SONG OF THE DAY: Felix Cartal ft Ofelia “New Scene”

It’s often strange to hear the original version of a song after you are so used to the remix.  Over the past few weeks, I’ve been playing the Lazy Rich mix of “New Scene” in my club and mixshow sets, and it grows bigger with every play.  The contrast of the harsh electro and the pretty chorus make it dance floor dynamite – basically something for the boy to jump to and the girls to sing to.  Listening to the original version, it feels more like (and this is meant as a compliment) an indie version of a Zedd record – a pretty vocal over a track with widely dynamic moodswings throughout.  This could easily work as well on radio as it does in the club.  Additional banging mixes by Lucky Date and Deorro keep the big room appeal, while the leftfield mix by TOKiMONSTA makes the perfect high school prom love ballad for a disney TV show.  The video is meant to show contrasts of things that don’t go together (playing Twister in a dance club) but the thing that is most glaringly out of place is the obnoxious product placement of the Beats Pill speaker.  Everyone knows that Dim Mak label owner Steve Aoki is a Sol Republic guy.
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Image Courtesy of Dim Mak.

SONG OF THE DAY (SUNDAY FUNDAY):  Cole Plante with Myon & Shane 54 ft Koko Laroo – “Lie to Me”

Like his contemporary Erik Arbores, much of the buzz surrounding Cole Plante seems to be about his age (16) rather than his music.  As someone who has seen Cole spin (at Promo Only Summer Sessions) and spoken to him about production (interview coming soon), I can attest that Cole is talented and knowledgeable rather than some packaged product for Disney.  “Lie To Me” is a good introduction to his music, a progressive-leaning stadium-pop track, not dissimilar to recent releases by Axwell and Markus Schulz.  The lyrics about lying might be a bit mature for his age, but these were most likely written by singer Koko Laroo (who we last heard with Felix Cartal on “Young Love”).  A strong set of remixes by R3hab, Juventa and DJ Escape/Tony Coluccio set the track to be a banger for each subgenre (electro, progressive, and tribal). If this isn’t enough of an endorsement to check out his record, remember that Cole was handpicked by Kerli to remix her single “The Lucky Ones.”

Image Courtesy of Hollywood Records.