Duck Sauce

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Duck Sauce
Duck Sauce @ Wellington Square (25 9 2011) (6202052411).jpg
A-Trak (left) and Armand Van Helden (right).
Background information
Origin New York City, New York, United States
Genres House, nu-disco, dance
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, Fool's Gold Records, Republic Records and Ministry of Sound Australia.


The pair aims to produce disco house tracks that will appeal to club DJs.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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".[3] The song is also featured in the Vitamin Water Revive commercial.[4] The "Barbra Streisand" music video has over 69 million views.[5]

"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."[6]

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.[7] 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.[citation needed]

In October of the same year they released "Radio Stereo". The track is a 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.[citation needed]

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."[citation needed]

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". The album's lead single "NRG" samples Melissa Manchester's 1985 track "Energy" and was named Zane Lowe's "Hottest Record in the World" on April 3, 2014.[citation needed]. The album was released on April 15, 2014.



Title Details

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
Greatest Hits


Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications Album
2009 "aNYway" 22 Quack
2010 "Barbra Streisand" 89 9 1 1 3 3 2 1 1 3
2011 "Big Bad Wolf" 16 79
2013 "It's You" 96 47
"Radio Stereo" 103
2014 "NRG" 73 121
2014 "Ring Me"
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Concerts World Tour 2014[edit]

  • 3/27/2014: Adore Club - Miami (USA)
  • 4/13/2014: Coachella 2014 - Indio, CA (USA)
  • 4/20/2014: Coachella 2014 - Indio, CA (USA)
  • 7/04/2014: Olimpyc Park - Calgary (Canada)
  • 7/26/2014: Corona SunSets - Mamitas Beach Club - Playa Del Carmen(Mexico)
  • 8/09/2014: Outside Land Festival - San Francisco (USA)
  • 04/10/2014: Presidente Festival - Dominican Republic (DM)

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


  1. ^ Dance/Club Play Songs. Billboard.
  2. ^ ARIA Club Chart
  3. ^ Futterman, Erica (27 April 2011). "'Glee' Recap: Everyone's Proud to be 'Born This Way'". Rolling Stone (Wenner Media). Retrieved 29 April 2011. 
  4. ^ Vitamin Water Revive Commercial. YouTube. April 18, 2011.
  5. ^ "Duck Sauce - Barbra Streisand (Official Music Video)". YouTube. 
  6. ^ Big Bad Wolf Rolling Stones Videos. October 24, 2011.
  7. ^ OneMusic Track Sampled in Duck Sauce's New Single FirstCom Music. June 25, 2013.
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  19. ^ "Duck Sauce > UK Charts". Official Charts Company. 
  20. ^ "Australian accreditations". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2013-12-02. 
  21. ^ "Finnish accreditations". IFPI Finland. Retrieved 2013-12-02. 
  22. ^ "German Singles Accreditations". Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 2013-12-02. 

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