Just last week, I pulled out the original version of “Klubbhopping” from 1996 and realized how current and energetic it sounds. The trio of Koen Groeneveld (aka DJ Boozy Woozy,) Addy van der Zwan (aka Itty Bitty), and Jan Voerman (Greatski) deftly merged the sounds of eurodance, hard dance, and disco samples with an insanely catchy vocal sample to create a dance floor classic. Aside from a South Side Spinners remix in the early ’00s, the track has surprisingly not been retouched, reloaded, or reworked… until now. The original trio updated the vocal sample with the current festival sound – equal parts of Garrix, Prydz, Cosmic Gate, and DVBBS. Yes, it sounds current and will drive the rager kids nuts, but it really does sound like just about every other track out there. It really doesn’t fit the vibe of the original song which was infectious, carefree, and vibrant in an energetic way. While a modern disco house mix or a harder electro mix would fit, it seems that a Melbourne bounce mix would have been perfect. After listening to the new version, which is really quite good despite my comments, please do take a listen to the original and consider how great it would sound in a club set. The video, however, is a groundbreaking visual presentation featuring attractive females who are scantily clad and working out in a gym. Wow, we’ve never seen that before in an EDM video, have we?
Surprised. That was my honest reaction when I heard this new track from Cosmic Gate, because when I think of the German duo, what comes to mind is gorgeous and lush, epic trance. You will recognize the vocal parts of “So Get Up” immediately, as it is an update of the Underground Sound of Lisbon classic. The track is the kind of aggressive electro that goes over massive at festivals and big room clubs. It feels like a complete departure from the singles of their last album – “Wake Your Mind,” “Calm Down,” and “Be Your Sound,” but when you listen to it next to their recent track “Storm Chaser” it feels like the next track in the progression to a harder sound. It’s just an example of why they’ve lasted nearly 15 years in the EDM world while others have come and gone, they are able to adjust to the environment but keep their signature vibe in place. “So Get Up” also marks the launch of their new label Wake Your Mind, which is being distributed through Armada Music.