SONG OF THE DAY (SUNDAY FUNDAY): Duck Sauce – NRG (A Second Look)

When I first reviewed “NRG,” I kept thinking that the hook was so good and so catchy that it had to be a sample. This is no insult against Armand and A-Trak, just that their history with “Barbara Streisand” and “It’s You” show that they are masters at building a brilliantly fun new track over a lost sample. Listening to the original version of NRG, I am convinced that Duck Sauce is one of camp-est groups ever.

Think about it, “Barbara Streisand,” the obsession with hair (facial and pubic) in their videos, and now sampling a long last track by Melissa Manchester – if that doesn’t scream camp, what does? It took some real crate digging to find her song from 1985 that most wouldn’t know.

Listening to the original version it makes you wonder if the new song shouldn’t be credited as Melissa Manchester vs Duck Sauce – “NRG 2014” or even Melissa Manchester – “Energy (Duck Sauce Remix.)” Regardless, as amazing of a singer as Melissa Manchester is, the “Energy” video showcases another strong skill she possesses – the way she sells a song with her performance. Check out this clip of her singing “You Should Here How She Talks About You” from Solid Gold.

Note her passionate and humorous facial expressions as well as her excellent use of the full stage (and a hair style that probably inspired Kiesza). Thumbing through YouTube, you will find recent live performances that shows she still has the chops (vocal and stage performance) which makes me dream of seeing her live.

As I ponder launching an IndieGogo campaign to bring her to Nashville, also check out the original recording of the song by “Pilot of the Airwaves” singer Charlie Dore.

After listening to Clive Davis’ audio book “The Soundtrack of My Life,” I totally imagine him A&Ring the project and saying – this song really needs someone to sell it, lets get Melissa to do it. A Grammy award and Melissa’s most successful charting single clearly proved him right.

Images courtesy of Fools Gold and Arista.

Notable Dance Podcast #064

Notable Dance Podcast #064 by Notable Dance on Mixcloud

Gregor Salto ft Saxsymbol & Todorov – Samba Do Mundo
Hardwell – Everybody Is In The Place
Jay Hardway – Bootcamp
Sander Van Doorn , Martin Garrix, DVBBS ft Aleesia – Gold Skies
Sidney Samson & Eva Simons – Celebrate The Rain
Fedde Le Grand – You Got This
Dj Antoine – Light It Up
Duck Sauce – NRG (Skrillex, Kill the Noise, Milo & Otis)

Set originally broadcast on Club 104 Five. Reposted with permission.

SONG OF THE DAY: Unknown Artist – “No Price”

There’s been a good bit of buzz on this disco track “No Price” for a few weeks. I’ve held off on mentioning it simply because I can’t confirm the details of the people behind it. Annie Mac started the story by playing it on her BBC Radio 1 show back in March, and it has since been referred to it as a “disco mystery.” The track is full-on classic disco with a hint of modern phasing and electro. The vocals are catchy as heck and the beat is infectious, following the disco revival vibe of records by DJ Cassidy and Robin Thicke. The song has all the makings of a major summer record along the lines of Daft Punk or Duck Sauce. It is confirmed that Dave of Chromeo is the male vocalist, which makes it seem likely that the Oliver duo are behind the production – though it’s also rumored that the producers are really a supergroup, which makes me think that Arthur Baker could be involved. Follow this logic – if you dig online you will find a Deekline & Wizard breaks remix of a North End track called “Can’t Put No Price” which has a similar guitar and vocal sample to “No Price.” North End was the name of a studio project of Arthur Baker (who was also behind Happy Days, sampled by europop act PJ in 1999).
Yeah, it’s a stretch, but you never know. What isn’t in question is that “No Price” is a funky disco pop confection that will be buzzing all summer long at clubs around the world.

Song will be released on New State Records.

Image courtesy of Wikipedia.