Track of the Day: Dannii Minogue – “Gone (Max Q Dub Mix)”
If Kylie Minogue represented pop music in an ethereal ray of light, her younger sister Dannii Minogue would encompass the darker areas of pop-dance music. Having over thirty years in the entertainment business, Dannii’s learned quite a bit. During her early years, she navigated the pop landscape with cute tunes (“Love and Kisses”, “Jump to the Beat”) and house-influenced tracks (“This is the Way”, “Love’s on Every Corner”) which earned her nasty criticism. Finally 1997 dawned and Girl came to fruition; an album that explored various forms of electronic music. Every single from her third album, and every single post-Girl reached the top of the UK Dance Charts consecutively. A feat that no other can match. After her critically acclaimed Neon Nights album ran its course, London Records dissolved and Dannii soon joined a dance label, All Around the World. Not only did the Aussie nab more dance hits, she released a compilation album, The Hits & Beyond, that featured some of her singles as well as bonus tracks. Skip to 2007 and Club Disco was released containing the “beyond” tracks from TH&B, a collaboration with Roger Sanchez, and a chilled out version of “Xanadu”.
“Gone” is one of my favorite tracks from 2006/2007. Penned by Minogue along with Terry Ronald, Lee Monteverde, and Michael Ward, the song has you longing for something to satiate your craving (I’ve yet to decide if she meant satiate the craving for music or sex, but that’s your call). The charged lyrics are accompanied by a repetitive yet steady synth, closely resembling Giorgio Moroder‘s “The Chase”. The dub version keeps the Moroder-inspired tune in check, with Dannii faintly chiming in.