What up! It's stoopgirl and I'm back for another week of Pick 'Em Up! I really hope you heard something new from the tracks in the very first post from last week. This week we're traveling the world with club music and we're starting right in our very own backyard.
Juicy J - Low (Mighty Mark & DJ K-Spin Remix
I just can't get over all the vibes Mighty Mark and DJ K-Spin are incorporating in this brooding club remix of Juicy J's "Low". It boasts a hyperactive breakbeat but a dark, future club vibe to it that makes it sound really complex. Baltimore residents Mighty Mark and DJ K-Spin sample only the essential parts of Juicy J's "Low" to make this more of an original production instead of a run-of-the-mill remix. "My beat low/My bass low/I ride low/She go low," pitched down so low that you can't help but to sport a serious stank face. They even cut into a sample of Ludacris' "How Low Can You Go" to bring the whole theme full circle and make this track one that the ladies won't be able to resist in the club.
DJ Tuco - "Sweet Talk"
Upon my first listen of "Sweet Talk", I totally thought the producer was gonna be some old head from Baltimore with a really solid appreciation of both Baltimore club music and R&B. I was so, so, so wrong here. DJ Tuco kicked off his career in London, explored the world, and then set up shop in Prague. So yeah, some producer in Czech Republic is making Baltimore club music and it's fucking classic. Sampling one of my not-so-guilty-pleasures, "Heard It All Before" by Sunshine Anderson, DJ Tuco embraces the classic breakbeat of Baltimore club but goes heavy with the synths, bringing it right back to 2014. I love how many audiences "Sweet Talk" could potentially appeal to: club heads, dance music fans, and ladies who are mad at their boyfriends. I think it's a win-win situation for everybody on this dance floor tonight.
Lucid - "Heartagram"
I'm not usually a huge fan of festival tunes but I found "Heartagram" by Lucid to be especially intriguing when I heard its nod to the high energy and rapid pace of Jersey club music. The Melbourne-based producer has created quite a niche for himself within big room dance music and exactly how he melded the two genres together on "Heartagram" has a unique way of meeting both genres right down the middle - making Jersey feel a little bigger and a festival feel a little more intimate. I'm actually curious if Lucid found any inspiration from his label-mate and proud New Jersey resident, Nadus, for this track (both artists are members of the Belgian-based record label, Pelican Fly). "Heartagram" is the title-track for an EP that Lucid released last week, so if you're into this kind of sound, feel free to check out the other three tracks.