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Monday, December 31, 2012

#2 in my favourite songs of 2012

#2 in my favourite songs of 2012 is "Crying At The Discoteque" by Annikafiore. Click on the song title to see when I first wrote about the song.


Annikafiore had the #1 song on my countdown last year with "Don't Wanna C U 2nite." And this year, she released the long-awaited original video for the song but set to a new remix by Italian musician Piol.




Her song "Love 2 Live" also came in at #6 last year. And this year, she let fans have the layers to make their own remixes. I tried a few mashups with not much luck. But I did make one that I am quite proud of. I used the instrumental to L2L and used an interview with Annikafiore over it. And then it ended in a big chorus. Perhaps one day it will see the light of day.




"Crying At The Discoteque" is the song that put the Swedish group Alcazar on the map. And Annikafiore was a founding member of the group. You can read my blog entry about the history of Alcazar here.

Annikafiore recorded a new version with producer Antti Vuorenniemi, who also co-wrote and produced her 2011 debut EP "Preaching To The Choir." Their new version of "Crying At The Discoteque" is very dark and full of glorious layers from the Swedish strings to the live drums and booming bass. My favorite part is when Annikafiore hits the big note during "Let the music take you high." It's absolutely brilliant. And the video here is of Annikafiore performing it with the famous Diamond Dog Drag Queens of Stockholm, Sweden.




However, there is another version of "Crying At The Discoteque" that Annikafiore released on her "Recovered" remix EP that came out this summer. Piol's remix quickly became the summer jam. I have dubbed it the "Chill Beach" version. As you just imagine yourself lying on tropical beach with a piƱa colada in hand while listening to this mix. It is heavenly!



Annikafiore sang Piol's remix version of "Crying At The Discoteque" at Andreas Lundstedt's 40th birthday party. Andreas and Tess (of Alcazar) joined Annikafiore on stage for the last part of the song. And luckily, the last 1:45 was caught on film with the original trio getting down and Annikafiore ad libbing. It all ended in a group hug. Unfortunately, this video hasn't been posted on YouTube. I've asked the owner of it if he would. He said he would need to ask Andreas. We shall see ...




I know that Annikafiore had planned a video for "Crying At The Discoteque." I think some footage was shot, but she told me it didn't turn out the way she had hoped. So for now, no video. However, you can hear the Piol remix here.




Annikafiore's music is available on iTunes. But it is also available on CDBaby.com which supports independent artists by giving them more profits of their sales. So, if you like the song, please consider buying it from CDBaby.com or both!

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