Heading up the soundtrack to upcoming comic book adaptation Kick-Ass 2, ‘Earthquake’ is as brash and primary coloured as the characters in the film. Even the video gets in on the act, featuring a bunch of would be superheroes dressed in homemade costumes strutting their stuff through an exploding New York City. From the off it’s clear that this is a triumph if synergistic (ugh) marketing, but it also happens to be a pretty banging tune too.
At the very least, it comes highly recommended. By DJ Fresh’s cat, who served as a sounding board during the song’s development.
“Mama is a strange cat. She looks 30 degrees off to the side when she wants to look at you,’ he told The Daily Star. “I really enjoyed myself, testing out Earthquake’s beat drops. Mama started twitching and it was so funny watching her that I thought: ‘I must be doing something right.’”
Should feline endorsements not be enough for you, we’re pleased to report that Mama seems to have got this one right. It’s a suitably super-sized trap track, liberally sprinkled with bass detonations, electronic shrieks ad tortured synths. Florida rapper Dominique Young Unique ties it all together with some enjoyably sleazy verses. It’s all the more impressive as she wasn’t Fresh and Diplo’s first choice, only getting the nod when Angel Haze took the beat and turned it without permission into a diss track as part of her interminable beef with Azealia Banks. Haze’s loss is our gain as Dominique does more than enough here to pique curiosity for her own forthcoming album. Keep your eyes peeled.