A decade and a half since its first instalment and 10 years since its last outing, PAUL VAN DYK officially returns on May 4 with The Politics of Dancing 3 for Ultra Music . In nature and composition, the third Politics migrates from its former role as a various artists-style mix-comp, pivoting to become the seventh artist album from the Grammy nominated producer, DJ and electronic music bastion.
Bringing the album to fruition has seen VAN DYK share studio time with 23 other producers, singers and songwriters. The result is an album that at once retains the musical frequency of the first Politics and emphatically plants the series’ feet in a new decade. The Politics Of Dancing 3 contains the Beatport chart-topping singles “Come With Me,” “Only In A Dream,” “Guardian” and “Louder,” along with 10 other striking new-gen productions. Among PAUL VAN DYK’s collaborators are established studiologists like Ummet Ozcan, Aly & Fila, Roger Shah and Giuseppe Ottaviani, singers/songwriters including Sue McLaren, Betsie Larkin, Tricia McTeague and Fisher and fast-ascending newer production blood, including Genix, Jordan Suckley, Las Salinas and Mark Eteson.
It reflects the quantum change in dance music’s fabric since The Politics of Dancing 2’s release in 2005. VAN DYK elaborates, “So many things have changed within the music industry since the last ‘Politics.’ The way we make and produce music, how we release music and, of course, how we all consume it. That’s natural. That’s evolution. The third ‘Politics Of Dancing’ though needed to address that and have a different approach to the first two. The answer in how to do that lays in musical cooperation & artistic collaboration. To me, making music is one of the most stimulating, fun and fulfilling things to do in this world,” he continues “Doing it with friends and people you admire makes it that much more enjoyable still. So, maybe a little later than people might have anticipated…‘Politics 3’ has come to life.”
The door to The Politics of Dancing 3 is opened with a vocal triumvirate. The pacific refrains of “Heart Like An Ocean” and the entrancing “Lights” bring the first of two album performances from Tricia McTeague and vocal muse Sue McLaren. “My World” meanwhile features the Nordic inflexion of Jahala, with co-production work from VANDIT’s FKN and FSOE’s Mohamed Ragab. “Around The Garden” from Algerian greenhorn Mino Safy provides a rarer-these-days opportunity to hear VAN DYK at his full locomotive remix best.
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