I’m often asked to name some of my favourite tracks. Of course there are hundreds of great tracks we dance to, but I’ve come up with a list that I hope will get some approval. My criteria for choosing a track are that I must have heard it in at least three different venues and it should be at least 5 years old. The list is in no particular order and my nineth choice is Sunchyme by Dario G

We all know it, but what is it called?

Recently I was at a freestyle chatting with a dance friend, when the next track came on. ‘Sorry Paul, I’ve got to dance to this – I just love it’, and she was off to find her dance partner. A little later I asked her if she knew what the track was called. Not surprisingly she had no idea. It seems that this is the track that we all love dancing to, but nobody knows what it is called. I only got to know because I hummed it to my daughter, who tracked it down after some research on Google.

We all know the chant too

Sunchyme was a 1997 top two hit for Dario G. The track we dance to is actually a remix, where the backing track’s tempo is energised and brought to the fore. It is this driving beat that gives the track its dance appeal. It’s main feature is the catchy chant of heyo-mam-mam-ma (hope I got that right), that makes this track so memorable. This chant was actually borrowed from the 1985 top five hit Life in a northern town by The Dream Academy.

Different layers of instrumentation

There is so much going on with Sunchyme’s many layers of instrumentation. I love the way they are faded in and out. In the intro we hear the distinctive three note piano refrain. This refrain is soon faded out as a more intensive synthesized layer come to the fore, but it re-emerges in the middle of the song to create a wonderful mix of sound that makes this the track my friend just couldn’t miss dancing to.

This track is heard everywhere

I doubt there is a modern jive DJ out there, who doesn’t bring this track out on a regular basis. The track is now twenty years old, and I can only guess whether it’s been played on the modern jive scene for that long. As always I can’t help thinking how it got so established as a classic freestyle track and wonder if it has a life outside of the modern jive scene. I also wonder how many people know what it’s called. If you didn’t know, I’m pleased to have been of service.