After two gospel albums, Michelle decided to have some fun and do a pop/dance album. While the album leaned to the urban tip, this jam for the late night party crowd was remixed for the club by Moto Blanco, Wideboys and Lost Daze with glorious results.
22. No Halo "Put Your Hands On" (hedkandi)
HedKandi is known for classy disco house with a pop edge and No Halo definitely fits that groove. If I could use effortless as a compliment, that would be the best way to describe the feel of this sing-along gem.
One of those records records that started in 2007, yet made it to the US in 2008. Simple, melodic and catchy - it doesn't follow the verse-chorus-verse structure of a standard pop yet it succeeded on levels that few would imagine. Voodoo & Serano energized the plaintive anthem to create a definitive masterpiece of 2008. The UK success led to even further success worldwide - with rereleases and remixes of "Be Mine," "Handle Me," "Who's That Girl," and "Cobrastyle" popping up everywhere.
24. Ron Carroll "Walking Down the Street" (Sneakerz)
Originally tipped as a big record of WMC 2007, this record finally saw its release at the end of 2007 and buzzed all through 2008. The chant was simple and catchy and the remixes by Warren Clarke, Flamingo (Funkerman & Fedde Le Grand), and Don Diablo were effective for every dancefloor. This track will probably become a club hit when its used in a Nike commercial one day in the future.
25. Sam Sparro "Black and Gold" (Universal)
Channelling the new wave sounds of the 80s and mashing it with electro, "Black and Gold" became a massive hit in the UK. Although it stayed pretty underground in the US, the grower of a song snagged a much-deserved Grammy nomination for Best Dance Recording.
26. Spoon, Harris & Obernik "Baditude" (Ultra)
Another record launched at WMC 2008, this one championed by the Radio 1 crew. It's easy to see why when you combine the production skills of Dave Spoon and Paul Harris with the unique vocal stylings of Sam Obernik. Clubbers will recognize Sam's vocals from "It Just Won't Do" by Tim Delux and "Stand Back" by Linus Loves. Check out the video for all the sass you would expect from Miss Obernik.
Singer/songwriter, Juilliard graduate, ethereal vocalist, holistic medicine guru, and dance diva - Sylvia Tosun has an interesting combination of talents and influences. Harnessing them all in the ethereal electronic gem "Underlying Feeling," she scored a #2 UK club hit with help from a fierce Adam K and Soha remix. Check out the video for a true testament to Sylvia's creative vision.
28. The Saturdays "If This Is Love" (Polydor)
With eletronic music producers wearing their 80s new-wave influences on their sleeves, it was no surprise that the trend would bubble up to the pop world. UK girl group The Saturdays launched their career with "If This is Love" based on a sample of Yaz's classic "Situation." Can anyone say pop-perfection? I can't help but notice the influence of Spiller's "Groovejet" in the intonation of the chorus, but that might just my trainspotting ear being overly tuned.
29. The Ting Tings "Shut Up and Let Me Go" (Sony/BMG)
Although they are international pop-stars, sadly most people in the US only know of the Ting Tings from the iPod commercial. The Seamus Haji remix of "Shut Up" scored them their first US club chart number one and its only one of many club hits they had around the world ("Fruit Machine," "Be the One," "That's Not My Name," "Great DJ").
30. Wolfgang Gartner "Frenetica" (Kindergarten)
Let me rewrite my Kylie Minogue entry. Choosing a favorite Wolfgang Gartner track is kind of like asking a parent to choose their favorite child. Between "Frenetica," "Bounce," "Emergency," and "Front to Back," its hard to choose a favorite. As much as I love his tech/electrohouse records, I think I love his label name - Kindergarten - even more. Now that's a school I would send my child to.