I was talking to a record promoter on the phone and thought I was hearing my favorite track of the moment, Lazy Jay’s “On the Rocks,” playing in the background. When I asked what it was, it ended up being “Better Luck Next Time” by the Australian pranksters Bombs Away, the duo best known for their cartoon videos and party boy antics. “Better Luck Next Time” features the duo rapping and sounding like a cross between Example, Hypercrush and LMFAO with a bit of effected vocals (à la ’90s Daft Punk) over a commercial, yet progressive-sounding track. For me, it’s all about the genre-spanning mixes by Joel Fletcher (alternating trap, banging electro, and progressive phrases), a MOTi mix (full-on aggressive electro with staccato, accented vocal bits) and Reece Low (bounce and trap). It’s a solid package of tracks that just make the duo “explode” all over the world.
When I first heard (and wrote up) Anakyn’s “Point Blank,” the “episodic feel of the tempo changes” was something I commented about. The track tells a story through different waves as the intensity of the tempo and moods transform – this set the track apart from many others out there. Not dissimilar to Lazy Jay’s “Float My Boat” in this respect, these kind of tracks often inspire the most interesting vocals. Just as “Float My Boat” inspired Azealia Banks to create “212,” Anakyn enlisted the help of rising singer/writer/DJ Fabio Lendrum to create “Love is Blind,” the vocal version of “Point Blank.” Rather than a full-on traditional pop song, the focus is on a chorus which is repeated a few times during peaks and valleys of the track. Fabio’s blue-eyed soulful delivery adds a new level of emotion, elevating the track to a higher peak. Whereas the original track was strong in its own right, the new vocal version can cross it over to a new level by making it more emotional and accessible without feeling cheesy in any way. Walden’s remix is a bit harder on the electro tip yet manages to keep the original elements of the track and the vocal as the main focus. With “Love is Blind” and his work as cowriter/producer of Example’s “Won’t Go Quietly,” Fabio Lendrum is definitely one to watch for 2013.