Although only a couple of years into a career as a DJ and producer, Prilho has quickly become one to watch on the EDM scene, not only in his native Portugal but across the European dance scene as a whole. Stay is a song which pulses with the positivity and euphoria of the contemporary dance sound, it glows with great vibes and even though it is built on a fairly mid-paced tempo, its clever use of dynamics, its ability to build musical peaks and sonic troughs means that it is packed with punch, but it is punch which comes from clever craftsmanship rather than just putting the foot on the gas.
Of course music is all about context, understanding the purpose it serves and the context here is as a sassy dance floor filler, and on that level it works perfectly. It weaves together tight beats and slow burning synths into waves of anticipation, building the excitement and atmosphere before the chorus releases the power. And if that build and drop is pretty standard fare in the clubland game, Prilho still has a few tricks up his sleeve. Drops don’t always come quite where you expect them, the builds often don’t resolve quite how or when they should and it is this ability to keep the audience guessing that sets him apart form the rest of the circuit.
Stay is set to become a favourite of modern club culture, it is as simple as that. It delivers all the goods, all the expectation and fever that a dance floor classic needs, but it does so on its own terms, it doesn’t pander to the audience, it toys with them and teases them and for those reasons they will remember it long after the dance by numbers tunes have be dropped into the musical landfill site of history.