“For What It’s Worth” is crystalline dance/pop from the UK’s @TiggyHawke and @Sondrofficial

TIGGY HAWKE and SONDR, “For What It’s Worth”

Don’t worry, it’s not a dance version of the Buffalo Springfield classic!  The UK’s Tiggy Hawke and producers Sondr (who recently brought us their own unique spin on Eiffel 65’s “Blue” called “So Blue”) pair up for “For What It’s Worth”.  It’s a bright, positive, crystalline-sounding slice of dance/pop that might need a few listens, as it did with me, before it sinks in.  It’s a nice blend of melodic and tropical house vibes carried by Tiggy’s distinct and knowing vocal, which doesn’t sound an awful like other singers from England.  Dance music radio should enjoy this one and it’s clear that its record company Armada definitely believes in this song, which also has the potential to resonate at spring and summer festivals.

‘Tis the season for #Ultra2020 @Ultramusic, featuring “So Blue” by @Sondrofficial

VARIOUS ARTISTS, Ultra 2020

Compilation albums seem to be coming a thing of the past.  After all, aren’t streaming playlists essentially the same thing?  I’ve long been of the mind that these compilations should be focused on similar styles of dance music to appeal to those who enjoy it.  But for those who want to taste a little bit of everything in the dance music scene and still like to purchase their music, Ultra 2020 is definitely for you, and you’ll almost always find something you really enjoy.  So for me the highlights here are:

  • “So Blue” by British duo Sondr, likely the best of the 22 songs within, which could be a surprising floor filler thanks to the use of some of the lyrics and a pitched down melody from Eiffel 65’s “Blue” (and thankfully minus most of the ‘Da Ba Dee”‘s)
  • Steve Aoki’s second high-powered collaboration with South Korea’s BTS, “Waste It On Me”
  • Sofi Tukker’s playful “Swing”, for fans of songs of theirs like “Batshit”
  • The slick electronic pop of “25 Miles To Vegas” by The Tribe Of Good
  • The deep down and dirty “Tits On A Tricycle” by SNBRN, which reminds me of something Showtek would record
  • The dreamy electropop of Dutchkid’s “Flight”
  • “GOMF” (featuring BRIDGE), which has already become a hit for DVBBS in our native Canada
  • “Pica” by Deorro and Henry Fong, spiced up with an Elvis Crespo vocal
  • And Chet Porter’s beautifully melodic and unique mini-epic “The Longest Day Ever”, which I wrote about a while back

The rest I could take or leave.  But regardless if you’re looking for an enjoyable stocking stuffer for your dance music-loving friend or family member, you can’t go with an Ultra compilation like 2020.