Sometimes too many cooks can make the broth better. The new club track “Blow,” on Subliminal, is one of those tracks where different influences come together to elevate it to a higher level. Seemingly coming from three different backgrounds, the three producers- Harry Romero (big room tribal/electro), Armand Pena (commercial tribal), and Alex Alicea (indie/progressive) construct an electro/tribal hybrid track with pounding energy, big build-ups, and catchy hooks that act as a bed for Crystal Waters’ party-hyping lyrics. While I am not sure if the reference to Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire” is intentional, the eternal life of clubland is like that fire that always burns. The song is all about having a good time and being ready when its the party is about to “Blow” up. You can just imagine this track being played in a big room with the countdown leading to a massive explosion or pyrotechnics. Commercial DJs should reach for the Keylow remix, which has a rhythm line that is quite similar to David Guetta’s “Sexy Bitch.” The video captures the nightlife of Lincoln Road on South Beach with several scenes filmed in the Mova Lounge. As someone who’s had the honor of spinning at Mova with Crystal Waters performing, I can attest that its a hot spot that definitely explodes with a party vibe.
DJ/Producers often get boxed into one sound.? Italian producers/Jolly Rogers label heads Steve Forest and Nicola Fasano have become known for their festive sound of modern tribal beats and energetic electro fused into club-rocking party anthems. Collaborations with Pitbull (their track “75 Brasil Street” became the infamous “I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)”) and Kat Deluna launched them onto international dance floors.? A recent track with Crystal Waters, “Love I Call My Own,” signaled a transition to a darker, more progressive vibe.? As a full-on dark electro progressive stomper, their new track “Apocalypse” continues this direction.? Starting off with an eerily dark keyboard, it sounds more like a deadmau5 composition than something you would expect from the Italian party boys. The crescendo heading into intense rave-like electro is unexpected and introduces the effected-robot voice which seems to be repeating “Wait.” The track has a cold feeling, like really dark techno, yet is energetic enough that when programmed in the right set would be deeply effective on a big room floor. It’s always great to see musicians explore new directions so it will be interesting to what this new darker vibe of Forest and Fasano develops into.