STEVE VOID & AUSTN, “Without You”
Dutch producer Steve Void is having a great year not only with music from his Strange Fruits label, but also with his own releases. Continuing the trend is “Without You”, a fine song that could have had a perfectly happy life as a sullen ballad. But Steve had other things in mind and brought in charming new Oregon-based singer AUSTN, who gives the song a lot of why-is-this-happening-only-to-me personality and dimension. Sure it’s still a sad song, but it’s also given a lift by a few bars of melodic house, which allows the relationship in the song to achieve full closure (cue another Steve Void song…). Anyway, “Without You” to me has pop and dance music radio potential in the many ways by which it draws in a listener who will ultimately be quite satisfied in the end.