Saturday, December 29, 2007

Sometimes You Gotta Do It Yourself...



First things first, If you don't have a copy of Kylie Minogue's new CD "X", you are missing out on truly the best electronic CD of 2007 and arguably one of the best ones ever.

So yes, I'm obsessed with this CD and I was waiting to see how the lead single "2 Hearts" would translate to the dancefloor. I was surprised when all the mixes I did find just didn't cut it for me. There's some interesting ones out there but nothing mainstream with a nice steady thump thump that makes you wanna throw your hands up in the air.

Well, God bless Almighty for doing what they do best: Taking a song and adding a helluvalot of energy to it!

Almighty had Jamie Knight do two cover songs for them (which Almighty is famous for), one being "2 Hearts" and the other is the Leona Lewis smash "Bleeding Love". Both of which are good in their own right and Jamie's voice can parallel Kylie's in some ways but when all's said and done, it's just not Kylie.

However, Almighty released the instrumental of their "2 Hearts" mix and I had the Kylie accapella handy so I re-assigned the tempo of the accapella from the normal 112 it is to Almighty's 129 (thankfully with no distortion!) and started slicing and dicing it over the track.

It was a little difficult as Kylie's phrasing in the original song is very loose and doesn't always coincide with the beats, so having it sped up I had to piece apart almost every line seperately. Thank God I love this song so much cause I needed alot of patience haha!

I'm extremely happy with this mix and I hope that this will please the masses out there!! Feedback is always welcomed!!!

Kylie Minogue - 2 Hearts (John Michael's Almighty Mix)

http://www.mediafire.com/?4x1vgg4nml1

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

DJ Seth Gold, Deko Lounge and Why Gay Parties Run By Straight People Don't Always Work

Before I even allude to what I mean by the title of this blog, I'll give you a little back story.

Somewhere in 1997 I wandered in the Colosseeum Nightclub in Sayerville, NJ for the first time. I was only 17 years old and had never been to a gay club before in my life. At the time, it was some of my sister's friends (she's older) who took me, so it was a whole new world.

I'll never forget what it was like when I opened the door to the main room. It seemed like it all finally just clicked. I found what I was looking for for so long, a place where I could go to be around people who in one aspect were like me. I had no idea about all the intricacies that the gay community could/would hold but that excitement I got then, I still get when I walk into a gay place I've never been before.

For me, it's a symbol of freedom and beyond that, it was a place where I finally belonged.

Now, I'm 27 years old and while I still hold true to that ideal, things have definitely changed. I spent the better part of the last 10 years growing up within the gay community and becoming immersed in the culture but more importantly for me, the music.

Growing up with an older sister, I looked up to her and basically anything she listened to, I was on board.

Some of the first dance songs I ever heard (aside from Freestyle music) were LA Style's "James Brown Is Dead", Nomad's "I Wanna Give You Devotion" and The Adventure's of Stevie V's "Dirty Cash (Money Talks)" (which also had Eric Kupper on keyboards and David Morales on percussion btw).

I was fascinated by this music. It was disco, but it was kicked up a notch and within this music everything seemed possible. You could convey love, pain and all other emotions in a powerful way that still made everyone dance. I was sold!

Again, years later, I have my favorites but getting to the point of this blog I have to bring up a certain DJ. DJ Seth Gold. I had the opportunity of seeing something very interesting happen. I was able to watch the evolution of a DJ.

When I first heard the name Seth Gold, he was a young boy (as was I) DJ-ing for parties like Kurfew and Heaven in NYC and at the time he was playing all the pop music everyone came to love out of those types of parties...but over the years...things have changed.

Seth has grown up to become a DJ who I believe has the ability to become a front runner for the next generation of club music.

As a DJ groupie I've followed DJ's all over the eastern seaboard...from Junior Vasquez in NYC to Chad Jack in Ft Lauderdale, I've seen just about everyone I've ever wanted to see. I've also gotten many a chance to hear Seth DJ all over from NYC to DC and through friends have obtained copies of his live sets from all of the US.

If there's one thing that Seth has become a mastermind at, it's finding his own way to blend songs that you know with versions you may never have heard before. But always and I mean ALWAYS, he stays one step ahead of the crowd.

I wish that everyone reading this could've heard him the times I heard him spin at Nation in DC. Unbelievable! But I digress...

When I heard that last Friday at Deko Lounge (right down the block from where Colosseeum used to be--Sadly enough it's closed now and is a heterosexual strip club) was starting a gay party, I was definitely intrigued.

Deko Lounge has a reputation for their Thursday night straight parties as one of the best in the area. Tons of the girls I know and work with hang out there for DJ Klutch and DJ AM when he's in town. Week after week they're there having a great time in spite of inevitable drama that seems to linger there.

Now, I had been to Deko years and years ago on a straight night and I did have an ok time. I don't particularly care for the Staten Island hetero crowd because everyone thinks they're on the Sopranos but the music I heard when I was there was good. And I've had many a bad experience when it comes to straight people running a gay party.

Some of the problems that seem to happen over and over again are these, so pay attention!!

1) Cover Charge: Firstly, if you're a club in manhattan you might be able to get away with a $20/$30 cover. Not in NJ and not with a gay crowd. We're used to cheap covers 9 times out 10 because we drink so heavily lol

2) DJ: Do NOT expect your normal straight night DJ to come in a dazzle a gay crowd with the type of music the straight people go for. Odds are good that the gays have already heard it at least 6 months before the hetero's get their hands on it lol. We wanna hear fun music that we know and can sing, dance and vogue our way through if necessary!

3) Staff: If you're a straight club running a gay party with a straight staff, the gays are gonna pick up on it. If the staff is not in sync with the atmosphere, it's going to tank. Don't try to welcome us, take our money and pretend to be our friends when the bartenders, bouncers and coatcheck people have your typical straight guy "dont hit on me" attitude. It's a big turn off.

4) Drinks: Have some kind of drink specials and make it known. Very few gay people (in my experience) are willing to pay city prices outside of the city and even in the city we don't like paying city prices. Straight guys flash the money to get the girls. It's not the same ball game with us. If I order a Long Island Blue, I shouldn't be spending $12 on it and if I am, you can be assured the bartender isn't getting a tip for a drink that the price of two McDonald's Happy Meals.

Those are really the only things I can think of as of right now but simple as it may seem, we ran into some of these problems last Friday night.

Before I elaborate though, let me make ONE thing very very clear:
DEKO LOUNGE HAS SUCH A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY IN THEIR HANDS!!!!!

Colosseeum, barring the last two years, was a goldmine! They had THEE weekly party in the area and since their decline and eventually their demise, no one has stepped in a picked up where they left off.

Deko Lounge, being about 10 minutes from Colo, has the perfect chance to do it and do it right. I really hope they don't fuck it up. It's a great space with a great system and I even noticed bartender Chrissy from the Colo staff.

When I got the call that it was Seth Gold who was DJing that night (with Steve Sidewalk in the side room) I knew it was going to be a good night! I was so excited! I got to hear Seth and only travel 15 min from my house!!! What a dream come true!!! Hah!

My friends and I got in our cars and made the trip to Deko and when we go there, first thing I was put off by was the Valet service. Why do I have to pay $5.00 (which could be better spent at the bar) to have someone drive my car 3 feet? Colo tried to do this but at least they gave you the option. $5.00 for valet service or park it yourself, just do it a little bit further away.

This is not the Grammy Awards, I don't have a limo, I don't need valet service, however, it was unavoidable. First strike for Deko.

We get inside without a problem and make our way to the bar. The drinks were a little light on the alcohol but I really didn't care. Seth was in the booth and the crowd (even though it was early) was well on their way to being his. I'm 27 years old, I love Britney Spears even though she's crazy and Seth knows that there are plenty of people like me in his crowd as evidenced by playing Brit's "Piece of Me" and "Radar" back to back. It was great!!! My friends LOVED it!! Some of them have never heard Seth before and I told them they would love him and they did.

