The Bottom Line
In the wake of Romanian pop singer Inna making waves across Europe in 2009, producer and DJ Edward Maya is expanding Romanian sounds even further by launching his debut single "Stereo Love" into the US pop charts. There is an exotic feel due to the inclusion of a hook from the Azerbaijani song "Bayatilar" by Eldar Mansurov. It has taken several months, but the atmospheric dance beats and world music hook have caught the attention of US pop radio programmers sending "Stereo Love" into the pop top 40.
- Repeated and echoed accordion line
- Light atmospheric feel
- Feeling that it could all float away leaving little memory behind
- Written by Eduard Marian Ilie and Victoria Corneva
- Produced by Edward Maya
- Released February 2010 by Ultra
Guide Review - Edward Maya featuring Vika Jigulina - "Stereo Love"
"Stereo Love" first appeared in the summer of 2009 as a collaboration between producer and DJ Edward Maya, singer and producer Vika Jigulina, and Azerbaijani composer Eldar Mansurov. By the fall it was a hit in clubs in France and soon spread across Europe. Early in 2010 "Stereo Love" headed into the top 5 in the UK and became a top 10 pop hit in Canada. It was only a matter of time before the US fell to the charms of this club smash.
"Stereo Love" is highly atmospheric in sound. Echoed accordion sounds from the Eldar Mansurov song "Bayatilar" weave in and out of the mix. Vika Jigulina's whispery vocals add to the hypnotic feel of the track. The entire feel of the song is that of a memory drifting in and out of the mind. The words of the vocals mixed down in among the beats are often not quite grasped with individual pieces registering here and there.
Edward Maya is making a splash on the US pop charts, but ultimately there is something not quite fulfilling about "Stereo Love." It is so atmospheric that it feels as if the track will float away on a club-friendly cloud. The accordion line is clearly the most memorable aspect of the song. So far it looks like Edward Maya and his Romanian dance music could be a one hit wonder here in the US. If that is the case, there are clearly pleasures to be had listening and dancing to "Stereo Love," but it will take a bit more depth for Edward Maya to endure as a pop star.