VIDEO PREMIERE: Sariah – Aware, Alive, Awake

The Queen of Hearts is back. Her last single “Only One Wish” was at the top of our holiday playlist and her new song “Aware Alive Awake” is just as effervescent. Starting off with a bit of robotic trap, the swing beat of the track is energetic and a great backing for the empowering lyrics. Ending a bad relationship and moving towards freedom might be a common topic for song lyrics, but the uplifting tone really sets this one apart. The meme-ready title Aware Alive Awake makes a great hashtag as well. Sariah sounds great as well, but after listening to her live clips on YouTube, that comes as a no surprise. For clubland, JRob’s dub and Casey Alva’s tribal mix are both good, but it is really Dave Aude’s mix that will be the main focus. Like he did with Selena Gomez “Come & Get It,” Dave transforms the difficult beat into a prime-time dancefloor filler for the commercial rooms.

SONG OF THE DAY: Scooter and Vassy – Today

Vassy possesses such a special and unique voice that she can sing the most commercial pop song (“We Are Young”) or big room club jam (“Bad” with David Guetta and Showtek) and you would still know it’s her. Can you guess what kind of song she did with German hard dance icons Scooter? Yep, pounding commercial dance pop- but she manages to hold the focus even when HP Baxxter is doing his trademark screaming rap. The thing is, I kept expecting the disco hook from Patrick Hernandez’s “Born to Be Alive” to come in for some reason. After a few minutes, it hit me that parts of the rap are taken from “Discohopping” by Klubbheads, which sampled that classic disco hook. The video’s borderline offensive take on feminist revenge ranks up there with t.A.T.u.’s “All About Us.” On a lighter note, if you want to hear Vassy rework another classic house records, check out “Hustlin” with Crazibiza and Dave Aude which reworks Crystal Waters’ “Gypsy Woman”

Image courtesy of Kontor records.

Notable Dance Podcast #060

Made To Move – Perfect Lady (Original mix)

NSFW – Jaywalker
Lupe Fuentes – So High
Chocolate Puma – Rubberband Lazer (Original Mix)
Plastik Funk ft Polina – One of These Days (Original Mix)
Royksopp and Robyn – Do It Again (Zoo Station Club Mix)
New World Sound & Timmy Trumpet – The Buzz
Dave Aude vs Luciana – You Only Talk in Hashtag (REALLY CLEAN)
Kryoman, Paul Anthony featuring Playboy playmate Paige Young – Losing All Control (Kryoman Edit)
John Dahlback & Benny Benassi – Blink Again (John Dahlback Remix)
Michael Woods – Flash Hands (Original)
Matteo Marini & Molly Bancroft – Feel Like Hope (Mona Lisa Club)
Porter Robinson – Sea Of Voices (Social Status Remix)

Picture of Lupe Fuentes take at Winter Music Conference 2014.