Gladiator feat. Izzy
Released: 17th May 2004.
Fresh from the Jurgen Vries school of trance and animated video making, comes this storming slice of German dance. The hypnotic bassline and Izzy's exquisite vocals makes for an original piece of dance, which is quite rare. For those who have never heard of Izzy, apparently she can sell bucketloads of classical albums. I would love to see this go Top 10, but a lack of airplay and publicity means that this could flop with an almighty thud, which would be a pity.
From the moment of the operatic opening, you might think this is going to be just another dance tune. It is, in fact, quite unique in that it incorporates two very different musical styles - it blends new with old, creating a modern style with elegance. The operatic, slower music is ever present behind the upbeat, trance-infested track, and while this is an idea Jurgen Vries and Charlotte Church experimented with a few years back, it's not the kind of tune you hear everyday. Imaginative it certainly is, and it's a great listen to boot.