Oh but one thing I thought was a little strange was when we walked into the main room there were two boys laying on a table wrapped in saran wrap and covered in sushi.

Um, what?

I don't know what that was all about, but I hope that that was a one time only thing. Aside from being visually bizarre, I can't imagine eating raw fish (all puns intended) off of people I dont even know. Ick!!

But a few hours had passed the dancefloor filled up and things were going great! Then I noticed a shift in music. I started hearing songs I couldn't imagine Seth would play and when I looked up I saw someone DJing that wasnt Seth. I knew something was very very wrong.

After trying to hunt people down and get an explanation I finally was told that someone (although I can't imagine who) said that they wanted to hear deep house.

???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

The music was such an unsettling switch from the fun and light stuff we were hearing to what seemed like a dark selection from Benny Benassi's greatest hits. Very strange. I doubt many of the people there that night knew that they were hearing Superchumbo's mix of "Dirty Filthy" among others.

Don't get me wrong, I do like that kinda music, but not for that place and not for that crowd. And of course, it turns out that management had something to do with it which doesn't surprised me in the least.

As soon as the DJ/music switched, the bartenders were banging on stuff and blowing whistles (which Im guessing is what they do on Thursday nights as well) to show they approved.

Unfortunately Deko Lounge, you're not there to please the staff.

Strike Two for Deko.

Oh and btw...Air Horns??? Really??? Welcome to 1998!!! This is not Djais in Belmar people!!! It gets so annoying over and over again and it's SOOOOO loud!!!!

The long and the short of it is this and this is an open letter to club management everywhere. You hired a DJ for a reason. This DJ knows the crowd and knows what they want or else you wouldn't have him there.

Let him do his job. Seth is an incredible DJ and provided that he's not ripped out of the booth again, all my friends and I (and we were about 30 people deep that night) will be back again and again. It's extremely rude to do what they did to Seth and I'll tell you this, if he's not DJing there, we will not be there. The other no-name DJ who played that night, while his mixing and music were alright, could be used at a different party, if not a different venue altogether.

As it stands right now, Im told that Seth will be there again on Friday and so will my friends and I.

So Deko, do yourselves the favor!! You have such a good chance to make this not only a good party but THEE party in the area. No one else around has the chance to pick up Colo's slack and do it right!!

If you do right by us we'll do right by you!!!!

So here's to a good party and good music!!!!

Happy Holidays everyone!! I will be back soon posting some more music for you all!!

Thanks for letting me rant! :-D

~ John Michael ~

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Requests

This is a really hot song!! Bravo to Rafael Lelis for this slammin mix!!

Altar feat Amanda - Sound Of Your Voice (JM's Rafael Lelis Radio Edit)
http://www.mediafire.com/?90wjfmdcuys

Kelly Rowland - Work (JM's Reworked Freemasons Radio Edit)
http://www.mediafire.com/?curxge49zox

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Pop Till You Drop!

So when the pop music scene exploded in 1999/2000 with artists like Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Backstreet Boys and NSYNC, it was only natural that these songs would make their way to the dancefloor and it caused a tidal wave remixes! Some good, some cheesy but of course I've gotta represent them here! Haha!

I'll break these down by remixer for everyone. All of these are official edits unless otherwise noted.

There's plenty more but for now, I only have the time to post two remixers.

Hex Hector:

At the time, there seemed to be no one else around who was really transforming these songs for the dancefloor en masse quite like Hex Hector. Depending on who he was working with, namely Mac Quayle (HQ2) and Dezrok, we would get two totally different sounds. One was a little rough and packed a punch, as was the case with Mac or with Dezrok's influence we got a stunningly orchestrated, slick and trance-like sound that was full of build up after build up.

98 Degrees - Because Of You (Hex Hector Radio Edit)
http://www.mediafire.com/?6f5bcdoggb1

Britney Spears - Don't Let Me The Last To Know (Hex Hector Radio Edit)
**STUNNING!!!!! I think this version outshines the original ten-fold! The breakdown at 2:50 is my favorite!**
http://www.mediafire.com/?64dz9h1pciy

Faith Hill - Breathe (Hex Hector Radio Edit)
http://www.mediafire.com/?0ihm4uett4e

I5 - Distracted (Hex Hector & Dezrok Radio Edit)
http://www.mediafire.com/?284jtgxwcwz

Lara Fabian - I Am What I Am (Hex Hector Radio Edit)
** To this day I'll never know why her career in the US dissipated like it did. A phenomenal voice and a really hard hitting mix by Hex!**
http://www.mediafire.com/?euedg2wjylv

Mandy Moore - Candy (Hex Hector Radio Edit)
http://www.mediafire.com/?5z9hyxoxj1w

Melanie C - I Turn To You (Hex Hector Radio Edit)
** Does anyone on earth NOT know this song?? All these years later and I never get sick of it. If you get a chance, check out Hex's Dub for this--Also amazing **
http://www.mediafire.com/?9dzedgjzhfv

NSYNC - This I Promise You (Hex Hector Radio Edit)
** This is one of the cheesier ones Hex has done **
http://www.mediafire.com/?fmwdn5uttex

NSYNC & Gloria Estefan - Music Of My Heart (Hex Hector Radio Edit)
** I was very surprised to find out that Gomi actually helped engineer this mix. One listen and you'll see why--CHEESE CENTRAL!! **
http://www.mediafire.com/?ajcwurf222c

O-Town - All Or Nothing (HQ2 Radio Edit)
http://www.mediafire.com/?4zdjtyeejni

O-Town - Liquid Dreams (HQ2 Radio Edit)
http://www.mediafire.com/?0tmmoyincjb

Toni Braxton - Spanish Guitar (HQ2 Radio Edit)
** I know that Toni's not in the same catagory as these artists but I had to throw this one in. The live guitar in this one takes the song to a completely new level as does the breakdown at 2:24. **
http://www.mediafire.com/?6jmt3q0zqyv

Soul Solution:

Producer Ernie Lake formed Soul Solution around this time and had his hand in producing a slew of pop mixes as well. He seemed to have a knack for taking the pop ballad songs and give them a driving beat.

Amanda - Everybody Doesn't (Soul Solution Radio Edit)
http://www.mediafire.com/?ay9cwyem9yb

Backstreet Boys - All I Have To Give (Soul Solution Radio Edit)
http://www.mediafire.com/?czllynwnd9j

Shania Twain - You're Still The One (Soul Solution Radio Edit)
http://www.mediafire.com/?dsmdqqt3z4c

Monday, December 10, 2007

A man pretending to be a woman pretending to be a man! Preposterous!!


First, I am truly biased. I have always been a huge Jason Walker fan!! I, like many others before me, thought it was a woman when I first heard his voice (think male Kristine W) but this big black diva voice comes out of a skinny little boy from Pennsylvania!

However, having just gotten a copy of his new CD "Flexible", I have a new obsession!!

His first CD "This Is My Life" was amazing and spawned 3 #1 Billboard Club hits including "My Life" which was voted best gay pride anthem of that year by HX Magazine.

This new CD finds Jason once again working with Junior Vasquez (as it's released on his label JVM) and also Quentin Harris as well. But it's the disc's title track "Flexible" that really caught my ear. Anyone who's very familiar with Junior's music will know what I mean when I say that this song is VERY Twilo. It uses alot of his old Twilo tricks and loops and makes the song a total standout.

"Can't Get You Off My Mind" is the lead single of this CD and for a visual you can check out the video for it on You Tube which was done by Karl Giant with makeup by my best friend Christopher Milone!

And "Foolish Lover I'm Sorry" is an awesomely aggresive electroclash track which finds Jason apologizing..."Baby I'm sorry. I never meant to hurt you. It's just that it was rough, you know? Maybe we weren't together at the right time. Maybe one day we will be...and I'm sorry." and continues from there...

