August 25, 2015

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Nick Jonas - Levels

This is the new single from the heartthrob. There have been rumors that this is from a brand new album that will be released later on, however, there has also been talk of it being from a re-release of his last album. This is cut in the same style as the last album, however, this has a strong 80s Funk/Pop flavor fused with the Dance/Pop of today. It sounds like a lost Prince song. This has the potential to be a big hit for the singer with the right promotion. Nick will be performing this at the MTV VMAs pre-show this weekend.

-Listen to the song here (YouTube)
-Purchase the single here (iTunes)

Grade: A
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Groove Addix feat Chase Silva - Free To Be Me (Part 2)

The uplifting tune released in the Spring has received a second package of remixes by remixers Argonaut, Brian Cua, Darren Burgos, Dr. Brooks, Joel Dickinson, SLM, and Tim Letteer. The Argonaut mix has a deep bassline with some techy elements. Brian Cua delivers a mix in the new Future House style with a hint of EDM sensibilities. Darren Burgos delivers a delightful Deep House mix. The hard, drummy Dr. Brooks mixes are minimally produced but they pack a punch. Joel Dickinson's mix is hard and perfect for peak hour. Tim Letteer delivers a techy Tribal mix with a deep bassline. Overall, every one of these mixes on the second package well-produced.

-Listen to clips and purchase the remix here (Beatport)

Grade: A

August 23, 2015

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Dirty Disco Feat Debby Holiday - Was That All It Was

Originally recorded by Jean Carn in 1980, the R&B/Disco song became a classic at the legendary Saint club. Kym Mazelle and Hannah Jones went on to cover it. The Hannah Jones recording was also quite successful. This new version is faithful to both the original and the Hannah Jones versions. Debby's vocals are powerful and soulful. The main version is a Garage meets Tribal House affair, resembling something that would have been produced by Peter Rauhofer in the 90s as part of his Club 69 project. It captures that sound nicely. There are additional mixes by Leo Frappier, Phil B, Ralphi Rosario, and Space City. Leo Frappier & Phil B deliver a darker Tribal mix which turns this into an anthem. Phil B's solo mix is in a Hi Nrg/Disco House style. Ralphi Rosario's mixes have a Tribal flavor but they are Disco-oriented. The dub brings all the drama. The Space City Dub is minimal and is great for later in the evening. Overall, this is a solid package. It's hard to choose a favorite as all of the mixes are so well-done.

Grade: A

August 9, 2015

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David Morales feat Janice Robinson - There Must Be Love

Nearly several months in the making, this testament to the necessity of love in the world has finally been released. It is the latest collaboration of veteran producer/remixer/DJ David Morales and singer-songwriter Janice Robinson. They have worked together in the past for David's last album Changes and he remixed Janice's underground hit "Earthbeat" in the mid 90s. Janice's vocals are soulful and beautiful. The lyrics are well-thought out and powerful. The Disco Juice remixes are a fusion sound of the glory days of Disco and the melodic House of the 90s. The Piano Intro version starts off with a piano whereas the other one begins with the drums. The World mixes are deeper and a little darker. These recall the classic Red Zone mixes which would usually accompany the mainstream club mixes on a double pack. These are far more dramatic. Ralphi Rosario has also provided a remix which is tribal and darker, however, the vocal sections have some piano elements. Overall, this is an excellent song and every remix works well.

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Grade: A+
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Faithless - Insomnia 2.0

The original is nearly 20 years old and has been remixed and revisited countless times, however, Avicii has done a new remix of this as part of an upcoming Faithless remix collection. The song was a huge hit all over the world. The Monster Mix version of the song based on the original is the most famous. Avicii's remix of it features vocals that have been pitched down and it does contain the famous riff, however this remix lacks the energy and drama that made the original so memorable. Additional remixes are supposed to be released in the next few weeks so hopefully some of the others will stay closer to the original.

Listen to the remix here (YouTube)

Grade: B

August 3, 2015

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Chablis - I Love You Anyway

If you're looking for a positive and uplifting song for your Summer sets, look no further than this one. The original combines traditional piano Gospel music with Hi Nrg beats. The Sylvester-esque vocals are fantastic. The other remixes by Jared Jones are in a 90s Handbag House style. The happy pianos in the latter mixes are an excellent match for the vocals.

Purchase the single here (iTunes) and here (Amazon)

Grade: A

July 27, 2015

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Disclosure feat Sam Smith - Omen

This is the latest single from Disclosure's forthcoming album Caracal. They have reunited with Sam Smith who previously performed vocals on their breakthrough "Latch." Despite the similar pairing, this song is significantly different from their prior collaboration. The song isn't as catchy as the prior outing, however, it appears that is by design and it will be quite the grower. This is far more introspective and a little less mainstream. The production is classic Disclosure, but it's at a lower tempo and has a slight 80s influence. Sam's falsetto-heavy vocals are gorgeous.

