Over the years, it seems like ADOR’s “One For the Trouble” is one of the most sampled tracks in dance music (ranking right behind Loleatta Holloway’s “Love Sensation” and James Brown’s “Funky Drummer”). That line “Back once again .. with the Ill Behavior” used most famously in “Renegade Master” by Wildchild seems to pop up in a club track every few years. New York and Miami-based duo CID & Mednas constructed their hybrid progressive and electro track with massive builds and powerful drops that are perfect for a big room explosive set. The track is so energetic that it doesn’t come as a surprise that it became a massive buzz track when Size Records label owner Steve Angello dropped it during his set at the Ultra Music Festival.
I will be honest, the first time I heard about Cash Cash was when I was rummaging through the mixes of Krewella’s “Alive” trying to find a mix which didn’t have a large dropout which sucked all the energy out of the dancefloor… Thank you, Cash Cash. Digging into their tracks, I found a mixed bag of commercial-leaning stuff (the ‘obvious they were from New Jersey anthem’ “I Like it Loud,” a PSY-hook filled remix of British Justin Bieber-clone Conor Maynard’s “Vegas Girl”) and interesting ideas (the JUSTICE-influenced Loleatta Holloway sample track “Overtime” and the boy-band sounding dubstep tribute “Michael Jackson”). For “Take Me Home,” they’ve managed to combine the two extremes with a commercial take on electro/stadium tracks. It’s definitely pop, but since it premiered on Nicky Romero’s radio show, it must be credible. Just teasing, it’s seriously a great track that is hooky as hell with energy to pack a dance floor and singalong lyrics with crossover appeal. Enlisting the help of vocalist Bebe Rexha pushes it over the edge. When I first heard the track, I thought it was the singer from the Studio Killers. If you play “Take Me Home” after “Ode to the Bouncer,” you’ll hear what I mean. With “Take Me Home,” Cash Cash just might follow their friends on the path bubbling up from the underground to mainstream success.
As we noted last week, with the focus on big room stadium and electro
tracks, there is a lack of solid diva vocal house records at the moment.
When in doubt, go back and sample one of the legendary voices. British
producer Honeywell does just this for his new single “Expect It Back,”
reviving Loleatta Holloway’s performance with GTS on “What Goes Around Comes
Around” which originally released in 2000. Focusing on the spoken parts of
the vocal, Honeywell’s production has that classic 90s tribal sound
modernized just enough to feel current. It’s a record that would fit in a
retro house night just as easily as it would in a big room set. The House of
Virus remix is more techy, but to my ears it sounds like a brilliantly
bouncy Sharp Boys remix (and coming from me is a major compliment). DJs
looking for a vocal record that brings a 2013 feel to the classic diva vibe
should “expect” a great reaction when dropping this track in their prime