Sunday, January 04, 2009

#66 Dizzee Rascal feat. Calvin Harris & Chrome, "Dance Wiv Me"

I know you didn't come out to stand and stare
You bought new shoes and you did up your hair
You made a real effort tonight and it shows
I can tell by your face you don't wanna be alone

Who would have guessed the grime of Dizzee Rascal and dance/pop of Calvin Harris would combine so well? "Dance Wiv Me" didn't sound like anything else on the British charts this year, but it was a deserved hit in the UK. There's not much actual singing that goes on in "Dance Wiv Me"--it's mainly Dizzee and Calvin taking turns talking over Calvin's up-and-down electronic beat, but the combination of catchiness and cheeky charm turns out to be exactly what that backing track needed. The various parts of "Dance Wiv Me" wouldn't have been nearly as good as parts of another song--Calvin definitely benefits from having a different voice and narrative voice on the track and Dizzee gets a great beat and two decent hook guys out of the bargain. It's the sort of crossover pop smash the world could use more of.

Find it on: Dance Wiv Me (Single)

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