Lion Vega’s dream of making music stopped in 1998, with the advent of having a job, having a family, needing money, and no time left between any of these things. During the period leading up to 2006, Vega found a few moments to publish some tracks to MySpace, as well as have a vinyl recording done. Then a few months ago, one of Lion Vega’s three sons asked to hear some of his tracks. The question of why he had stopped making music ignited the spark that was needed to get Vega’s creative flame burning again. The result is a stream of recordings and releases, culminating in his brand new EDM single “You Can Dance”.
Running through Lion Vega’s catalog it is clear that he is able to serve a perfect blend of old and new, demonstrating his forward-thinking approach and illustrious ability to remain relevant. His collection seems to consist of reworks of previously released tracks and a bevy of fresh new tunes.
These tracks range from underground to future synths to electro to progressive house. If anything, Vega’s catalog is a testament to how he has grown into the complete producer – he is creative and versatile, with an incredible talent for sound design and has ultimately set his own benchmark for his production standards with the release of “You Can Dance”.
It is seriously impressive to see someone finally realize their dreams while adapting to the ever-changing EDM scene after all these years. Overall, “You Can Dance” is full modern package of dance-floor fun, mixed with old school bass-driven funkiness, and it proves that a decade after his MySpace releases, Lion Vega still knows how to make relevant dance music.
You can’t fault him for staying true to what probably is his roots sound and becoming a true master at it, and at the same time exploring in new directions that reflect some of the emerging trends in EDM.
“You Can Dance” has a bit of that Daft Punk vocals and deep thumping bass sound that many find irresistible. Loaded with warm synths and twinkling pianos, the entire track is extremely pop-friendly, yet stays true to the roots of dance music with an inventive arrangement that spins timeless sound design in a new direction for Lion Vega.
Complementing his bursting lyrics with an emotionally rich topline, Vega has crafted a delicious tune that’s leaves us gouged with modernity and the forgotten tones of the 80’s and 90’s.
Perhaps the most striking thing about “You Can Dance” is what it’s not trying to be. It’s not a high concept reinvention like what we’ve seen from Flume, nor is it attempting to destroy the charts like the intentions of Calvin Harris.
While success is definitely on the agenda, we can depend on Lion Vega to craft music as he envisions it, in the styles that he feels are appropriate, not according to what he thinks we’ll enjoy. As a result, “You Can Dance” is a tune that will please a wide array of fans, both old and new alike.
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