Lost Kings & Jessame Want A “Bad” Mama Jama: Premiere

Carl Williott | September 23, 2015 6:59 am

American DJ duo Lost Kings, comprising Robert Gainley and Dr. No, started the way many artistic collaborations do: over a bottle of whiskey. And now, after a year spent touring and remixing artists as varied as Tori Kelly, Imagine Dragons and Vance Joy, the guys are getting ready to drop their debut EP in October. And we jumped at the chance to premiere lead single “Bad,” featuring newcomer Jessame on vocals, as it’s both a sparkling disco-house workout and a spiraling pop anthem.

As any good house banger should, this trebly track loops soulful vocals atop canned strings, insistent pianos and handclaps — but when Jessame’s falsetto breaks out into a swirling hook kicked off by an interpolation of Carl Carlton‘s funk classic “She’s A Bad Mama Jama,” that’s when things really take off.

“‘Bad’ really speaks to who we are as musicians and transmits feel good vibes,” Lost Kings told us. “We wanted to attain that old funk sound, mixed with some disco/R&B vocals. We really tried to create something timeless. We feel it’s a perfect blend of some of the sounds that inspire us most.”

Get out your glitter ball and stream “Bad” below.