A hooj choon – exactly what every DJ wants for Christmas! Following up the massive collaboration with Nicky Romero and Matthew Koma “Sparks (Turn Off Your Mind),” Fedde Le Grand flies solo and unleashes a track made for the big rooms. Close your eyes and you will hear elements of Daft Punk-ish electro, jarring glitches, and robotic voices combined with a “Raw” sensibility which no doubt inspired the title. The frenetic feel continues, even through the groovy dropout showing a nice change in groove without losing the energy. “Raw” is more proof that Fedde has a knack for bouncing between big vocals and big instrumental tracks. With its release on December 24th, “Raw” is a track that DJs will be buying for their big Christmas sets.
will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas is definitely embracing EDM, working with everyone from Steve Aoki to Wolfgang Gartner. For “Better Than Yesterday,” will.i.am teams up with Dirty Dutchman Sidney Samson for a surprisingly subtle club track. Yes, of course it’s energetic, but the influence of stadium/bro house (and a touch of rock) is evident in the intro and first verse. The lyrics of the first verse are quite meaningful – uplifting and positive about a better world, but then the second verse devolves quickly into gratuitous namechecking and excessive partying/getting drunk. The disjointed nature makes it feel like the first half was written by a Swedish House Mafia writer and the second verse was a spoof of LMFAO/Pitbull. “Better Than Yesterday” is definitely a great club track, but I will be doing my own edit, removing the tacky second vocal verse before I drop it in my sets.