Music Review – Singles by Duke Dumont

Artist: Duke Dumont
Singles: “I Got U” and “Won’t Look Back”

Techno and dance music can be fun and uplifting at times, and Duke Dumont’s latest singles “Won’t Look Back” and “I Got U” (featuring Jax Jones) will get you moving with a big smile on your face, whether you are on the dance floor or just dancing in your chair. Once again, I am not typically a fan of techno and dance music, but these singles are suitable for the club or on your playlist to give you some extra pep while you are out for a jog.

Duke Dumont is a British DJ and music producer. In 2007 he released his first EP, and in 2013 his single “Need U” topped the UK singles chart. In December 2013, Duke Dumont released “I Got U” featuring Jax Jones, which also topped the UK singles chart. “I Got U” includes vocals from session singer Kelli Leigh’s performance of “My Love is Your Love”, and Dumont apparently was inspired by the original recording of that song by Whitney Houston. In August 2014, he then released “Won’t Look Back” which rose to be number 2 in the UK charts.

“I Got U” featuring Jax Jones is adorable. The song starts off with a blend of voices, which sound to me like children’s laughter. By the time the singing starts I am hooked on this song. The lyrics are full of love and hope, and the singing is a soft feminine voice occasionally accompanied by male vocals. I really like how Duke Dumont framed the vocals by having the first part of the song stop while the singer becomes the predominant focus, and the beat softens to add a subtle sensuality to the song. Overall, I really like this song.

“Won’t Look Back” is more of a dance club song with its heavy beats and powerful female singing. In fact, this song reminds of something that would have been created by Love Inc. in the 90s. There is definitely a 90s feel to this song. The one thing that I really like in this song is the piano. It is as abrupt and forceful as the vocals, creating a really heavy sound when paired with the typical techno beats. This song isn’t really to just sit and listen to, I think I would prefer this song on my workout playlist.

So if you are a fan of dance music, or simply looking for something fun and whimsical, be sure to check out Duke Dumont’s latest singles. The songs may have been intended for dance clubs, but I think both songs will work great as workout music or while taking a fun road trip. Both “I Got You” and “Won’t Look Back” are available as a radio edit and extended respectively, and a variety of remixes are available for both on iTunes.

Samantha Stevens is an aspiring writer who loves combining her love for literature with photography, painting, music, and all creative pursuits.