CP Music For The Masses: FIFA Edition
by DJ Ron Slomowicz
In honor of the FIFA World Cup, this week's featured tracks feature a Brazilian or latin vibe in addition to hot club beats.
Basement Jaxx - "Sereia de Bahia"
In honor of the World Cup, Basement Jaxx released "Sereia de Bahia" a tropically-grooved take of "Mermaid of Salinas," from their long-awaited album Junto. The "bah bah bah" chant is playful and easy enough to singalong to, reminiscent of '60s kitsch and the enticing notion of exploring exotic lands. Switching the gender to male with Portuguese lyrics about "his magic" is clearly a reference to the power of a competitive soccer player. Brazilian singer Nina Miranda, best known for Smoke City's classic "Underwater Lover" sings the lyrics with a tongue-in-cheek seductively feel. The video is pure random fun with comedic characters dancing on a beach. DJs will kick themselves if they miss the techy Loco Dice and Quell mixes of the original which just dropped on Beatport. Together with "Never Say Never" and "Unicorn," the Basement Jaxx duo have cooked up 'Junto' as one of the soundtracks of the summer.
Fatboy Slim - 'Bem Brasil'
"Eat, Sleep, Rave, Repeat" was last year's festival anthem and this year Fatboy Slim explores his love of Brazil for the massive double CD 'Bem Brasil.' Collaborating with a who's who of EDM superstars (Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Diplo, Fedde Le Grand, Riva Starr, Gregor Salo, and DJ Fresh) and working with the vocals of iconic Brazilian singers (Elza Soares, Joyce Moreno, and Gilberto Gil) the songs set the tone for sun-drenched outdoor festival. While the W&W mix of "Epparei" and Gregor Salto's take of "Samba do Mundo" are the initial club favorites, be sure to listen to everything - as Felguk's mix of Jorge Ben Jor "Taj Mahal" (the song which inspired Rod Stewart's "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy") might just be the sleeper record of the summer.
Harry Romero - "Tania"
Brazilian singer Tania Maria's track "Made in New York" was the source of the vocal sample for Harry Romero's "Tania" track, which was original released back in 2001. Toolroom, who recently released the epic 'US House Legends' compilation, freshen up the latin house classic with a double set of mixes fit for any modern dance floor. The first set by Purple Disco Machine, Riva Starr, and Filterheadz range from blissed-out acid to tribal to electro and whet our appetite for whats to come. The funny thing is that the original version is so timeless and groovy that lovers of the current nu-house movement might stick with the source.
Shakira - "Dare"
No stranger to FIFA anthems, her 2010 "Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)" sold more than ten million copies and inspired a dance craze. For 2014, she reworks her aggressively playful love song originally titled "Truth or Dare (On the Dancefloor)" with a more aspirational theme and additional vocals from Carlinhos Brown for a second FIFA anthem. While the Pitbull/Jennifer Lopez/Claudia Leitte "We Are One (Ole Ola)" song is the "official" FIFA theme, it's easy to hear why the Brazillian-flavored "Dare" is the clear fan favorite. For clubland, Spanish producer/DJ team Chus & Ceballos elevate "Dare" to festival anthem.
DJ Samuel Kimko vs Adassa - "Ole Ola"
While not specifically Brazillian, the latin flare of reggaeton princess Adassa gives "Ole Ola" a playful FIFA vibe. Rather than relying on Pitbull for a featured rap, she does it herself as the song goes from fast to slow and her rap flow rivals Nicki Minaj. Club remixes by Geo Da Silva and Gil Sanders amp up the electro and tribal beats while keeping the tempo change firmly in place. Though the club mixes are solid, the original pop version that will probably be the one that makes you want to "sing and dance" along.
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