Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Includes: Club Mix, Club Instrumental, Accapella, Hard Club Mix & Ruff Dub
Loreta - Trouble With Boys (Junior Vasquez Mixes)
Includes: Club Mix & Dub
Billie Myers - Am I Here Yet (Junior Vasquez Mixes)
Includes: Extended Vocal Mix, Radio Edit, Marathon Mix & Marathon Beats
Debelah Morgan - Why Did You Have To Be (Mike Rizzo, Andy & The Lamboy & MK Mixes)
Includes: Mike Rizzo Club Mix, Mike Rizzo & Josh Harris Dub, Andy & The Lamboy Circuit Mix, Andy & The Lamboy Mix, Andy & The Lamboy Bonus Beats, MK Mix, MK Dub #1, MK Dub #
Brooke Allison - The Kiss Off (Goodbye) (Thunderpuss Mixes)
Includes: Club Mix, Radio Edit, Mixshow & Dub
I know it's been awhile and I've been trying to decide what to do with this blog as my posts keep disappearing and I keep getting emails from Blogger about how my blog is on their radar for some reason...So I've decided to change things up for a bit.
I hope that this doesn't ruffle any feathers out there!
I've just recently gotten the set up to rip the massive amount of vinyl that I have to mp3 and of course I've been working on that alot lately. So, what I've decided to do for the time being is to offer all you some FULL LENGTH vinyl rip packages.
I rip them, then try to remaster them for the best quality I can get. Sometimes the vinyl pressings are excellent, sometimes not, but for whatever songs I don't have good digital copies of or for tracks that weren't released digitally, this is how it will be for a bit.
I hope you all continue to support me on this endeavor and links will follow soon!
Thank you all for understanding!! I appreciate your tolerance and support!!!
~ John Michael ~
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
SO...Im gonna try to post again soon and keep it under the radar!
Wish me luck all!!! Sorry for the wait!!!
~ John Michael ~
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Ok, so this isn't an Eddie Baez post or anything, but I had to put this picture up of him because he's just THAT hot! ::sweating::
This is going to be another short post because Im at home in Staten Island and most of my music these days is on the computer at the hubby's place.
Expect another big post soon tho!!
Kim Sozzi - Feel Your Love (Radio Edit) **Official Edit**
**Kim Sozzi once again gives us a great dance pop track here with a mildly funky feel but it seems like she just can't seem to re-create her fame from "Feelin Me" or "How Did You Know". This could be a fun early-set song, but I long for my peak hour Kim Sozzi again!**
Judy Torres - Hell No (Tony Moran & Warren Rigg Radio Edit) **Official Edit**
**ANTHEM ALERT!!! I don't even know where to start with this one! It surprised the hell outta me as I grew up listening to Judy and while I loved her remake of "Faithfully" I was really hoping to get something original from her. Well her follow-up, the awkward "I Don't", was so below the radar I thought that would be it for her "comeback". I was COMPLETELY wrong! This may be one of my favorite tracks of 2008! Here Judy tackles the subject of spousal abuse (with a hysterical rap and all) and of course some killer F**k You lyrics like 'Hang up, get your stuff and don't look back! If he can't show you respect you better pack your bags!'! Tony and Warren have produced an Offer Nissim-esque mix here but it's thunderous and I very much welcome Miss Torres back to where she should be!!**
Marina - Searching For You (Mike Rizzo Original Radio Edit) **Official Edit**
**Mike Rizzo once again puts together a cute track for Marina here (which is very reminiscent of his Jenna Drey 'Killin Me' mix) which works well but I don't think it will be dominating the dancefloors any time soon.**
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Just a small posting for now to keep everyone going. I'm also going to try something a little different. I love editing mixes and all but I also love mashing things up and trying to create some of my own...
This is the newest one Im working on and while it still needs to have things tweaked (the track needs to be transposed still to make the chords the same key as the vocals) Im really happy with the structure of the mix itself.
So here's the first 3 minutes of it or so...Tell me what you all think!!
