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Congratulations to you Steve! 50lbs is a pretty significant achievement. Music to move by is a pretty subjective and wide open category. Perhaps if you let us know a few things you've heard that make you want to move around the room others can base their recommendations from your own taste rather than imposing theirs on you. At the risk of doing just that, I can name two Blues artists on the Fat Possum label do it for me, believe it or not. R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough. Some stuff by 16 Horsepower also. I'd take those suggestions with a 5lb bag of salt as these are definitely not uplifting artists by any means. I'm not a dancer by any stretch of the imagination, but that music does make me want to move. A bit more on the up-side: David Byrne and Talking Heads. Insturmental music...anything by Astor Piazzolla.
I'm betting I'm a weird bird where this is concerned. Someone who actually loves to dance will have a wider selection no doubt.
Well, I think it depends on what you mean by "dancing"!! For me, every time I put on either "God Fodder" or "Are You Normal?" by Ned's Atomic Dustbin, I get out of my seat and jump up and down like a spastic monkey!
Does that count?!!
I love Ned's Atomic Dustbin, but it's not for everyone......
(Tom In Cincinnati)
There are so many styles of dance music that I'd have to get a title of something that you enjoy to truly recommend something but I'll give it a shot anyway. With that in mind some of the things I'm going to list I might not personally like but is popular.
Scion-arrange and process Basic Channel tracks-This I DO like very much. Basic Channel were a very influential group/label who pretty much defined "minimal techno". Very sparse arrangements with dub-influenced basslines. Very constant groove from beginning to end. Not your momma's dance music.
Sasha-any number of mix cds-This is a little close to your momma's dance music. A little more beginner-friendly. More orchestrated and will probably have a few vocals here and there. Sasha is a huge dj who makes more in one gig than many of us do in a year. Although I'm not a big fan of this "trance" sound I have heard good things about his newest one titles Involver. I am a fan of one titles Northern Exposure Vol.1.
Fatboy Slim-Better Living Through Chemistry & You've Come A Long Way Baby. Chances are that you've at least heard Rockafella Skank or Praise You from this guy. Fairly commercial dance music of the "big-beat" variety which in layman's terms means that that the drums will usually be sampled "breakbeats" and will not be 4 to the floor type of drum machine derived sounds that make up Sasha type trance. Fun and brainless. Big bass that sounds great very loud.
For all I know you may only know about The Hampster Dance so maybe I'll wait for some input before I type anymore. Does this help? Do you already know of any of this stuff? Are you a total newbie?