In my own humble opinion, Worldwide Groove Corporation’s “Make Me Free” is the best electro single to come out (so far) in 2015. And while many can compare Ellen Tift’s sweetly lavished vocals to the likes of a variety of pop goddesses, Tift’s brooding and crooning has a sound that’s delightfully her own. And what makes this pop-electronic maxi-single even better is the fact that Tift backed up by her musical partner, and second half of their WGC duo act, producer and arranger Kurt Goebel.
In July 2014, Worldwide Groove Corporation made the bold move of declaring it the Year of the Groove, making the commitment to putting out one new music release a month for a year. With styles ranging from fun and quirky electro pop to dark and brooding dubstep to laidback electronic chillout, WGC stayed true to their promise, delivering new music each month to their fans.
Now WGC close out their Year of the Groove with this final release. “Make Me Free” is a maxi-single with 5 completely different versions of the same song, 4 of which were produced by Worldwide Groove Corporation, and one by EDM producer Portarius.
Tift, who is the original writer of the song, explained it’s lyrics as being about unconditional love. Says Tift: “The verses speak of our brokenness, our sense of feeling unlovable and desperate for acceptance, and the chorus celebrates being fully known and fully loved for all eternity. And although my mom loves me no matter what, that’s not what I’m talking about. For me, the only source of this type of unconditional love is from my divine creator, through Jesus Christ, my lord and savior.”
The story behind “Make me Free” is a deep, personal and spiritual one, coming from a particularly difficult moment in Ellen Tift’s life. You can actually read the whole story behind the song HERE.
It’s virtually impossible to blend pop, varying electronica and ambient music textures this seamlessly. But somehow Worldwide Groove Corporation does it. The best qualities of each musical style are all captured and blended together in one maxi single, usually in a blend of slow pianos, shimmery synths and captivating rhythms. If it doesn’t make your ears tingle, then you must be deaf. Even the dubstep mix by producer Portarius stands up to the superb WGC quality standards.
Like most, I love to listen to great music and all of the song versions on “Make Me Free” (and almost any other material by WGC for that matter) are impressive according to any criteria I know of. A good set of 2-channel speakers will richly reward your ears as there are shades of texture and impressive soundstaging to be found here.
Worldwide Groove Corporation is synonymous with good beats, good lyrics and great vocals, but theirs is not simple electronic music, as may appear on the surface at first. This is essential music for the discerning collector!