phones on your inner-music critic and give yourself permission to indulge. And those old fears about too much cheese?
Don’t you worry, child!