We're pretty sure that Duck Sauce exists for no reason besides giving A-Trak and Armand Van Helden an excuse to have as much fun as possible together reveling in big disco house excess, and that's exactly what happened when the pair took the Main Stage at Ultra Music Festival yesterday.
The Sauce specializes in updating vocal samples from tracks that might have gathered a bit of dust since the days of Studio 54 or the Paradise Garage. Once we square away any lingering appropriation issues, it's an aim we totally support. Especially at a time when so much EDM seems hyper-masculine. (Uh, you know, whatever it is dubstep has turned into lately.) So we're glad there's room on Ultra's Main Stage for a duo that makes us want to boogie down like we just did lines off a go-go with Bianca Jagger and Halston.
With only an EP and two other singles under its belt, Duck Sauce is overdue for a proper album. Almost a year ago, A-Trak told BlackBook that all the tracks for the duo's debut were pretty much done. And even though there's been little news on that front in the last 11 months, it seems the band has a hefty cache of songs ready to unload onto the world in recorded format, if only judging from last night's Ultra set.
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The band's set was structured around its best-known singles: "aNYway" and "Big Bad Wolf" punctuated the beginning and middle, respectively; and obviously "Barbara Streisand" closed out the show. The three other tracks from the EP, Greatest Hits, filled out the remainder along with some unreleased stuff.
Our ears were most piqued, though, by the band's remix/remake/sampling/whatever of Bumblee Unlimited's kitsch disco classic "Lady Bug," a track we haven't heard much of since Annie dropped it on her DJ-Kicks album in 2005. (See an approximate set-list, along with whatever vocal samples we were able to clock below.)
Of course, we can't really blame the guys for lagging on the album front. They're both pretty busy with their solo careers. (Only a few hours earlier, A-Trak was playing a solo set at Ultra. And later, he made a semi-secret stop at Grand Central for his now-annual Fool's Gold Miami party.) So as long as they're dropping the tracks on the dance floor, we'll wait a little longer until we can hear some new Duck Sauce in our earbuds.