Notable Dance Podcast #027

Breach vs Friend Within – The Renegade Jack (Seamus Haji)

Luka Sambe – Bloodthirsty (Club)
Alex Kenji – 600 Ohm
Blaster Jaxx – Koala (Scotty Lee)
DANK – Wonder Child (Dank Festival)
CJ Coopa ft JoLene – He Took My Heart
Vice & Kemal Golden – ReVengeance
ZERO – Absolution
Bauer and Lanford – Leave Me Behind (Original)
Zedd ft Hayley Williams – Stay the Night (The Moogs)
Project 46 ft Seri – Motionless (Original)
Adrian Lux & Marcus Schossow ft JJ – Wild Child
Kaskade – Atmosphere (Modern Machines)

SONG OF THE DAY: Katrina – “Ready to Love”

The first time I heard Dave Aude’s mix of “OPM” from Star Search alumna Katrina, I was instantly drawn to the catchy hook, sing-along chorus, and of course, the playfully fierce vocal. After seeing her perform live at the Promo Only Summer Sessions last year, I quickly became a fan. When she was on tour with Meat Loaf, I chatted with her at the Ryman and she mentioned that she was working with Frankmusik. Needless to say, I’ve been anticipating the release of “Ready to Love,” and it’s even better than I’d imagined. A fully-realized dance pop song complete with sing-a-long chorus, energetic beats, a catchy strat/guitar hook (which has my trainspotter brain going crazy), and great vocals/vocal production, the song is “ready” for mainstream radio. For clubs, there is a plethora of strong remixes by Joe Gauthreaux, Mike Rizzo, and Dark Intensity. Seamus Haji’s take stands out as my favorite, following up his recent remixes of Usher and Ne-Yo with this smooth blend of body and soul with energetic electro. Watch for the remixes to be released next month and enjoy a preview of the original version below.

Original – Listen

Seamus Haji – Listen

SONG OF THE DAY (SUNDAY FUNDAY): Ke$ha – “Die Young” (Seamus Haji Remix)

“Die Young” is a total guilty pleasure. Yes, it sounds like every other Ke$ha song, but with the track at 128 bpm if you strip out the vocals (and the Illuminati/New World Order nonsense) it could easily be a Swedish House Mafia or Calvin Harris pop record. British producer Seamus Haji has been on quite a roll lately, turning in solid club mixes from artists as varied as The Gossip, Elton John vs Pnau, Maroon 5, Ne-Yo, and Rita Ora. In his deft hands, “Die Young” is elevated to primetime commercial club monster- with harder electro buildups, a more dramatic dropout, and even sicker vocal effects. It would be interesting to see what would happen if one of the big-name DJs dropped an instrumental of Seamus’ mix, because I bet if it was circulated without the vocal it would be quite a massive club record on its own.

Image Courtesy of RCA/Kemosabe.