SONG OF THE DAY: David Guetta & Kaz James – Blast Off

It seems as though David Guetta is taking a similar path as Paul Oakenfold with his current project. While Paul is reimagining trance classics like “Toca Me” and “Cafe del Mar” with a 2014 touch, David is using seminal club classics based on samples as his inspiration source. Following up “Shot Me Down,” which reworked the Audio Bullys take of the Cher/Nancy Sinatra classic, on “Blast Off” he mines the same 1978 Van Halen sample of “Ain’t Talkin ’bout Love” that Apollo 440 used for their 1997 top 10 hit “Ain’t Talkin Bout Dub.” The raging electro “Blast Off” harnesses the primal rock energy of the guitar sample with the same aggression and powerful feel of the Apollo 440 drum and bass version. Aussie DJ/singer Kaz James, best known for the rock/dance hybrid classic “I Like the Way You Move” with the Bodyrockers, spits some MC-styled lyrics that will energize the festival kids to bang it out and “Blast Off” all summer long. If David is taking requests for his next JackBack track, I would suggest using Spiller’s “Groovejet” as inspiration and going housey for a new summertime Ibiza poolside anthem.

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SONG OF THE DAY: Michael Woods – Flash Hands

You’ve got to love a track that sounds a little bit different. British producer Michael Woods released “Flash Hands” last month, and it stands out with a synth-pop-sounding keyboard line that is reminiscent of the intro to Van Halen’s “Jump.” It’s actually surprising that none of the mashup guys have jumped on the David Lee Roth vocals. It is energetic and makes people scream while not going too hard or aggressive; in other words, you can dance to it without being forced to jump up and down. The recently-released video follows Michael doing a gig, with the footage serialized and effected to look like a comic book. This, of course, begs the question that if Michael Woods was a member of the Legion of Super-Heroes, which would he be?

Image Courtesy of Diffused Music.