LEE JAMES and GOLD 88, “Secrets”
While there are a lot of dance music songs that are now much shorter than they used to be in today’s busy music market, a song that’s under three minutes will still get significant notice if it’s tightly packed with all kinds of musical goodness. And the less-is-more theory suits “Secrets” by Ireland’s Lee James and English/Irish producers Gold 88 just fine. Lee is a popular DJ in Ireland, still in his teens, and he’s got great symmetry with duo Gold 88, who also recently released one of my new favourites called “Give Me That” with Charlie Lane and Kate Wild. “Secrets” is as crisp and tidy that a house track could be in 2:23 but it’s elongated to 3:07 for clubs, and has a well-kept secret of its own with a sparkling vocal from an uncredited female singer.