Wednesday 5 October 2016

Kattison - Up and Down

In my humble opinion there are few things that are necessary to put together the perfect dance track, but with these elements you gotta make sure you nail 'em. Kattison, here, has done very much that and hit the nail slap bang on the head with every single aspect of this track, 'Up and Down'. I don't have a clue who Kattison is or where he's come from but I do not care because this song is quite simply excellent. Apparently it's been knocking around for like a month and a half but you're kidding yourself if you think this "new" music blog is "new" in any sense anymore.

So let's discuss the song first, a fade up hook. Yes, you've got me. Five seconds in and I and hooked, quite literally. Straight into the first verse and life is looking up, not down. Then that hook comes back in and life is glorious. What is so flawless about this is these vocals by insert uncredited vocalist here are fucking phenomenal. I'm going to find out the hard way in a week's time that this track just samples vocals from a song from the 90s, aren't I? I really hope not, because that would be the absolute worst. But for real this is such a serious nod to that kind of era. The kind of Armand Van Helden 'You Don't Know Me', Modjo's 'Lady (Hear Me Tonight)', and far more recently Tim Berg (aka Avicii, who you trying to fool man) 'Seek Bromance' type stuff. Those are the dance tracks of this generation and the forgotten gems we'll look back on in 30 years time.

You know what those latter two songs and 'Up and Down' also have in common? Rad as fuck adventure type music videos. Oh my God. Let us, please, take a moment. This is a hands down dance music video masterclass from Kattison, I literally could not have asked for more. It has such an amazing 90s feel with the video camera tying everything together so seemlessly. I don't know if this was the plan from day one, you know, when Kattison wrote this track, but God damn. I don't know what you want to call them, but the legit "professional" shots in this video are stunning too. The whole darn thing just makes you want to drop everything and go on holiday. Job well done Kattison you have well and truly smashed it.

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