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New Burns & Fred Falke Video – Y.S.L.M.

I’m still officially on hiatus for a few more days at least, but here’s another video I couldn’t not post.

Collaboration of the year – on paper at least – from two of my favourite dance producers/ remixers of recent years. The video’s a nice colourful affair featuring dogs and toys, for no apparent reason. Somehow the song (‘You Stopped Loving Me’ is what the unnecessary acronym is hiding) loses a little of the charm of both chaps’ individual work though – doesn’t stack up to anything on Burns’ awesome So Many Nights EP, or Falke’s sublime remixes. Still though, it’s a good bit of radio-friendly dance pop, and I like it.

Robyn – Dancing On My Own

I definitely missed the boat on this one, but it has to have an entry, simply because it’s up there with the best singles of the year. And that’s saying something, because it’s probably only the third best track on Robyn’s Body Talk Pt. 1 (the first of three mini-albums she’s putting out this year). The Diplo-produced cod-reggae genius (two word not often found in close proximity) of Dancehall Queen and the lyrically spot-on Cry When You Get Older are both far superior. But this is still amazing. But then then that’s Robyn for you.

There’s also a phenomenal who’s of who of everything remix package out there for the single, a couple of samples of which are available behind the cut. ‘Jakwob remix’ is effectively to 2010 what ‘Fred Falke remix’ was to 2009, ie an indication of unquestionable quality. As a bonus, you get one of each below.

She plays at Heaven in London on June 17th. I can’t wait.

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Little Boots – New In Town


If I’d come to this not having heard anything else by Vicky Boots, I’d have been a tad perplexed at the inescapable hype surrounding her. While there are probably only about three people in the country yet to have heard of her, you’d have to assume there are a fair few more who haven’t bothered seeking out the majestic Stuck On Repeat or the pleasingly bouncy Meddle. New in Town is a bit middling by comparison. There are some nice little moments, and yr lady is wearing a pretty stunning shiny blue number in the vid, but it’s not earth-shattering. Considerably better is the Fred Falke remix, which pushes the buttons marked ‘epic’ and ‘proper pop’ and lifts the original’s mannered stylings off to somewhere altogether more inspiring.

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