Tonight in Babylon
Loverush UK! feat. Bryan Adams
Every so often lightning strikes twice. And when the crack of lightning is a sexy rasp (that I slow danced to in junior high) over gorgeous, emotional club beats, you need to bring a change of panties. Bryan Adams’ last and only venture into club music came back in 2000 in the form of a collaboration with Chicane on the empowering track “Don’t Give Up,” which featured a video inspired by the film Metropolis and had Bryan blasting through social control with his voice. Bryan has teamed up 12 years after that record with Euro dance hit makers Loverush UK! and delivers an equally uplifting anthem-style track essentially declaring the club as a nirvana of sorts, a place to escape to and hide from reality. The song itself may hardly be unique, but Adams’ delivery makes this stand a head above so many similar club tracks. Adams’ vocal prowess has always been his ability to sound both undeniably strong and strikingly vulnerable simultaneously, and it’s that magical paradox that gives “Babylon” its profundity, changing lyrics that would otherwise read as “Let’s go dancing” into “Let’s escape into a beautiful world of sound and light, and escape into each other.” Full scale remix assault by Steve Smart & Westfunk, Timothy Allan, Protoculture, Roger Shah, Ronski Speed & Stoneface & Terminal.