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awardinary
post Dec 2 2019, 02:10 AM
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Pete Tong, DJ Spoony, Regard, Endor, Fisher, Kygo and Riton (with Oliver Heldens) just to name a small recent selection...

2019, more than any year previous, has had an unprecedented number of dance producers remaking old dance classics to try to appeal to a new audience of listeners. Some songs have been commercial enough to make significant peaks on the official UK Top 40 chart, and others have less of an impact.

The questions that deserves to be asked at this time is have we gotten to a point where new original ideas are so scarce that even well known artists have resorted to reproducing well known hits of the past? huh.gif

Itís not necessarily always a bad thing, but when itís all that is on offer in the dance market it does raise eyebrows and cause you to think they should really just leave such well known tracks alone and not try and rehash them in 2019. ohmy.gif

I thought this was a talking point that deserved some attention so I put this thread up to see what the general consensus was on recycling dance music.

A follow up question could be this... what does the future hold for dance music as we enter a new decade???
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post Dec 2 2019, 02:21 AM
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Actually Pete Tong is doing his "recycling" for a few years now, 3 to be strict. It's nothing new, as I said sometime ago, much better work was done when Unclubbed compilations (Spofity) were released. Some with Dj Spoony - it was all before. I don't see anything bad in re-freshing old stuff as long as it doesn't sound like a cheap a'la Cascada's covers.

I really hope that (successful) dance music will go back to 90s stuff like trance, hard-techno, dream-house etc. There are a lot underrated and forgotten gems from that era.


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post Dec 2 2019, 09:16 AM
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Most dance originals are from older tracks too remember!
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post Dec 2 2019, 10:37 AM
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Dance music was founded on sampling! It alwaya depends on how well it is done but generally I have no problem with that
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post Dec 4 2019, 05:01 AM
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QUOTE(hlavkus @ Dec 2 2019, 10:37 AM) *
Dance music was founded on sampling!

Maybe sampling other songs was how Dance began, but it got so much better before DJís started chasing trends in the music industry instead of trying to be original or unique and having that signature sound that only they could be associated with.

It concerns me as to the frequency of how much dance music is being recycled and often more than once.

As 2020 beckons I truly hope there is a shift in trends and new and original music is being made with less frequent sampling.
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post Dec 4 2019, 08:23 AM
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^agree 1000%, one thing is doing innovative sampling and that sure was essential to the development of dance
but what we are seeing now is just basic covers or use of the same samples to death
personally I think dance music is at its lowest
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post Dec 4 2019, 08:32 PM
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Same here everything is just nothingy. The fact that one of the bigger djs Martin Garrix releases pop says it all.
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post Dec 4 2019, 08:42 PM
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Have to agree. I have absolutely no problem with sampling but I far prefer it when they use it in a more inventive way than has been displayed recently - these tracks have been more akin in spirit to a boyband releasing a cover in the 90s than the music that great dance acts have done in the past.

Not everything is so bad though, there's still a decent amount of good dance and electronic music being released. Most of my preferred acts are not as mainstream but it's still out there to find.

As an aside, it's possible to still sample inventively and I think it's no fluke that the Kygo & Whitney track was one of the biggest dance tracks this year.
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