More proof that there is more than country in music city. Nashville-based pop duo Gimm & Icky made an explosion on the club chart earlier this year with the infectious “Shake That.” The ode to female grinding is a combination of sung/rap vocals over a radio-friendly dance groove with a rock feel. Unlike other tracks of this nature that might be considered to be demeaning to woman, “Shake That” is much more celebratory and respectful with a bit of the tongue-in-cheek, snarky sensibility of their other tracks like “Dump Me” and “Serious Face.” The plethora of remixes by Jump Smokers, Lynnwood, Dirty Freqs, and Papercha$er take the song in many aggressive electro directions while keeping the fun of the original in place.
“We Are Young” might sound familiar, as it’s been recently used in several major ad campaigns – Chevrolet Orlando, Skechers, Google, and the Little League World Series. Australian singer/songwriter Vassy has a playful, yet husky and soulful, voice which is quite memorable as well, especially for those who heard her belt out the recent club hit “History.” In its original version, the uptempo dancehall reggae vibe of “We Are Young” is punctuated with an infectious hand-clap rhythm and an “oh oh oh” chant – the perfect background for Vassy’s dynamic voice (which channels a young Billie Holiday). For the clubs, remixes by Dave Aude, Ivan Gomez, Dirty Freqs, and Reidiculous are now making the rounds – each with a unique sound fitting just about every commercial club genre (electro, classic house, chainsaw, and stadium house). Equipped with a graphically edgy video, watch for “We Are Young” to heat up clubs all winter long.