Have you ever heard a song out of nowhere that just turns you out? I mean you hear it somewhere and you can't get it out of your head, to the degree that you ask everyone around you what it is, and then run home and search for it on YouTube and even...gulp...PAY to download it on iTunes?
That happened to me the other day down here in Orlando, hanging out a rooftop bar with my old friends the Famous brothers on a perfect 70 degree night among tiki torches and a glowing panorama of the downtown skyline. The DJ was playing a hot mix of 90's hip hop and dance tunes and then THIS song came on, "Beggin' You," by MadCon, a spirited funk-hop ballad laid over the Four Season's 1967 song of the same name, "Beggin'"
I asked Big Mike Famous in all seriousness if we were listening to a new Roots joint, possibly with Jill Scott on stage and produced by Andre 3000. The next day he found the actual artist for me and I posted the link on Facebook. Within minutes a handful of people replied that they were either dancing on top of their desks at work or had a new favorite jam.
Now I'm not in the habit of writing music reviews - I leave that to the more knowledgeable, diehard music bloggers like Adam Williams out of Great Britian. But I thought it couldn't hurt to give these guys some shine. A quick Wiki search revealed that MadCon, short for Mad Conference, consisting of Yosef Wolde-Mariam and Tshawe Baqwais along with female accompaniment, is actually a Norwegian band who's been around since 1992. They got their start on a lot of European television shows and eventually blew up the the international charts and award shows everywhere from Poland to Portugal.
It's the kind of song you have to crank while you're in the shower, or put on repeat on your iPod as you run on the treadmill and then you look up and you've run twice as far as usual. Let's show MadCon some love and go to iTunes and....gulp..PAY to download it.
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Norm Schriever is a best-selling author, expat, cultural mad scientist, and enemy of the comfort zone. He travels the globe, telling the stories of the people he finds, and hopes to make the world a little bit better place with his words.