Dirty South Feat. FMLYBND – With You (Original Mix)
Somewhere between 2009 and 2012, it became industry standard for pop stars to start making commercial club tracks. The industry’s rise to the bait was simple: if dance stars were to have their sound embraced by the popular market, they were going to take control of its creative substance from the inside. Dirty South’s debut album Speed Of Life set a subtle yet welcome precedent for this notion back in the March of 2013, one that continues with the dual album-turned-short film concept With You due later in the year. After teasing the tone of this audacious project with singles “Unbreakable” and “Tunnel Vision,” the third installment from his impending long player brings opulent songmanship and cinematic production hand-in-hand for the Serbian/Australian talent’s most intimate studio offerings to date.
“With You” glides like a hymn, hits like a ballad and builds like an instrumental anthem so far removed from the creative remits of dance music that it feels immediately unlike anything else from the Phazing maestro. This is perhaps one of the most clarifying statements an artist with proven and coherent club repertoire could make towards the album format, a simple moment that shows the world that beyond the lights, pyrotechnics and that well-documented spike in the big room sound, there are artists pushing the industry pillars beyond Avicii and Guetta’s commercial remit. There are now three bodies of very convincing evidence that, by the end of the year, Dirty South will have served up a genuine game changer for the full-length platform and dance music’s crusading musical identity alike.