November 25, 2014

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Lisa McGlown - Rejoice! (Novogain Remix)

This is the proper clubland debut of the Gospel/Jazz singer-songwriter. She famously co-wrote the song "Reap (What You Sow)" recorded by Gospel artist Vernessa Mitchell. The song is notable because it was eventually remixed by Junior Vasquez and Joe Carrano and it led to Vernessa reaching a whole new audience with the remixed versions of her inspirational songs. The message of "Rejoice!" is powerful and beautiful. NovoGain has remixed this one into an anthem. It even incorporates some instrumental references to "Reap (What You Sow)". Lisa's vocals soar over the thundering production.

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Jenna Drey - Making Me Love Again (Remixes)

The Dance/Pop diva is back with another catchy song that is sure to be a classic. It is in a similar vein as her earlier hits. She sounds fantastic. All of the remixes on this package are in an uplifting big room style. Amy Alderman, Griffin White, Mission Groove, and QUBIQ provide the remixes. Amy Alderman's dark treatment is perfect for peak hour with the massive synths and drums. Griffin White's mix is a little lighter but it still packs a punch. Mission Groove's mix is on the techy side. It's better suited for the afterhours. QUBIQ's mix is very synthy and has a slight Hi Nrg feel. Overall, every remix is excellent!

Purchase the single here (Beatport)

Grade: A

November 11, 2014

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Nick Jonas - Nick Jonas (Deluxe Edition)

Nick's highly anticipated first solo album since splitting with his brothers Joe and Kevin has him shedding his squeaky clean image and taking on the role of the bad boy. Sex is clearly on his mind as evidenced by the racy photoshoots he did that were a homage to Mark Wahlberg's iconic Calvin Klein ad campaigns nearly 20 years ago. Nick has commented in numerous interviews that this album is meant to be suitable for playing in the bedroom while one gets down and dirty, and he was absolutely right. The R&B and Pop fusion that is the significant majority of the album has a distinct sexiness to it. The album is in the same aesthetic as Justin Timberlake's acclaimed first two solo albums. The album is strongly influenced by the work of Michael Jackson, Morris Day, Prince, and R. Kelly. Nick's voice is meant for music of this nature and he does a great job of showcasing all aspects of it. It is easily one of the best albums of the year. There are many highlights from the playful "Jealous" to the ambient "Chains" and the experimental "Numb." He does incorporate a little bit of 80s Synthpop on the hypnotic "Teacher" and the hooky "Wilderness." He also incorporates the 80s Power Ballad in the form of "Avalanche" with close friend Demi Lovato. Every song is a gem. "Teacher", "Wilderness", and "Avalanche" are begging to be future singles

Purchase the album here (iTunes)

Grade: A

November 8, 2014

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Tony Moran feat Debby Holiday - I Like You

Tony Moran has teamed up with Dance diva Debby Holiday to cover Phyllis Nelson's 1985 hit "I Like You". The main version produced by Tony and longtime collaborator Warren Rigg is an uplifting peakhour masterpiece. Debby's vocals are mesmerizing. There are additional remixes by Edson Pride with Leandro Moraes, James Anthony, Nick Bertossi, Phil B with Andy Allder, and Twisted Dee. Edson Pride and Leandro Moraes keep the peakhour vibe of the main mix, however, there's is a tad harder. James Anthony's mixes are much darker and have some dazzling, Trancey synths. Nick Bertossi's mix is more tribal and has some well-timed electro buildups and breakdowns. Phil B & Andy Allder provide a Hi Nrg meets Electro House mix which has a slight 80s vibe. It has a deep bassline. Twisted Dee's mix has a big room Trance flavor to it as well. Every single remix is great with the main one being the best of the bunch, but all are thoroughly enjoyable.

Listen to clips of all the mixes and purchase the single here (Beatport)

Grade: A
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Jublio Drive

Indie Rock group Jublio Drive has been around for a couple of years and they are currently on tour. Their music is in the style of the Classic Rock groups that were in fashion in the 80s, but with a modern twist. "Radio" has the feel of something Depeche Mode or Duran Duran would have done around that that time. "Hidden In Plain Sight" is a light Rock instrumental track begging for some vocals. This group has tremendous potential to be huge in the near future. Please take a moment to check out these two songs!

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