PAUL VAN DYK and CHRISTIAN BURNS, “But Not Tonight”
When two masters of their craft collaborate to remake a Depeche Mode song, you get a strong impression that it’s going to be something special. I was definitely pleased and surprised when I played “But Not Tonight” to find that it wasn’t an original. But Grammy winner Paul Van Dyk and well-respected vocalist (and producer too) Christian Burns have indeed transformed “But Not Tonight” into an emotional anthem. Paul was the first Grammy winner for Best Dance/Electronic album for Reflections back in 2003, and his classics amid a 25+ year career like “For An Angel”, “Nothing But You”, and my personal fave “Let Go” (#4 on my personal chart in 2008) still resonate today. Christian’s humble beginnings in British pop group BBMak (“Back Here”) led eventually to work with with ace producers like Tiësto (“In The Dark”, #3 on my personal chart in 2007) and BT, as well as his own solo releases, often in the Trance sub-genre. “But Not Tonight” is quite different from Depeche Mode’s original from the 1986 Black Celebration album. Paul has booted up the rhythm and Christian’s smooth and effortless voice takes the song to new heights. I’m sure I’ll be playing this one for years to come!