Hey everybody and welcome back to the Shuffle Button. Since the warmer weather is (finally) starting to show its face in Melbourne, there’s a bit of a tropical and sunny feeling throughout this post. Get ready for some pool and beach side music, even if the weather isn’t quite there yet.
Dennis Ferrer – Hey Hey (Mousse T.’s House Masters Re-Rub)
A re-imagining of a house classic, Mousse T. has put his spin on “Hey Hey.” By embedding an extra bit of funk, he gave the original a beating house heart. The southern European vibe makes it fit so perfectly with the idea of listening to this track on a sun-bathed beach.
Also, let’s be honest, any reason to get “Hey Hey” into a playlist is a great one.
George Morel – Let’s Groove
This timeless track is the right song to keep us going in this classic house mood. “Let’s Groove” may have been released over twenty years ago, but it sounds like something that you could hear Annie Mac playing on BBC Radio 1 today. It has a great beat, a catchy rhythm, and sets you off in a good mood. The bass-line is continually evolving and always keeps listeners on their toes waiting for the next change-up.
George Morel was a legend in the house scene in New York and one of the main reasons why Strictly Rhythm became such a successful record label. Songs like “Let’s Groove” show how someone could predict the future of dance music with incredible accuracy.
Federico Scavo – Bug
Sorry if we’re double dipping this week with some remixes and samples of already featured (but all-time classic) tunes, but when we heard Federico Scavo’s “Bug” we knew it had to be on the Shuffle Button.
It’s hard to go wrong when you start with a sample of Kenny Dope’s “The Bomb,” but Federico Scavo adds his own flavour and brings a tropical slant to the house sound. There’s nothing wrong with using classics as long as they’re used in the spirit in which they were written and produced. We think that Federico Scavo channeled Kenny Dope impeccably in this rework.
A$AP Rocky feat. Skepta – Praise The Lord (Mina & Tarquin Booty Remix)
Finally, we’re moving away from the house vibe that we’ve been cruising with, but still staying in tune with some tropical sounding music.
People don’t usually associate Jersey Club with tropical vibes, but Mina & Tarquin have used original components of “Praise The Lord” to concoct an uncommon mixture. Their remix of “Praise The Lord” is a Jersey club song that can exist outside in the daytime just as easily as in a night club. It’s naturally upbeat, but not overpowering.
Overall, the remix is an imaginative take that pushes the boundaries of Jersey Club.
Bryte – Mama Dey Party
To take that tropical feel to the next level, we’re bringing the heat with some soca.
Bryte’s energetic release makes you want to bounce and jump to every hectic beat. “Mama Dey Party” is fast paced, but not aggressive. It’s more interested in making you jump for joy than making you angry. Bringing through visions of Carnival, it’s distilled tropical spirit set to 150 beats per minute.
Bryte brings the afro-caribbean spirit in “Mama Dey Party” and clearly wants all listeners to join into the celebrations.
CHOOOON of the Week
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – Your Love
This week, we’re ending with an emotional house song from the mysterious, quirky, and enigmatic Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs. T.E.E.D. has long been known for his production acumen, along with his deft touch and ostentatious dress behind the decks.
“Your Love” is mellow and laid back but layered to perfection. The rhythms are mechanical yet still emotional. The vocals are longing and soulful, and just as your getting used to the emotional vibes, TEED drops into some infectious disco. It’s a fun switch up that gives you that extra bit of energy to rock on with the unique artist.