Big Beat, the label that boasts a variety of artists from Doctor P and Flux Pavilion to Skrillex and Knife Party, released the latest EP from Cash Cash, the pop/EDM trio supported by Tiesto, Morgan Page, and Nicky Romero. Their six-track Overtime EP delivers a fun, upbeat, blended sound, with strong vocal tracks, pop melodies, and electro-house stomping beats that come together in a fluid and enjoyable collection of songs.
The first track on the EP entitled, “Take Me Home,” first premiered July 16 on Nicky Romero‘s Protocol Radio. Immediately drawn to this track through the slight pulsing thump of a steady beat layered with luscious female vocals. Bebe Rexha’s voice is sweet and upbeat; it leads right into a powerful chorus, full of snaps, crackles, and pops. The melody and vocals are chopped and placed so rhythmically, the whole track sort of bounces. It is fun and girly, the perfect companion for getting ready to go out on the weekend. A hairbrush in hand, two stepping around the room, singing to your own reflection, or holding hands and dancing with girlfriends.
Second, the title track, “Overtime,” whirls with snazzy electro grooves, similarly using vocals to guide its path, with a back and forth in the beginning from distorted tones repeated to a chant that really makes you want to move. One of the tags on SoundCloud for this track is ‘A Feeling That I Know So Well,’ which represents the pivotal moment in this track where everything fades into the sultry vocals that sound like the lady that belted on Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon and the female vocalist in The Funky Bunch combined. Its got those good vibrations, sweet sensations.
The vocals pop in every track on this EP, and “Hideaway” is no different, featuring Ella Eyre’s solid, larger-than-life vocals. She also wrote the lyrics to this one, so you can really feel the passion behind her words, as they drive this dance tune through deep electro movements with dubstep noises that drop in like a kick to the gut. It turns into jello and moves all around until the eventual echo of the word away fades into space.
“Satellite” has a very jazzy sound to it, and whirls much like the title track on the EP. Reassuring and upbeat, the clapping of the beat and a chorus of chants: ‘We are the Satellites.’ This is one I could see an entire club clapping their hands in the air and singing along with Cash Cash at the helm. It’s like every track takes the listener further into electronic spaces, into the black light with neon and sparkles everywhere, to the point where you feel like you are floating orbiting, looking down on the Earth.
Then “Here and Now” rips in with a stretching bass and a soft quick lyrical flow from featured vocalist Kerli. Eventually it builds into a chorus that intensifies into one little drip and poof! The music and singing stop, only to start all over again. This song is a real crossover between electro house and pop, more than some of the others on this EP, although they all have very serious hooks and choruses more remnant of pop music, and certainly characteristic of big room bangers.
The final song on the release starts with the same chanting that has remained something of a constant through the other five tracks. That inspirational repetition, the voices of your peers. ‘You and I. So high we could kiss the sky.’ The electro grooves have you moving you head back and forth, even if you’re listening to sitting still. This will bang and bump in a club. It also provides perfect closure for these six tracks, a culmination of all of the elements existent so far, and these lyrics really unify the message of togetherness and the concept of being larger than life as long as everyone is together. It taps into our unknowns, all the while making you want to get up and dance, clapping and signing along the whole way through.
It is certain to bang in clubs, probably all over the world.