SONG OF THE DAY: Mayra Veronica – “Ay Mama Mia”

With the weather turning cold, the timing of “Ay Mama Mia” to inject some Latin heat couldn’t be better.? Well-known as a USO spokeswoman and model, Mayra Veonica has been a hitting the dance floor with tracks like “If You Wanna Fly” and “Freak Like Me.” “Ay Mama Mia” is reminiscent of the festive vibe of classic Miami Sound Machine, think “Conga” or “Rhythm is Gonna Get You,” updated with a modern sound.? A plethora of strong remixes will guarantee club play with diverse sounds from Chocolate Puma (big room with Latin breakdown), Sick Individuals (electro), Robbie Rivera (a horn-led tribal workout), and Razor N Guido (a New York take on swing house). ?It’s hard to choose a favorite mix, but I find myself favoring Dave Aude’s swing house take which brings in the rhythm line reminiscent of the Paul Johnson classic “Get Get Down” that was used in the original tropical version.? The video syncs classic footage of bombshells like Bettie Page and Trudy Wayne to Dave Aude’s mix – which isn’t surprising as Mayra is now the face of Bettie Page clothing.? For another visual interpretation, look out for the upcoming IFC feature film “The Songs of the Buena Vista Social Club” which will feature “Ay Mama Mia” as well.

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SONG OF THE DAY: DJ Duce Martinez Vs. Dj Cloud 9 – “Jumpin MotherFu*Kers”

Dance music is definitely cyclical: nineties techno is being reworked in many of the big electro records right now, and energetic trance is starting to speed up again. So maybe it’s the right time to bring back the energetic, big room tribal house sound as well. Imagine a Club 69 mix of a Razor N Guido track and you’ve got the idea behind the tribal monster “Jumpin MotherFu*kers.” Though it sounds current, the sampled vocal “whoops” and chants over incessant, addictive beats will make you pump your fist and relive 1998 all over again. Listening to “Jumpin” might inspire me to pull out all my Groovilicious CDs and throw a retro-tribal night. I wonder if that YMLA shirt still fits.

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