Review: Claptone “Night On Fire” EP Via Exploited Records

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Claptone

Claptone is a mysterious/anonymous duo based out of Europe that’s been making some major noise in the disco/re-edit/house scenes with their second 12-inch, “CREAM/Good to You”, which dominated the Beatport, Juno, and RA charts for some time. They’re taking advantage of their momentum by having “Night on Fire” in the chamber and ready to fire. They seem to be following a pattern here, as this 12” pairs perfectly with its predecessor, and if it ain’t broke…

“Night on Fire” is a steady deep house disco burner, with dark keys and a female interpretation of the Doors’ “Light My Fire" hook. It might be a little moody for peak hour, but it’s still punchy enough to be a good build- or lead-in track. “Shook” freaks with a strong four-on-the-floor drum pattern, overlaid with a gutbucket vocal hum, building strings and the same sample that was used by Mobb Deep for “Shook Ones, Pt 2.”

No matter how formulaic, both tracks are going to stand up well on a dancefloor, and maintain enough integrity and originality to appease a house head, a hip-hop head and maybe even a weekend warrior.