SONG OF THE DAY: Cazwell & Manila Luzon ft Roxy and Richie Beretta – “Helen Keller”

Brilliant on so many levels – that is the easiest way to describe this incredible collaboration of uniquely-talented individuals. Following up his energetic electro collaboration with Luciana, “Guess What,” rapper Cazwell comes harder with his modern version of a bitch track. It takes a lot of balls to reference Helen Keller as a verb for reading someone, and with his talent for comical and biting flows, he proves he can handle it. Working with a variety of artists (Peaches, Colton Ford, Avenue D), Cazwell harnesses a range and depth comparable to Eminem. Teaming with both Roxy and Manila Luzon, he channels both the history and future of transgressive drag. If you haven’t heard the classic tracks “Accident” and “Love to Do It” by Roxy, do yourself a favor and discover some herstory. Roxy’s well-chosen hooks add the biting camp voice that’s essential for a successful bitch track. When I first heard Manila on the track, I was shocked, in a good way. Who knew she had this much edge and aggressive bitchiness in her character? Her cleverly-written parts are perfectly delivered with a flow that reflects Cazwell, while showing her own unique style. The original midtempo house production by Richie Beretta is perfectly in sync with the currently-in-vogue NuHouse meme. Check out the mixes by Jodie Harsh and Fierce Tease for a more aggressive take for the big room clubs. Be sure to watch the video by Leonardo Herrera (HomoChic), which is lush, vibrant, and just as entertaining visually as the song is lyrically.

Image courtesy of Peace Bisquit.

SONG OF THE DAY: Cazwell & Manila Luzon ft Roxy and Richie Beretta – “Helen Keller”

SONG OF THE DAY: I Am A Camera – “The Legendary Children”

Pop music is cool again. We first heard about the British/Irish duo I Am A Camera when their lo-fi emotion-filled cover of “Rent” by the Pet Shop Boys surfaced online. Digging around, we found more of their tracks (the synth poppy “Factory Boys”) and their sick remix of Lana del Rey’s “Born to Die.” For their big debut pop single, they’ve embraced their inner art pop geek and come up with “The Legendary Children,” a downbeat electropop song with an 80s feel and a modern groove. Equal parts Alphaville and Alphabeat are in the mix. The lyrics are haunting, especially the children’s chorus which has an eerie “The Wall” feel that fits on many levels. Fans of La Roux should definitely be following this duo while the DJs anxiously await the forthcoming remixes by Jodie Harsh, HiFi Sean, and Mark Moore (of S-Express.)

Images courtesy of Tim & Danny/Capitol.