Rihanna – We Found Love (Def Jam)
Arguably the video and song that launched the mainstream renaissance of dance music in the US. The BBC4 documentary “How Clubbing Changed The World” named it the #2 most influential moment in clubbing, second only to the introduction of MDMA (Ecstacy) into club culture. The tune also gave Calvin Harris a foothold in the US.”America’s hottest R&B artist, raving it up in a field.” Doesn’t get simpler than that.
Swedish House Mafia vs Knife Party – Antidote (EMI)
Love ’em or hate ’em, SHM have carved a pretty big niche out of EDM culture. They’re launching a “farewell tour” late this year that carries over into 2013, and HUGE venues (ex. Chicago’s United Center) are selling out in record time. I picked this particular video for it’s connection to the classic track I selected for this week’s show, which I’ll discuss below.
Chemical Brothers – Swoon (Astralwerks)
This was actually a replacement video for something that got squashed due to content (see below). I have a very special place in my heart for the Chems, and the lyrics (“just remember to fall in love – there’s nothing else”) combined with visuals are nothing short of gorgeous. See their live show – this tune is always a highlight.
Martin Solveig – The Night Out (Madeon Remix) (Mixture )
In addition to this remix being the class of the official package, the video features and all-star lineup of top-tier DJs as the backing band for the in-studio footage. See if you can spot and name them 😉
Deadmau5 & Kaskade – I Remember (Short Version) (Ultra Music)
I was particularly amused by the “10 Commandments of Being A Raver”. Additionally, I’m not sure if either of these artists has done a tune as beautiful as this since it’s release. First-class…
Sebastian Ingrosso & Alesso ft. Ryan Tedder Calling (LosingMy Mind) (Refune)
A huge tune in clubland for 2012, it’s a classic example of the “big room house” sound that’s taking over at the moment. The addition of the vocal from OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder certainly helped the track cross over to mainstream audiences.
SOFI & Millions Like Us – Broken Souvenirs (mau5trap)
Great visuals in this video from SOFI, a favorite vocalist of Deadmau5 (“SOFI Needs A Ladder”, “Raise Your Weapon”). I can’t decide if it’s ironic or just plain funny that dubstep tracks get released on mau5trap, considering Deadmau5’s very public and vocal criticism of the genre.
Nero – Promises (MTA)
Fantastic track with a visually stunning video with equal parts “Romeo & Juliet” and “1984”. I’d rather you remember this one from the video than from the hp and Beats Audio commercials…
Flux Pavilion – Bass Cannon (Circus Records)
Cheeky video. Threw this one in as a rib to an “anonymous associate” who swore off the tune for good after the 12th Planet gig in Deluxe at Old National Centre earlier this year. Upon hearing the opening bells for a third time, he quite literally threw up his hands and said “F**k this – I’m out of here”. I’m sure if he caught the show, he immediately switched channels (sorry, mate)…
Rudimental ft. John Newman – Feel The Love Black (Butter Records)
A legit drum and bass record that spent a short time in the US Top 40 – the first time in my memory that this has ever happened. The video is a short chronicle of the urban horsemen of Philadelphia’s Fletcher Street, who run a program that teaches urban kids how to ride and care for their horses. They’ve been profiled on This American Life, and hopefully the exposure the program gets from the video helps them in their fundraising efforts. Cheers, gents.
The Prodigy – Voodoo People (Pendulum Remix) (XL Recordings)
Our classic tune for the week is this monster remix from the greatest hits compilation Their Law: The Singles 1990-2005. I had hoped to talk about this video a little since it’s a callback to an earlier artist in the show. Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen formed Knife Party (see “Antidote” above) as a side project of their other band, Pendulum. 🙂
Netsky – Come Alive (Hospital Records)
I. Love. This. Tune. It’s a pretty easy way for me to shake a bad mood, and the fact that this was shot on last year’s Hospitality Tour that culminated at Ultra Music Festival (with several scenes that I recognize) was icing on the cake.
Too hot for TV
Cedric Gervais – Molly (Ultra Music)
Sometimes you’ve got to test the limits, and I tried to get this video included for broadcast. The content proved a bit much, and I swapped “Swoon” into it’s place. The track was inspired by Madonna’s controversial “looking for Molly” comments while introducing Avicii at this year’s Ultra Music Festival, which also started the public social media row between Madonna and Deadmau5. Since we’re under no strict limits here, enjoy.