GØLD ft Christopher King & Geneva - Hurricane

I remember when I was young, my parents would barge into my bedroom while I was practicing dance moves to Black Box's Ride On Time or Snap's The Power. They would rudely interrupt my leg kicks, shoulder shimmies and spirit fingers to lecture me on how this wasn't really music - "where are the instruments, words that mean something, a melody that will still be around when you're not?" Crazy old folk, I would think, what do they know? Turns out they were right - while there is nothing wrong with of the moment pop, technology has moved on to the point where it feels cookie cutter, repetition and soulless words. Luckily, there is a whole movement out there championing old school song craft in a contemporary setting - and the results can be dazzling. Ones to watch in this movement are brillo composers, Gold. The duo bring innovative sounds to compelling narratives, coalescing in songs that linger in the brain and heart long after the music finishes. A glorious example of this is effusive anthem Hurricane. They are joined by two excellent vocalists, Christopher King and Geneva, both of whom bring a vitality and enthusiasm to the lyrics. The tribal chants and influences that permeate the music give a thrilling sense of adventure and anticipation. This is mingled with an ever burgeoning dance grooves that simmers, then percolates into euphoric rhythms that will lure you to the dancefloor, hands raised to the sky in majestic testimony. The words are all about overcoming the barriers in life and conquering your inner saboteur to achieve the greatness that lies within you. It is a rallying call to arms that leaves you with an endorphin rush of epic proportions. While Geneva takes the lead vocal with a sprightly verve, Christopher brings a confident bombast to the Zulu chants, adding a layer of Lion King theatricality to the track. It is this fusion of genres that makes this such a heady rush. If only radio were playingvsongs like this the world would be an infinitely better place.

Top 25 songs of the week:

25 ~ Sophie Ellis Bextor, Come With Us
24 ~ The Feeling, Alien
23 ~ Auryn, Footprints
22 ~ Bright Light x2, Symmetry of Two Hearts
21 ~ Louisa Johnson, So Good (NE)
20 ~ Michael Buble, Nobody But Me
19 ~ The Summer Set, Figure Me Out
18 ~ Fitz & The Tantrums, Hand Clap
17 ~ Debbie Gibson, Wonderland
16 ~ Pet Shop Boys, Burn
15 ~ Tom Chaplin, Quicksand
14 ~ Christie and the Dreambeats, Learning to Dance Again
13 ~ Bright Light x2, Little Bit
12 ~ Sean Smith, Turn Me On
11 ~ Olly Murs, Grow Up
10 ~ X&Y, Secrets
09 ~ Mans Zelmerlow, Hanging On To Love
08 ~ DNCE, Body Moves
07 ~ Fitz & The Tantrums, Roll Up
06 ~ The Heydaze, Hurt Like Hell
05 ~ Maroon 5, Don't Wanna Know
04 ~ Jakil, Truth Is
03 ~ Little Mix, Shout Out To My Ex
02 ~ Paul Varney, Kiss and Make Up
01 ~ Robbie Williams, Party Like A Russian (2 weeks)
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