You can learn a lot about a producer by listening to their music. Listening to the releases of German producer Picco, it’s quite obvious that he is one of the most happy, joyful, and random people you might ever meet. He takes random elements and combines them together with an upbeat twist – whether it be traditional Mexican music (“Venga”), the Dream Academy’s ’80s classic “Life in A Northern Town” (“Walk on By”), or Mory Kante’s African chants (“Yeke Yeke”), his songs have a mashed-up fun and energetic feel while walking that fine line of becoming cheese. This is what makes his new track “Mash!” seem so perfect. Starting off with a Scooter-esque voice shouting the title, a bassline similar to “Show me Life” comes in behind a vocal topline reminiscent of the Dajae’s classic “Everyday My Life.” The vocals stutter and effect out until the distorted voice becomes the “Mash” line again and the track suddenly changes to bouncy electro quite similar to Steve Angello’s “Knas.” The track then strips down to just the beat and the original bassline and the vocal comes back in for a bit, before another buildup takes the track back to the bouncy electro. This is one of those tracks you listen to and wonder what the heck the producer was thinking as it quickly becomes ingrained in your brain. Here’s hoping that the label releases this track really soon as it is nowhere to be found legally – it’s not at Amazon, iTunes, Beatport, or any other digital download site that I checked.

Image Courtesy of Kontor.

SONG OF THE DAY (SUNDAY FUNDAY): Steve Angello – “Yeah”

Sometimes, the video really does make the record. “Yeah” is definitely a good stadium house track – with the requisite dropouts, builds, synth stabs, and even a crowd cheering the title to make it stand out. Released back in October, it’s another great club track from the youngest member of the Swedish House Mafia. What makes it perfect for Sunday Funday is the campy video featuring elderly women becoming superheroes and imagining their special zen place (where oiled up muscle men call bingo in gorgeous fields of grass) to focus their martial arts training as they fight the evil bad guys out to destroy international monuments. If this video doesn’t make you smile, you need to get your eyes (and sense of humor) checked. Just like if this track doesn’t make you dance, then you might want to get your hearing checked as well.

Courtesy of Size Records.

REVIEW: Various Artists – ‘The Sound of Swedish House’

By: Cory Glisson-Munier

Sweden has a history of introducing the world to an array of noted dance-pop artists, including Abba, Roxette, Ace of Base, Basshunter, Alcazar, and September, as well as producers like Max Martin, DenniZ Pop, and Stonebridge, so the rise of ?Swedish House? artists or remixers woven in and out on this new release is no surprise. By unofficial definition – any progressive, deep house, or electro-house dance musicians born in Sweden would loosely fall under this term (and not just those part of the Mafia).
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