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Fraser McAlpine | 08:41 UK time, Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Basshunter

Ah, harmless fun. So hard to define, isn't it? The things which tickle your personal funbones could well act as a supreme irritant to everyone else in the entire world, but would that make you wrong? Well, assuming you're not doing anything too weird, it would not.

Also - and this is a general life rule we all should try applying more liberally - when it comes to things which make other people happy but get on your nerves, sometimes it's best just to hold your tongue and let them get on with it. You really don't ever want to be the grumpy adult in the middle of the child's birthday party, sniping at everyone as they run around happily and telling them they're not enjoying themselves properly.

It doesn't matter if the cake wasn't made to Jamie Oliver's exacting standards and will transform anyone who eats it into a whirling dervish for the next nine hours, it's a cake, it's not supposed to be good for you. If you don't happen to like cake, don't eat it. It doesn't make everyone who does want some an idiot.

Speaking of idiots...heeere's Basshunter!

(Here's the video. What's that you're sitting on, fella? Some kind of space toilet?)

I'm joking of course. Jonas may be a lot of things, but when it comes to cheesy dance anthems, he's no fool. He knows that 'I Like To Move It' by Reel 2 Real featuring The Mad Stuntman is an untouchable classic. A song so madly distracting and addictive (even if you didn't WANT to be addicted) that it wound up being used by the Madagascar franchise some 10 years after it was first a hit. And this is a fly-by-night, disposable bit of silly dance music, a song which shouldn't have made it to the end of the year without being forgotten.

Well, now it's back, and forms the backbone of Jonas's latest excursion into The Fun Zone. But in case you're thinking this is just some lame rehash, he's written a proper song to go over the top. I mean clearly fans of 'real music' will take issue with the proper-ness of the song itself, but it has a clear verse-chorus-verse structure, a melody you can whistle, lyrics which make factual sense, what else would you call it if you were trying to not act out your inner party grump?

And actually, this represents a development in the Basshunter sound. Where once he seemed to be making dance tracks to sing to, now he seems to be writing with a full song in mind. This isn't even - references to old songs aside - all that cheesy. I know!

It's not perfect by any means. It's not even really my kind of thing, beyond knowing a good pop hook or two when I hear 'em. But in terms of what it was put together to do, and who it was put together to do it for, it's actually a pretty good birthday cake.

OK, it's not a tirimisu, but they're harder to fit into the party bags.

Three starsDownload: Out now

www.basshunter.se
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(Fraser McAlpine)

ElectroQueer says: "It's the most mature sounding Basshunter has ever been."

The Guardian (!) says: "He's not just living the dream, he's living mine as well!"

RWD says: "The Swedish producer with a penchant for farting women returns with a slightly more mature (but not by much) sound..."

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