Review: Reel 2 Real – I Like to Move It (House)

This review covers the house track Reel 2 Real – I Like to Move It.

This track was released in 1994 on the album Move It!

The track increased in popularity when it made an appearance on the Dance Dance Revolution game DDRMAX. It also increased in popularity when a satirical version appeared in the movie Madagascar a decade later.

The track starts with a beep sound. From there, the track goes into a main chorus. From there, the track pulls back with some vocals in verse. A synth gradually comes back in. When the track hits the next main chorus, an additional synth joins in.

A non lyrical synth section then takes over. This is capped off with the next verse. This is backed by a more broken version of the bassline. Eventually, the bassline goes back to what is has done earlier in the track. At that point, the track goes into the main chorus again. What follows is a synth section. Eventually, the track goes into one last round with the main chorus. The track breaks down and ends with a high hat.

There are a couple of things that work in this track. For one, the bassline is quite addicting. It’s simple, yet effective and grounds the track extremely well.

Another thing that works well is the distinct vocals. This helps boost the very distinct sound this track already carries.

Probably the only pitfall is, ironically, in the vocals. Some of the vocals in the verses are quite hard to understand. It’s a minor issue here, but it is an issue I have with the track.

Still, this track is very distinct. The bassline is simple, yet effective. The vocals also add to the distinct sound. My only issue is that some of the lyrics are quite hard to understand during some of the verses. Overall, though, a very solid track.


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