There are classic cuts out there that most producers wouldn’t normally think to touch—Technotronic’s “Pump up the Jam” being one of them, seeing as it has been beaten to a bloody pulp at most local sporting events. But Kideko stepped up to rescue the ‘90s dance record by reclaiming it for contemporary clubs, lending the seminal vocal sample a modern, garage-tinged makeup.

Now, more names are being added to the list, with remix packages bringing out the big guns. Dale Howard, the UK stalwart who has been kicking up a storm of late, dials in with a slappin’ rework sure to blow the lid of any floor it faces. Anyone who has been following Howard knows how he operates, and he doesn’t let off here, with pummeling percs, shrilling synth lines and enough energy to make that Red Bull you’re guzzling seem superfluous.

Available now via TMT Records.
 

How do you measure the “success” (whatever that means to you) of a track?
Kideko: I think if people enjoy the track and it makes them want to dance, it’s successful.

What kind of response have you seen when you’ve played this out in your sets?
It gets a great response, because the vocal is so recognizable. I’ve seen videos of other people playing it at festivals, and it seems to have received a good reaction there, too, which is nice to see.

Creatively, how did the work on this track stack up to previous studio sessions? Was this more challenging to complete than others, and why?
For this track, everything came together pretty quickly. I think the tracks where you’re having fun and you don’t have to think too much about what you’re doing are the ones that turn out the best.

Were you impulsive on this track, or did you have a sketch in mind before you started?
There was no sketch with this one. I think I started with drums, and then I was searching for a vocal to use—maybe one or two lines from—but I came across Technotronic’s a cappella and thought it would be fun to have a go at making a track using that. The original is such a classic and is so well known that I thought it would translate well in the club. Once I’d chosen the parts of the vocal I wanted to use, I started playing around with some basslines, and it all came together pretty quickly, which is always nice.

Describe the best setting/activity to hear this track.
Partying! This track is for those times when you’re with your mates, having a good time singing your heart out.

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