Safri Duo - Samb-Adagio (Morten Friis, Michael Parsberg, Uffe Savery)
From the album "Episode II" (2001)
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Morten Friis and Uffe Savery met as youngsters playing in The Tivoli Guard Orchestra, at Tivoli in Copenhagen, Denmark. Later, they both completed classical conservatory training and became esteemed classical musicians. It was a big surprise to their audience, when they came out as percussive pop musicians in 2001 with their first dance album "Episode II".
The first hit from this album, "Played-A-Live", went to the top 10 in many European countries as well as in Asia and South America. With "Samb-Adagio" and "Sweet Freedom", Safri Duo has become one of Denmark's biggest musical export products.
The track has a typical dance song flow. During an almost two-minute long intro, a number of essential elements are introduced to the listeners, gradually building up in layers and loudness. Then, everything falls quiet and the actual theme is introduced, softly and again building to a climax. From this point on, the theme is repeated several times until a small interlude occurs. The theme is once again repeated and a gradual closing is set in motion, eventually marking the end of the song.
Almost from start to end, "Samb-Adagio" is very loud. Already from the starting sound of a match being struck, there is fair warning that one can deduct this song is going to be loud. And lovers of this genre will not be disappointed.
However, the mix and mastering are done with taste, keeping details, dynamic effects, and structure intact. As a result, played out loud or at lower volume, "Samb-Adagio" is a song that offers a full blast experience.