PAUL VANICE & DAN BOUJEE, THOMAS RODENBACH & STEPHEN ALLEN, “Real Love”
What might at first listen seem like an odd kettle of fish in “Real Love” sinks in deeper and successfully with repeated plays. German producers Paul Vanice & Dan Boujee collaborate with vocalist Thomas Rodenbach as they did on a song I wrote about this past summer called “Closer”. While that song had rock elements in its production, the core of “Real Love” is a lovely pop tune that takes a few sidesteps into future bass territory musically, along with some hip hop verses courtesy of NYC vocalist Stephen Allen. Everything surprisingly gels together quite happily. You have a classically structured pop song with a memorable chorus, a hard hitting future bass middle, and hip hop flavours that all make “Real Love” multi-dimensional. Though it’s an unconventional and challenging mix, hats off to Vanice & Boujee for making “Real Love” work as a whole.