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LABEL: Sheffield Tunes RELEASE DATE: August 10, 2007 GENRE: Jumpstyle
// review by SoyBomb

Scooter takes yet another style detour.

Alex Trebek would probably burst into flames if this was an answer on Jeopardy!. I've wondering for a long time what is going on with this Scooter single's title. If the question is "What is the question?", then the answer must be the same, right? I could debate the intricate meaning of the title for hours on end, but I don't have that kind of patience. Let's all just assume that frontman H.P. Baxxter thought it up during some insane lyrical tangent, accept it, and move on. Alright, enough babbling nonsense. The real question is whether or not the single is of good quality or not.

For this new single (which didn't arrive from their previous studio album, "The Ultimate Aural Orgasm", as previously expected), Scooter has decided to adopt a new style of music here: jumpstyle. What exactly is jumpstyle music, you ask? Well... it's... um... I guess you could say it's sort of a mixture between house music and that übercheesy German dance stuff that is churned out every day; it is also very heavily influenced by the clap (the sound of clapping, not the sexually transmitted disease of the same name!). Its primary purpose, however, is to get the crowds jumping up in the air. In fact, there's even a particular dancing style (jumpstyle, of course) associated with it that originated in Belgium in the 1990s. Jumpstyling is in the forefront in the music video too, as a jumpstyle troupe does their dancing jigs in a variety of locales in the Netherlands (which the Scooter official website has touted as 'the home of jumpstyle', which isn't quite the case). I tried jumpstyling a few times myself; I just end up being short of breath and unamused. Oh well.

First and foremost is the radio edit, which is what most of the public will hear on their local radio stations or on TV with the aid of the flashy but ultimately simplistic music video. The song starts off with one of Scooter's classic trademarks: the high-pitched voice, singing the chorus of "How Do You Do" by Mouth & MacNeal. Originally a folksy but uplifting tune by the duet released in 1971, it has been re-used here to help bring a joyous atmosphere to Scooter's new jumpstyle sensation. The high-pitched chorus is utilized between bouts of scruffy bass and the ominous shouts of H.P. Baxxter (which are actually slightly more harmonious with the beat than usual). However, the primary focus is on the chorus, and it's pretty damn catchy, even if they didn't compose it themselves. The instrumental aspect is full of claps and striking synths that is sure to make the jumpstylers jump. The only problem I have in this instance is that the track does sound as though it was pieced together in a very short period of time. There could always have been some more polish on this track. Now while I do give Scooter praise for the happy new direction of their music this single has brought, I can't say the track is altogether unique. Besides the obvious chorus rip, there has also been a similar jumpstyle track released recently: "How Do You Do?" by the Party Animals. The two tracks bear numerous similarities, and one can't help but wonder whether Scooter stole the idea for the song by them or not. I am not going to include this little factoid in mind when I deliver the final rating, but it should be duly noted.

Next up are a couple of superfluous mixes, intended only for the disc jockeys, if they were to employ this CD for mixing purposes during one of their sets. The 'A Little Higher' Clubmix takes out H.P.'s vocals but implants a vocal sample shouting "Jump! Jump! A little higher!" repeatedly into the introductory beats section. I've heard that sample somewhere before... but it sounds goofy and unprofessional anyhow, and shouldn't be here. And the Extended Mix is just that: an extension of the radio edit. Just put additional beats before and after the radio edit and you have the extended version. I don't quite understand why the average consumer would want these versions, but hey, you get what you get.

Finally, there is a B-side. The Fish Is Jumping is a jumpstyle remake of the main melody behind their 1998 hit "How Much Is The Fish?" Although the old question is not answered, this track will nevertheless perk you up if you're tired. Beginning with a vocoded H.P. saying "Fish is jumping, fish is jumping, jump is fishing, jump is fishing", showing off his ability to interpolate words. Yeehaw. After some hardstyle beats, the main melody kicks in with whistling and eventually a hard synth to pound the melody into your brain for good. And don't forget the claps; they are omnipresent! While this by itself is a track that many can jump to and enjoy, it still has that ominous feeling about it that it was produced in a short period of time. This is compounded by the fact that it's really just a re-hashing of old ideas, as opposed to their usual ability to create new B-sides that are diverse and occasionally even a bit weird (like "Te Quiero", featured on the Lass Uns Tanzen single released in March of the same year).

To summarize all of this, I'm going to simply state that this is a single of DECENT quality. It's not their best work yet, but it's certainly far from their worst as well. I guess this is just a single to fill the void between albums (the next one has been released three months later). Scooter fans will eat this one up like steaks at a beef convention, and it's certainly a good experiment with a different style of music, but I know the guys of Scooter are capable of wowing me even more in the future.

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