Arguably one of the more formidable DJ/producer collaborations in recent memory, the creation of Duck Sauce by world renowned DJs A-Trak and Armand Van Helden promises to deliver what could easily be the the most refreshing dance music in years. Individually, the New York-based duo are among the reigning names in dance music, past and present; earlier this year, they teamed up to produce tracks destined to become instant anthems. Having found it easy to work together through similar musical backgrounds and viewpoints, namely creating house music through a hip-hop filter, Duck Sauce was born.
Reviving classic mid-90s formulas that became Armand Van Helden’s signature sound along with the filtered French Touch era of labels RoulÃ© and Crydamoure, Duck Sauce reinvents effortless disco house with a sonic quality and aplomb suited for the DJs sets of today. Over a span of 5 days A-Trak and Van Helden mined their disco loops with the prime objective of “intentionally making party monsters.” The result was several overwhelming, feel-good tracks, two of which became the massive summer sing-along “aNYway” and “You’re Nasty”, a high-energy dancefloor bomb built around a quirky half-bar sample and a screeching keyboard. Quickly turning into one of the most anticipated releases of 2009, “aNYway” has been receiving tremendous support from DJs worldwide, including airplay from Radio 1 (Zane Lowe, Annie Mac) and Power 106 (DJ Reflex). These 2 songs, as well as other disco gems, can be found on the upcoming Fool’s Gold EP entitled Greatest Hits.
Behind-the-scenes interview with A-Trak and Armand Van Helden on the making of Duck Sauce: