Take one groovy, light-hearted song and put it through a couple of Norman Cook treatments and what you’ll get is an even groovier, catchy happy-all-around creation. There’s no way this wouldn’t bring a spark of joy anywhere it’s played. And good luck trying to stand still.
Careful, this one gets straight to business! And that’s just fine, because Ugress has a lot of work to do in the space of less than three minutes. It’s a funky sound pill that you can easily squeeze into the ear between two interruptions at work. The video Ugress attached to the song is as excellent as it can be for such a playful song. I’m not sure if it makes me want to dance or play. Is there a difference?
This one doesn’t waste any time in tempting the brain to get the body moving. It’s a consistent pounder full of happy vibes. The lyrics are repetitive but the message is positive so the more the merrier.
Few artists have managed to combine dance music with intelligent, challenging writing. This song is almost twenty years old but there’s nary a wrinkle on it. Good music doesn’t age with time, it gets better. This is a melody that evolves and offers a great deal of diversity. It’s not only an instrumental fea(s)t, but also a statement for the creative, transformative power of art.
The staircase leads higher and higher. Lights begin to circle everywhere around. And then the voice kicks in and brings us straight into the party. Like many of Norman’s songs, this one makes extensive use of sampling. There’s a beautiful contrast between the melody’s soft, meandering foundation and the intense percussion and vocal samples. 1998 is right here, right now again and it’s awesome.
Follow the gentle wavy sound bridge right into the heart of this disco cathedral. The relentless pounding will try to nail the sailing melody into the ground, but the sound beast still ends up soaring higher and higher. Will it eventually escape? It’s up to the listener to decide.
Oh, and make sure you check the YouTube version. The song’s video is awesome!
The Freestyler was jamming from speakers around the world just before the turn of the millennium. This groovy masterpiece comes from the land of the Finns. It climbed sky-high in the charts back in the day and for good reason. The song is a solid body-mover featuring excellent production values and infectious hooks. It’s one of those “oldies but goldies”.
This melody is a fountain of euphoria. It’s also one of those rare dance songs that have beautiful lyrics. Singer France Picoulet conjures a dreamy veil through which the well-executed rhythm pulsates with vigor. But when she takes off, wow does she fly high!
Oldie but goldie is probably applicable to a song which is almost 20 years old. This is one of the jewels scattered through Madonna’s art. It’s highly danceable and full of positive energy. A lot of intricate beat construction went into this melody. It’s one of those songs that reward the attentive listener. The well written, descriptive lyrics, turn this piece into quite a ride.
Due to her commercial success, many have disregarded or labeled Madonna’s music. That’s a costly mistake to make, for as an artist, Madonna has evolved and changed considerably throughout the years. The “Bedtime Stories” and “Ray Of Light” albums seem to me to be among her most genuine and profound works. Especially on “Ray Of Light”, her voice seems to have reached a peak of… honesty, if you will.
With its incredible sound palette, a supreme composition and excellent production values, this is one of the best songs I’ve ever heard. There’s so much going on in these five minutes that it’s almost unbearable. Close your eyes now and let two of the masters of psybient play with your mind. Your imagination will cry with joy.