Notable Dance Podcast #025

Crystal Fighters – LA Calling (Designated Remix)
Tensnake ft Fiora – See Right Through (Yaaman Remix)
Andrew Bayer – Need Your Love
Funkerman ft I-Candy – Wine Roll (Future Funk)
Botnek – I Know
Chrizz Luvly & Rocket Pimp – Speculate
DOD – Bananas
DJs from Mars – Rock n Roll
Hard Rock Sofa & Swanky Tunes – Stop In My Mind
Patrick Hagenaar ft Moises Modesto – My Love
Fridge Magnets – Feeling Grows (Stonebridge Luv Gunz)
Empire of the Sun – DNA (Calvin Harris)
DJ Antoine vs Mad Mark – Sky is the Limit (Joachim Garraud)

SONG OF THE DAY: DJs from Mars – “Rock’N’Roll” 

I’ve got a lot of love for the DJs from Mars.  The Italian prankster boxhead Producer/DJ duo bring fun and humor to the world of EDM, which often takes itself far too seriously.  Remember “Phat Ass Drop,” their insanely viral instruction clip on how to make “that” big track that sounds like what everyone else is making?  Can you guess what “Rock’N’Roll” sounds like?  Yes, they went there – first with the attitude of the intro where they list what they don’t play, and then as the track builds in intensity, the guitar solo takes the focus as they seamless merge rock and electronic music with an aggressive, energetic sound.  With their fondness and expertise for mashups, it’s not a surprise they are able to bring the two genres together so well.  Together with last year’s track by Sharkjumpers & Shreddward and the Skrillex vs Doors “Breaking a Sweat,” the rock-and-dance fusion could be the next big thing.  Since everything ’90s is coming back, that would be the cue for a new generation to enjoy the Prodigy experience.  

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SONG OF THE DAY: Plastik Funk and Pink Fluid – “2 Billion Dollars”

The moment I heard this track, I knew these guys had to be Italian. Italian producers like Benny Benassi and DJs from Mars share a common groove of humor and perversion that come across in bouncy, energetic fun tracks. Following up the club tracks “Who” and “Let Me See Ya, ” Plastik Funk augment their frenetic electro sound with a bit of a pop melody from Pink Fluid and samples from an old movie about the evils of porn perverting the mind.  Working well as a metaphor for the effects of electronic music on developing minds, the slightly political message brings back pleasant flashbacks of My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult. The results work on every level, with addictive beats that are high energy but not so aggressive that they are annoying or glitchy. The repetitive loops will be ingrained in your brain, and thanks to the kitschy samples you will know what track to buy on Beatport.  Seeing as Plastik Funk has progressed with lyrics from a single word to a phrase to several paragraphs, maybe a full-on verse/chorus/verse is next?  We can only hope- and maybe someone should connect them with Luciana.

Image Courtesy of Tiger Records.