Track of the Day: 'Anyway You Choose to Give It'

Past TracksNeo-disco--a term I'm using, recklessly, to describe the synth-drunk, beat-heavy pop songs heard in dance clubs all over the world--is a busy, buzzy animal. Drum machines chatter to themselves in implacable loops. Digitized bass lines flood those registers of your mind ordinarily reserved for thought. If done right, this type of music can produce an effect not unlike getting caught up in a giant machine. You're swept along, dazzled, helpless. You're disoriented, but having too much fun to stop. Incidentally, this is also kind of what it's like to be in love.

Simon Lord and Theo Keating, the U.K. dance-rockers who record as the Black Ghosts, appear to understand this. On "Anyway You Choose to Give It," Lord and Keating use the conventions of neo-disco, where the propulsive drumbeat is king, to tell their story of radical infatuation. "I only know that you're the one who always makes me feel it," sings Lord, the music carrying him forward like a river. "It's nothing that you do or say, it's just the way you are." There's no denying love when it comes; there's no denying this song when it comes on.



On iTunes: The Black Ghosts / "Anyway You Choose to Give It"

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Alex Eichler is a reporter at The Huffington Post and a former staff writer at The Atlantic Wire.

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