First solo 12” ‘By Your Side/Mr. Jingles’
Released on New Religion in 2001, Eric Prydz made his solo 12” debut with a two track release titled ‘By Your Side/Mr. Jingles’. Each side featured a funky and intoxicating house cut, ‘Mr. Jingles’ highlighted by a strong bassline while ‘By Your Side’ delivered shimmering melodies and subtle guitar riffs. At this point the journey had just begun, but this initial release proves that his roots are firmly planted in innovating with sound textures and invigorating rhythms. Pure grooves aimed directly at the dancefloor.
‘Call On Me’
It might not be the favorite among his more techno-leaning fans, but ‘Call On Me’ launched Eric Prydz into the spotlight during his early years in 2004 and he’s been a major player in the industry ever since. It was released on Data Records, Ministry of Sound and Ultra, and features Steve Winwood singing a vocal hook from his track ‘Valerie’. What more needs to be said other than its catchy vocals, feel-good melody and driving beat made mainstream headlines. It topped charts in numerous markets around the world, including both singles and dance charts in the UK, earning the fourth slot on the top tracks of the year. It’s also paired with a music video that’s not easily forgotten, with women and a man in aerobics class repeatedly pumping in a sexual manner. It was an interesting idea from the label to say the least.