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SNBRN & Blu J – You Got Me (ft. Cara Frew)

It was just days ago that I waxed poetic about BLU J, a production duo who I consider to be at the forefront of not just future house, but house music at large, in terms of the sound they’ve innovated. Thus, I think I’ll go ahead and take credit for persuading the universe to bless us with yet another new tune from the Vancouver pair. A collaboration with fellow rising house star SNBRN, “You Got Me” finds their styles intersecting as airy deep house and growling, bass-heavy synths seamlessly blend into one another. There are few things that immediately grab my attention more than a BLU J drop, so the addition of SNBRN’s flair makes it virtually impossible to ignore.

As for Cara Frew, she absolutely transcends the role of a featured vocalist with a performance that sounds so wonderfully suited not just for this track and its electronic listener base, but a wide-ranging pop radio audience. Too often featured vocalists feel like an unnecessary addition to electronic tracks, but on “You Got Me,” Frew is outright essential.

I don’t have much of a personal anecdote to apply to this track other than there’s a solid chance you’ll see me blasting it with the windows down on the 101 this spring, so keep an eye out over the next few months, Californians.

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BLU J – Safe (ft. Matthew Chaim)

When it comes to current acts, BLU J have a special place in my heart as I’ve watched the duo evolve from mastering remixes and flips to unleashing powerful solo release after solo release. “Safe” continues their movement along an exponential curve as they’ve found a wholly comfortable position between pop and house. Beginning with radio-ready sensibilities as vocalist Matthew Caim lays down a smooth hook, the track drops down into a sleek, sexy house shuffle before the two styles entwine.

Even with the most wide-ranging appeal of a BLU J track to date, they’ve maintained their signature sound which is applause-worthy. I salivate over their releases with massive, bass-churning movements, but the integration of their synths into a track like “Safe” is just as satisfactory. It’s a testament to the versatility of a duo whose potential reaches to the peaks of pop and house alike, and while I’m focused on this release, I can’t help but think ahead to the music they have in store.

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