I’ve had the original mix of the song “Gabriel” by Joe Goddard featuring Valentina on repeat in my car for about a week now. I just love this song. It’s as danceable as any pop song I hear on the radio, but it has coherent lyrics that actually rhyme. They just don’t make ’em like that anymore.
I don’t know who Valentina is, but I think she sounds like Shakira without all the yodeling and nasally bravado. I know very little about Joe Goddard other than that he is in Hot Chip, a British band which people who wear skinny pants and fluorescent-colored chest-hair baring shirts enjoy. Based on this song I’d say he has a good deal of super sweet musicianship and would give David Guetta a run for his money. If you don’t know who David Guetta is, he is a French guy who produces music and is responsible for 90% of songs that feature somebody featuring somebody featuring somebody.
I put the song on my newest self-made mix CD (yes, I still make mix CDs) which I titled the “Anxiety Mix.” “Gabriel” is track four and is featured amongst songs by Icona Pop, Anorak, and Calvin Harris. “Gabriel” and the Anorak songs are the most gender-neutral on my mix CD, but the other songs are more appropriate for those days when you are loaded on estrogen.
Hope you like the song.