Another hit of sublime disco from Italians Do It Better lynchpin Johnny Jewel, the producer behind both Glass Candy and Chromatics. The Desire project marks a collaboration between Jewel and Canadian vocalist Megan Louise, who brings a more direct singing style to the IDIB sound. 'If I Can't Hold You' is typically ice cool dancefloor fare, imbued with no small amount of late night yearning. The production is typically well pieced together, dripping with seedy nocturnal glamour and minor-key synth-pop elan. It comes in several different forms: in addition to the eight-and-a-half minute original, there's a vocal-centric mix, an instrumental and a demo version which more closely resembles the Dan Hartman 1980s hit 'I Can Dream About You', from which this record draws its inspiration.
Published: 12th May 2010