Personally, I’ve been waiting for this album for a very very long time. And just recently, when they finally announced the release date, I got even more excited. Dada Life, although some of their tracks sound very similar, is a huge name in electro-house music. They bring on the fat bass and are always looking to party. If you watch any of their tour footage, you’ll see both Olle and Stefan raging with bananas and champagne. Nothing can beat that. They’ve created this album entitled “The Rules of Dada” to teach the Dada-fanbase and potential fans alike, what it takes to be a Dada. Well, like all of the other major albums, I’m going to do an in depth review of the album below. I’ll also include a stream of every song, so make sure to listen to them too!
1. “Kick Out The Epic Motherfucker” by Dada Life[audio:http://www.pumpthebeat.com/wp-content/Upload/01%20Kick%20Out%20The%20Epic%20Motherfu__er.mp3]
I don’t think this track needs much of a description, but if you’re new to Dada Life, this is arguably one of their biggest tracks. “Kick Out The Epic Motherfucker” which literally is a bass attack to your ears, is unreal. Played by massive names in the EDM game and remixed by them as well, this track gets the floor going. When the vocals hit “Kick Out The Epic Motherfucker,” you know that’s your queue to start jumping.
2. “Feed The Dada” by Dada Life[audio:http://www.pumpthebeat.com/wp-content/Upload/02%20Feed%20The%20Dada.mp3]
Again, this is another massive track which hasn’t had as much exposure time as “Kick Out The Epic Motherfucker.” “Feed The Dada,” which was recently released this summer, has also gotten huge just because of that classic Dada sound. Clearly, Olle and Stefan have been going hard with their SausageFattener plugin. They’ve made that fat bass sound (sausage-y sound) which ravers die over. This track is legendary.
3. “Arrive Beautiful Leave Ugly” by Dada Life[audio:http://www.pumpthebeat.com/wp-content/Upload/03%20Arrive%20Beautiful%20Leave%20Ugly.mp3]
So, the title says it all. Go rave with Dada looking good, and leave “ugly” because of how much you raved and partied with the Dada Life crew. Not as crazy as the first two tracks, but we still get the synths of Dada and the Dada bass. More of a bridging song, nothing too intense.
4. “So Young So High” by Dada Life
We saw this preview earlier last week. The vocals are amazing. With any rave track, you’re gonna need some “inspirational (take this lightly)” vocals. With EDM, if you have any vocal bit that the mass amount of ravers can related to (which, in todays raves, relates to being high whether on drugs or not). So, like anyone who’s reading this, you’re probably “So Young So High.” Enjoy this massive track that hasn’t been released till today.
5. “You Will Do What We Will Do” by Dada Life[audio:http://www.pumpthebeat.com/wp-content/Upload/05%20You%20Will%20Do%20What%20We%20Will%20Do.mp3]
Okay, so in the middle of this review, I had to stop to watch the Ultra announcement. Now, I’m just hyped up, so excuse my hyper-ness? Anyways, this track will keep you wanting more until the last 30 seconds when, boom!
6. “Happy Violence” by Dada Life[audio:http://www.pumpthebeat.com/wp-content/Upload/06%20Happy%20Violence.mp3]
This is another amazing track. With anything that Dada Life uses with vocals, things just turn out to be good. “Happy Violence” is the type of song that will just vibe throughout your head. I don’t know if that made sense on paper, so just listen to it. You’ll have a good time.
7. “Rolling Stones T-Shirt”by Dada Life[audio:http://www.pumpthebeat.com/wp-content/Upload/07%20Rolling%20Stones%20T-Shirt.mp3]
Another track we’ve seen before. But who cares, it’s fucking Dada Life. Again, like “Happy Violence,” this track works incredibly well. Although there aren’t any huge “drops” or any of the other gimmicky EDM tricks, this track is able to stand on its own with such a nice progression.
8. “Bass Don’t Cry” by Dada Life[audio:http://www.pumpthebeat.com/wp-content/Upload/08%20Bass%20Don’t%20Cry.mp3]
This build has kind of a “Rage Valley” drum build, alongside the fat bass that we’ve been hearing throughout the entire album. Again, this track is another one of those plain progressions. But like I said before, there’s nothing wrong with simplicity. This track can definitely build a crowd’s energy.
9. “Everything Is Free” by Dada Life
So, according to Dada Life, “Everything Is Free.” We get carried through a series of interesting cuts and bass drops throughout the main lead melody. Dada Life doesn’t fuck around when it comes to their leads. They go all or nothing. This is why I love Dada Life.
10. “Boing Clash Boom” by Dada Life[audio:http://www.pumpthebeat.com/wp-content/Upload/10%20Boing%20Clash%20Boom.mp3]
Again, this track is something we heard last week. So, this was expected. But regardless, when this came up just now, I still was taken by surprise again. I knew the “hardstyle-esque” drop would hit, but I was still convincing myself that there would be that fat bass drop. Nope. You’ll love the sounds though, this track is dope.
11. “Don’t Stop” by Dada Life[audio:http://www.pumpthebeat.com/wp-content/Upload/11%20Don’t%20Stop.mp3]
Dada Life brings you down easy. From an array of crazy tracks, you’re gonna have to ease yourself down somehow. But even then, Dada Life still puts their all into this track. Amazing album.
So, what kept this almost perfect album from getting a 5? A few things. Don’t get me wrong, personally, I would be all over a slightly higher score, like a 4.8/4.9. But when I reviewed this album, I also had to consider the non-Dada Life fan who would be listening to this album to try and experience what “EDM” is all about. Yes, they have massive songs like “Feed The Dada” which would get anyone all hyped up, but I think some of the songs could have been amp’ed up just a little bit more. Don’t get me wrong, this album is amazing, and that’s why it’s getting a 4.75. So, to Olle and Stefan, can’t wait to see you guys on Halloween. Bounce Music Festival will tear it up here in Bloomington, IN. Now, for the rest of my week, I have a ton of exams, so an advance apology in the lack of posts from me. Hopefully, this album can hold you down.