I’m often asked to name some of my favourite tracks.  Of course there are hundreds of great tracks we dance to, but I’ve come up with a list that I hope will get some approval.  My criteria for choosing a track are: that I must have heard it in at least three different venues, and it should be at least 5 years old.  The list is in no particular order and my fourteenth choice is Real Love by Drizabone.

This is surely everyone’s favourite

I was recently dancing to this track, and thinking just how good it was, when I realised I’d still not included it in my favourite track listing.  That’s a bit of a surprise, because this track appears to be everyone’s favourite, and a month doesn’t go by when it’s mellow tones aren’t keeping the dance floor busy.

It’s popularity amongst DJs comes from the fact that it works as a main room track as well as a chill-out room one.  Where DJs are working a main room only venue, tracks like Real love are an opportunity to slow down the rhythm without clearing the floor.

So many musical ingredients are woven together

It’s universal appeal comes from the way that so many musical ingredients are woven in to its luscious production.  Produced in 1991, it has all the funk of a ’70s disco track, with a brief horn section interlude reminiscent of Earth, Wind & Fire.  Listen out too for some soaring orchestral strings.

The track also has elements of ’80s House Music – just listen to the sax sample that is infused in to the backing track.  If all that wasn’t enough, it also has an ’80s rap vocal in the middle that adds yet another layer to its production.

The more you listen, the more you hear – I just picked out a hammond organ riff, a blues piano fix and funky guitar lick.  Of course when you are dancing, these subleties can pass you by on a conscious level, but I suspect that your dance brain is subconsciously connecting with all this musical magic.  That’s what makes it so wonderful to dance to.

Who are Drizabone?

Like many modern day dance acts its a recorder producer who is behind the name, in this case Vincent Garcia.  It seems Garcia named his production company after the Driza-Bone clothing brand.

Garcia got together a group musicians and used various female vocalists on his productions.  Information about the voice on Real love is a little patchy, but it seems it’s Dee Heron, who gave up her job as a secretary to work with Garcia.

Drizabone only other significant hit, and one sometimes heard on the Modern Jive dance floor is Pressure from 1994.

A jazzy remix and . . .

Here’s a wonderful remix found by Amanda of Ener Jive.  Amanda played this during the LeRoc Surrey Leatherhead Freestyle that I voted the best one of 2016/17.  It has the minimal vocals and is essentially an instrumental with the sax brought to the fore.  The effect is to create a remix that I think is better than the original – no wonder it made such an impression on me that night.

. . . a fab mash up

I also found this fabulous mash up, where it is blended in to a ’70s disco hit by British band Delegation called Where is the love.

That Real love works well with this disco track shows it’s ’70s dance credentials and danceability.  The whole thing is nearly twelve minutes long, which is of course too long to modern jive to, but may be some DJ will make a four minute version.

In the meantime I’m currently using it as a backing track through my head phones when I’m writing.  Tracks like this help me to get in to a dance groove even though I’m sat at a desk in front of my PC.

 

My other favourite tracks

To listen to and read the background to other of my favourite tracks click on the ‘My Favourite Tracks’ Category.