Album Reviews, Culture, Dance / Electro — April 4, 2013 at 2:21 pm

REVIEW: Dansson & Marlon Hoffstadt – Shake That


Artist Name: Dansson & Marlon Hoffstadt
Title Name: Shake That EP
Label: Play It Down
Reviewed by: Rory O’Maley


This week we’ve got a cheeky house number from Jesse Rose‘s Play It Down imprint. Known for approachable, driven and usually dirty house, Dansson & Marlon Hoffstadt‘s Shake That is practically made for the label and will be doing Jesse proud as it pounds through clubs around the world.

“Shake That” may be simple but there’s no way you’re going to miss it in a mix. Swaggering over a fluid 3-note bassline, the vocal ties the track together with some deep, infectious hooks that guide the release’s movement. Complete with some questionable lyrics and playful offbeats, “Shake That” is a nice bomb to have in your collection.

Jesse Rose comes through with an almost uncharacteristically simple rework. Practically dumping the bass element altogether, Rose’s usual melodic flambouyance (as seen here) is contained in favour of a beat and acapella combo. The result is a clever vocal edit custom built for a great mix-over rather than a stand alone focal point.

Shake That doesn’t break new ground by any means, but that’s not the point here. Simple beat, simple bassline and a smooth, hooky vocal produced are mixed wonderfully to create an energetic bopper that won’t be leaving your head any time soon. Also keep an eye out for the pair’s new track “Hot Strings” out next week on OFF Recordings.


Dansson & Marlon Hoffstadt – Shake That