With mixed enthusiasm and a lot of speculation surrounding a controversial fusion of two allegedly opposite musical forces, the R&B/House crossover has continued to turn heads in a mixture of delight and disgust across the globe. Already firm contributors to this regenerative process of chart monotony, David Guetta and Nicky Romero have proven competent in making positive noise out of the often predictable and mundane realms of popular music, and further so as they, with the release of their latest sugary chart-monger ‘Wild One Two’, launch their collective outfit called Jack Back.
Leading with the unalloyed vocal stylings of Sia, Romero and Guetta build an emotive canvas of delicate keys and rising leads before launching into a hard-hitting offering of growling riffs and chugging Electro-tinged House music. The result is a track that not only illustrates the popular movement’s sturdier assets, but celebrates the fact that somewhere along the line, the union of urban influences and bonafide Electronic artists has proven integrally satisfying on both the club floor and the airwaves. Say what you will about the urban face of radio-friendly Electronic Dance music, but with the potential for outings of this calibre, there are far worse things happening in Dance music than this outstanding offering from two of the industry’s leading European House forces.
Words by Dan Carter