Watching the flashback ’90s nu-house meme develop, it’s quite interesting to note how the classic sounds are being crosspollinated with different genres and inspirations. Last week saw Chocolate Puma adding progressive Prydz-esque sounds and the White N3rd going ADHD with a touch of just about everything. As a fan of Nick Fiorucci and his label HiBias, I’ve been waiting to see what his twist would be and he definitely doesn’t disappoint. “Beggin” uses a revocaled sample of The Four Seasons “Beggin” (like the 2008 hit by Madcon) as the breakdown for the updated house beats with classic grooves and UK-flavored garage overtones. There isn’t enough room here to distinguish between US and UK garage – let’s just go by pronunciations. Pronounced Guh-ruhj, then it’s the classic US house sound. Pronounced Gah-raj, its the ’90s British flavor with 2-step or speed garage inflections. Nick’s track is definitely the latter. “Beggin” is instantly recognizable, with great energy, and will work brilliantly on both commercial and underground club floors.
While most of us are looking to the Dutch, Swedish, and French for the big dance pop crossover hits, maybe its time we look to the Canadians. Nick Fiorucci has been turning out quality tunes for the underground and commercial world for years – but for some reason he hasn’t ever received the international acclaim he truly deserves. “Back to Me” might change that. An of-the-moment electro track with progressive flourishes, the grooves feel familiar but aren’t exact copies of everything else out there. The synth line is catchy, and the middle dropout is quite dramatic. The vocals sung by Shobha are definitely memorable and trainspotters might even recognize a similarity to one of our personal favorites from last year – “All About Sex” by Sariah. While we could do without the rap by Joshua J, it’s not bad and will probably help for crossover radio play. DJs playing big rooms looking for a harder electro mix should check out Chriss Ortega’s Festival remix, while those who like it proggier should go for Tars. For a modern pretty Hi-NRG take, Soha’s collaboration with Nick should be foremost in your mind.
Nearly 25 years ago, 2 Puerto Ricans, A Blackman and a Dominican featuring the legendary Robert Clivilles, David Morales, Chep Nunez, and David Cole unleashed the club classic “Do It Properly.” Fast forward to 2012, and 2 Dutchmen and a Canadian combine to create “Turn Me On,” a vibey yet energetic electro house track flavored with incredibly soulful vocals. The Dutchmen are electro producer Subgroover (who is gaining buzz thanks to an amazingly resonant remix of Kristine W’s classic “Land of the Living”) and singer/sometimes rapper Sven Armstrong, who adds incredible emotion into what could have easily been formulaic shouts by a lesser vocalist. Canadian super-producer Nick Fiorucci is surely responsible for the bouncy keyboards, which is a signature of many of his HiBias productions. If you like your beats a little harder and more big room, check out the mix that Nick did with Criss Wave. Either way, “Turn Me On” is a great club record that will rock dance floors anywhere it’s dropped.