Dutchman Laidback Luke is back with another really strong collaboration. His track/perfume commercial with Martin Solveig is “blow”-ing up everywhere, and his new single “Mufasa” is already coming out. Teaming with Aussie hipsters Peking Duk (the duo behind the WMC anthem “Just the Way You Are”), they constructed a massively aggressive tribal electro track complete with a chant, jump-up vibe, and a sense of darkness which fits perfectly. You can definitely hear how hardstyle is influencing the big room guys as the jump-up beat is gradually entering their tracks. The track also has a similar feel to the classic Oscar G & Ralph Falcon record “Dark Beat,” making me think it might be time for someone to mash these two tracks together and add Oba Frank Lords vocals over “Mufasa?” As good as the “Dark Mufasa Beat” may sound, on its own “Mufasa” will be a track DJs reach for to bring a primal vibe to their sets. The cartoon video is quite cute as well, lightening things up with a comic edge and showing that music truly is the universal language.
Released back in December, “The Way You Are” by Peking Duk has become quite the hipster club hit. With nods to Duck sauce (not just the name), ’50s/’60s rockabilly, Spankox, and ‘I Created Disco’-era Calvin Harris, the incessantly catchy cut-up vocal track topped the Australian club chart and has been rumbling around the world. (If I had a dollar for every time I heard it during WMC). The track is so memorable that it was only a matter of time until a full vocal version was done for mainstream consumption. Stepping up to the plate is Canadian singer/songwriter/actor Ish, who adds a playfully sexy topline rap with a bit of tongue-in-cheek swagger. The flow is smooth and he sings just as well. This is one of those rare occasions when the pop version manages to keep the vibe of the original while elevating it to a bigger audience. I am sure Pitbull is out there kicking himself for not jumping on this track first.