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So You Think You Can Dance: ‘Top 8’ Music Highlights

A top 6 already?! This week’s episode of So You Think You Can Dance was, in a word, intense. The eliminations portion gets especially stressful and heartbreaking at this point of the competition so imagine my reaction when my favorite male dancer got voted off. It was a Yelling Fest. Thank goodness for the always funny Jesse Tyler Ferguson of Modern Family, who served as a guest judge and kept me thoroughly entertained throughout the night. But how was the music, you ask?

Wye Oak, “Dance My Pain Away” (District 78 Remix)

Let me just start out by saying that the District 78 remix is impossible to find (and also the reason this post is late), which is a bummer. I tried e-mailing District 78 to try and get a download link but it turns out they don’t post their remixes for downloads since they don’t have the rights to the original songs. Understandable. But it’s still a bummer. Not all hope is lost though! Take a listen to the remix in the performance below, as well as the original by Wye Oak (which is better than the remix anyway). And check out the original original song by Rod Lee (after listening to how different it is, how cool is Wye Oak’s cover??). AND if you don’t mind quickly signing up for the website, you can download Wye Oak’s version for free on Splice Today.

Used in: Christopher Moore’s hip hop routine with contestant Will and all-star Lauren (season 3)

James Morrison, “Better Man”

James Morrison shows a lot of raw emotion in this song, especially since it’s stripped down to just him and his guitar. The acoustic soul element complimented Will’s solo well. If you don’t know Morrison already, his more popular songs include “You Give Me Something” and the collab he did with Nelly Furtado on “Broken Strings.”

Used in: Contestant Will’s solo

Max Richter, “On the Nature of Daylight”

“On the Nature of Daylight” is a classical piece made by British composer Max Richter. It wasn’t until a few more listens later that I realized there were probably only a handful of string instruments used in the entire song. Richter has a fantastic ability of arranging complex, yet simple pieces.

Used in: Contestant Chehon’s solo

Tune in for another harrowing episode of SYTYCD next Wednesday on FOX!

About Camille G.

Camille's passion for music began at the advent of the very illegal Napster, which she maaay or may not have used at the time. This interest made a natural progression into learning and teaching herself how to play various instruments for fun. Due to a lack of actual talent and the desire for job predictability, she graduated from Seton Hall University in nursing. When she has time off from her job as a registered nurse in NJ, she enjoys digging through the internet for new things to listen to. Sharing her discoveries and favorite songs with friends through mix CDs, playlists, blogs, and parties is the part of the music experience she enjoys the most, so this is a great opportunity for her to do just that.

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