Of course, that's to say nothing of Jason's incredible vocals! I highly reccommend you go to iTunes right now and buy this CD. You will NOT be disappointed.

But just for a taste...

Jason Walker - Flexible (Album Version)
http://www.mediafire.com/?fjg3f1guenj

Jason Walker - Can't Get You Off Of My Mind (Album Version)
**First Single**
http://www.mediafire.com/?6xi9jxmtvcn

Jason Walker - Foolish Lover I'm Sorry (Album Version)
http://www.mediafire.com/?2zjbmxzldvm

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Request and Randomness

Request:

The Fray - How To Save A Life (JM's Robbie Rivera Radio Edit)
http://www.mediafire.com/?6muwwyxtnln

Random:

Casa Cuba - Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps (JM's Fairlite Radio Edit)
http://www.mediafire.com/?221ndnv2fmt

Therese - Be My Baby (JM's Radio Edit) **Amazing!!**
http://www.mediafire.com/?bsxiztxgnmd

Candy - Lick It (JM's Original Radio Edit)
**Yes, THAT 'Lick It' lol...SUCH an incredible update**
http://www.mediafire.com/?1gxcyxtzewd

Dave Aude feat Jessica Sutta - Make It Last (JM's Ralphi Rosario Radio Edit)
**The featured vocalist is Jessica from The Pussycat Dolls**
http://www.mediafire.com/?ajnsxd0dzdm

Vanessa Williams - You Are Everything (JM's Junior Vasquez Mirrorball Radio Edit)
** We all know I love Junior and I love this song/mix, but tell me that this mix isn't a blatant copy of Jonathan Peters feat Sylver "After All This Time"??**
http://www.mediafire.com/?a95ye1nyhht

Inaya Day - Breakaway (JM's Anthem Radio Edit)
**One of the best covers I've ever heard! Originally done by Big Pig in the 80's**
http://www.mediafire.com/?7m1j2ili5xs

Jzabehl - It's All About Me (JM's Tony Moran Radio Edit)
**Great bitch track-esque song! Originally a reggaeton track but has new vocals for this remix**
http://www.mediafire.com/?4tuyd2mysmh

Laura Branigan - The Winner Takes It All (JM's Matt & Vito Radio Edit)
**RIP Laura! She was one of my favorite vocalists from the 80's and this was recorded shortly before she passed away due to a brain anyurism. This is an awesome cover of the Abba hit of the same name. Matt & Vito took it to the next level for sure.**
http://www.mediafire.com/?19uzxy0goun

Kate DeAraugo - Faded (JM's Chameleon Radio Edit)
**Kate was the winner of Australian Idol 2 years ago and this is a remix of her first single. Great pop remix!**
http://www.mediafire.com/?4tg5jhzmiys

Luz Divina - You Shine On Me (JM's Extended Jonathan Peters Radio Mix) **Perhaps one of the most beautifully produced dance songs ever. Luz has one of the sickest voices in dance music and Jonathan Peters and Tony Coluccio engineered this amazingly! I had to include the dramatic breakdowns...They make the song! This is probably more of a mixshow than anything else...but the vocals keep coming!**
http://www.mediafire.com/?aejjzxdj2dy

Nicki French - I Surrender (JM's Shanghai Surprise Radio Edit)
**We all remember Nicki from her cover of Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse Of The Heart" but a few years back she covered this Celine Dion ballad and I have to say that it's argueably just as good as Celine's and now backed with a hi-nrg mix from Shanghai Surprise**
http://www.mediafire.com/?7oxzih1yceo

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Welcome to the Soundfactory


Normally, where I am, people think of Soundfactory and they think of one of the greatest nightclubs ever to hit NYC, but I'm talking about a different Soundfactory, from overseas.


This one comes all the way to us from Sweden (where some of the best dance/pop music is being made these days) and it's engineered by Mr Emil Hellman. Aside from Offer Nissim, this is the hottest sound I've heard in dance music in a long time.


While Soundfactory hasn't turned out remixes for big names like we know them, the quality of the mixes he does do (usually for big Swedish/European artists) are beyond stellar. He has a knack for finding a hook in a song and kicking it up to the next level. His chord progression is perfect for dance music!



Here's a sample of his work! Hope you enjoy!!

Afrodite - Turn It Up (JM's Soundfactory Extended Radio Mix)

http://www.mediafire.com/?4mwmjcmgpbm

Ann Winsborn - La La Love On My Mind (JM's Soundfactory Radio Edit)

http://www.mediafire.com/?53nyflnnxzr

BWO - Gone (JM's Soundfactory Radio Edit)

http://www.mediafire.com/?beyu0yxdg0t

Christer Bjorkman feat Shirley Clamp - La Vie (This Is My Life) (JM's Soundfactory Radio Edit)

**This songs artist is originally listed as just Christer but in the interest of giving full credit where it's due (and mainly because Shirley Clamp has an incredible voice), I listed her here too. Back in 2001 this was the Pride Anthem of Sweden. It's a cover of and original Italian song called "La Vita" which Shirley Bassey covered both in English and in Italian (Thanks Ed!), but here Christer sings in French and Shirley in English. If anyone can transliterate the French here it would be great!**

http://www.mediafire.com/?eynmxnxhjni

Magnus Carlsson - Live Forever (Soundfactory Radio Edit) **Official Edit**

http://www.mediafire.com/?75gejimttyj

Sonya - Etymon (JM's Soundfactory Extended Radio Mix) **This is one of my faves right now!**

http://www.mediafire.com/?0tcyzneysyt

A Little Christmas Tease...

I can never get enough of this...Especially at this time of year...It's a little long but it's hard for me to chop down Kristine when she's 'singing a joyous noise' haha!

Kristine W - Oh Holy Night (JM's Welcome & Joe Carrano Extended Radio Mix)
http://www.mediafire.com/?3zdcxxey5mi

And this song is from my favorite Swedish artist (see next post) Shirley Clamp. I love this woman's voice!!! This dance cover of the famous Band Aid song surpasses the original for me!

Shirley Clamp - Do They Know It's Christmas
http://www.mediafire.com/?bzhyx5tjjme

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Sorry Everyone!!

Im sorry it's taking me so long this week to get stuff posted but with shopping for the holidays (well, trying to lol) and work things have gotten a little crazy...

I promise it will be worth it when I do though!! Thanks for all your patience!!!

~ John Michael ~

Friday, November 30, 2007

Another Request and Some Official Edits

Kristine W - I'm Coming Out (JM's Julian Marsh Radio Edit)
http://www.mediafire.com/?8jn50hymyyd

** Official Edits **

Armand Van Helden feat Tara McDonald - My My My 2006 (Radio Edit)
http://www.mediafire.com/?6d2wm1hjwj5


Beyonce - Listen (DJ Escape & Dom Capello Radio Edit)
http://www.mediafire.com/?25bv5ejddzl

Fleetwood Mac - Go Your Own Way (Dave Aude Radio Edit)
If anyone has a full mix for this, I'd LOVE a copy!!!
http://www.mediafire.com/?3nzgleoj1xw

Joey Negro - Make A Move On Me (Radio Edit)
http://www.mediafire.com/?2xosdstzx1n

Justin Timberlake & Beyonce - Until The End Of Time (Mike Rizzo Radio Edit)
http://www.mediafire.com/?f1gzsej1i0w

Justin Timberlake - My Love (Paul Oakenfold Radio Edit)
http://www.mediafire.com/?1nsihmf1zcz

Kimberley Locke - 8th World Wonder (Hi-Bias Radio Edit)
http://www.mediafire.com/?4jgwypxh11n

Leona Lewis - Bleeding Love (Moto Blanco Radio Edit)
http://www.mediafire.com/?0mtxzi5nlnu

Mary J Blige - Be Without You (Moto Blanco Radio Edit)
http://www.mediafire.com/?3di4cnddt9b

Nelly Furtado - Say It Right (Junior Vasquez Radio Edit)
http://www.mediafire.com/?cxixeyy1hiw

Nelly Furtado - Promiscuous (Ralphi Rosario Radio Edit)
http://www.mediafire.com/?dzlt1tmj2d4

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Requests

Feedback is always welcomed!! More to come!!

