Rarely has the Ruhr been seen as a haven of creativity and artistry. Only on the football field can Germany’s industrial strongholds ever enchant the watching world with aesthetic excellence. But boy how they can.
The excitement which has greeted Borussia Dortmund’s rise to power over the last two years reached its zenith this week, as Germany anticipated the deciding fixture in one of its most significant title races of the last two decades.
It is a transfer that points to significant change in the Bundesliga. After nearly two decades of largely unchallenged dominance from one team from the South, it now seems as if FC Bayern’s monopoly may be under serious threat.
One of the leading factors in what’s been something of a rennaisance of house this year has been the large number of tracks that feature vocals. I’ve spoken about this with several DJs over the last months and there’s a definite feeling that having a vocal element in a house track helps make the music more accessible and gives it a wider appeal (for better or worse, depending on your stance). One person who has succeeded in making some instant classics in terms of vocal house has been Dortmund-based DJ/producer Larse.
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