The original dirty dutchman Don Diablo is forever experimenting with his sound (check out the brilliant “M1 Stinger” for his last leftfield track). Teaming with rising UK producer Matt Nash, the result is “Starlight,” a refreshing take on the stadium meme, where the energetic part is more like bouncy electrohouse rather than the overdone three-chord brohouse cliche. The vibe is reminiscent of the tragically overlooked Kat Krazy “See the Sun” from earlier in the year. Watch for this one to be big amongst the superstar DJs, with Axwell championing it on his Axtone label. Featuring vocalist Alex Clare and Kelis, “Give It All” sounds like it might be the major pop hit that crosses Don over to the mainstream. With the downbeat dubstep production, it feels slightly similar to Alex’s pop hit “Too Close,” but the lyrics and tone are much darker – questioning what you would do if your life was about to end and even the meaning of life while toasting a drink, celebrating for reason we don’t know. It’s much more thought-provoking than a typical party record (maybe a testament to the vast unemployment of British/European twentysomethings) and sounds like a political statement that Faithless would be making in these uncertain times. If you aren’t familiar with Don Diablo’s music, after you check out these two songs – go back and listen to “Hooligans,” “Amimale,” and “Make You Pop.”
This is pretty much a no brainer. Combining two of the biggest (and youngest) superstar producers – stadium house king Avicii and rising dutchman Nicky Romero – it almost seems like David Guetta masterminded this massive collaboration. Following the pattern of Avicii’s biggest hits, “I Could Be The One” started as an instrumental known as both “NickTim” (a combination of their first names) or “Fuck School,” which has been played for almost a year. The electro-tinged stadium house track is nearly by the numbers, which of course is not an insult, just a mention that the formula when executed perfectly yields great results. The uplifting lyrics will quickly get stuck in your head with the catchy, pretty delivery by Noonie Bao (who we just covered last week on the strong Don Diablo track “M1 Stinger.”) The big room club track becomes a pop-ready song that will dominate clubs and should hit radio for the new year. Don’t be surprised if this becomes this year’s “Levels” at WMC.
I guess T33 just isn’t a catchy name. The original Dirty Dutchman Don Diablo has been flying under the radar a bit lately, dropping tracks now and then. Just released is “M1 Stinger,” the outerworldly juxtaposition of a kiddie sing-along song about violent retribution for stolen virginity. Well, that’s just one reading of the lyrics- and knowing they were written by Sting makes you wonder if it’s an allegory for third world countries gaining retribution against imperialistic nations that stole their natural resources. Vocalised by Swedish alt-pop singer Noonie Bao, it could easily be mistaken as a Robyn track – you know, the ones that lull you in as a pop song and then end quite aggressively. The original version of “M1 Stinger” starts with a midtempo rock/pop feel, which breaks into a siren and then in-your-face drum and bass. Remixes make the track more club-friendly for those loving moombahton (Rene Kuppens) and drum and bass (gLAdiator and VIP). Since Don is one for discovering new talent (he was one of the first to collaborate with Dragonette many years ago), it is definitely worth tracking down Nonnie’s song “About To Tell.” As for the Don, here’s hoping that his recent move to London inspires even more random creative madness, such as the cracked-out owl in the video and this stinger.. oops banger of a tune.