Jul 282011

Two weeks ago we brought you a Serbian a capella group covering Rammstein. Now a Danish a cappella group has put together a ’90s dance medley. Is this some sort of new trend? European a cappella groups expertly covering forgotten hits from the ’90s? If they’re as good as these two, we say “bring it on!” The most striking thing about Local Vocal’s medley of ’90s club hits is that they managed to pick some of the most annoying songs from that time period. You probably never wanted to hear “Scatman” or “I Like to Move it” again, but somehow they have been worked into this arrangement without making your ears bleed. In fact, you might be fooled into thinking those songs weren’t actually so bad.

The vocals of the group are wonderfully balanced: the altos never sound “screechy” and are balanced by basslines that are positively funky. Spare use of beatboxing allows the listener to focus on the voices, which, in a cappella, really should be the star of the show. The choreography in the video is full of missteps (if you look closely you can see people giggling as they miss their cues), but highlights the fun the group had in reinventing all these songs. And when you are covering Ace of Base’s “All That She Wants” and Haddaway’s “What is Love,” (cheesy SNL head bobs included) how can you not have fun? Check out the video below for seven minutes of toe-tapping nostalgia.

Tracks Performed:
Rhythm of the Night – Corona (1993)
What is Love – Haddaway (1992)
All That She Wants – Ace of Base (1992)
Scatman (Ski-Ba-Bop-Ba-Dop-Bop) – Scatman John (1994)
Dub-I-Dub – Me & My (1995)
Dub-I-Dub – Axel Boys Quartet (1997)
I Like to Move It – Reel 2 real (1994)
Be My Lover – La Bouche (1995)
No Limit – 2 Unlimited – (1992)
Sing Hallelujah – Dr. Alban (1993)

Check out more from Local Vocal at their website or Bandcamp (where you can purchase the above track for $1)

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