Probably best know for his international smash remix of Kid Cudi “Day and Night,” Francesco ‘Phra’ Barbaglia, a/k/a Crookers, is obviously still in the holiday spirit – as he is giving away downloads of his new single “#Heavy.” The track starts kind of normal, with a bouncy house groove, until a foreboding space/horror movie tone comes in gradually over the beat. Electro and industrial bits begin to appear with skips and stutters. A male voice saying the title #Heavy is repeated by an effected kid voice – as if a call and response – leading to a dramatic rise up to the literal climax (and it’s definitely female). There is a sense of humor and playful perversion here that is seen often in records by other Italian DJs (Benny Benassi/DJs from Mars), though the best comparison is probably the literal “drop” in the recent Cash Cash/Kerli song “Here and Now.” One note to DJs, the ending comes kind of suddenly after the foreboding tone picks up a second time. Aside from the cliched # hashtag in the title, “#Heavy” is a rather strong track, and it’s surprising that it is being given away free as it is one that would probably do quite well on Beatport.
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Crookers – “#Heavy”
Gorgon City – Ready For Your Love
Pirupa & Nice7 – The King
Kim Fai – The Phantom
Lindell & Vuonnala – Roughleg
Mantrastic – Felina
Ivan Gough, Walden, Jebu ft Penelope Austin – Home (Stefan Dabruck)
Starkillers & INpetto – Game Over
Bjorn Akesson – Slam
Cosmic Gate – So Get Up (Pelari)
Ferry Corsten ft Jenny Wahlstrom – Many Ways (Jacob van Hage)
Armin van Buuren – Save My Night
Pierce Fulton & Polina – Where We Were
tydi & Kerli – Stardust
Notable Dance Podcast #041
Kerli songs seem to surface in pairs. A few months ago, remixes of “Can’t Control the Kids” arrived the same week as her gorgeous “Something About You” track with Tydi. This past week I wrote up her new song with Tydi, “Stardust,” and not ten minutes after posting someone messaged me to check out her track with Cash Cash, “Here And Now.” Perfect for Sunday Funday, the song just couldn’t be any more uplifting and fun if it tried. The Cash Cash sound, a blend of progressive and electro with a cool commercial edge, recently heard on Krewella’s “Live for the Night” and their single “Take Me Home” with Bebe Rexha, is even happier and more euphoric. The drop-out is literally a drop (of water). Kerli sings about living in the moment and embracing the present, something that is easy to lose with everything that is going on in the world. With the right promotion, this could easily be the big radio dance-pop hit that crossed Cash Cash and Kerli over to mainstream audiences around the world. For now, DJs should consider this as their first record of 2014 to play after the countdown and Auld Lang Syne. Everyone else should check out the Cash Cash ‘Overtime’ EP where this joyous collaboration is available.
Image Courtesy of Big Beat.
Cash Cash ft Kerli – “Here and Now”