Friday, November 27, 2015

DANCE FLOOR VIRUS-The Ballroom (1995)

ORIGINAL POSTING DATE: November 27, 2015

I've definitely been bitten by the dance music bug once again, and how appropriate that my latest dance music explorations have led me to get acquainted with the Italian tech-house project called DANCE FLOOR VIRUS? And with the group's one and only full-length studio album—"The Ballroom"—comes my newest 'Music Surprise Of The Day'.....or should I say 'surprises' with an 'S'? The first one would be the project's lead singer Filippo Neviani—better known mononymously by his stage name Nek (I'm assuming this is pronounced like 'neck'?)—who, vocally, sounds identical to Sting, the long-time legend and frontman of THE POLICE. Though I will admit that it took me a few minutes to make that comparative distinction; it wasn't until like the second or third track where Sting even popped up into my mind. As for the second surprise? Well, that would be me realizing that every song here on this album is a remake of a STING & THE POLICE after my eyes scanned the instantly-recognizable title "Synchronicity", then "Every Breath You Take" and "Don't Stand So Close To Me". And since everyone in my music circles knows how crazy I am about cover songs of classic hits from the 80's, must it logically follow, then, that I'm crazy about this album? Yes! A remix collection of Sting's greatest hits? One could say that's true as well! It really is cool hearing "Synchronicity" (gosh, I hadn't heard that song in ages!) in its revitalized techno format, plus glitzy high-energy reworkings of "Every Breath You Take" (this Nek guy totally has the perfect voice for delivering those memorable, haunting lyrics), "Don't Stand So Close To Me", and another song hadn't heard in ages: "Spirits In A Material World" (have always loved the hook, though never really understood what the song was about). Don't remember the album's first five tracks very well at all, so I took them as something entirely new for me and my ears to jam to. Of that batch, I'd gotten hooked onto "Dedododo Dedadada" and its catchy delivery of the title lyrics, which instantly made me think about any number of my favorite bubblegum Eurodance songs where the vocalist is practically singing a string of slapped-together lyrical gibberish that's as fun as it is senseless. I also like the mid-tempo reggae Europop bounce to "The Bed's Too Big Without You", plus the eye-catching, candid title of the song itself; it's always nice to see alternative ways that a creative songwriter can portray his feelings of romantic loneliness. It's been a few hours since the dance music big bit me, but it'll be a while before this DANCE FLOOR VIRUS infection is flushed out of my system:

1. Message In A Bottle
2. Dedododo Dedadada
3. The Bed's Too Big Without You
4. When The World Is Running Down
5. Walking On The Moon
6. Synchronicity
7. Every Breath You Take
8. Spirits In A Material World
9. Don't Stand So Close To Me
10. Dedododo Dedadada (Police Woman Mix)
11. Walking On The Moon (Floatation Mix)
12. Message In A Bottle (Castaway Mix)

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