March 27, 2009

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Oceana - Body Rock

There has been considerable buzz surrounding this song ever since it was featured on Wayne G's recent Atlantis compilation for Tommy Boy earlier this year. Junior Vasquez also featured it on his new comp which came out earlier this week. The wait is finally over as the full remix package was released today (on a limited basis).

"Body Rock" is a club anthem in every sense of the word. Oceana's powerful vocal performance really drives this song home. There are a number of mixes that will help this track fit into a variety of sets.

The main mix by Nikolas & Sibley is a nice light Dance/Pop confection. Perfect for Dance radio. Wayne G & Luke Johnstone take things in a harder direction. Manny Lehman's has some deep synths, but not-so-hard beats. It's not as big room-ish as the name implies, but is pleasant. On the dub version of his mix, it works a lot better. The vocal loops are interesting and the 12:45 length just flies by. Jamie J. Sanchez's continues in that direction. Twisted Dee's is a bit more peak hour-ish as well. Dave Aude also delivers something that is in that same vein. His could work well on Dance radio too. The real gem of this package is the Tony Moran mix. It's a hard, driving peak hour epic. It's really beautiful. Rafael M's mix doesn't really go very far. It's really minimal. It lacks the energy and joy that all the others have plenty of.

Overall, the package is exquisite. This will be one of the year's biggest successes.

Masterbeat is selling the mixes as an exclusive for now. The mixes are spread out over two parts, both of which are available at this time. Other digital stores will have the mixes in the coming weeks.

Grade: A+


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