SONG OF THE DAY: Zedd ft Hayley Williams (of Paramore) – “Stay the Night” (Bimbo Jones Remix)

Unexpected.  Listening to new tracks, I came across this new banging and aggressive remix of “Stay the Night” by Zedd ft Hayley Williams and it blew me away.  “Stay the Night” is a pretty and somber stadium/progressive house track which sounds great on the radio but can be pretty difficult to play in a club setting.  The remixes have been pretty good (Tiesto, Nicky), but aside from the DJ Kue mashup with the Jacksons “Can You Feel It,” there hasn’t been one that amped the energy to primetime stomper, until now that is.  This new mix is full-on aggressive electro – touches of R3hab, Showtek, and Alesso – yet also captures the pretty chords and musicality of the original. Realizing it came from Bimbo Jones was a surprise, as it’s the most aggressive thing they’ve done since their tragically underappreciated “Questions” track from a few years back.  The track also feels Dutch and not British. It’s as if the Bimbo Jones guys have succeeded at blending the aggressive electro sounds that dominate Beatport and big rooms with their trademark commercial feel.  So yes, it’s the best of both worlds and stands out as  one of the best remixes of 2013.

(Note:  We are required to put the “of Paramore” disclaimer in the artist name because no one wants her to suffer the tragic fate of her sister Michelle and be confused with others that share the same name)

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SONG OF THE DAY: Zedd ft Hayley Williams – “Stay the Night”

Building off the success of top 10 pop hit “Clarity,” German producer/DJ Zedd has released a deluxe edition of his debut album adding two remixes (Doors and Empire of the Sun) and two new female vocaled tracks similar in feel to the title song: “Push Play” with Miriam Bryan and the current single “Stay the Night” featuring Hayley Williams of Paramore.  The formula is executed perfectly – pretty piano intro with vocals slowly building in intensity to the big progressive/stadium fueled chorus.  The lyrics continue the pattern of troubled/doomed relationships with the change being the desperation of the female pining for a one night stand.  Now, that’s a modern take on feminism.  For club play, DJs will jump for Tiesto’s classic staccato trance take (which would probably mix perfectly with the recent rework of his own “Flight 643” by John Christian.)   Then again, DJ’s in the know are probably still banging “Fall Into the Sky,” the sleeper track of the album sung by Ellie Goulding.

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