Friday, April 25, 2014

A-Trak & Armand Van Helden Present: Duck Sauce - "NRG" (co-starring Jon Daly)

A-Trak & Armand Van Helden, better known as super-DJ duo Duck Sauce, finally released their long-awaited full-length album, QUACK earlier this month; included within are previously released neck-snapping singles "aNYway," "It's You," and "Barbara Streisand" amongst a gaggle of newly-crafted Disco-Funk revival jams. Duck Sauce's wonderfully ridiculous new video for "NRG," which was previously remixed by Skrillex, Kill The Noise, Milo & Otis as well as Hudson Mohawke, premiered on the front page of Buzzfeed Wednesday afternoon. Director Dugan O'Neal ingeniously cast Kroll Show funnyman and RHCP2014 mastermind Jon Daly as a cheesy late night info-mercial pitchman, who's seemingly mesmerized A-Trak & Armand Van Helden (who oddly enough appear as his back-up pitchmen, too). The NRG product being sold in the clip is a magical "everything gel" that can supposedly fix over cooked left-overs, help you find the beat, fix romance problems, headaches, repair poor vision, open any door, and plenty more pointless non-sequitors. Not entirely unlike the bulk of their collective output, Duck Sauce employ a sampled female vocal for the pseudo-hook comfortably nestled at "NRG"'s break-beat-friendly center; "Every song on QUACK has a sample and it can take months to clear them," A-Trak recently explained to Buzzfeed, as to why the album seemingly took so long to materialize and come out. Long-standing crate-diggers and world class DJ's in their own right, A-Trak & Armand Van Helden ultimately discovered their perfect old school sample, Melissa Manchester's 1985 maxi-single "Energy," on YouTube of all places. QUACK, an arguably Hip-Hop-inspired record, is now available for your listening pleasure on CD and digital-based formats from A-Trak's own label imprint Fool's Gold Records.

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