Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

Blacklist ft. Carla’s Dreams – Tequila

A Moldovan track that sounds exactly like its title…


Thomas Inskeep: 60 years ago next month, the #1 record in the US was “Tequila” by the Champs, a largely instrumental party track that spent 6 weeks atop the chart. It’s a silly yet vibrant record, anchored by its lead sax, squonking all over the place. Kids just getting down with rock’n’roll (then still in its infancy) couldn’t help but dance to it. This “Tequila,” on the other hand, is a fairly generic EDM track with fairly generic talk/rapped vocals; since Carla’s Dreams are Moldovan, I don’t know what they’re saying, but I can’t imagine it’s very substantive. And it definitely does not make me want to dance. Or hear it again. Ever.

Alfred Soto: These Moldovan acts put some slink into their tune and concocted a catchy as hell sequencer line. Even without understanding a syllable, though, I was pummeled by the sheer number of words.

Ashley John: The pace of “Tequila” is satisfying, albeit predictable. The thread of the beat underneath the pauses and accelerations are grounding while the vocalists prance all over it. Carla’s Dreams have done more interesting things with their last album, but “Tequila” is a simple, Coke ad worthy track and that’s just fine too. 

Iain Mew: The broken up fanfares of the pre-chorus and drops are great; I’d love to hear an interesting song and/or vocalist do something with them.

Edward Okulicz: Party-ready, loud, blaring like any number of Anglophone dance hits, which is a good start. I love the sound of the Romanian language, and therefore by rights this should be unstoppable. But the actual vocals seem bereft of any personality or variation, so it comes across like a rapid-fire succession of weak punches. But the fanfare is fun (funfare?) and I would get down to this so hard in a confined dancefloor setting.

Juana Giaimo: A classic dance track for clubs with a boring drop that won’t be enough to erase your bad memories involving tequila.

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