For Dirty House master Vato Gonzalez, it’s all about da riddim – be it Triplet, Sushi, Volfied, Ganja, Bio, or of course, Badman. On his new riddim track, “B52 Riddim,” he mashes together a few of the previous ones into a new one, while adding a bit of a progressive vibe. The vocal sample “Drop the Bomb” teases the explosive energy and makes it obvious that the title isn’t a reference to the beloved classic ’80s/’90s dance troup. This Riddims series are strong tracks in their own right, but feel like they could be elevated further with a vocal or rap topline (a la Ganja/Badman). It will be interesting to see how his forthcoming “Desert Riddim” collaboration with Afrojack fits intro the progression.
There are a few things we definitely know about Dirty House producer Vato Gonzalez. Even though his sound changes with each release, his playful sense of humor is a constant. Just listen to his last few tracks (“Cats Are Evil,”“Body Harder,”“Army of Bastards”) and you can definitely tell they come from the same twisted mind. Vato also loves his “Riddim” – whether it’s Badman, Sushi, Volfied or the new Triplets. If you dissect the track, you can hear elements seemingly inspired by the big room hits of Quintino, Martin Garrix, and Showtek, but in Vato’s hands they are melded together for something even bigger than the sum of their parts. The computer voice saying “Are You Ready” just adds the bit of quirk you would expect from him. All the big guys are already supporting this track and it is definitely easy to hear why.