SONGS OF THE DAY:  Disco Fries ft Amba Tremain – Love Me Right and Disco Fries and Loopers – Exposure

Oftentimes you will notice that producer/DJs alternate big room EDM tracks with commercial, vocal songs to show both their talent in the studio and to expand their reach in various arenas.  New York-based duo and frequent collaborators with lovable long-haired prankster producer Tommie Sunshine (as Fries and Shine), Disco Fries does just that with their recent releases.   Released during the Winter Music Conference, “Love Me Right” is an energetic hands-in-the-air commercial electro record featuring a diva vocal performance by Amba Tremain (recently heard on Boy George’s album ‘This is What I Do’). The song stands out for just that reason – you can count on one hand the number of recent tracks where you hear a singer with a strong voice really SINGING boldly – and the lyrics almost qualify as Nu-House since those classic themes haven’t been explored in dance music lately.  Teamed with rising Dutch producer Loopers (who recently did a banging remix of the Matthew Koma vocal version of Showtek/Justin Prime collab “Cannonball (Earthquake)”), the Disco Fries duo unleash the banging big room track “Exposure,” which combines many of the current electro sounds with a progressive-sounding drop.  The contrast of the hard and soft make the track stand out from recent releases as well.  These two tracks show their depth as producers and when combined with their energetic DJ performances (as seen multiple times during Winter Music Conference), it’s easy to see why they continue to rise in the world of EDM.

Images courtesy of Zouk/Armada and Powerhouse.

SONG OF THE DAY: Lush and Simon ft Rico & Miella – “Drag Me to the Ground”

Following up the gorgeous yet aggressive “City of Light,” Italian duo Alessandro Miselli & Simone Pioltelli, better known as Lush & Simon, unleash “Drag Me to the Ground.” Enlisting the vocalists Rico & Miello, they’ve added a male vocal with a female operatic background to add even more depth. While it starts lush and pretty in the intro, the build-up is a steady, staccato beat which hits a plateau before really exploding in a jump-up, almost hard-style vibe. Like their previous track, it’s the contrast of the two textures which makes the song (not track) stand out above recent releases. Keep your eyes on these guys, they’re upping their game with each release.

Image Courtesy of Zouk/Armada.

Lush and Simon ft Rico & Miella – “Drag Me to the Ground”

SONG OF THE DAY: Da Hool ft Emmalyn – “Into the Unknown (Antillas & Dankann Remix)”

German DJ Frank Tomiczkez, better known as Da Hool, achieved massive success fifteen years with the international club anthem “Meet Her at the Love Parade.” Forever busy in the studio, his consistent stream of tracks receive much attention from DJs, especially his most recent commercial vocal releases “Illusion” (sung by Lima) and “She Plays Me Like a Melody” (with the Global Deejays remix and the pole dancer video.) For “Into the Unknown,” he steps again into the world of crossover, blending progressive electro and stadium house with a gorgeous pop vocal hooks from Emmalyn. The focus here seems to be the Antillas & Dankann remix which adds a bit of dub step to the breakdown while maintaining the energy of a floor-filling primetime track. Emmalyn seems to be a new vocalist in the Armada camp. With powerful yet pretty pipes, I have a feeling we are going to hear a lot more collaborations from her.

Image Courtesy of Armada.