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.

Image Courtesy of  MVA Records.

SONG OF THE DAY: NiRe AllDai – “Hella Bad”

The first time I heard NiRe Alldai’s debut single “Inside Out,” I was struck by her unique voice – soft and soothing, yet raspy with a subtle power. The vocal hooks were quite strong, and with the club kids-going-Mad Max-themed video, it seemed like a surefire hit. Whereas “Inside Out” was a bit downbeat in tone, her new single “Hella Bad” is much more in your face and aggressive. The track seems like a cross between Swedish House Mafia and ’90s euro (the good stuff, like Culture Beat’s lost classic ‘Metamorphosis’ album, and not the cheesy formulaic kind). Nire’s vocals are more aggressive and punchy, yet still have her unique soft timbre in place. The song will hopefully find its place on commercial radio with its message of female empowerment, demanding respect from a lazy lover. If the song doesn’t hit you immediately, give it a few more listens. You will eventually realize that “Hella Bad” is actually hella good.


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