Video: Chilly Gonzales – You Can Dance
Jason Beck has been making genius, genre-hopping music as Gonzales for over a decade now. Along the way he’s become a Grammy-winning producer (for frequent collaborator Feist), set piano endurance records, and appeared on Apple ads (first as producer and more recently as performer).
Last year’s Ivory Tower soundtrack, a collaboration with Boys Noize and released on Erol Alkan’s label, got people talking again, with its slickly produced mix of commercial-sounding tunes and (as usual) lyrical madness.
You Can Dance should be the moment Gonzales finally goes mainstream. No lyrics about armpits and chest hair to get in the way, video featuring lots of bums dancing, and a serious earworm of a tune. General public: pay attention NOW.
(And if you liked that, I’ve now written a companion piece, a brief history of Gonzales in 10 videos and a Spotify playlist.)