-Watch the club themed music video here (YouTube)

Grade: A

July 16, 2015

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Nick Jonas - Teacher (Remixes)

The Jason Evigan-produced song is suggestive and groovy, and it is the next single from the heartthrob's current album. The song is super catchy and has multiple hooks, both lyrical and instrumental. There are remixes by Bassanova, Dave Aude, and Young Bombs. Bassanova's mix fuses Deep House and Dubstep to create an interesting mix. Dave Aude's mix keeps many of the melodic elements of the original and is Giorgio Moroder-esque. The Young Bombs mix is at a lower tempo and is in a Trap style. Overall, all 3 are well-done, though Dave Aude's is the best of the bunch.

Watch the lyric video here

Grade: A

July 4, 2015

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Austin Mahone - Dirty Work

This is the latest single from the teen singer. The Electro influenced R&B/Hip Hop track with a hint of an 80s influence is super catchy and is the first single he has released that showcases his new mature sound. It has the potential to be a big hit throughout the Summer and take Austin's level of fame to the next level and help him to transition from teen star to adult star.

-Listen to a clip and purchase the song here (iTunes)

Grade: A

June 24, 2015

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Live Hart - We Can Change The World

This is the latest single from her album Honesty which was released late last year. It is an inspirational Reggae/Pop song with a simple yet powerful message about how love can change the world. Live Hart's vocals are velvety smooth and blend well with the poppy production. It's an all-around amazing song.

-Listen to the song here (YouTube)
-Purchase the song here (iTunes)

Grade: A
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Janet Jackson - No Sleeep

This is the lead single from the legendary singer's new album due out later this Summer or possibly in the Fall. She has released a couple of singles from other projects here and there, but this is the first proper one. It is a return to form for the singer after the tepid Discipline. Janet has reunited with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis who were responsible for many of her biggest hits. The song is cut in the same style as the smooth R&B of her smash janet. album. It instantly calls to mind the slinky, suggestive "That's The Way Love Goes". Janet sounds sexy and confident and in a very good place now. This is the Janet we have been longing for during these many years.

-Listen to the song here (YouTube)

Grade: A

June 14, 2015

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Madonna feat Nicki Minaj - Bitch I'm Madonna

The Diplo produced Trap/Hip Hop song is the 3rd single from her Rebel Heart album. It has been a fan favorite that went viral after Madonna performed this on Jimmy Fallon's show. It's a catchy, silly song in its original form with Nicki Minaj joining her in the middle. Remixes by Dirty Pop, Fedde Le Grand, Junior Sanchez, Oscar Gaeten, Rosabel, and Sander Kleinenberg will be released later this week on the digital remix EP. Dirty Pop's mix is a hard-hitting mainstream Electro/Tribal one. Fedde Le Grand's swing beat mix incorporates some elements of the original but it has lots of fun vocal effects and stutters. Junior Sanchez goes in a Deep House direction, using just a few re-arranged vocal and instrumental samples. Oscar Gaeten's mix is a tribal dub with just a sprinkling of vocals. Rosabel's main mix uses the most vocals and ends up utilizing the vocals the best. The dub mostly uses Nicki's vocals. Sander Kleinenberg's mix is atmospheric with some cool orchestral and EDM elements. Rosabel's ends up being the best of the bunch.

Grade: B+
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Yinon Yahel feat. Maya Simantov - Take The World

This is the latest collaboration of the Israel-based producer/remixer/DJ Yinon Yahel and singer/songwriter Maya Simantov. They have worked together numerous times in the past on their own songs and with Offer Nissim, with whom several albums were produced. This is in a similar vein as their earlier work, however, this one sounds more contemporary and in line with Yinon's own production style which has a slightly harder Electro influence. Maya's vocals are soft and haunting, particularly in the beatless portions where she is highlighted.

Listen to clips and purchase here (Beatport)

Grade: A
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Prince Royce feat Pitbull & Jennifer Lopez - Back It Up

This is the latest single from the crossover Latin/R&B singer. He teams up with Pitbull and Jennifer Lopez for this fun song which is sure to be massive on radio and dancefloors this Summer. It is a groovy, sexy midtempo which showcases Prince Royce's vocals. Oft used rapper Pitbull and Jennifer Lopez add some flavor to the song. It's a strong collaboration.

-Watch the music video here (YouTube)
-Purchase the song here (iTunes)

Grade: A

May 28, 2015

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GoldNation - Sex Like A Pornstar (Remixes)

This is the first single from the album Soundtrack To Freedom. It's a suggestive, brooding Deep House track with spoken word vocals by Sir Ari Gold that is sure to heat up your Summer sets. Dr. Brooks, Jared Jones, Jose Zaragoza, and Lucius Lowe provide the remixes. The Dr. Brooks mix has a Disco meets Funky House flavor. Jared Jones hardens things up on his mixes. Jose Zaragoza's mix is in a similar vein as the original though it is far more minimal. Lucius Lowe's mixes are sleazy and sexy. Everyone of these mixes is a keeper though the Jared Jones and Lucius Lowe ones are the clear standouts in addition to the original.

Purchase the single here (iTunes) and here (Amazon)

Grade: A
 
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