Content tagged 'Dance'
Groovy, Laidback And Nasty (Album of the Day)
When they emerged from Sheffield in the mid-1970s, Cabaret Voltaire's experimental sounds were far removed from the mainstream, but the group's rapprochement to dance music eventually earned them a place of honor in the evolving U.K. indie scene. The aptly titled GROOVY, LAID BACK & NASTY finds Richard H. Kirk, Stephen Mallinder and their banks of keyboards right at home in acid house; the 1990 Parlophone collection was recorded in Chicago, with house specialist Marshall Jefferson behind the boards. The set's nine originals add propulsive rhythms and pop-oriented vocals to Cabaret Voltaire's skewed sensibilities, and GROOVY, LAID BACK & NASTY will find favor with any fan of '90s dance music.
Amplified Heart (Album of the Day)
Main Course (Album of the Day)
Like A Virgin (Album of the Day)
While Madonna's debut was a big hit, it was on her follow-up, LIKE A VIRGIN, where she truly grabbed the reins of superstardom. Produced by Chic's Nile Rodgers (and featuring instrumental work from that band's Bernard Edwards and Tony Thompson), the album was a savvy mix of Madonna originals and outside material including such singles as “Angel,” “Dress You Up,” “Material Girl” and the title track. With iconic videos of the last two songs in heavy rotation on MTV, the set soared to No.1 on the U.S. chart, becoming the first solo album by a female artist to sell more than 5 million copies on this day in 1985. Diverse, ambitious and endlessly listenable, LIKE A VIRGIN is one of the defining albums of the decade.
Twentyears (Album of the Day)
Post (Album of the Day)
Cupid & Psyche 85 (Album of the Day)
Computer World (2009 Remastered) (Album of the Day)
Kraftwerk's embrace of the brave new world of synthesizers set them apart in the 1970s, but by the time of COMPUTER WORLD, the German group was perfectly in synch with the pop zeitgeist. With members Ralf Hutter and Florian Schneider twiddling knobs on both sides of the board, the album offers an irresistible batch of songs like “Pocket Calculator,” “Computerwelt” (which picked up a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Instrumental Performance) and “Computer Love,” which became a No.1 single in the U.K. on this day in 1982. While the blips, bleeps and beats of COMPUTER WORLD are clearly audible in the music of disciples like Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk offers a playful, and even warm take on technology that again sets them apart from their peers.
Madonna (Album of the Day)
Released this month in 1983, Madonna's self-titled Sire Records debut brought dance music out of the doghouse to which it had been consigned since the last days of disco. Cut with remixer/producer Jellybean Benitez, the collection reflects the sounds of New York's trendiest clubs, with the latest synthesizers and drum machines prominent in the mix, though there are plenty of old-school hooks in these songs - “Holiday” and Top 10 singles “Borderline” and “Lucky Star” would've been hits in any era. Add in the singer's girlish appeal (and tireless work ethic), and the set's 10 million worldwide sales become inevitable. In 2008, Entertainment Weekly named MADONNA one of the ten best albums of the previous quarter-century, and even a cursory listen makes the point tough to argue.
Poolside (Album of the Day)
Fronted by the husband-and-wife team of John Smith and Valerie Day, freestyle R&B group Nu Shooz had been building buzz in their native Portland when Atlantic Records signed them in 1986. POOLSIDE soon followed, highlighted by a pair of Billboard Dance chart-toppers: “I Can't Wait” and “Point Of No Return” (the former was also a Top 10 Pop hit). Day's vocals float atop bubbly grooves and inventive synthpop arrangements on these eight originals, any one of which could still lure shoes onto a dancefloor. The success of the gold-certified POOLSIDE helped earn Nu Shooz a Best New Artist Grammy nomination, and the album remains among the group's most appealing.