Kylie Magic

REVIEW: Kylie’s ‘Magical’ Disco Fantasia Rules!

Do YOU believe in “Magic”?

Kylie never ceases to amaze and the latest sample of her upcoming fifteenth studio album, “Disco“, is the most striking yet. Two months on from lead tease, “Say Something“, Kylie rewinds the clock and takes us back to the glory days of multi-coloured dance floors and giant disco balls with her stunning new track, “Magic”. “Magic” is pure disco heaven with more than a nod to that decade both musically and lyrically. It’s smooth, cool and classy and in may ways, feels like a “Step Back In Time” part two, ironically, thirty years on from that song’s release.

“Can you feel it? My heart beating?”

But “Magic” is also sophisticated and not just a throw away disco tune, this also has many reverberations of George Michael’s “Fastlove” in pace and slickness. Already “Magic” is ranking high on my list of the best ever songs recorded by Kylie and if this is what we can expect of a whole album, then bring it on! “Magic” is co-written with Finnish singer Teemu Brunila and Cutfather Daniel Davidsen, who has already provided two highly distinctive Kylie tunes from the past, “Get Outta My Way” in 2010 and the should-of-been-released “Million Miles” from 2014.

The video was shot by now regular director-friend Sophie Muller at Fabric nightclub in London and features Kylie in full goddess flight, decked from head to toe in a gold outfit, reminiscent of a golden eagle, while she later drops everything for a hooded blue catsuit and a floating green evening dress. As Kylie bangs her microphone on the dancefloor, multi coloured waves shoot towards you as the glitterball in the background sparkles and shines on all those present. The video has mild memories of “Spinning Around” twenty years earlier, also filmed in a nightclub and in disco style, although here, the gold hotpants have been exchanged for gold chainmail.

“I can feel it, I can feel it”

“Magic” is simply outstanding, addictive and a must see/hear. It references a number of disco classics as well as paying homage to any number of disco anthems – see which ones you can spot! This is Kylie at her very best and should satisfy all tastes and, I am sure, will play well on radio. Hopefully Kylie will be able to get some promotion in on this one too and take us up to that all important date of November 6th, when we can revel in “Disco” heaven in its entirety. Oh, and from my point of view, the album version of “Magic” is far superior to the single edit! At over four minutes in length and with two more verses, it rules! DiscoKylie starts here!

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!