Second City – I Wanna Feel (Extended Mix)
Sterbai – Vitamins (Original Mix)
3lau ft Bright Lights – How You Love Me (Original Mix)
Foxes – Holding Onto Heaven (Wideboys Club Mix) MAKJ & Lil Jon – Let’s Get F*ked Up (Clean Turnt Mix)
David Guetta & Showtek ft Vassy – Bad (Extended)
tYdi – Live This Lie (Dani Deahl Remix)
Orjan Nilsen & Jonathan Mendelsohn – Apart (Martin Volt & Quentin State Remix)
Axis – Arrival (Original Mix)
Albin Myers – Ganesha (Club Mix)
Lange & Betsie Larkin – Insatiable (Sean Tyas Remix)
Dance music and rap have always been paired together. Going back to the origins of rap, the first major hip-hop song, “Rapper’s Delight,” was rapped over the disco record “Good Times” by Chic. Fast forward to 2014 and Lil’ Jon, no stranger to EDM having already worked with Laidback Luke, LMFAO, and DJ Snake, and also being the rapper seeming most sampled for hype tracks, shouts his trademark “Let’s Get Fucked Up” over aggressive dirty electro beats by MAKJ. Is it Shakespeare? No. Will it be massive at every pool party during Miami Music Week and Winter Music Conference? Yes. Coming from down under, “Trumpsta” exploded on the Melbourne bounce scene and gave 19 year-old producer/DJ Contiez his breakout hit. Based on an insanely catchy trumpet hook, the banging Djuro remix plays the perfect backing for rapper Treyy G’s playful verses. Yes, trumpet plus gangsta equals “trumpets,” and the two fit perfectly together unlike anything you’ve heard before. The video is quite funny as well with the rapper dressed as Donald Trump and controlling people with his vigorous hand motions (as opposed to the cash of the original). Both tracks are not safe for work in their original versions, but there are clean versions available for the impending commercial crossover here in the US.
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MAKJ and Lil Jon – Let’s Get Fucked Up and Contiez ft Treyy G – Trumpsta
With all these serious trance and progressive superstar DJ/producers, it’s nice to see someone making dance songs simply for the point of having fun. Kwanza Jones has been making her presence known in the club world with diva vocal records like “Time To Go” and “Think Again” that have made it on the Billboard Club Chart. For “Made U Look,” she’s done a record for the club kids- the ones who focus on appearance as a method of artistic expression. With a campy, playful vibe she sings over a jaunty electro beat colored by the frenetic vibe of Stacey Q’s “Two of Hearts.” Choosing a drag queen as her featured rapper is brilliant on many levels – challenging the notion of masculinity in the rap world, drag queens focusing on capturing (and keeping attention), humor and camp going hand in hand, etc. San Francisco-based drag queen Pollo Del Mar serves up an inspired comical flow that manages to reference both the ‘The Facts of Life’ and ‘Exorcist’ (with the brilliant line “turning heads like Linda Blair”). The featured rap is so good it makes you wonder how much more fun pop radio would sound if artists would choose to feature Pollo Del Mar (or another drag queen) as a rapper rather than the standard Ludacris, Pitbull, or Lil Jon. She’s like a tranny take on Nicki Minaj when she does her comedy schtick. Competing with a drag queen in a visual performance is quite a challenge, yet Kwanza holds her own, rocking a multitude of sparkly and fluorescent outfits that reflect both her energy and the fun vibe of this playful song. Hey drag queens out there, quit doing Beyonce/Nicki Minaj songs for all your performances and try this one out as a game-changer.