Just as?last Sunday?when I looked to Boy George for spiritual inspiration, today let’s go to the “Queen of Christian Pop” Amy Grant.?? With songs like “House of Love,” “Every Heartbeat,” and “Lucky One,” she is one of the few artists from the Christian music world that crossed over to pop.? Previewing her forthcoming album of club remixes, a devout fan captured a clip of Dave Aude’s remix of Amy’s biggest pop hit “Baby Baby” and it is sure to please.? Transforming the sugary pop confection to a big room high energy club track was obviously not an easy task, and just as he did with Tammy Wynette’s “Stand By Your Man,” Dave has again shown that he can literally make almost any kind of music work flawlessly in a club context.? Please note that the video is a low quality sound recording filmed at the gay bar Beatbox in San Francisco, so if you are easily offended by homosexual imagery then you might just have to wait until this (and the rest of the remix album) is released this fall.
By now you’ve seen the infamous “#Hashtag” skit from Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake- well, here comes the long-awaited dance track sampling it. Constructed by Dave Aude, the pounding electro jam features Luciana talking sarcastically in #hashtags with that vulgar and dry wit that makes her such a beloved part of clubland. Whether or not this is a response to the omnipresent “#Selfie” by Chainsmokers is unknown, but the satirical and rhythmic similarity makes it seem quite likely. Either way, “#Hashtag” will definitely be a fun track to drop on an unexpecting dancefloor right afterwards.
If you’ve ever seen Dave Aude spin live (which I strongly recommend), you will notice that he is definitely a DJ’s DJ – using three decks to mix acapellas and tracks live to remix on the fly.? This same idea of reinvention is evident in many of his recent productions and remixes where he has embraced ’90s Nu-House elements with his own unique spin.? Working with one of his personal idols, Andy Bell of Erasure, he has taken it a step further – bringing in ’80s synths with ’90s synth-pop flavors to a thoroughly modern 2014 electropop production.? “Aftermath (Here We Go)” sounds like he has rebuilt one of the best songs from Erasure’s ‘Chorus’ album for today’s dance floors.? Andy’s vocals are as beautiful as ever and the lyrics are as catchy as any of Erasure’s biggest hits.? Listening to the song over and over, I keep imagining how amazing it would be for Dave Aude to go into the studio and produce Erasure’s next album.? When Vince hears how good this song is, it could just possibly happen.
Image Courtesy of Audacious.
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