Review: Front Runners – Alive (Dirty South Remix) – [Single]

By ajcolores

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When I think of house music I think of a sound that was all but left behind in the 1980's so the prospect of listening to house music brings all sorts of feelings; worries that the genre has not progressed for thirty years but also excitement at the prospect of finally hearing an artist that releases house music the way it should be produced, progressing the genre forward. These days, house music is infused with traditional pop and dance music so to hear a track by a group that ply the genre outright is a rare occasion.

Right from the opening, punchy notes early of ‘Alive’ the signs are that Front Runners have this whole house malarkey just right. The opening notes gather in speed as filters briefly slide in, building everything up into the chorus. The composition of the track is very much in keeping with traditional house music, emphasis is on electro chords that are built up and sped up towards each passing chorus.

LISTEN // 'Alive' (Electro Dirt Remix)



The track really gets interesting as it approaches the mid-way point where Front Runners really show what they can do. A complete sonisphere of winding electronic notes, catchy rhythms and gentle melodies collide together like falling stars, creating a really uplifting and powerful few minutes of music that will certainly keep fans of the original version happy.

‘Alive’ is remixed in a unique way, almost to perfection. What you get with a lot of remixes is that the artist doing the remixing is so intent on putting their own spin on the song that the original becomes completely lost in translation. However, with this single the remixing is planned to perfection, giving Front Runners the perfect chance to put their own spin on a track that does not completely ignore the specifics of the original. Essentially, it adds something new and looks at the track differently to the original.

As if Front Runners’ individual and progressive brand of electronic house music is not something to get excited about alone, the fact that the two members of the group produce their own music and even perform hardcore definitely is! This version of ‘Alive’ proves that house music can be popular again and that can only be good news for the electronic music genre. For the two men behind Front Runners, it shows that the world really is their oyster!


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