First Listen: Raul Midon takes us to the "Edge"

(September 10, 2020) In the years before dropping his ground-breaking album State of Mind in 2005, Raul Midon made his mark in the dance and Latin music world. He worked as a session vocalist for performers, including Jose Feliciano, Shakira and Julio Iglesias. He also wrote songs and performed on producer and DJ Little Louie Vega’s album Elements of Life.

Midon had three tracks on that album, each a percussive tinged Latin dance track. The twice Grammy nominated singer/songwriter returns to those dance roots on his latest single, “Dancing Off the Edge.”

The tune has the elements that you want to hear in a dance tune: A propulsive bass line that Afro-Latin percussion that gets heads nodding and hips shaking. It also features rock guitar, just to shake things up a bit. Then, of course, there is Midon’s vocal instrument.

(September 10, 2020) In the years before dropping his ground-breaking album State of Mind in 2005, Raul Midon made his mark in the dance and Latin music world. He worked as a session vocalist for performers, including Jose Feliciano, Shakira and Julio Iglesias. He also wrote songs and performed on producer and DJ Little Louie Vega’s album Elements of Life.

Midon had three tracks on that album, each a percussive tinged Latin dance track. The twice Grammy nominated singer/songwriter returns to those dance roots on his latest single, “Dancing Off the Edge.”

The tune has the elements that you want to hear in a dance tune: A propulsive bass line that Afro-Latin percussion that gets heads nodding and hips shaking. It also features rock guitar, just to shake things up a bit. Then, of course, there is Midon’s vocal instrument.

While “Dancing Off the Edge” is a song designed for the dance club, it is also a song for our time – both thematically and from an arrangement standpoint. Midon noted that the cut is based on ‘self-created four bar loops,’ instead of being composed all the way through with the intention of being played live. Midon didn’t think anyone would ever hear the song – until the pandemic hit and doing things the normal way became difficult.

So, Midon switched it up, which is appropriate that encourages listeners to lean in and face challenges and change head on. “This tune represents my attempt to make peace with the uncertainty that has rained down upon us.  It became so much more than that, when Kathleen suggested we make a video.  Her idea was to ask fans from all over the world to send video clips of themselves dancing while listening to the song.  It transformed the tune into a worldwide dance party.”

Check out the song and video to “Dancing Off the Edge,” here.

By Howard Dukes

Raul Midon - "Dancing Off The Edge"

 

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