This is the dubstep pop song that will go all the way. Bebe Rexha is best known as the vocalist with Cash Cash “Take Me Home,” as well as for writing the darkly personal lyrics of “Monster” which became a hit for Eminem and Rihanna. She brings that same intensely personal and confessional tone to “I Can’t Stop Drinking About You” when she sings about using alcohol to mentally escape a failing relationship. No, it’s not healthy, but the sheer rawness of her lyrics over the lush intro suck you in until you are slammed in the face with the agressive dubstep beats of the chorus. Her husky yet fragile voice also stands out with a mix of power supported by the pretty tones of the verse. For club consumption, the Jump Smokers mix electro with a bit of trap for an energetic take that matches the duality of the original. Additional mixes go stadium (Chachi), big room (Quintino), rocking electro (Mikael Willis), and dirty trap (Grabbitz). A side note, as great as she sounds on the record, Bebe sounds even more incredible live. Follow her on Twitter and check her out when she performs in your town.
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.