September 30, 2011

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Robin Thicke - Love After War

This is the lead single off of his forthcoming album of the same name. The song is very smooth and sensual from Robin's delivery to the production. The midtempo R&B production with some Latin drums is just so hypnotic as is the title refrain throughout. The relatable lyrics are so poetic. Everything about this song is simply perfect, and is a great preview of things to come with the new album.

Listen to the song here (Rap Up)

Grade: A+
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Hannah Jones - And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going

The classic song originally sung by Jennifer Holliday from Dreamgirls has been given yet another update featuring the vocals of Hannah Jones. She originally covered this song in 1999. A subsequent re-release in 2006 occurred when the movie version of Dreamgirls starring Beyonce, Jennifer Hudson, and Eddie Murphy was in theaters. Hannah's vocals are really great. This is one of the better renditions. The new Almighty Boys Mix is a lush Hi Nrg/Disco House hybrid. Also included are the original Almighty mix from 2005 and the Xavier Ramirez mix from 1999. The 2005 mix is a Eurodance throwback while Xavier Ramirez offers up a percussive circuit treatment. The new Almighty Boys mix is the standout.

Listen to clips and purchase the CD-r, MP3s, and WAVs here (Almighty's website)

Grade: A-

September 23, 2011

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The Wanted - Lightning

This is the 3rd single off of their second album. It is an uptempo Dance/Pop love song, not deviating too much from the other singles from this album. Despite the similar style, it is just as enjoyable. Lyrically, it is a tad more exciting. The electro/pop production is radio and club ready.

Watch the music video here (YouTube)

It is due for a release at the end of October in the UK.

Grade: A-
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LMFAO - Sexy And I Know It

The L.A.-based duo are at it again with this infectious, hilarious novelty song. It follows in the fashion of several of their earlier singles. The lyrics are really bland and unexciting. The electro-house production is pretty hot though. This one would be quite the floorfiller in the clubs.

The song has gotten even more attention with the risque music video which is unfortunately really unsexy and vulgar.

-View the music video here (YouTube) NSFW
-Buy the song here (iTunes)

Grade: B

September 22, 2011

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Rihanna - We Found Love

Just as the last single from Loud ("Cheers") is still getting some radio airplay, a brand new single from her upcoming 6th album was released. "We Found Love" is produced by Calvin Harris. It is an atmospheric, big room electro-pop song. The song feels as if the vocals were meant for a ballad but then it was remixed into a Dance track. Either way, Rihanna is perfectly in her element on this song. This is a great way to kick off what is sure to be another hit album.

Purchase the song here (iTunes)

Grade: A-

September 21, 2011

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Carlos Nóbrega - Pitiful

This is the first single from newcomer Carlos Nóbrega. The catchy song is strongly influenced by the synthpop of the 1980s. Vocally, Carlos calls to mind Boy George and even a little bit of The Human League. Lyrically, the chorus is extremely memorable. Overall, this is an ambitious first single.

Purchase the song here (iTunes)

Grade: A-

September 13, 2011

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Honey Dijon feat Dajae - Until The Day

Miami's Funky Green Dogs (the duo of Ralph Falcon and Oscar Gaeten with then vocalist Pamela Williams) had a hit with this in 1998 with mixes by Peter Rauhofer, Masters At Work, Superchumbo, and Marshall Hansen. This has been given a deep house makeover courtesy of Honey Dijon with the help of a few people including Alex Kenji, Uner, and Aki Bergen. Legendary singer Dajae does a fine job on the vocals, taking thing in a different direction. Alex Kenji's mix is an electro/house floorfiller. Uner's minimal mix is deeper while Aki Bergen's is much darker slightly industrial sounding.

Listen to clips and purchase the mixes here (Beatport)

Grade: A-

September 1, 2011

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Paul Goodyear feat Caroline Lund - Outlaw

This is indeed a remake of the Olive song from 1997. Caroline Lund nails it vocally, doing great justice to the song. There are many remixes of this on the release, however, the standout versions are by Paul Goodyear, Casey Alva with Solar City, and Wayne G with Andy Allder. Paul Goodyear's trance/circuit mix is uplifting and pretty as it is hard-hitting. An instrumental version is also included on the package. Casey Alva and Solar City's circuit mix is perfect for peak hour play. Wayne G and Andy Allder's circuity electro/tribal mix well-produced as well. The additional mixes not reviewed here are good too.

Listen to clips of the mixes here:

Purchase MP3s and WAVs here (Juno)

 Grade: A
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