SOUNDS LIKE: Dance that moves your feet and motivates your mind, but has no desire to feel like a jackhammer and cheese grater simultaneously assaulting your senses.
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE: "EDM" is the ubiquitous sound-of-the-moment, and if you "absolutely must" have a favorite dance song, then one that is as intelligently crafted as it is wholly funky (with an engaging video to boot) should be your champion sound.
Brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence may have grown up in the tiny, southeast England town of Reigate, Surrey, but a listen to Settle - their recently released debut album, and you feel like you're in a converted church on Chicago's South side in the early 1980s. Then recent NYC transplant Frankie Knuckles is inventing house music from re-edited soulful disco cuts - and you're dancing until morning not only because you love to dance, but ultimately also because you've never heard music delivered like this ever in your entire life. When well-established rivers of divergent sonic elements empty into the same musical sea, magic often occurs. "When a Fire Starts to Burn" follows in this tradition. Intense vocal samples have been a part of house music ever since the first time someone sampled Nina Simone's "See Line Woman" or "Sinnerman." Thus, when motivational speaker Eric Thomas' polemic is mixed with that 80s jacking house we discussed earlier and the undulating melodic current of UK-based garage, it's an incredible result.