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“Little Dance” by Neon Dreams and Majozi

Vibrancy is all over the screen in the music video for “Little Dance” by Neon Dreams and Majozi, and while there’s no question that moving our hips is the primary objective of these players or not, I think that the meaningfulness of this track can’t be measured in stylish beats alone. “Little Dance” lives up to its moniker on a couple of different levels, especially in the poetic sense that it mirrors the start of a beautiful relationship, which often is not unlike a dance between two prospective lovers. Neon Dreams reached high for this piece, and I like what they were able to brew up with Majozi in the studio. 

Majozi’s guitar element here is fuzzy and combustible, and I think it’s one of the main reasons why the latter half of the song feels as incendiary as it does. There’s so much sizzle coming off of the strings, and Neon Dreams feeds from it boldly, uniting their own brand of surreal depth with the potent output of the guitar parts. I hope this isn’t the last time these players share the same recording space, because what they were able to draw out of each other in “Little Dance” is truly sublime by most pop standards. 

The lush lead vocal is one of my favorite parts in this single, and I especially like that it’s presented to us naturally and without any filtration on the other side of the glass. There’s no need for sonic bells and whistles; this is a melodic voice that can lead us through any sort of storm, but luckily for us, it’s smooth sailing on both ends of the mix from one side of “Little Dance” to the other. These are musicians who love the medium, and it’s undeniable when listening to a work like this one. 

Collaborations are the bread and butter of modern alternative music, but rarely do they do as much to bolster the profile of all parties considered as “Little Dance” does for Neon Dreams and Majozi. They’ve got so much heat coming into the hook here that it’s hard to believe they were able to compact all of it inside of a mere four minutes, which makes me curious how they would play it out in a live performance. The best singles are often born of jams rather than beats, and I get the feeling that was the origin of “Little Dance.” 

Mindy McCall

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