Saturday (NYE) – Progressive House remix. 31/12/11. Example – Midnight Run (Funkagenda remix)

Saturday’s child was counting down,

University was a fun time, whenever the term ‘midnight run’ was uttered, it was generally followed up by a trip to McDonalds, an exploration to find an all night liquor store, streaking through the campus or sprinting to the bathroom to expell whatever bad mexican you ingested a couple of hours ago.

The days of the fun midnight run have been replaced by necessary trips to the store to make sure you have milk for the kids breakfast, or to the hospital to check why the left side of your face isn’t responding, and well, still sprinting for the bathroom to expell whatever bad sushi you ingested a few hours ago.

However there is one example of a midnight run that will always stay true no matter your age, the countdown run to the New Year. If you are old enough to count from 10-1 and young enough to remember what comes before the number 8, the gratifying en masse drunken celebration as the streamers are popped and the poppers are huffed is like no other collective experience. To have a million people around you belting out Sinatra as the confetti rains down amongst frozen sleet at a Times Sq New Years Eve party is one of the most surreal experiences of my life.

Speaking of examples, Elliot Greave, the man behind Example has been a bit of a phenom in recent years. With vocals straight out of Ali G – In Da House, the white rapper has found an amazing balance between Hip Hop, Pop & Electronic Dance Music. If you were to check out his new album Playing In The Shadows, you would see a veritable who’s who of British EDM producers from Chase & Status, Funkagenda, Scream, Faithless, Michael Woods, Feed Me to Laidback Luke (Holland) & Dirty South (Australia). It is these collaborations that is bringing a lot of love and respect from both the Rap and Dance collectives. Today’s song is the Feed Me produced Midnight Run.

The original brings a fine balance between grimy vocal rap, progressive uplifting synths and smooth electro that never pushes too hard. In fine Feed Me form, Midnight Run transitions into dark industrial Dubstep and then back into the light of 4×4 effortlessly.

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Funkagenda has worked with Example as a producer for three of his tracks, but it was his official remix of Midnight Run that caught my attention. It takes the uplifting poppy piano vocal build of the original with an added emphasis from some huge progressive synths that build into a frenzy of driving energetic bass with stabs sharper than a 1980’s Eddie Murphy comedy special.

As soon as the Hugs have been hugged and Kisses have been politely turned down, raise your tankard to Auld Lang Syne, then smash your glass on your neighbour’s head as you expel all of your 2011 demons to this remix of Midnight Run.

Example – Midnight Run (Funkagenda remix – Live on Pete Tong’s Essential Selection)

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