‘Wicked Game‘ for 2021 does house where there’s more than meets the ear, instantly recognizable from its opening chords and with the same languid mindset as Chris Isaak’s classic love song. Lara Samira mixes innocence with hazy allure, and Maxé, recognizing the source material’s doomed air, offers dark, slow-burning shades while keeping high energy horns at bay, including an unexpected outbreak of Mariachi imagery. Shadowy club appears to be well aware of what you did last summer.
The latest winning formula devised by Italian-German producer Maxé and Berlin-based singer-songwriter Lara Samira is ‘Wicked Game.’ The duo collaborated on two Soave releases this year, both of which showcased the duo’s ability to reinterpret well-known pop and R&B. Maxé has rubbed shoulders with the cream of US hip-hop and hung around the upper echelons of the Beatport and iTunes charts, also scooping a major EA Sports crossover. Lara Samira made a name for herself on Germany’s version of ‘The Voice’, going on to tour in front of thousands after an extended run across the nation’s households.