SONG OF THE DAY: Mayra Veronica “Mama Mia” (UK Version)

Oh wow, this sounds like it’s gonna be massive!  Back in January, Mayra Veronica released the spanish-flavored “Ay Mama Mia,” which we described as having the festive vibe of classic Miami Sound Machine songs updated with modern elements and sounding like “Get Get Down” from Paul Johnson.  After topping the Billboard Chart, the song got picked up by SyCo for UK pop release.  The new pop version is fully fleshed-out with a two new vocal toplines, both sung by Mayra. The bridge brings in the vocal line “Get Get Down,” turning it into a command to dance while paying homage to the ’90s house classic. The second line has a Luciana-like feel, with playful lines (“hot like jalapeño”), which essentially makes herself her own featuring artist. Rather than bringing in Pitbull or another guest rapper, she did it all herself. It’s not as multiple personality as say an Azealia Banks or Nicki Minaj record, but the distinctly different vocal lines take what was essentially a floor-filling dub with minimal vocals and turn it into a fully-realized pop record. In addition to the updated mixes by Dave Aude, Sick Individuals, Chocolate Puma, Robbie Rivera, and Razor N Guido, a new and aggressive mix by Genairo Nvilla blends the dirty dutch sound with tribal grooves for an energetic take just for big room European clubs. Add up the elements – ’90s house sample, spanish vibe, talk-sing vocals, a latin bombshell artist – and with the promotion power of Simon Cowell’s SyCo label, you got what could be a massive summer radio and club smash around the world.

Image Courtesy of Syco.

SONG OF THE DAY: Enur ft Nicki Minaj & Goonrock – “I’m That Chick”

Oh to be a fly on the wall for this writing session.   Danish producer Enur is the producer of the sax-y club hit “Calabria,” so teaming him up with sassy rapper Nicki Minaj and writer/producer Goonrock (who was responsible for LMFAO’s biggest hits) was bound to lead to a fun party record.   Pure pop with electro beats, the song seems more like it was meant for summer beach parties, though it definitely will heat up winter playlists.  Nicki’s multiple personalities are on display and Goonrock holds his own as a rapper as well.  This is the kind of fun track that one imagines would be an international pop hit if say, someone like David Guetta or Bob Sinclar would have released it.   The video is quite fun with an animated young girl (reminiscent of Missy Elliott’s back up dancer Alyson Stoner) miming the lyrics in the back of limo with imaginary characters joining for the ride.  Yeah, it’s kind of cheesy but still quite fun.  “I’m That Chick” could even be a good kiddie record, save for the bleeped expletives.

Image Courtesy of Ultra.