Even though dance music might be compartmentalised into numerous sub-genres, those smaller musical territories still cover a broad range of sounds. House music wanders widely between pumping and vibrant techno driven beats and the more progressive and often intricate and ambient sounds. With latest single Addicted, Sarah seems to combine the best of both worlds, walking a fine line between dynamic drive and smoother sound washes.
At its most vibrant the beats are the perfect clubland pulse, groovesome, confident and full of energy, at the other the breakdowns are spacious and exotic, sketched only lightly from modern electronica and chilled sound washes. It is this ability to switch between the dance floor drives and the sultry spaces between that creates a wonderful play off of musical light and shade and the perfect song to bridge the gap between the nights main event and the start of the more chilled early hour vibe.
Vocally she is on top form and the lyrics are straight forward enough to capture that anthemic quality which makes a track stay in the consciousness long after the final notes have faded out. You could argue that the track is simply constructed, which is true, the musical components are fairly standard fare and there is a lot about this song which keeps you in the house music comfort zone, but that is not to say that the track is naive, it much smarter than that.
This isn’t simple, it is direct, it is not just ploughing familiar musical furrows, it is taking the tried and tested, the proven musical motifs and reshaping and evolving those ideas, and any familiar sonic threads running through it is balanced by a freshness and modernity that will keep the song at the cutting edge of dance floor culture for a while to come.