Of late, the radio's mercilessly been beating the Flo Rida smash single "Good Feeling" into our brains. Like many Flo Rida songs, it's annoying. But behind his gratingly shouty rapping, there's a great sample--the 21-year-old Swedish DJ Avicii's "Levels," an aqueous, uplifting house track that in turn samples the brilliant opening lines of Etta James' 1962 hit "Something's Got a Hold of Me." "Levels" has become enough of a hit in its own right to chart on iTunes and the Billboard Hot 100. Avicii's taking advantage of the fact that nothing's more in vogue right now than dance music--two or three months ago you'd never heard of him; now he hosts a popular monthly podcast called LE7ELS; his collaboration with David Guetta, "Sunshine," is currently nominated for a Grammy for Best Dance Recording, and his House For Hunger tour is taking him around the globe. ERIN K. THOMPSON

Wed., Jan. 25, 8 p.m., 2012

comments powered by Disqus