December 28, 2012

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DJ JST featuring Jenn Cuneta - Nothing Compares 2 U (Remixes Part 2)

(Part 1 reviewed here back in June)
Their lovely dancefloor-oriented cover of the Prince-penned song "Nothing Compares 2 U", originally recorded by Sinead O'Connor has a second set of remixes. The additional mixes are by Barona & Hull, Jason Jayma, and Glenn Friscia & Frank Lamboy. Barona & Hull's mix is actually a radio edit of their already wonderful dark circuit/trance mix from the first release. Jason Jayma's mix really shines in its extended version with the gothic synths and hard tribal drums. The edit it nice too, but it's best enjoyed long. Friscia & Lamboy's mix is very atmospheric and has a lovely 80s synthpop feel, however, it has some contemporary electro synths too. Every version is great! Overall, Jason Jayma's mix is the best of the bunch.

-Purchase the new mixes here (iTunes)

Grade: A

December 24, 2012

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Jay Sean - So High (Remixes)

This is the latest single from the R&B singer's forthcoming new album. Produced by Afrojack, the electro/pop track is super catchy and perfect for the clubs and radio. There are some remixes by Ralphi Rosario and Papercha$er. Ralphi's main mix and edit are mainstream big room mixes while the dub packs a greater punch. The production on the dub is slightly different. Papercha$er's mixes are very synthy during the vocal sections, however the instrumental bits consist of noisy electro. Overall, the Ralphi mixes are the better ones.

Listen to the original mix here (YouTube)

Grade: A-

December 21, 2012

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Kristine W - One More Try

Her 2nd number one hit from the mid 90s has been given new life in this special video about how so much help is needed for those affected by superstorm Sandy. Please take the time to view the video and donate to some of the organizations mentioned in the end credits if you haven't done so already.

December 19, 2012

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Coming Soon: Freemasons feat Katherine Ellis - Tears

The UK duo known for their Disco-drenched House productions are back with a brand new single to be released soon featuring Dance diva Katherine Ellis. The production is a slight departure from their usual as it has some more Electro influences and much bigger synths than we are used to. However, the excellent soulful Gospel vocals by Katherine bring it all together. Overall, this song is shaping up to be another hit for them. Look out for this in the next few weeks.

December 18, 2012

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Sir Ari Gold - Play My F**kn Record

Don't judge a song by its title. Sri Ari Gold's latest single gets right to the point: he wants the DJ to play his record now! The fun song is extremely catchy Ari delivers with the vocals as he usually does. The song's chorus with the f-bombs might turn off some but it fits in so seamlessly that it almost doesn't feel that profane and is sort of cute.

The original is in an Electro/Dance/Pop style. There are plenty of remixes by Country Club Martini Crew, Radboy, Oliver Watts, bDb, Jared Jones, and Shayne B. Country Club Martini Crew's mix is in a similar style as the original but makes the song more suitable for the dancefloor. Radboy and Oliver Watts deliver two great big room mixes with great synths, hard beats, and plenty of bass. bDb's tribal mix has great percussion. The Jared Jones mix is the definitive big room and circuit mix with its massive synths and beats. Shayne B's twisted electro mix is very contemporary. Overall, every mix is great with Country Club Martini Crew, Oliver Watts, and Jared Jones mixes being the standouts.

As Aris is an independent artist, he is trying an unorthodox method of raising money to fund his current music projects He is using IndieGoGo to raise money for the music video, an upcoming remix album, documentary, tour, and promotion. If you wish to donate money to help with his projects, go to his IndieGoGo page here. Additional details about the nature of each part of the projects is there. And he has an eye catching promotional video to draw further attention to this project on YouTube (slightly NSFW)

-Buy the digital single here (iTunes)

Grade: A

(note: this blog was not paid/compensated to endorse or promote this release)

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Priyanka Chopra - In My City (Remixes)

After releasing her first single a few months ago, the remix EP has now been released. R3hab & ZROQ, Maestro, LA Riots, Morris, Wideboys, ANSOL, and Rishi Rich provide remixes for the RedOne produced track. R3hab & ZROQ's mix is extremely noisy and not for the faint of heart. Maestro's is a little better but it just feels too repetitive. The LA Riots mix is on the chill side with just a hint of electro. The Mr. Morris mix is downtempo and in a mild dubstep style. It's close to the original. This would be a perfect alternative to the original for radio to play. The Wideboys mix is bassline driven with some nice drops and complements the vocals well. The ANSOL mix is a big room electro mix. The best mix of the bunch is the Rishi Rich one. The use of Indian instruments with modern dance beats works so well.

Listen to clips of all the mixes here:

Purchase the digital single here (iTunes)

Grade: B (for the overall remix package), A- (for the Rishi Rich mix)

December 11, 2012

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Miasha - Everybody's Beautiful (Peter Rauhofer mixes)

Previously reviewed in November, the Peter Rauhofer club mix of the positive song is now available to stream.

