Here’s a track that lives up to its name. “Dynamite,” the new track from rising Dutch stars Quintino & MOTi with Taylr Renee, is explosive, blending old school rave techno with electro- and a bit of raunchy fun. The stop/start phrasing of the siren hook amplifies the energy, bringing back the vibe of Afrojack’s earliest work with the harder techno edge that is in vogue right now. Just as Ke$ha has her trademark talk/sing sound, singer Taylr Renee is establishing her own scream/sing style, which while similar to Luciana and Kay has a distinctive edge that is uniquely her. Recent collaborations with Sick Individuals & Axwell, Tom Swoon, and Schoolboy & James Egbert show that she is one will be hearing a lot from. “Dynamite” is such a massive record that when a crowd hears “Boom Goes the Dynamite,” their reaction will be just that.
Yeah, there are feminist spoofs of “Blurred Lines,” but we could really use a new tough-talking chick with some brains to back it up. Introduce yourself to Kay, a/k/a My Name is Kay. Imagine the tough swagger of “Booty Bounce”-era Dev, the vocal punch of Luciana, and the over-the-top EFX of Ke$ha and you have an idea. Following the aggressive electro beats of Static Revenger, Kay flows rough and smooth over the changing tempo – going double-time and slowing down to show her range. Even more impressive is her modern take on feminism, in this hip-hop dominated world where women are often portrayed as strippers to make a dollar, her line is “Rubber bands ain’t sh*t to me.” Listening closely to the lyrics, you can tell that she follows her motto to “Say What You Want.” Kind of refreshing, ain’t it… If you are one of the many millions who made Static Revenger’s collab with Richard Vission and Luciana “I Like That” their ringtone, here’s another one for you. I can already see the drag queens fighting to perform this at clubs around the country.
“Die Young” is a total guilty pleasure. Yes, it sounds like every other Ke$ha song, but with the track at 128 bpm if you strip out the vocals (and the Illuminati/New World Order nonsense) it could easily be a Swedish House Mafia or Calvin Harris pop record. British producer Seamus Haji has been on quite a roll lately, turning in solid club mixes from artists as varied as The Gossip, Elton John vs Pnau, Maroon 5, Ne-Yo, and Rita Ora. In his deft hands, “Die Young” is elevated to primetime commercial club monster- with harder electro buildups, a more dramatic dropout, and even sicker vocal effects. It would be interesting to see what would happen if one of the big-name DJs dropped an instrumental of Seamus’ mix, because I bet if it was circulated without the vocal it would be quite a massive club record on its own.