Duck Sauce

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Duck Sauce
Armand Van Helden and A-Trak
Background information
Origin New York City, New York, United States
Genres House
Years active 2009–present
Labels Fool's Gold Records, Casablanca Records, Republic Records, Ministry of Sound Australia
Members Armand Van Helden

Duck Sauce is an American/Canadian DJ duo consisting of Armand Van Helden and A-Trak. The duo is signed to Casablanca Records, Republic Records and Ministry of Sound Australia.


The pair aims to produce disco house tracks that will appeal to club DJs.

Their first tracks are "aNYway" and "You're Nasty". The track "aNYway" capitalizes "NY" to signify their origins in New York. The song is sampled from "I Can Do It" by Final Edition. Their debut EP, Greatest Hits was released on July 15, 2010.

In the summer of 2010, Duck Sauce released a track called "Barbra Streisand", named after the singer of the same name. The track heavily samples the 1979 song "Gotta Go Home" by Boney M., which itself is based upon the original tune "Hallo Bimmelbahn" by the German band Nighttrain. The famous hookline is written by Heinz Huth. "Barbra Streisand" was first played at Miami Winter Music Conference in 2010, and gained heavy DJ and radio support in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Norway, Austria, Poland (Polskie Radio 4), France, Finland, Romania, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Sri Lanka. In Australia, "Barbra Streisand" was first heard on the radio station Triple J, while in New Zealand it made its debut on Auckland student radio station 95bFM. The song has since also moved to various commercial radio stations and has increased in popularity. In the UK the song peaked at #3 on the UK Singles Chart and reached #1 on the Australian ARIA Club Chart as of 12 September 2010. For Billboard magazine week ending December 18, 2010, the song reached the #1 position on the Dance/Club Play Songs chart.[1][2] On April 26, 2011, the song was featured in Glee's 18th episode in their second season entitled "Born This Way". The song is also featured in the Vitamin Water Revive commercial.[3] The "Barbra Streisand" music video has over 69 million views.[4]

"Big Bad Wolf" was released by Duck Sauce in 2011 on BBC radio and samples wolves howling. The music video features genitalia replaced by human heads. A-Trak notes "When Keith came up with this idea of 'crotchfaces,' we just thought it was hilarious."[5]

On June 6, 2013, announced via Facebook, a preview of the song "It's You" was shown, with the full song released on June 25, 2013. "It's You" samples the track by the same name from FirstCom’s OneMusic library.[6] The music video features in a barber shop transformed into a surreal dance party which comes to life with the beat of the song. The music video earned them a nomination at the MTV Video Music Awards hosted on August 25, 2013 held in Brooklyn, New York.

In October of the same year they released "Radio Stereo". The track is a typically infectious Duck Sauce reworking of “Radio”, a chart-topping track from 1982, written by Members guitarist Nigel Bennett. An Australian hit for UK punk act The Members, “Radio” was produced by legendary late 70's/early 80's punk and new wave Brit producer Martin Rushent, who also produced for the Human League, Altered Images and Buzzcocks. The original chorus, “We listen to the radio! It’s better than the stereo” is looped over Duck Sauce’s trademark driving, funky bass and playful sampling.

Songwriter Nigel Bennett was quoted saying that he was happy that Duck Sauce discovered his song and loved what they've done with "Radio Stereo."

In early 2014 Duck Sauce announced a full album entited "Quack" to be released through Fool's Gold Records. The album features 12 songs by the duo, including the aforementioned "Barbra Streisand" and previously released singles like "Its You" and "Radio Stereo".


  1. Chariots of the Gods (featuring Rockets)
  2. Charlie Chazz and Rappin Ralph
  3. It's You
  4. Goody Two Shoes
  5. Radio Stereo
  6. aNYway
  7. NRG
  8. Everyone (featuring Teddy Toothpick)
  9. Call me
  10. Barbra Streisand
  11. Spandex
  12. Time Waits For No One

Show - Tour Dates 2013[edit]

  • 8/03/2013: Hard Summer - Los Angeles (USA)
  • 8/15/2013: Pukkelpop 2013 - Hasselt (Belgium)
  • 9/02/2013: Day Off - New York (USA)
  • 9/08/2013: Block Party 2013 - London (Ontario, Canada)

Show - Tour Dates 2014[edit]

  • 4/13/2014: Coachella 2014 - Indio, CA (USA)
  • 4/20/2014: Coachella 2014 - Indio, CA (USA)
  • 8/09/2014: Outside Land Festival - San Francisco (USA)


Extended plays[edit]

Year Title
2010 Greatest Hits


Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications Album
2009 "aNYway" 22 Quack
2010 "Barbra Streisand" 89 9 1 1 3 3 2 2 1 3
2011 "Big Bad Wolf" 16 79 non-album single
2013 "It's You" 96 47 Quack
"Radio Stereo" 103
2014 "NRG"


Year Title
2014 QUACK

Awards and Nominations[edit]

International Dance Music Awards[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
2011 Barbra Streisand Best Break-Through Artist Nominated
Barbra Streisand Best Best House/Garage Track Nominated
Best Underground Dance Track Won
2012 Big Bad Wolf Won
Best Music Video Nominated
Big Bad Wolf Best Artist - Group Nominated
2013 It's You Best Visual Effects: MTV Awards Nominated

Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
2012 Barbra Streisand Best Dance Recording Nominated

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Dance/Club Play Songs. Billboard.
  2. ^ ARIA Club Chart
  3. ^ Vitamin Water Revive Commercial. YouTube. April 18, 2011.
  4. ^ "Duck Sauce - Barbra Streisand (Official Music Video)". YouTube. 
  5. ^ Big Bad Wolf Rolling Stones Videos. October 24, 2011.
  6. ^ OneMusic Track Sampled in Duck Sauce's New Single FirstCom Music. June 25, 2013.
  7. ^
  8. ^ "Duck Sauce US Singles". Retrieved 2013-11-28. 
  9. ^ "Duck Sauce Australian Singles". Retrieved 2013-11-28. 
  10. ^ "Duck Sauce Austrian Singles". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2013-11-28. 
  11. ^ "Duck Sauce Belgian Singles". ULTRATOP & Hung Medien / Retrieved 2013-11-28. 
  12. ^ "Duck Sauce French Singles". Retrieved 2013-11-28. 
  13. ^ "Duck Sauce German Singles". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2013-11-28. 
  14. ^ "Duck Sauce Irish Singles". IRMA 2006 - 2008. Retrieved 2013-11-28. 
  15. ^ "Duck Sauce Ducth Singles". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2013-11-28. 
  16. ^ "Duck Sauce Swiss Singles" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2013-11-28. 
  17. ^ "Duck Sauce UK Singles". Retrieved 2013-11-28. 
  18. ^ "Australian accreditations". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2013-12-02. 
  19. ^ "Finnish accreditations". IFPI Finland. Retrieved 2013-12-02. 
  20. ^ "German Singles Accreditations". Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 2013-12-02. 
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