James Blunt - 1973 (JM's Pete Tong and Dave Spoon Radio Edit)
http://www.mediafire.com/?0t0ncyd1bzy

Sugababes - Push The Button (JM's DJ Prom Radio Edit)
http://www.mediafire.com/?5ndgb50etdj

Taylor Dayne - How Many (JM's Guido Osorio Radio Mix)
http://www.mediafire.com/?2dzddlzdezj

Friday, November 23, 2007

Post-Turkey Mention

I forgot to add this one to my Kristine W post...

DJ's Are Alive is what happens when you get real isntruments into the hands of dance music artists. The group is comprised of The Scumfrog, DJ Skribble, Kristine W, D:Fuse and the Static Revenger. All of which have great music under their belt. All of them on one stage, all of them alternating behind the decks, and whoever is not spinning is playing live instruments. It is the ultimate hybrid of DJ Culture and Live Music; the collective that sounds like a DJ set and looks like a band!

I'm hoping the we will one day get more music from them, but till then, this is what we did get...

DJ's Are Alive - Gimme Some Love (JM's Original Radio Edit)
http://www.mediafire.com/?629n3jmyyym

Thursday, November 22, 2007

The Boss needs Some Lovin so you get One More Try to either Save My Soul, Stand In Love or Fly Again. Or else, I'm Letting Go...


Ok, I saw this and couldn't resist cause really, wouldn't YOU want to spend your Thanksgiving with Kristine W while she's petting a giant turkey? Haha!!

In the spirit of both Kristine W and Thanksgiving, I decided to do these.
Kristine is set to (any day now!) come out with a new CD ("The Power Of Music") which includes her cover version of Diana Ross' "The Boss" which I was lucky enough to get a copy of DJ Paul Goodyear's mix (albeit not the highest quality but passible). I believe the one that's going to make it onto the CD is the Tracy Young mix but since this is all I have I, of course, edited it for everyone here!
This Thanksgiving, I'm thankful for Kristine! :-)
Kristine W - Fly Again (JM's Junior Vasquez Radio Edit)
Kristine W - Letting Go (JM's Original Hani Radio Edit)
Kristine W - One More Try (JM's Rollo Extended Radio Mix)
Kristine W - Save My Soul (JM's Junior Vasquez Extended Radio Mix)
Kristine W - Stand In Love (JM's Hex Hector Radio Edit)
Kristine W - The Boss (JM's Paul Goodyear Radio Edit)
Murk vs Kristine W - Some Lovin (JM's Original Radio Edit)

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

A Taste of Tel-Aviv


By now, it's no secret that some of the hottest music is coming out of Israel. They've taken dance music and made a sound they call their own with Offer Nissim as their front runner.
However, there are many a DJ over there that's producing some HOT music and I thought it would be nice to give them their day in the sun and showcase some of it! Some of these artists though are difficult to find information on so if I have it, I'll include it here, otherwise, just the song.
First up is is DJ Danny Tuval. As of today Danny is the resident at the all gay party Cruise @ Move in Tel-Aviv in addition to holding two monthly residencies at the FFF (Sirazi) party @ Powder and Freedom at Platinum Club , the biggest club in Eilat.
Danny has also been a special guest at Vox, TLV, Dome, Pacha Tel-Aviv and has been a part of such big productions in Israel like: The Love Parade (1999, 2000, 2002, 2005), Dance City 99, Cinerama Rave in The Millenium (which had 5,000 people), The Gay Parade 2001, 2003 & 2004 where he played on the main stage in front of 15,000 people!!

In Israel he's shared the decks with renouned DJj's such as: Junior Vasquez , Paul Oakenfold, Nick Warren , Satoshi Tomiie , Peace Division , Tom Stephan (Superchumbo) , Mike Cruz , Jo Mills, Tarantella, 'Space' Ibiza Crew and many, many more...
But here, he teams up with fellow producer Zigo with lovely vocals from Carmi to create a stunningly beautiful club thumper called "So Amazing"! Enjoy!
Danny Tuval & Zigo feat Carmi - So Amazing (JM's Original Radio Edit)
http://www.mediafire.com/?8pui2vrwnz6
I first discovered Roie Yamin & Tal Kerman because of a beautiful piano intro mix they did for Offer Nissim/Maya's "Alone" and was very excited to find that they have been producing their own music as well!
Roie Yamin & Tal Kerman feat Lital - Stop (JM's Original Radio Edit)
Roie Yamin & Tal Kerman feat Lital - Say Goodbye (JM's Original Radio Edit)
Moshe Fain was born in 1982 and began his career at only 16, DJing in some of the major clubs and high class private parties in Israel. His big breakthrough was at the Sling Club where he supported his new line of music and his reputation only got bigger and bigger.
After completing his millitary service, he stopped DJing for a while in order to build his studio and he enrolled to BPM Musical College where he took professional sound & mastering courses.
Then he continued his career as a producer and while his reputation was growing, he was invited by Peter Rauhofer to work on Offer Nissim's "Be My Boyfriend Pt. 2" remix. The single was released on the ROXY 5 CD collection and was a huge success all over the world.
Today Fain is part of EXM Records, as the A&R of the electronic music division. His new production FM Project (Fain & Marcus Project) has garnered lots of amazing feedback from DJ's all over the world. While the project is heading onto a world tour, the crew of FM Project has released some of the finest remixes for hit singles like Perry Twins feat Jania - Activate My Body & Rihanna feat Jay Z - Umbrella. Both of which gained lots of plays in radio's & clubs over the world.
This is Moshe's take on Amuka's "Appreciate Me". While it doesn' stray far from the original version at all, this version is a little rougher around the edges which is nice and I tried to keep alot of the beautiful intro Moshe has provided.
Amuka - Appreciate Me 2007 (JM's Moshe Fain Radio Edit)
Amir M & Gal M are another duo who produce some slammin house music who I can't find info on except that Gal M stands for Gal Mustaki which is his full name. If anyone has info, please let me know! Till then...Here's some of the great stuff they've produced!! The first track sounds SO familiar to me...like an old freestyle song. If anyone knows for sure, please tell me! The two Dana International songs, in their original length only come to about 5 1/2 minutes each so I left them alone and just posted them here.
Whitelabel - I'll Never Let You Know (JM's Amir M & Gal M Radio Edit)
Amir M & Gal M feat Dana International - Kiss Your Money Bye Bye (Club Mix)
Amir M & Gal M feat Dana International - Sleeping With Me (Club Mix)
Asi Givati has been literally rocking my socks since I heard his guitar mix of Offer Nissim/Maya's "Alone". The guitar in that song completely gives it more depth and emotion and that's the only mix I play. Since then I've learned that not only is he very young...Somewhere in his early 20's I believe at present but that he plays the guitar live over most of his mixes, which is why these are a little bit longer than edits because I wanted to feature the live guitar solo's.
KMC feat Sandy - Get Better 2006 (JM's Asi Givati Radio Mix)
Knob - I'm Lost (JM's Asi Givati Radio Mix)
Tomer G seems to be the next Israeli DJ on the verge of making it big here in the states. While back in Israel he produced mega-hits over there with "Fuel 2 Fire" and "Supernatural" featuring vocalist Maxine, he's just recently started remixing some of todays top pop hits. Google him, he's also dead sexy! Haha!
First is an official edit from Tomer G for Liz McClarnon's (former member of pop group Atomic Kitten) version of Barbra Streisand's "Woman In Love" and then, even though I already posted it, my edit of Tomer's AMAZING mix of Kat DeLuna's "Whine Up"
Liz McClarnon - Woman In Love (Tomer G SuperNatural Radio Edit)
**Official Edit**
Kat DeLuna - Whine Up (JM's Tomer G English Radio Edit)

It's Murk! It's The Funky Green Dogs! Stop! You're both right!!


