Sometimes the simplest thing, like an instrumental hook or a vocal phrase, is all it takes to make a club record massive. Back in 2002, Who Da Funk (the team of Alex Alicea & Jorge “DJ Lace” Jaramillo) teamed up with Jessica Eve to make “Shiny Disco Balls.” They updated the party motto “Sex Drugs and Rock & Roll” to become “Drugs, Rock and Roll, Bad Ass Vegas Hoes, Shiny Disco Balls” over a bouncy house beat, and before you know it Erick Morillo signed it to Subliminal and it became a massive club smash (even crossing over to radio). It seems fitting that Las Vegas-based DJ Scotty Boy updated the record, not only because of the reference to his hometown hoes, but because Vegas has become the place where every international superstar DJ has set up a residence. his new “Shiny Disco Balls” is big room-friendly electro with that Garrix sound which is currently en vogue.
Enlisting Sue Cho (vocalist of tracks like “Pocket Porn” with Dani Deahl and “Ready for More” with Banger Bros) was a brilliant move as not only does she nail the disaffected snarl of Jessica Eve, she also shows that women can be playful and sexy in a club music video without being nearly naked and acting like the stereotypical video ho. It helps that she has some of the best lips since The Rocky Horror Picture Show. For a fun record with multigenerational club appeal, DJs should definitely give “Shiny Disco Balls” a spin.
Some pairings just work well together. The Banger Bros teamed up with Melakai a few years ago, and the resulting “Beep Beep Boom” buzzed from the underground to dance radio. Keeping the vibe, Banger Brother Scott Binder has reunited with Melakai to create “Good Time Tonight,” effectively a modern electro take of the classic Kool & the Gang “Celebration.” Well, it’s not exactly a cover or a sample, but the way the title is sung is so similar to the disco classic, and the word “disco” is repeated throughout, it can hardly be a coincidence. The beats are electro and energetic, with Melakai keeping the same tone as “Beep Beep Boom” – playful, fun, and sexy with a bit of an edge – kind of like Dev before she got too serious. There mixes from Damon Daniel, SpekrFreks, and Banger Bros are all different electro interpretations, adding everything from rave, video game noises, glitch, and feedback to give it a different flavor. The Hoxton Whores mix goes in a more bouncy house direction with a touch of the retro feel- imagine if Crazibiza channeled the ’90s to get an idea. “Good Time Tonight” is a fun, strong release perfectly suited for the club, a girls’ night out, or even possibly the radio.
It’s a family affair. Stepbrothers Scott Skinner and Naite Longfellow have invaded the US from the UK and unleashed several strong tracks including a sick mix of “Supermassive” (from the Twilight Soundtrack), “Rock That Style” and “Shake Shake.” Up next is “beep Beep Boom,” a Don Diablo-styled grimey electro track with a dubstep vocal breakdown. The original mix is a floor filler and remixes by Spekrfreqs, Jean Claude Ades, Chrizz Luvly, and Andy Caldwell will no doubt translate it for DJs of every genre. Watch for this to be one of the first big club anthems of 2011.