It’s one of the most exhilarating, terrifying human experiences: a friendship suddenly accelerating into an all-consuming passion. Maybe you’ve secretly fantasized about it, or maybe it hits you out of nowhere. Either way, sparks fly, hormones surge, and you give yourself over completely to this burgeoning obsession. You feel loopy and elated all the time. More »
What constitutes a one-hit wonder? It seems like it should be cut and dry, but the designation can be pretty arbitrary, with gut feelings often trumping objective data. The “one-hit wonder” label can sometimes befall an artist with a robust catalog, whose fans will inevitably insist their fave does not deserve to be categorized as … More »
When this decade began, MP3s still reigned supreme. Now, at the end of it, a song is no longer even a file — it’s ephemera, on every streaming service and available to hear in myriad ways. For better and worse, the song (and the single) have become the norm for the general public’s music consumption. More »
It’s a thing of beauty when iconic collaborations from across the ages come together, especially when the result is equally noteworthy. In 1977, Boston-born Donna Summer released “I Feel Love,” one of the hottest pop hits to date, alongside legendary producer Giorgio Moroder. The pair, who worked together often, revolutionized the disco era that helped pave the way for contemporary dance music. History now comes full circle via the genius musicality from Disclosure and Sam Smith, who’ve reunited to provide their own touch on “I Feel Love” after their own series of historic joint records.
In 2012, they gave the world “Latch,” a song that — like “I Feel Love” — peaked in the Top 10 of Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart. “Omen” was soon to follow, a 2015 hit released as the second single from Disclosure’s second studio album Caracal. Needless to say, the two joining together to cover a Donna Summer track almost felt bound to happen. The release holds a special place in Sam Smith’s heart, per his comments on Facebook:
With production from Guy Lawrence—one half of the Disclosure brothers—Smith’s vocals are the “highest” he’s ever gone, yet dreamy as ever. It’s clear that Lawrence was careful on the arrangement here, as there’s no need to alter the original disco-synth rhythm. Yet, he added some deeper bass and overall heaviness to give the edit an added boost.
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Donna Summer’s 1977 single “I Feel Love” is, quite simply, one of the greatest pop songs of all time. Before “I Feel Love,” Summer and her regular collaborator Giorgio Moroder had already pushed the boundaries of disco, stretching tracks out long past the 10-minute mark and transforming them into psychedelic, electronic sex odysseys. With “I … More »
Because my car is not new or fancy enough to display song titles and artist names when I listen to the radio, I sometimes find myself Shazam-ing while driving. Most recently, while blaring my local Top 40 station, I encountered a minimalist electronic pop song accented with finger snaps, sighing background harmonies, occasional outbursts of … More »
One of the best Onion articles ever is headlined like so: “Marilyn Manson Now Going Door-To-Door Trying To Shock People.” This was early 2001, more than a year after Manson became a scapegoat for the Columbine massacre and still several months ahead of 9/11. Despite a disputed election that introduced everyone to the … More »
“Pulling a Beyoncé” has always been a fairly elastic concept. Even when the phrase came into vogue at the end of 2013, when she surprise-released her self-titled visual album and, in her own words, “changed the game with that digital drop,” people were crediting her with both the surprise album trend … More »