SONG OF THE DAY: Adassa – Backfire

After enjoying a week of BANGERS at Winter Music Conference, it’s nice to return home and hear a great vocal record with an incredibly strong set of remixes. Let me introduce to you- Adassa. Fans of Latin music already know her as the “Reggaeton Princess” and she is entering the world of dance-pop with different singles aimed different countries. While other markets are getting records featuring Flo Rida, Pitbull, and Snoop Dogg, US DJs are getting “Backfire,” a record showcasing her strong vocals (think a Latina Leona Lewis) and songwriting skills (a deep, almost confessional record where she considers sabotaging a relationship to ensure a painless breakup). The darkness of the lyrical content fits in the realm of Zedd “Stay the Night,” making a great fit for radio. Of course, DJs are all about the beats, and there is a mix for everyone – Danny Mart (a modern fusion of electro and tribal), DJ Samuel Kimko & Don Candiana (a commercial take on progressive stadium house), JC (bouncy funky house a la Crazibiza), Lucas Reyes (subtitled as tech-house, but sounds more like nu-House to me), and Simec (trap pop). All that is missing is an over-the-top Mariah Carey-ish music video featuring her working hard to get noticed and loved by her unappreciative spouse and we’ve got a major hit contender for the spring.

Image Courtesy of Kult.

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SONG OF THE DAY: Calagna & Cortes ft Ash Ruiz – “Same Tribu”

The allure of pots and pans has been lost on me so I will admit that I have not really followed tribal music for many years.  This aversion has calmed over the past few years, and I’ve found myself playing a few cool tribal tracks from labels like Stereo and Kult.  Up next in my sets will be “Same Tribu,” the new collaboration of Alyson Calagna and Jose “Spinnin'” Cotes featuring the vocals of Ash Ruiz.  The original mix has an almost meditative, spiritual feel which transcends the genre – yes, it’s tribal, but with authentic-feeling chants, sexy grooves, and a beat that invites you onto the floor. Kult mainstay Eddie Cumana adds a cool, old school house vibe with his mix, with a sick bassline and fills that are brilliant in their clarity.  A touch of electro and disco gives Cortes’ own mix a unique flavor that opens the track up for DJs who don’t normally embrace the tribal vibe. All three of these mixes are segued together in the promo YouTube video which showcases Alyson and Jose spinning live and working in the studio.  Gear whores be warned, there will be a lot of cool pieces you will be craving.

Image Courtesy of Kult.