Today we are looking at six pieces of music. (We’re also seeing videos, but the award is for the music, not the video. Ideally, to evaluate the music, you might want to shut your eyes, so you’re not influenced by the video.) I had not heard any of these songs before this week.
First up, Break My Soul, performed by Beyoncé. Beyoncé, Terius “The-Dream” Gesteelde-Diamnat, Jens Christian Isaksen & Christopher “Tricky” Stewart, producers; Stuart White, mixer.
The consistent beat in Break My Soul makes me want to dance. It’s a bit repetitive, though.
Next, Rosewood, performed by Bonobo. Simon Green, producer and mixer.
A bit monotonous. It falls into a groove and stays there.
Don’t Forget My Love, performed by Diplo & Miguel. Diplo & Maximilian Jaeger, producers; Luca Pretolesi, mixer. Don’t watch the video.
I’m Good (Blue), performed by David Guetta & Bebe Rexha. David Guetta & Timofey Reznikov, producers and mixers.
Yeah, it’s danceable, but hearing f*cking in the lyrics (used as an adjective) distracted me every single time.
Intimidated, performed by KAYTRANADA featuring H.E.R. H.E.R. & KAYTRANADA, producers; KAYTRANADA, mixer. I’m giving you the lyrics video, because I couldn’t understand the words without it.
On My Knees, performed by RUFUS DU SOL. Jason Evigan & RUFUS DU SOL, producers; Cassian Stewart-Kasimba, mixer.
This is the most electronic of the group. Very repetitive.
Of all of these, I like Beyoncé’s Break My Soul the best. In my opinion, it’s a successful dance record.
Now it’s your turn. Would you choose a different song for best dance/electronic recording? Which one? And why? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
After reading this and your previous post about the 2023 Grammys, I realize just how detached I am from current music trends. I will agree that I think Taylor Swift is a talented singer/songwriter, but most everyone else mentioned in your posts I am completely unfamiliar with. I’ve heard of some of the nominees, but do not know their music at all. I still find music that I like to add to my always growing collection, though! Recent purchases have included The Band, Van Morrison, Robert Plant, and Tom Petty &The Heartbreakers. Still, one or two of these artists could possibly show up in a category, as some of these “legacy” artists still continue to make relevant music. I’ll continue to eyeball your Grammy posts to see what turns up!
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Thanks, Bill. Yes, I am stuck in decades past.