Breaking & Entering: A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: Roger Sanchez & Cirque Du Soleil.
Profiling acts breaking at radio and/or retail and entering Billboard's charts.
THE CIRQUEL OF LIFE: Celebrating 20 years of gravity-defiance, colorful acrobats and atmospheric melodies, Cirque du Soleil has enlisted world-renowned DJs like Louie Vega, Sasha, Tiesto and Roger Sanchez for a pair of discs, "Solarium" and "Delirium."
Both due April 19, each album features a remixed take on songs used throughout the company's various shows. New York-born Sanchez’s "Kumbalawé" stems from the early 1990s production "Saltimbanco." The first single from the "Delirium" set, Sanchez's remake climbs 17-14 this week on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Play chart. Keeping with the original show's exploration of the human voice, the producer/DJ evokes the feel of dance revelers in the Congo with a party-friendly mix of thumping bassline and the "kumbalawé" chant.
Sanchez, who has mixed for acts like Michael Jackson, Jamiroquai, Daft Punk and Brand New Heavies, got his start at New York clubs like the Tunnel before graduating to American house label Strictly Rhythm where he released his first single, "Luv Dancin," in 1990 as Underground Solution. Sanchez has also released several mix albums on his own Narcotic Records.
While "Delirium" is fit for any all-hours club, "Solarium" slows things down with slow-tempo melodies and breathy, haunting vocals. A highlight is the Thievery Corporation remix, "Le Réveur."
The collections of remixes is a first for the Cirque du Soleil Musique label.
"Solarium" is featured, complete with streaming samples, among the selections in the site's "music" section, which also boasts soundtracks to the many Cirque Du Soleil shows.