Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Big Banana - Havana Brown

Song: Big Banana
Artist: Havana Brown
Album: Flashing Lights

I was in Ft. Lauderdale, FL last month and mid-evening was getting drinks at a popular local video bar with a large group of friends when sometime in the middle of round three a music video came on with a sort of abrasive song that demanded attention... it was "Big Banana" by Havana Brown and it pretty much stopped conversation for the whole group.  Who and what the Hell was this?!?

Havana Brown is an Australian DJ, Writer, Dancer, Singer who got her start as a DJ for Island Records Australia which lead to opening slots on some high-profile tours including Enrique Iglesias, Britney Spears, Pussycat Dolls, Rihanna, and Chris Brown.  Her debut as a recording artist came in 2011 with "We Run the Night," which was subsequently remixed with Pitbull, getting the Melbourne native increased exposure.

She has since released an EP which contained "Night," and her debut album Flashing Lights was released in October of last year.  It's a Pop-Club record with production from such remix kings as Afrojack, R3hab, Darkchild, and RedOne.  Funny enough, when listening to "Big Banana" I was reminded of the RedOne production "Starships," not that they sound similar, but are just big, loud, abrasive, and kind of dumb... yet fill a very specific need.  Incidentally, "Big Banana" isn't a RedOne production (though he did two other tracks on the album) it's R3hab, best known for production work with Infected Mushroom and remixes for Lady Gaga, LMFAO, & Calvin Harris amongst others.

There's a good chance you won't really like this... it's pretty abrasive, but silly/ridiculous and doesn't take itself too seriously.  Probably best to watch the head-scratcher of a music video with your first listen/view.  You might also want to be drunk.


Big Banana
We Run the Night
Flashing Lights

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