Sunday, December 18, 2011

The Top 100 Songs of 2011 -- #66: "Miami 2 Ibiza" -- Tinie Tempah/Swedish House Mafia

American electronic/house production, meet your older, better cousin.

It's no secret that the current dance music trend in American Top 40 has been bubbling underneath the mainstream for quite some time. It's also no secret, nor surprise, that the genre has been prominent in Europe for well over a decade. Artists like LMFAO and Skrillex may be the frontrunners of America's budding rave culture, but they owe much to the scene that's been big in Europe, especially England, for quite some time.

Swedish House Mafia is a newer entrant into the European house scene. Since forming in 2008, the collective of DJs has taken the genre by the throat with a number of big songs. But perhaps their best effort yet comes alongside rising British rapper Tinie Tempah.

Released both on SHM's 2010 Until One record and Tempah's Disc-Overy (2010 in Europe, 2011 in America), "Miami 2 Ibiza" is a perfect embodiment of the relationship between hip hop and dance music that America has finally caught on to. It begins as an understated tune, before exploding in a big way. The song doesn't really have a chorus, per se, but rather a whooshing synth line that keeps coming back for more.

If you ever have a DJ set and need a real club banger to get the crowd moving, this should be your pick. Take note, American rave culture -- Europe's still doing it better than you.

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