It's a hard-hitting almost full vocal mix that stays close to the original with that lovely beatless piano section which begins the song.

Purchase the mix here (iTunes)

Grade: A

December 7, 2012

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Tamar Braxton - Love and War

She was a member of her sisters' group The Braxtons and even embarked upon a solo career at the start of the 2000s. Hot on the heels of her family's reality show, she is trying again with the new single "Love and War." It is a massive R&B power ballad that brilliantly showcases her gorgeous voice. The lyrics are easy for many to relate to so it will resonate well. Melodically, this song calls to mind Keyshia Cole's "Trust and Believe". This song is screaming for a massive club mix. Overall, this song is sure to help Tamar finally make it as a solo recording artist.

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

Grade: A

December 6, 2012

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Adele - Skyfall (Nick Harvey mixes)

The latest 007 theme song sung by British songstress Adele has now been remixed for the clubs. There are plenty of mixes making the rounds, however, the Nick Harvey ones are easily the best of the bunch.

Nick beautifully preserves the already dark and dramatic atmosphere of the original and takes it up several notches. Some of the instrumental parts take on an exciting, almost dangerous feel just as the Bond films usually are. It's a big room full vocal treatment that works very well. Listen to them and download them for a limited time only.

Club Mix Radio Edit

Grade: A

December 5, 2012

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2013 Grammy Nominations

The nominations for the 2013 Grammys are out now! The full list can be viewed here (Grammys official website).

These are the Dance/Electronic genre and Remixer nominations.

9. Best Dance Recording

Tim Bergling & Ash Pournouri, producers; Tim Bergling, mixer
[Levels/Atom Empire/Interscope]

Let's Go
Calvin Harris Featuring Ne-Yo
Calvin Harris, producer; Calvin Harris, mixer
[Ultra Music]

Skrillex Featuring Sirah
Skrillex, producer; Skrillex, mixer
Track from: Bangarang
[OWSLA/Big Beat/Atlantic]

Don't You Worry Child
Swedish House Mafia Featuring John Martin
Steve Angello, Axwell & Sebastian Ingrosso, producers; Steve Angello, Axwell & Sebastian Ingrosso, mixers

I Can't Live Without You
Al Walser
Al Walser, producer; Al Walser, mixer
[Cut The Bull Entertainment]

10. Best Dance/Electronica Album

Steve Aoki
[Ultra Music/ Dim Mak]

Don't Think
The Chemical Brothers

> Album Title Goes Here <
[Mau5trap Recordings/Ultra Music]

Fire & Ice
[Ultra Music]

[OWSLA/Big Beat/Atlantic]

68. Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical

In My Mind (Axwell Remix)
Axel Hedfors, remixer (Ivan Gough & Feenixpawl Featuring Georgi Kay)
[Neon Records/Axtone/Big Beat Records]

Lie Down In Darkness (Photek Remix)
Photek, remixer (Moby)
Track from: Destroyed Remixed
[Little Idiot]

Midnight City (Eric Prydz Private Remix)
Eric Prydz, remixer (M83)

Promises (Skrillex & Nero Remix)
Skrillex, remixer (Nero)

The Veldt (Tommy Trash Remix)
Thomas Olsen, remixer (Deadmau5 Featuring Chris James)
[Ultra Music]
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Colton Ford - Let Me Live Again (Remixes)

The main versions of this uplifting, inspirational song were released last year however, new remixes of this have been done by Wawa, Director's Cut (Eric Kupper & Frankie Knuckles), Craig C, JC, Tony Moran & Warren Rigg, and Bill Bennett & Tyler Nelson. Colton delivers one of his best vocal performances to date on this heartfelt song. Wawa, who also produced it, provides three main versions. The Club Mix is a synthy electro house production with the vocals heavily reverbed. The Original Back To Mine mix is a variation on their main mix but certain elements have been played up. This one sounds most like a Freemasons mix. The Endless Summer mix is more tribal. The Director's Cut beautiful 90s Disco House throwback. Craig C's mix almost seems to pick up where the second Wawa mix left off and is just a bit more uptempo and "hands in the air" sounding. JC's mix has aggressive electro synth stabs and soulful sections. Tony Moran & Warren Rigg's mix begins like their usual anthemic mixes, however, the piano loops throughout it add a little something extra. Bill Bennett & Tyler Nelson's is very pretty as well with the uplifting synthwork. Overall, the second Wawa, Director's Cut, and Tony Moran & Warren Rigg mixes are the best of the bunch, even though all of the mixes are quite good.

-Listen to the original here (YouTube)
-Listen to clips of all the mixes and buy them here (Amazon)

Grade: A
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