Sunday, December 30, 2007

Every Christmas

Christmas has passed and New Year is upon us, but I can't let December end without a post on Christmas-songs.

The comming years I'm sure I'm going to comment on lesser known and forgotten Christmas-songs, but I have to start with "Last Christmas". This unavoidable Wham classic have been covered numerous times and of course by dance-acts as well.

As some of you may know just released this Christmas is Cascada's version of the song. Actually one of the better covers of the song if you ask me.

Just as good is Whigfield's version from approximately ten years ago (I'm thinking of the "Major Cut" version below).

I personally can't decide which of the two i prefer. Probably because they are both very close to the original, just a bit faster paced and with a female singer. So I'll let you decide.

Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Happy Nations?

I kind of promised to be back with a review of the Ace Of Base concert in Copenhagen. Today it's excactly 1 month since the day of the concert, so what could be more obvious than to write it now...

All things concidered it was a good show! But I'll start with the negative critic. The concert was way to short, only 1 hour including the encore. With a ticket price around 70 EUR (for the cheapest ones) that sure gave some disappointing comments among the audience. And they didn't give one single song from the "Da Capo" album!?!! I know the show was part of a tour and the album wasn't released in that many countries, but still.

But what they did give was great. A set full of all their hit-singles as it should be in a comeback concert. And almost all of them spiced up with new arrangements. Most notably a ballad version of "Don't Turn Around", an electro version of "Wheel Of Fortune" that I'm sure would be a hit on the dancefloors if they released it now, and a version of "Lucky Love" very close to the original but slightly more energetic which gave a huge response in the audience.

Here is the original European video version of "Lucky Love" (the US version of the video was different):

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Free mp3 downloads

I've just added a new link-list on the right with free mp3 downloads.

There you'll find links to pages from where you can download the listed tracks all legal.

I will update the list as I find new ones, so come back and read my posts and check for new downloads.

Please drop a comment with links to other legal downloads and I'll add them to the list to help others find eurodance, house and trance mp3's.

I'll let you know

Just a quick update on Basic Element:
Rumours have it they are back in the studio working on new material to be released in 2008.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

A band that is fantastic

Continuing with a classic 90's eurodance act which has been somewhat forgotten by the general public even though they had some quite big hits back in the days.

Basic Element best known for tracks like "This Must Be A Dream" and the #1 hit in most of Scandinavia "The Promise Man" but also "Move Me" and one of my personal favorites of theirs "Touch".

After releasing 4 albums from 1994-98 they disappeared. But returned last year and got some well deserved attention especially in home country Sweden, but also elsewhere. The 2007 album "The Empire Strikes Back" gave them a couple of hits with great singles like "I'll Never Let You Know" and the amazing "To You"!

Why they didn't got a pan-european hit is beyond me. But hopefully they'll want to strike again soon.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Anything more I can do for you?

Back to the 90's eurodance. One of the bands who helped create the genre is Culture Beat. I'm sure I'm going to write about them several times as their albums just kept getting better and I keep going back to them.

They are the name behind one of the best known songs of the 90's eurodance scene: "Mr. Vain".

"Mr. Vain" is from their breakthrough second album (the first only made minor impact at the clubs). The album "Serenity" spawned many hit-singles and made Culture Beat a well known name both on tv, the radio and at the clubs.

One of the singles "Anything" probably have the musicvideo I've seen the most times.

It was on heavy rotation on all the major music-channels MTV, MCM, VIVA etc. and on national danish tv. No matter which channel I turned to, it was playing. I actually watched it so much I started to dislike the song.

Different nowadays, I love it like I love everything from Culture Beat. And how I would love to see it played on the tv now instead of all the RnB cr*p that's on.