ALBUM REVIEW: The Rules of Dada
What would happen if you decided to get really amped up, then review the Dada Life album? Well, that’s exactly what happened in order to truly appreciate the Swedish duo of Olle and Stefan known to the world as Dada Life. These are not tracks for casual listening with friends. This is head banging, mind blowing electro house destined for a club with writhing bodies just waiting to be bombarded by champagne and bananas. To re create this atmosphere by ones lonesome takes some effort, but goes a long way towards evaluating ‘The Rules of Dada‘ through the necessary prism.
Also, who doesn’t like Dada life? That’s like the dance music equivalent of being against Mother Teresa. The guys put on arguably one of the best live shows for their fans. Purists would probably say music shouldn’t be accompanied by theatrics and inflatable champagne bottles, but no doubt any critic would enjoy themselves if they saw the Dadas live. Even so, there are some favorites on ‘The Rules of Dada’ that are continuously being played. Check em out…
Slowly but surely tracks from ‘The Rules Of Dada’ leaked out. ‘Feed The Dada’ made its debut in Stockholm during the Summerburst Festival in June. It reeks, in a good way, of old school Dada, from yesteryear, the time of ‘French Jeans‘ and the like. Also Olle said it had the ‘biggest drop ever’ and there is nothing wrong with that. Stamp of approval there for the catchy chorus and distorted synths.
‘Don’t Stop’ is slightly more melodic than the typical Dada tune, but a welcome and refreshing intermezzo amongst the hard hitting electro house seen throughout ‘The Rules of Dada.’ That being said, the track isn’t completely devoid of this signature sound. However, this is much more ballad than in your face anthem – perfect for an end of night sing a long. This is the one we’ve got on repeat at EO HQ.
Well, what is there to be said for ‘Boing Clash Boom.’ This is most certainly a party tune – the vocals are Ke$ha esque and you can almost see the smeared eye makeup mixed with glitter, champagne and mashed bananas. As BOOM is repeated approximately more than 20 times halfway through, followed by a slew of electro plugins and basstastic drops, this is a song you will want to hear at 3 am but not at your desk. From first hand experience, this makes the crowd actually lose it.
There are of course some self-explanatory tracks on the album that you have heard, loved and sang along to a million times by now. In that category we have ‘Kick Out The Epic Motherfucker,’ Rolling Stones T-Shirt’ and ‘Happy Violence.’ Duh, these are great. They are played at every festival, the videos are super fun and everyone in the biz wants to take a stab at a remix. Enough said.
The Rules of Dada