If you know one, you know the other.
The core of the Funky Green Dogs (whose full name is The Funky Green Dogs From Outerspace) is the DJ team Murk (Ralph Falcon & Oscar Gaetan).
Murk has produced such memorable hits as "Dark Beat" and "Believe" but it's their work as the Funky Green Dogs that we're talking about right now.
While Murk got together in 1991, in 1996 they added vocalist Pamala Williams and created what would be their first of many great vocal hits, "Fired Up!" off their first CD "Get Fired Up" which became an instant club classic!!
Here, I offer an edit for Junior Vasquez' mix which originally clocked in at 14 minutes!! I was able to get it down to about 5 1/2 minutes which was necessary cause there's some drama in this mix I just HAD to leave in!
Funky Green Dogs - Fired Up (JM's Junior Vasquez Twilo Radio Mix)
However, after the success of the first CD, Pamala Williams left the group and was replaced by Tamara Wallace (pictured above) who's been the groups vocalist ever since.
Tamara's vocal classic with the group comes in the form of 1999's "Body" which Club 69 (read: Peter Rauhofer) produced THEE definitive mix for and I've edited it here as well.
Funky Green Dogs - Body (JM's Club 69 Radio Edit)
And later in 2002, we get another great track from the trio called "Rise Up" which is actually a gospel house song and got a great treatment once again from La Vasquez! :-)
Funky Green Dogs - Rise Up (JM's Junior Vasquez Earth Radio Edit)

Let the music pound and pound! Tell the rhythm to pull you down...On the floor!!!!


This is one of those songs that invokes good memories for me.
Main stage at Limelight once again, any Sunday night.
While there's a bunch of mixes of this one the Heartattack mix (which I think should've been the Hard Attack mix and is a possible typo) is outstanding!!
I'll let the mix speak for itself on this one!
Celeda - Let The Music Use You Up (JM's Heartattck Radio Mix)

What do you say to taking chances? What do you say to jumping off the edge?


If there's one person that no matter what, I've been a fan of, it's Celine.
She's got the voice and I think she's got the looks. And by the looks of this picture, she's got the hair as well!
But back to the voice...Everyone knows it and it's natural it would make it's way to the dancefloor and it has many a time over the years.
Tony Moran's mix of "To Love You More" was amazing as was Thunderpuss' mix of "I Want You To Need Me"--Stunning!!
Even in small room mixes like Metro's mix of "That's The Way It Is", Celine brings it home every time.
I wil go on record as saying that as a full length album, her latest effort "Taking Chances" is easily one of the best albums of 2007. It combines many different styles and of course, her voice sounds flawless! 16 tracks in total (and thats without the bonus tracks!) gives you plenty of Celine for months to come.
The first single and title track "Taking Chances" is a pop/rock midtempo song that shows a different side of Celine. Don't believe me? Watch the video! Hah!
So far, I've found 3 remixes and as much as I love the song AND Celine, the remixes don't really do all that much for me. The I-Soul mix took a good shot but fell short with me with the chord progression. Matt Piso took a different route and made a very simplistic electro track that's very one level. Doesn't go very far and to me, undermines the "umph" of the song. I did however, have the highest hopes for Ralphi Rosario & Craig J's mix but much like the others, it just demeans the could-be-anthem of Celine's delivery. Ralphi and Craig made it more soulful which is nice, but not a floor filler. Ralphi does deliver a pretty interesting Dub though, so check that one out.
But here, as it stands, are my edits. Let's hope for more mixes!!
Celine Dion - Taking Chances (JM's I-Soul Radio Edit)
Celine Dion - Taking Chances (JM's Matt Piso Radio Edit)
Celine Dion - Taking Chances (JM's Ralphi Rosario & Craig J Radio Edit)
BONUS EDITS:
Celine Dion - The Power Of Love (JM's Orangefuzz Thunderstorm Radio Mix)
Celine Dion - To Love You More (Tony Moran Pop Edit) **Official Edit**

Mediafire Confusion

Alright...As of now, after spending two days in uploading hell, Mediafire is BACK!

Which Im glad for because that means that the links for all my stuff SHOULD be working with an exception of one or two that I missed.

Moving forward from here, I hope that this doesn't happen again!!!

Thanks for being patient!

~ John Michael ~

Monday, November 19, 2007

Re-Ups! This time with Z Share!

Hey all!

What I've decided to do with the Re-Ups is change the links in the original posts, so make sure if you want to DL a song the link is a Z-Share link. If it's not, then I haven't gotten to it yet...

Thanks!!

~ John Michael ~

ATTENTION!!

Hey everyone! I'm kinda confused and I dunno what's goin on right now cause apparently none of my Mediafile links are working.

For that matter, when I go to log into my Mediafire account like always, it says that I no longer have one. I know that some people were having problems with Mediafire and I wonder if this is an extension of it.

The idea of having to re-upload EVERYTHING scares me a little bit lol but as of right now, I'm gonna hope that they get their shit together and everything goes back to normal.

Until further notice, if there's something I've posted on the blog, send me an email with the songs you'd like and I'll try to get to them as I get time!!!

I apologize but bear with me till I can figure everything out....

Till then, I'm going to start doing as many re-ups (AGAIN!!! GRRRR!!!) as I can!

~ John Michael ~

Sunday, November 18, 2007

When I get back home...Can't get my mind off you...


Suzanne Palmer + Peter Rauhofer = Good
Suzanne Palmer + Offer Nissim = Better
Suzanne Palmer - Eye Can See U (JM's Offer Nissim Radio Mix)
Suzanne Palmer - Keep The Faith (JM's Offer Nissim Radio Mix)

Mary J's Just Fine!


If I could pick my favorite voice of R&B music, it would definitely be Mary J Blige.
There's passion, experience, heartbreak, joy and love all wrapped up inside of her and she's always been such a purveyor of having a positive attitude, it's hard NOT to like her!
And of course, need I mention the Thunderpuss mix of "No More Drama"? Nuff said!
David Morales brings her new single "Just Fine" to the dancefloor and does a stellar job! Although I feel like he hasn't really updated his sound since "How Would U Feel", it still works for this song...
Mary J Blige - Just Fine (JM's David Morales Shameful Radio Edit)

Crucial Keys


Alicia Keys (Born Alicia J. Augello-Cook) exploded onto the R&B scene in 2001 with her debut, "Songs In A Minor" which spawned the mega-hit "Fallin" and later "A Woman's Worth".
Though her songs have pop sensability to them, she's an R&B artist tried and true. Even making a cameo singing backup and playing piano on Christina Aguilera's "Stripped" CD (on the song "Impossible"), Alicia was able to bring out the soul in X-Tina.
Another album ("The Diary Of Alicia Keys") and three more hits ("If I Ain't Got You", "You Don't Know My Name" and "Karma") secured Alicia's place in the music industry and with a voice like hers and her song-writing talents so publicly known, Alicia surely isn't going anywhere.
Now in 2007, she returns with her cd "As I Am" and "No One" is the lead single. While I don't believe dance remixes have been commissioned for it, Alexander & Mark VDH provided an excellent mix for what I'm sure was a tough vocal to tackle! Enjoy!!
Alicia Keys - No One (JM's Alexander and Mark VDH Radio Edit)

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Do an old school dance! Do an old school dance!


