High Strung is the newest and hottest dance movie on the block following in the footsteps of the Step Up franchise. Does it measure up to Step Up though?
YES! Not only does the storyline grab your attention from the first scene but the music is infectious throughout. Directed by Michael Damian and starring Jane Seymour, Keenan Kampa and Nicholas Galitzine, this film has it all. In this review I will look at the music from the movie and tell you what I honestly think of it. Hold tight!
Firstly, to give you a background on the movie itself I grabbed this small plot summary from the official website for the movie:
“In a city where only the best succeed, two radically talented people from opposite sides of the tracks need to find harmony to achieve their dreams. In an action-packed extravaganza combining cutting edge hip-hop with contemporary and classical dance, the two must navigate their opposing worlds and prepare for a competition where winning or losing will change their lives forever.” – HighStrungTheMovie.com
So yes, it follows a similar plot to many other dance films, boy meets girl, they find out that they have a mutual love of dance and fall in love, so what is the difference?
For me, each song in the movie can stand alone as a credible pop song and that in itself sets it apart from every other film in this genre which are usually overly full with ‘album tracks/fillers’ that no big name artist wanted for theirs.
The soundtrack is full of great songs from some very cool artists including Dance Moms star Nia Sioux, Grammy award winning Mohombi and a few tracks from the movie’s original score composed by Nathan Lanier who has worked with megastar Justin Bieber. As well as that, we have huge Irish interest in this soundtrack in the form of up and coming singer/songwriter Keith Cullen, who for me has the stand out song on this compilation.
Keith’s song ‘Say Something’ is the perfect pop song with a totally unique vocal, he delivers it perfectly. From the opening of the track you are gripped and the build up to the chorus is perfection. I have already listened to this song on repeat and it is actually on right now as I write this review, that is how good it is. Although we haven’t got a video for the song yet, you can hear it on the Spotify playlist with the rest of the album below.
Another song which grabs your attention immediately comes from one of the stars of Lifetime’s TV show Dance Mom’s. Nia Sioux’s ‘DJ Fav’ is perfect for any dance party and as she says in the lyric ‘play it all night long‘, I am pretty sure there are people doing just that, especially all the Dance Mom’s fans out there.
Although the soundtrack is packed with quality uptempo pop songs, the one that is a cut above the rest for me is Mohombi’s ‘Do U Feel Like Movin’. Catchy from the second it starts and leaves you bopping along throughout, THIS is the perfect song for any summer parties you are having.
Other notable artists on the trackless include Sofi Tyler, Chris Burkich, Playb4ck, Vali and Ian Mohr. The list of great pop artists on this soundtrack is endless.
All in all, High Strung have compiled the perfect group of artists and songs for this movie and for the soundtrack alone, I would give it 10/10.
Now, have a listen and I bet you will be dancing around your room to this awesome soundtrack.
Here is the trailer for High Strung: