In addition to my great love of dance music, I'm a huge fan of sports. I would watch pretty much any sporting competition out there (within reason. I'm looking at you...) But perhaps one of my favorite events happens once every four years, and may get the entire globe even more excited then the summer and winter olympics combined. Yesterday marked the opening kick off of the FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Whether you call it football or soccer or futbol or something else, I'm ready for the highest level of competition in what truly is the world's game. To celebrate, get pumped up with my World Cup edition of Bangers of the Week! Not entirely sure who first created this picture, but found it on Paul Oakenfold's twitter.
While there has been a fair share of controversy around the preparations for the World Cup, it is definitely a great moment to bring the most prominent display of soccer competition back to a country known for producing some of the greatest stars of the game. But it's not just athlete's that call Brazil home; the country in fact has a huge music scene, including a little trance. This song "Cruzer" is from Brazilian native and trance artist Danilo Ercole, proving it's not just the Netherlands that makes great trance.
It's not just me who has World Cup fever! This all-star collaboration of Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Diplo, and the legendary Fatboy Slim came together to produce a Brazilian music inspired dance track entitled "Emparrei" that really captures the spirit of South America's largest country. Blending Diplo's distinct style with the dance expertise of Fatboy Slim, Dimitri & Like Mike's hard edge, and traditional Brazilian music, this is a fun one. If the crazy horns and beautifully shot vidoe don't have you excited... well, I have nothing more to say. Red card on you.
I heard this one care of my friends over at EDM Sauce, and I couldn't but not share it. It's the perfect mix of post-disco indie dance and soccer. A tongue-in-cheek ode to one of the most infamous names in recent World Cup history, this video is as hilarious as the song is catchy. Performed by Austrailan group Vaudeville Smash, I think "Zinedine Zidane" may take the crown as the most Something Different.
No matter who you are cheering for (Go USA! Go Italy!) this World Cup is already poised to showcase some great talent and incredibly matchups. And is there really any better soundtrack to the World Cup than the world's music?