What is there to say about Beyonce that hasn't already been said?
I will go on record as saying that I believe she's the best and most consummate performer we have today. Again, only my opinion and when I heard "Get Me Bodied" I was floored!
The original song (produced by Swizz Beats) is a masterpiece all on it's own and to have Hex Hector take it on is a house music wet dream for me!!
What's great about this is not only that he was able to translate this song to the dancefloor but that he used the FULL vocal, aka the 'extended mix' from the original! Amazing!!!
Being such a fan of the original, I laid the original intro over the intro to the radio edit. These are the things that make me happy haha!
Beyonce - Get Me Bodied (JM's Hex Hector Radio Edit)

It's STILL Britney Bitches!!



So since the last Britney edit I posted, I got some more (read: better) mixes of "Gimme More" (and I myself started working on one to throw my two cents in on the Britney remix-mania) and here's my edits.

Britney Spears - Gimme More (JM Gave Jr & Johnny More Britney Radio Mix)

http://www.zshare.net/audio/50160136535172/

This was ALOT of fun for me as I love Junior Vasquez and Johnny Vicious, so I decided to take the accapella for the song, chop it up and add even MORE Britney for your dollar!! Comments always appreciated!

Britney Spears - Gimme More (JM's "Tony Moran" Radio Edit)
http://www.zshare.net/audio/501915741824f7/

This one gets "quotes" around it cause it's not really a Tony Moran mix. It's a mix that someone did using Tony Moran's mix of Brooke Hogan's "About Us" and it's actually pretty good!

Friday, November 16, 2007

More Re-Ups

Dave Matthews Band - The Space Between (JM's Tiesto Radio Edit)
http://www.mediafire.com/?0jj5t2rtnod

Dawn Tallman - Save A Place On The Dancefloor For Me (JM's Junior Vasquez Radio Mix)
http://www.mediafire.com/?dxxjuw9mbm3

Everything But The Girl - Missing (JM's Junior Vasquez Radio Edit)
http://www.mediafire.com/?1zmmvp7yjey

Gwen Stefani - Yummy (JM's Jose Spinnin Radio Edit)
http://www.mediafire.com/?b44kzjgmz0v

Hilary Duff - Stranger (JM's Jody Den Broeder Radio Edit)
http://www.mediafire.com/?6j1ebxvywnd

Jonathan Peters feat Sylver Logan Sharp - After All This Time (JM's Jonathan Peters Full Radio Mix)
http://www.mediafire.com/?fvyhjomj2zl

Kane - Rain Down On Me (JM's Tiesto Radio Edit)
http://www.mediafire.com/?0vqediwjofj

Kat DeLuna feat Elephant Man - Whine Up (JM's Tomer G Radio Edit)
http://www.mediafire.com/?8tzn3rzyr3d

Kristine W - Be Alright (JM's Offer Nissim Radio Edit)
http://www.mediafire.com/?2mww3twzg2b

Kristine W - Land Of The Living (JM's Junior Vasquez Radio Mix)
http://www.mediafire.com/?62ey94obxw5

Kristine W - The Wonder Of It All (JM's Offer Nissim Radio Mix)
http://www.mediafire.com/?70vnnskjq9f

Mika - Relax (Take It Easy) (JM's Tony Moran & JDB Radio Edit)
http://www.mediafire.com/?5yqj5mh40wj

Offer Nissim feat Maya - Be My Boyfriend (JM's Original Radio Edit)
http://www.mediafire.com/?a1ez1nxwxmn

Offer Nissim feat Maya - Wish U Were Here (JM's Original Radio Mix)
http://www.mediafire.com/?61wcf1athye

Plumb - In My Arms (JM's Bimbo Jones Radio Edit)
http://www.mediafire.com/?2f2bmtztqkd

Spice Girls - Who Do You Think You Are (JM's David Morales Radio Mix)
http://www.mediafire.com/?2dyysy3j1mm

Suzanne Palmer - Keep The Faith (JM's Offer Nissim Radio Edit)
http://www.mediafire.com/?4t15wwkyqxt

Xavier - Give Me The Night (JM's Freemasons Radio Edit)
http://www.mediafire.com/?7ugw9wtgn33

Sandy B - Alone (JM's Sal Dano Radio Edit)
http://www.mediafire.com/?6vbngiwwivy

Re-Uploads

Amber - Yes (JM's 2007 Hex Hector Radio Mix)
http://www.mediafire.com/?5m3vzzgnby2

Billie Ray Martin - Searching (JM's Junior Vasquez Radio Edit)
http://www.mediafire.com/?fyqmulo2mk1

Billie Ray Martin - Systems Of Silence (JM's Junior Vasquez Earth Radio Edit)
http://www.mediafire.com/?eydwlc9q1lb

Celine Dion - I Drove All Night (JM's Hex Hector Radio Edit)
http://www.mediafire.com/?0mynysmz4zb

Darren Hayes - Step Into The Light (JM's Tony Moran Radio Edit)
http://www.mediafire.com/?39qwhwam71h

More to come!!!

I thought I'd try an idea...

There are many times when I get together with my friends and we'll talk about house music or clubs in general and we always end up telling at least ONE story of a certain club night.

I thought it would be fun to capture some of YOUR stories on here. So here's what I'm looking for...

Submit a story to me that includes in your words a night that you had gone out and a house music song that you connected to in an amazing way. Include the name of the club and the DJ that was playing and of course the song you're talking about.

I'll post a bunch every week and I'll edit the song you tell me about and include it here!!

Hope to hear from you all soon!!!

~ John Michael ~

Friday, November 9, 2007

New artist! New song! New remixes!



Stevie Jewel started her performing career at a very young age with training at the Royal Conservatory of Canada, the Atlanta Academy of Music and currently at the Las Vegas Academy for the Performing Arts. She is one of the youngest performers ever to have performed all over the legendary Vegas strip at such venues as The Venetian Hotel, Casbar at the Sahara Hotel, Montelago Village, the Stratosphere, the Plaza Hotel and the Fashion Show Mall.

Stevie’s debut self-penned track “Seal the Deal” is a collaboration with “Remixer of the Year” Josh Harris. The “Seal the Deal” single will be released this summer and includes remixes from house music giants like Junior Vasquez, Tracy Young, The Perry Twins and Solar City.

My best friend Chris turned me onto this song when he told me that he was hired to do the makeup for this video with Karl Giant (check out Chris' blog here: http://makeupguyny.blogspot.com/ and see the video) and then I heard that Junior was doing a remix for it and I was on board!!

The version I edited was in fact Junior's (of course lol) but I will do the others as well.

Stevie Jewel - Seal The Deal (JM's Junior Vasquez Dreamliner Radio Edit)

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Kickin It OLD School!!!


What can be said about the state of house music today?
Well this much I am sure of, it sure as hell ain't what it used to be!!!
Don't get me wrong, remixers are still putting out some slammin stuff...but where are the classics?? Where are the songs you hear and you just can't get enough of!?
The ones that dominate the clubs and they don't go away, ever!!
These next few songs all were monumental in my life. They made me dance around like a moron and at peak hour (if you know what I mean) made me loooooooooooooose my mind!!!
Some of these edits are updated versions of the classics. We all know the original ones so I thought it would be interesting to give a new spin on em. I especially love Hommer's 2007 mix of Derb! Brilliant! Meanwhile, Ralphi Rosario took Razor N Guido's "Do It Again" and added some vocals to it which gave it a more circuity feel. Junior Vasquez provided a few mixes for Jonah's club anthem "Shhh...Be Quiet" and here I edited the original mix he did and his "All Y'All Be Quiet" mix which uses samples from the old school Royal House classic "Can U Party?".
On the other side of the world, Israeli DJ Gil Shwartz took Robert Miles pop trance track "Children" and gave it a little bit more punch. DJ's Skribble and Anthony Acid collaborated to produce an expertly produced update of the Jungle Bros "I'll House You" which is full of fun samples as well.
I also thought that it would be fun to combine Plasmic Honey's "Ride The Trip" with "Take Me To The Top" (and throw some samples of "I Am Ready" in there) since they are similar in their sound.
I also threw in Razor N Guido's unrelenting mix of John Creamer's "Lift Up The Needle" which is just a house music mind fuck and Junior Vasquez's mix of Charlotte's vocal anthem "Skin".
Another classic (for me anyways) is the white label mash-up of Ralphi Rosario's "You Used To Hold Me" with Yaz' 80's classic "Don't Go". I don't know WHO did this mix but I wish they would stand up and get the credit they deserve. I don't know HOW many times I've played this one before!
So, raise a glass to old school house music!! These guys were the pioneers and with their own sound and style, revolutionized the sound of electronic dance music!! All I can say is thanks for all the great memories!!!
Derb - Derb 2007 (JM's Hommer Radio Edit)
Jonah - Shhh...Be Quiet (JM's Junior Vasquez Radio Edit)
Jonah - Shhh...Be Quiet (JM's Junior Vasquez All Y'All Be Quiet Radio Edit)
Jungle Bros - I'll House You (JM's Skribble and Anthony Acid Radio Edit)
John Creamer - Lift Up The Needle (JM's Razor N Guido Radio Edit)
Plasmic Honey - Take The Ride To The Top of the Trip (JM's Double Stacked White Nike Radio Mix)
Ralphi Rosario vs Yaz - You Used To Hold Me (JM's Whitelabel Radio Edit)
Razor N Guido - Do It Again 2006 (JM's Ralphi Rosario Radio Edit)
Robert Miles - Children 2006 (JM's Gil Shwartz Radio Edit)
Charlotte - Skin (JM's Junior Vasquez Radio Edit)

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Y'all got enough yet...? Lord have mercy!!!!


What can I say about this next artist???
There are singers...and then there's Vernessa Mitchell. If ANYONE knows how to do gospel house right it's her! This woman makes noises I didn't even know were humanly possible!! My nipples are hard just thinkin about it! Hahaha!
Vernessa works with my man Junior alot and as far as I'm concerned, no one gets it out of Vernessa quite like Junior and with her voice and his mixes, everything is anthemic!
On the same token though, it's very difficult to edit a Vernessa Mitchell song. I like to have as many screams, WHOO HOO'S! and ad-libs as possible...But here's the begining of my project!
I have alot of Vernessa so this too will be a continuing thread but these should whet your appetite.
Vernessa Mitchell - Accept Me (JM's Junior Vasquez Radio Edit)
Vernessa Mitchell - Took My Life (JM's Junior Vasquez Radio Edit)
Vernessa Mitchell - Love Will Find A Way (JM's Junior Vasquez Radio Edit)
Vernessa Mitchell - Reap 2001 (JM's Junior Vasquez Radio Edit)
Vernessa Mitchell - Higher (JM's Junior Vasquez Radio Mix)

Saturday, November 3, 2007

The artist formerly known as ______ ?

There isn't much known about this song except a few things:

- It was on Extreme Records and there was a single released limitedly.
- Iris, to my knowledge, has only released this song.
- Boris and Beck made a SICK mix to it.

I couldn't find a picture to go along with this but I HAD to put this up. This mix is simplistic but haunting. Iris sings lyrics like "Where did you come from? I have searched the world for you and now that I've found you there are no words that can explain. How my world feels so invisible. How your love feels so incredible. All the answers to my questions are now answered..." and it's a love song that doesn't sound like one.

You'll have to trust me and listen.

Iris - Now That I've Found You (JM's Boris and Beck Radio Edit)
http://www.zshare.net/audio/50208063ea7440/

I don't get down on the first night...


I always wanted to like Monica more than I do but it just never happened...
When I first heard her, it was via the song "I Believe I Can Fly" and I honestly thought that it was man singing. I was confused when I heard the artists name was Monica.
Perhaps it's not her vocal ambiguity that bothered me as maybe it was just her being a victim of bad songs. Aside from this one and maybe "The Boy Is Mine" that's about all the Monica I enjoy.
I was surprised to discover an import single with the Razor N Guido mix of "The First Night" and when I gave it a listen I instantly loved it!! I wish Razor N Guido would get back together cause they've produced some amazing club stompers and this is no exception.
Monica - The First Night (JM's Razor N Guido Radio Edit)

The Amazing Two Hit Wonder??


I'll never understand why this happens in America.
We get a taste of an artist, they get one, MAYBE two great hits and then they fall off the radar here!
Daniel Bedingfield is such an artist.
Originally blowing up on the US pop charts with his hit "Gotta Get Thru This", he followed up with this amazing ballad that turned into the wedding song of the year and was even covered on American Idol.
And then, just like that, he disappeared! He's still big in the UK and continues to release music but all we have of the Bedingfield name now in the US is his sister Natasha Bedingfield.
However, what we did get from Daniel was a great remix package which included a mix by the Passengerz but also from Metro (who's a team made up of producer/remixers Brian Rawling, Mark Taylor, Jeff Taylor and Graham Stack. Also the same team that wrote Cher's mega-hit "Believe") .
The Metro mix was very simple and mainstream, a small room kinda mix, but I absolutely loved it!!
Daniel Bedingfield - If You're Not The One (JM's Metro Radio Edit)

It was bound to happen sometime...


First, let me say that I'm sorry I haven't gotten a chance to post in about a week...Crazy times where I'm at and I haven't had a ton of time to edit stuff, let alone post it.
But here we go...and why not start with something rediculous??!!!
So the almighty Barbra has been heard on dancefloors before, of course we all remember her infamous duet with Donna Summer "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)" but since then (with the exception of "The Main Event") it's been awhile since Babs has made her dancefloor return.
Well, I'm happy to say that courtesy of my future ex-husband, Junior Vasquez, he created an anthem that is tribal yet GAY as can be! Haha! And with Barbra at the helm, would you expect anything less??
Taken from her last CD, "Guilty Pleasures" and with back-up vocals by Barry Gibb, I give you "Night Of My Life"! Enjoy!!
Barbra Streisand - Night Of My Life (JM's Junior Vasquez Radio Edit)

Friday, October 26, 2007

The Bassline Heard Round The World!


As soon as the bassline hits on this one (which comes in 15 seconds in in my edit), you know what's about to happen. The dancefloor will go crazy.
This song is a surefire way to get the crowd movin. Deep Dish created a bassline and a phenomenon that continues through to today.
That sample of the bassline has made it's way into many a song throughout the years but it's Sandy B's version here that is the definitive.
So to quote her: "So come on and get it! You know that I've got it! I'm ready and willing! You know I am...You know I am...!"
Sandy B - Make The World Go Round (JM's Deep Dish Radio Edit)

HELP! Junior Vasquez was ROBBED!!


I don't even know how this happened! Anyone can say whatever they want, but Junior should've been at least NOMINATED for a Grammy for this mix!!! It's one of THE best Junior mixes I've ever heard!!
The original production (by DJ Premier) in and of itself was pretty brilliant but Junior found a way to transfer alot of that same production to the dancefloor, keeping the integrity of the original all the while giving the mix a Dee-Lite type feel!
It's genious!!
Christina Aguilera - Ain't No Other Man (JM's Junior Vasquez Radio Edit)

How do you solve an anthem like Shannon?


I don't think there's anyone on this earth who doesn't know this song! It was inescapable in the 80's and has remained a classic ever since...
Shannon (born Brenda Shannon Greene) was enrolled in York College and was part of the New York Jazz Ensemble when she met producers Mark Liggett and Chris Barbosa. She laid down the vocals for a song then called "Fire And Ice" which was later changed to "Let The Music Play".
Chris Barbosa, being well known as the creator of freestyle music, released "Let The Music Play" without Shannon's knowledge and the song became an instant classic. It's considered the first freestyle song ever and after it's release, Barbosa invited Shannon back to record more songs for him.
In 2000 as the house music craze was reaching a peak, Shannon made her 4th CD "The Best Is Yet To Come" and Barbosa, as well as Andy Panda and Tony Moran were invited to work with her and update her sound a bit.
Strangely enough, the 2000 remixes of her other smash hit, "Give Me Tonight" fared better than the mixes of "Let The Music Play". However, on the single, Junior Vasquez did two mixes that are anything short of anthemic.
The original circuit mix is a a stomper which breaks down and goes into the original version of the song but it's the X beat mix that I always loved...The vocals are spread out more and has one of the SICKEST breakbeat/scratching breakdowns I've ever heard in my life!
This was impossible to edit down to radio standards, but I made a much shorter, more concise version and I hope you like it!!
Shannon - Let The Music Play (JM's Junior Vasquez X Beat Mixshow)

Random really good song!


Alot of times dance songs seem to pop up and no one knows who the artist is and such is the case with this song.
This was in Junior Vasquez' rotation for a little while and made it onto one of his radio shows, where I had heard it.
To this day, I don't know any information on the artist (if you do, please feel free to tell me!) but it remains a really good song and it almost has that old school, Hex Hector type of feel to it.
A "Things Just Ain't The Same"-ish song but not as anthemic.
Enjoy!!
Chico feat Ashlee - Leavin U (JM's Junior Vasquez Radio Edit)

Sunday, October 21, 2007

We're so in love...la la la la la...


Let me start out by saying this: I truly feel that out of every super star we've got these days, there are really only TWO with an extreme superior talent: One is Beyonce and Nicole Scherzinger is the other.
They both have outstanding voices and can dance like no one I've ever seen. Beyonce can act too but I dunno if Nicole can. I'm sure we'll find out in time.
Even though her first single "Whatever U Like" didn't do that well for her (I loved it!), I'm very much looking forward to her CD "Her Name Is Nicole" and this song, "Baby Love" is the second single.
So far, two mixes have surfaced, one by Ralphi Rosario and one by Dave Aude. While they're both good in different ways, I feel that the Dave Aude keeps more of a melody throughout where Ralphi's is aimed at a more big room sound.
Nicole Scherzinger - Baby Love (JM's Dave Aude Radio Edit)

An old take on an old song that's a new mix to me and a new radio edit to you...got it?


Undoubtedly, in my opinion, Billie Ray Martin's "Your Loving Arms" is one of the best dance records ever made and it's one of those songs I just never get sick of.
When it was first released Todd Terry did mixes for it that were very popular but up until very recently I had never heard this particular mix by him. Todd Terry's Miami mix is a really cool breakbeat track with Billie's vocals doing what they do best: soar!
This mix is full of cute tricks and an old school feel that I totally adore!!
Hope you enjoy it as well!!
Billie Ray Martin - Your Loving Arms (JM's Todd Terry Miami Radio Mix)

Half A Buck featuring Justin Timbaland...Or something like that...


While I don't always like rap (don't they just seem like constantly angry/annoyed people?) there are sometimes where Im actually a big fan. When I first heard "Ayo Technology" I didn't care for it much.
50 Cent is ok from time to time but I don't find him to be the best rapper. He kinda reminds me of the Hip-Hop's Mike Tyson.
Now while Justin T-Lake and Timbaland are turning up everywhere like dog shit and parsley, this is another song I will give to them.
It's kinda hard to deny Justin saying "Why don't you sit on top of me?"... Cause I totally would. Hah!
I was very surprised to find a remix of this song...Let alone a really good remix of it! I don't know who Robert Bedross is, but bravo to you sir!!
50 Cent featuring Justin Timberlake & Timbaland - Ayo Technology (She Wants It) (JM's Robert Bedross Radio Edit)

The Spelling Bee Champion!


Ok, so right off the bat, here's my issue with Fergie: Why is she constantly spelling in all of her songs? ("G-L-A-M-O-R-O-U-S...." or "F to the E to the R to the G-I-E...") Or at the very least, why does she have such bad lyrics sometimes?
One thing I will say, the girl does have a set of pipes but much like Nicole Scherzinger (from the Pussycat Dolls) she doesn't use them that much!
Why I have no idea...
And long before she was solo she was the lead girl in the Black Eyed Peas but even before that she was in the trio girl group Wild Orchid and struggling with an addiction to crystal meth.
Fun stuff! But as much as I actually don't really care for this song ("I'm gonna miss you like a child misses their blanket." -- Really Fergie? Are ya??) I can't deny a great mix, once again provided by Hommer.
So here it is! (And doesn't she look like Taylor Dayne in this picture??)
Fergie - Big Girls Don't Cry (JM's Hommer Radio Edit)

Friday, October 19, 2007

Wicked Wicked Wicked!!!


There are times when two worlds collide and it doesn't always add up. The world of Broadway doesn't always have a place on the dancefloor (Richie Jones' mix of "All That Jazz" anyone??) but this time it works...it works SO well that it WERQS!!! Hah!

Idina went back into the studio this year to re-record the song that she made famous in the musical "Wicked" that too Broadway by storm!

Every version on the CD single of this (check out perfectbeat.com for that) has something to offer and Idina's vocals hold up extremely well during this.

However, it's the Eddie Baez mix of this song that gives you the dancefloor equivalent of seeing Idina live, opening night! While Hani, Josh Harris and Funky Junction all did their part for different dancefloor reactions but it's Eddie's that takes you to peak hour with your hands in the air!!!

I had made an edit for this, but I have to say, the one that's offered on the CD is perfect enough!!

Enjoy!!

Idina Menzel - Defying Gravity (Eddie Baez Radio Edit)
http://www.mediafire.com/?fjt4kodbzxv

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Obssesion...and EXCLUSIVE!!!!


Unless you live under a rock, you've most likely heard this song!
Rihanna's slowly becoming one of my favorite artists which is strange to me because I really don't think she has all that much talent. Don't get me wrong, like Enrique Iglesias and Britney Spears, vocally, they have a style, not necessarily a very good voice but it works.
And Rihanna is just like that and I've always thought her voice worked wonders with a beat behind it. Imagine my surprise to even hear the original version of this song that already had a nice thumpa thumpa in it!
I knew that the club mixes weren't far behind and I was right. Immediately I was ALL about the Jody Den Broeder mix of this which was STUNNING and still is. THEN however I heard DJ Paulo's dub of this which sampled alot of Jody's mix but added even MORE punch to it! Well, I was in love! Being that Paulo only used the lyric" Please don't stop the music" throughout meant that there was room for improvement.
So here, I sliced, diced, chopped and re-laid the vocals over this most stellar production by Paulo and created my own reconstruction mix.
But edited, here is my take on Rihanna and DJ Paulo! What do you think?
Rihanna - Don't Stop The Music (John Michael's Paulo Reconstruction Radio Edit)

Somebody's Me



One of the things I love is when you get a DJ/remixer who usually makes music in one style but then totally switches it up for another sound every once in awhile.

That type of versatility is rare.

I've mentioned Jody Den Broeder before and as of right now, he's without a doubt one of my favorite remixers (who usually works with Tony Moran).

Off of Enrique Iglesias' most recent cd "Insomniac" comes the sweet ballad "Somebody's Me" and while I do enjoy Enrique, his voice isn't one of the best. I suppose it's a certain style he has, sorta like his dad. However, I do believe he's hot as hell! Haha!

And while Den Broeder usually gives us "hands-in-the-air" anthems, he actually took a different direction here and went for a more Moto Blanco-ish type of route with a lush arrangement with strings and still managing to incorperate his own style of synths as the undertone here.

It's incredible production on Jody's part and it works beautifully with the song!

Enrique Iglesias - Somebody's Me (JM's Jody Den Broeder Radio Edit)

http://www.zshare.net/audio/5022115ebeace2/