This chill pill seems to be bringing out the best in everyone, really. Maybe that's why several of the higher-profile bonus tracks, B-sides and "leaked" unreleased tracks to surface in recent weeks have the same feel. Ke$ha's "31 Seconds Alone" and new Minogue B-side "Silence" didn't make the final cut on Cannibal or Aphrodite, both generally uptempo dance albums, but then who could have predicted then that it would be "Till the World Ends," not "Hold It Against Me," that would prove the trendsetter of 2011?
It's not entirely unlike the aggressively experimental constructions on Beyoncé's "Run The World (Girls)" and Nicola Roberts' "Beat of My Drum," the two Diplo productions currently shaking up the status quo on either side of the Atlantic. US audiences, unsurprisingly, have been less than appreciative though, and Beyoncé's subsequent singles in advance of her July album 4 play it safe (read: boring) to compensate. Guilty of the same disappointing deflation after reaction to early experiments was less than madly ecstatic is Lady Gaga, of all people, who totally wussed out by rushing out the pandering "The Edge of Glory" and "Hair" to sell short an album teeming with superior tracks. The groundwork for the glorious experimental dance revolution in pop music had been laid so expertly by Ke$ha, Robyn and Britney Spears (with some help from Rihanna and Selena Gomez) for Gaga and Beyoncé to carry it on home, but our fearless leaders seem to have unexpectedly gotten cold feet.
But this dance flirtation is just starting out. I wouldn't be surprised if two years from now a lot more sounds like "Silence" or "Run The World (Girls)," or even some of the experiments on Christina Aguilera's poorly executed but very possibly prescient Bionic. If the revolution isn't going to be led by Lady Gaga or Beyoncé after all, it may have to subsist on guerilla warfare for the time being, waged with bonus tracks and B-sides and leaks until Ke$ha, or some as yet unheralded dance pop Messiah, is ready to lead the full charge. Meanwhile, we in the know can revel in the scraps we get tossed like "Silence" and "31 Seconds Alone," and just hope they eventually lead to the gingerbread house.
Put Your Hands Up (If You Feel Love) -The Remixes EP