Madonna – Swim [1998]
October 21, 2014

I went back and took a listen through the whole of Ray of Light for the first time in god only knows how long. No remixes, no edits, the original album. Possibly the first time since 1998 if I’m honest. Incredible to hear how its not dated in the slightest, still sounds as progressive as the day it was released. A really superb showcase of Madge’s superior talents that so sadly got lost in the maelstrom of the Pop Dross we’re subjected too daily. But I think its safe to say that while she’s got some exemplorary pipes, the winner on Ray Of Light is William Orbit. Given the money, and from what i’ve heard, the time, he kicked out one of the seminal crossover pop albums of the decade.

The album weaves pop down into practically every flavour of electronica keeping the album from taking itself too seriously and providing entertainment for anyone. For me, Swim is one of my favourites by a mile. Where Drowned World is a sweeping declaration of fame rejection and Ray of light the title club banger. Swim sits comfortably those two behemoths with a relaxed but solid groove in its pocket and a wry smile on its face. Absolutely brilliant.

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Madonna – Drowned World (Substitute For Love) (BT & Sasha’s Ashram Mix) [1998]
January 13, 2011

Speaking of Madonna, how about this absolute banger from the same album? BT and Sasha knock it out of the park with this epic, sweeping progressive house belter. Totally storming.

Madonna – Sky Fits Heaven (Sasha’s The Drug Fits Face Mix) [1998]
January 13, 2011

So I fired up Madonna’s “Ray Of Light” album today. Ive not listened to it in what, ten years. SACRILEGE! Its an absolute blinder, with some of my favorite tracks from the album getting some cracking remixes, such as this one from Mr Sasha.

It was found on the B – Side of the Drowned World/Substitue for Love 12″ and absolutely dominates every other track on that release. Its classic Progressive Sasha. Proper build ups, huge string sections and respectfully integrated vocals from the original track. Its an absolute stormer.