Dario G feat. Leslie P George – You Make The Sunrise

“Lovely track, isn’t it?”

Tim: Dario G brought out Hola, his first new album in almost 20 years, a couple of weeks ago and yesterday I finally got round to listening to it. Pleasingly, it’s one of the best albums I’ve heard in recent years – not necessarily because all the tracks are brilliant (though there are a lot of great tracks), but because of the way it’s put together, with a definite beginning, middle and end, rather than a standard “yep, here’s twelve tracks, chuck ’em on there”.

Tom: Right! As streaming increasingly moves towards singles and playlists, there’s not much room left for albums with a theme, let alone the old idea of concept albums. Which makes sense — recorded music has always adjusted to fit the medium it’s on — but I do feel it’s a bit of a shame. I like listening to An Album: and as you say, this is An Album.

Tim: We’ve an intro track, for example, with themes of the title track that we both enjoyed, which then gives way into this.

Tim: Lovely track, isn’t it? A lot of Dario G trademarks – those long backing vocal notes stand out particularly well, and the repetition of a fairly short melody with few lyrics that on some tracks would sound wrong, but here almost come across as almost earnest, just six words to get the message across.

Tom: It is, and I like the track overall. That one vocal line is just a bit too repetitive for me: it’s not like there’s a whole verse in there to run through. Which means I think there isn’t quite enough to sustain this length of track; it needs one, maybe two more layers.

(Side note: wouldn’t that sampled Dream Academy chant from Sunchyme go very nicely over the top of this? I know, almost every musical artist hates their old work being dragged up with the line “ooh, I liked that better”, but there’s the sun connection, and I do feel it needs… something.)

Tim: I don’t know – maybe it might be enhanced (few things in this world can’t be), but I definitely wouldn’t say it needs anything. But ACTUALLY I’m going to go off on a stupid Tim tangent here–

Tom: All right, brace yourselves, everyone.

Tim: –because I’ve just noticed that the ‘Sunrise’ in the title is written as one word, not the two that I’d assumed, which gives it an ever so slightly different meaning. My assumption was ‘You Make The Sun Rise’, a metaphor indicating that Leslie’s target inspires him, really improves his life and makes his day. Whereas ‘Sunrise’, one word, implies that the target is most likely Helios, Greek god of the sun who would pull the sun across the sky every day in a chariot. And it’s a long time since I’ve heard a great dance track that is also dedicated to an ancient god, and to be honest, I’m all for that.

Anyone up for a remix of Zero to Hero?

Dario G x Danny Dearden – If You Love Me

“I think I’m mostly impressed by the fact that Dario G has kept the same logo for almost a quarter of a century.”

Tim: It’s warm and sunny outside, but no-one can go out and party to enjoy it. It is, really, the perfect situation for relaxing summery tracks that Dario G is known for.

Tim: Ah. Hmm.

Tom: I think I’m mostly impressed by the fact that Dario G has kept the same logo for almost a quarter of a century.

Tim: Do you know, I entirely love it when acts do that. I can’t think of many off the top of my head – The Sound of Arrows have, and Busted have as well, though they dropped it for their first comeback album when they went all funky and less than ideal, which I think says it all.

And as for the music here, well, it’s good, don’t get me wrong – it’s just that right now, if I see Dario G come up, I’d like a song I can press play on and then relax to, in a garden, or on a balcony, or at just the right place where the sun shines through the window. What I really don’t want much of is a tropical beat-heavy banger that reminds me I could be having a massive night out. There’s still trademark parts in there, mind, and this is something that could absolutely be resolved with a remix: just take some of the drums off and I’m fairly sure I’d love it.

Tom: I’m not particularly against the style of this, it’s a good modern update to the old piano-dance.

Tim: Very very true, and I don’t want to come across too negative. This reaction is based entirely on my expectations, assumptions and personal wishes. If I’m out for a night in a club and this comes on, I’ll be putting down my piña colada and getting right on that dance floor. But I see Dario G, with the situation as it is…ahh, it’s just the timing.

Saturday Flashback: Dario G – Cry

“All the positives, really.”

Tim: I said on Wednesday that his new one, Hola, came somewhat of the blue; a little more digging revealed that’s not quite true, actually, as he also brought this out back last September.

Tim: It is, if anything, even more textbook Dario G than Hola was, with the whispering and those operatic vocals, and you know what? I ABSOLUTELY ADORE IT. Yes, it’s 99% plain and simple nostalgia, but damn it’s a good sound.

Tom: I mean, it’s not Sunchyme, and I’d argue that it’s not even quite as good as Hola. But when it gets half way through and you start hearing what’s basically the same extended long-build that was used twenty years ago? Sure, it’ll do.

Tim: It’s nice and pleasant and summery and relaxing and joyful and beachy and wonderful and, well, all the positives, really. Given all that, you may be asking if there’s an album on the way.

Tom: I wasn’t, but sure, for the purposes of this I will.

Tim: Good, because I got in touch and asked him: apparently he’s “toying with the idea”, so that’s nice. In the meantime, you’ve also got Savour The Miracle Of Life from February to enjoy as well.

Dario G – Hola


Tim: Yep, Dario G – did Sunmachine, Carnaval de Paris, Dream To Me and maybe a few others way back when we were youngsters.

Tom: Not to mention a really good track on the Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds remix album. Yes, that’s a thing.

Tim: Huh, never knew. Also, now there’s this, somewhat out of the blue, because why not?

Tom: Well, I like that. I like that a lot. Why do I like that so much?

Tim: I mean, potentially because it sounds like it could be straight off an album from the then-trio twenty years ago. Some people might argue, mind, that if you’re coming back after a couple of decades you could maybe update your sound a bit.

Tom: That’s fair. This hits a lot of nostalgic parts of my brain. When I stop to think about it, I’m really not sure about basically the entire middle third of it: that chopping-and-stuttering effect doesn’t work for me. But if I don’t stop to think about it: it’s DARIO G AND IT SOUNDS LIKE DARIO G YES I’M GOING TO START BOUNCING AT MY DESK NOW.

Tim: That absolutely makes sense. After all, Busted updated their sound for the third album and it was garbage, then went back to the normal stuff for the fourth and it was excellent, so what do some people know? This is nice. It is, basically, a tune that could have been released by Dario G twenty years, and we’d all have been very happy with. Good shout, then – why mix with a winning formula?

Dario G & Dame Shirley Bassey – We Got Music

“I’m literally having trouble coping with it.”

Tom: What? No, really, what?

Tim: Oh, you read that right – Dario G, him off summery dance tunes and official football songs, and Dame Shirley Bassey, her off James Bond films, orchestras and the olden days.

Tom: To be fair, “Sunchyme” counts as the olden days now.

Tom: My face is contorting as I listen to that — not because it’s bad, but because it’s absolutely bewildering. I mean, it’s exactly what I’d expect: it’s a standard 90s-style Dario G summer track, only with Dame Shirley Bassey. I’m not exaggerating one bit here: I’m literally having trouble coping with it.

Tim: In an interview with Wales Online (obviously), the formerly trio but now solo Dario, known to his mum at Paul, says it was “unreal at times, but she’s human like the rest of us”, which is good to know. It’s interesting how iconic a voice hers is – in a genre filled with anonymous female vocalists, it’s great how there are some voices that just stand out a unique, especially in that middle eight.

And also in a genre filled with anonymous female vocalists, I love how one guy thought “sod that lark, I want to work with Dame Shirley Bassey” and then just did.

Tom: Plus, she was up for doing it! That’s just as much of a surprise.

Tim: Gives hope to us all, really.