Friday, October 26, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Friday, October 19, 2007
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!!
Idina Menzel - Defying Gravity (Eddie Baez Radio Edit)
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
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)
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Ok, I admit it. I hate this song.
If there's one thing that drives me nuts it's when radio force feeds everyone a certain song for awhile and you can't help but know every word to it! There's so much better music out there!!
The thing about it is that I think the melody and use of samples in the original version are good.
It's Sean Kingston (who clearly has a face for radio) that I don't like. Luckily though, teen pop star Jojo made a cover version of this song that is not only lyrically better but just flows smoother than Sean's.
Unfortunately though there are no remixes (to my knowledge) of Jojo's version but a few surfaced for Sean's.
Here, remixed by Hommer (does anyone have any info on them?) is a mainstream remix with a very solid beat and good synths. And as much as I hate to say it, I like it alot. This goes into the guilty pleasures list as well...
Sean Kingston - Beautiful Girls (JM's Hommer Radio Edit)
Las Vegas native Nick Terranova (pictured left) is the mastermind behind the underground club pseudonym the Starkillers who had a HUGE success with the song "Discoteka" back in January of 2006.
Coining the phrase, he has what he calls a "Dirty Sound" which has led him to not only start his own record label in 2002 (Terratraxx Records) but also to do some high profile mixes which include Iio's classic "Rapture" and more recently "Stand Back" by Stevie Nicks. Currently he's travelling across the US on his "Dirty Sound Tour".
Here, with "Can U Make Me Scream" (or "Scream") he works his magic once again and lets loose another great dark electro house track. While the song does bear similarity to "Discoteka" it's actually the Peter Rauhofer mix of this song that takes it to the next level for me.
Granted, this might not be for everyone and the repetitious lyrics can be a little daunting at times, but the production by Peter here is one of his best in a VERY long time. Having been disenchanted with Peter's work for quite sometime I was pleasantly surprised at this track. The man has the talent, he just hasn't been using it that much lately. Again, only my opinion.
Dirty, filthy or otherwise, I love this song and when you hear it out, it makes you MOVE!!!
Starkillers feat Gina - Can U Make Me Scream (JM's Peter Rauhofer Radio Edit)
After LeAnn Rimes exploded on the scene with her hit "How Do I Live" she had a string of hits (including one of my fave's "Can't Fight The Moonlight" from the Coyote Ugly soundtrack) but then she seemed to disappear from the mainstream spotlight.
However, behind the scenes her songs have been getting remixed and basically everywhere but the US has caught on!
The first song here "And It Feels Like" is by far and above my favorite LeAnn track ever! Even the original is amazing but Hi-Tack took the song and made it an anthem of the highest order!! Easily one of the best songs of this year!!
LeAnn Rimes - And It Feels Like (JM's Hi-Tack Radio Edit)
Back in 2001 there was a movie released named "Driven" which turned out to be a big flop, produced by Sylvester Stallone, however, the soundtrack spawned yet another good LeAnn song. "Soon", while never a single, got picked up by remixer Dezrok and once again with his touch, he created a dancefloor stomper!
LeAnn Rimes - Soon (JM's Dezrok Radio Edit)
On October 9th 2007, LeAnn released a new CD entitled "Family" which is all based on her personal life. Once again LeAnn gets the dance treatment with the first single "Nothing Left To Do", this time remixed by the Soul Seekerz. This edit I did not do however and it is an official one.
LeAnn Rimes - Nothing Left To Do (Soul Seekerz Radio Edit)
Friday, October 5, 2007
It seems that every couple of years, one of these kinds of songs surfaces and takes the world by storm.
"Spente Le Stelle" by Emma Shapplin, "Remember Me" by Jorio, "Melancholy Rose" by Operatica are just some of the notable ones.
This one, from 1999, was a Jonathan Peters classic. The Flower Duet by Lakme is the song here that Luminaire sampled from a performance by the Choeurs et Orchestre du Théâtre National de l'Opéra Comique. The featured vocalists are Mezzo-Soprano Jane Berbie and Soprano Gianna D'Angelo.
Jonathan Peters worked his magic and created an uplifiting trance anthem here that is pretty unbeatable. Sound Factory-heads are sure to agree!
Luminaire - Flower Duet 99 (JM's Jonathan Peters Radio Edit)
Unfortunately there's not a whole lot of information about this artist but I'll tell you what I know.
Known locally as NYC's Gothic Barbie, FLXX (pronounced Flex) has been a club promoter for many many years. I remember seeing her at John Blair's Sunday night parties at Limelight back in the day.
One of the DJ's that was in heavy rotation there at the time was James Andersen. Who knows how it all came together, but FLXX and James collaborated on a little known song called "Ready To Love Again" which I heard many a night at Limelight and at The Roxy as well.
It's a very odd song about heartbreak and FLXX has an interesting voice to go along with it. I don't know what it is about this song but I have always enjoyed it. James' production is extremely simplistic here but it does work.
I found a one track promo CD at the now defunct record store Heartbeat Records in NYC years back and I even got the chance to see FLXX do an unplugged version of this song at Limelight as well.
While it may not be for everyone, it's worth checking out.
FLXX - Ready To Love Again (JM's James Andersen Radio Edit)
Most people known Sabrina Johnston as the vocalist from her 1992 smash "Peace" ("Peace in the valley...Peace in the city...Peace in your soul...Whoa-oh oh!" -- That one.) but this song really allows Sabrina to flex her vocal muscles.
Born in Germany and raised in the US spent quite a few years as a session singer for the West Street Mob, Funking For Jamaica and most notably Lauryn Hill. On Lauryn's "The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill" she made an appearence on the song "To Zion".
This song however was featured on Junior Vasquez's CD "Earth Music" but only saw release on 12" until recently when Junior's record label, JVM Records" released it as a CD single as well.
Here, Dynamix once again knocks this out of the park with a dark, progressive anthemic mix that keeps the tone of Sabrina's determined vocals.
Lectroluv feat Sabrina Johnston - Movin On (JM's Dynamix Radio Edit)
While being world-renowned for his work with The Police, Sting (born Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner) has had quite a prolific solo career.
Monday, October 1, 2007
Once again I had to feature Offer Nissim and Maya. Easily one of the best collaborations to ever come out of dance music history, this song is a prime example as to why.
"Heartbreaking" has such haunting lyrics by Maya and the sultry synths Offer provides shows just how well these two work together.
Now, as far as Offer tracks go, his original tracks are pretty tough to beat. There are very few remixes of his Maya songs that come close to what their original intentions were...let alone work as well.
However, Jose Spinnin took "Be My Boyfriend" and turned it OUT! The beat is a heavy thump-thump and the synths give this mix a reeeeeeally nice punch! BUT it's the breakdown at around 2:30 that sells this mix! Total genious!!!
Offer Nissim feat Maya - Heartbreaking (JM's Radio Mix)
Offer Nissim feat Maya - Be My Boyfriend (JM's Jose Spinnin Radio Mix)