Shaolin usually refers to martial arts, specifically kung fu. Dutch duo Mightyfools build a banging electro track, complete with laser sounds that inspire visions of stars (the throwing weapon) flying right past you in the air. Bounce, shake, and battle it out is what the sampled vocal tells you to do, and while the track is aggressive, it’s not nearly as hard as you might expect. It fits in with the recent Bounce tracks by Showtek and TJR while adding a bit of a fresh touch. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not revolutionary or anything, but it freshens up the sound by putting a different spin (excuse the pun) on it.
There were two “Bounce” tracks that broke during the Winter Music Conference – not Melbourne bounce – but bouncy electro tracks which feature the word bounce as if to describe the way you dance to it. Showtek & Ookay unleashed “Bouncer,” which added a bit of trap and synth-pop with the commanding chant to “Let Me See You Bounce.” While not sounding exactly like “Ode to Oi” or “What’s Up Suckaz,” it is easy to identify “Bounce Generation” as a TJR track. Working with Italian “Raveology” duo Vinai, TJR spruces up his signature with the chant “everybody make it bounce,” a heavily-accented female voice saying “bass keeps pumping” (or at least that’s what it sounds like), and a dropout with a sick, rolling buildup. Crowd response is assured as “Bounce Generation” is as instant as a Deorro track – party music for big rooms and festivals that will rile people up to go crazy.
Back in December, when I wrote up “Alive” by Krewella, I had no idea that the song would become so big. The track crossed from the clubs to the radio and continues to be a massive request record every time I play out. But what’s a DJ to do when you get so burned out on a song that you want to jam pencils through your eardrums rather than hear it again? Well, you find a fresh new mix. Granted, there was the Hardwell remix which topped the Beatport chart recently, but that doesn’t quite move me, so I found two bootlegs that take “Alive” in completely different directions. When you first hear TJR’s Booty Bass version, it sounds just like the original with a little more of a drumbeat. Then two minutes in, the buildup goes hyper, massively speeds up and drops into old school Miami booty music. The surprised looks on the dancers’ faces the first time I played this was insane- people were literally screaming. The more you think about it, the mix is completely inappropriate with the tone of the song but screw it, if you are at the club you are are supposed to be dancing and having fun, and not thinking. Chicago electro mistress Dani Deahl reimagined “Alive” as a mashup with pretty elements of “I Could Be the One” (Avicii & Nicky Romero) and glitchy bits of “Skull Kid” (Must Die!) Calling this a mashup borders on disrespectful as it sounds more like a fully-realized production that could have been one of the official remixes from the label. A commercial release is doubtful due to all the copyrights, but since Nicky Romero just teamed with Krewella for that hot new “Legacy” track, I guess it could theoretically get cleared. Realistically, if you haven’t already bought the original mp3 of “Alive” by Krewella, get it from Amazon, iTunes, or Beatport and then snag both of these sickening/awesome/tits bootlegs from their respective Soundcloud pages.