Suzanne Palmer - Luv 2 Luv 2009 (JM's Demo Clip)
Kristine W - Never (JM's Love To Infinity Radio Edit)
**I've been reading mixed reviews of this song and I don't know why! I love the vocal for this and while Love To Infinity hasn't changed their sound in quite sometime, I find it no more dated than anything Moto Blanco (or dare I even say The Freemasons with a few exceptions) has done recently. I can't wait for the other mixes of this to surface and if ANYONE can tell me why the hell we don't have Kristine's "Power Of Music" CD yet, I'd LOVE to know!!**
Two Secret Edits:
Everyone knows how I feel about posting this artists music, only because I don't want my blog to be shut down, so here you go...One's an exclusive and one's an old favorite of mine.
Hint: She's both Sticky and Sweet.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Wow. 2 months almost to the day it's been!!!
I have to apologize to you all but it's been a wild and bumpy road in my life lately. I've been having to switch schools (and btw if anyone ever thinks about going to a Paul Mitchell Partner School to pursue a career in hairdressing--DON'T DO IT!!! IT'S A WASTE OF MONEY!!!), work more hours and deal with alot of family drama that's been popping up left and right lately.
Which all translates into an exhausted John Michael and as much as I hate to admit it, my blog was one of the things that slipped through the cracks along the way.
I definitely want to come back and post more, but I apologize once again to you all, I'm going to have to keep requests CLOSED for the time being. I don't know how often I'll get to post but I will try my hardest. If and when the time should come again for requests, I will let you know.
Thank you for all your understanding...so let's get to the music!!! New post coming up soon!!!
And just to show you all I'm feeling better, I've taken my attention away from my normal David Beckham or Antonio Sabato Jr photos to highlight a new discovery I just made: Nick Youngquest, Rugby Star. ::drool::
~ John Michael ~
Friday, August 22, 2008
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
I love this man! I had known about him for awhile behind the scenes as the producer for the majority of Dana International's records but when I started looking more into his own projects I was blown away!!
FINALLY someone had come along with a new sound in dance music and gave the front runners something to be worried about! Chock full of Israeli and Middle Eastern influences, he truly brought the gorgeousness back to dance music. His music is as theatrical as he is (go see him live if you ever get the chance--it's surreal!) and he conducts his orchestra as such. He needs no further introduction...
Some of these have been posted before and so I'll just put up the links.
Deborah Cox - Everybody Dance (Offer Nissim Radio Edit) **Official Edit**
**Offer takes on another Deborah and Tony Moran production and while he simplifies it by only using a portion of the vocals, he makes this summer jam very atmospheric and very Offer. A wonderfully different feel than Tony's and great for peak hour!**
Donna Summer - Power Of Love (JM's Offer Nissim Radio Edit)
Kristine W - The Wonder Of It All (JM's Offer Nissim Black Intro Radio Mix)
Offer Nissim feat Maya - Be My Boyfriend (JM's Radio Edit)
**Quite possibly one of my favorite Offer/Maya songs (I say that about almost every Offer/Maya song btw lol) because after their CD "First Time", this was the first song I had heard that sounded different than all those tracks. I love the vocal stutter right at the beginning. Genius!**
Offer Nissim feat Maya - For Your Love (JM's Radio Edit)
**I have to say, I do like this song alot, but as far as the grand scheme of Offer/Maya songs, this is my least favorite. Good mixes but always felt like a filler song and not as anthemic as most of their others. This song I felt was very under the Peter Rauhofer influence of the one verse-one chorus structure which I'm not a huge fan of. Think Amuka's "Appreciate Me"**
Offer Nissim feat Maya - Heartbreaking (JM's Radio Mix)
**This has a beautiful vocal from Maya and very dreamy synth work by Offer. Definitely one of the standout tracks from the "First Time" CD for me. I was going through a breakup when I got the "First Time" CD and between "Alone" and this song, I felt that Offer and Maya knew just what I was going through! Haha! Especially when you have lyrics like "You promised that you wouldn't leave me when I need you/But you just kept on running away/You promised that you would be there if I'm with you/But you were not there anyway...". **
Offer Nissim feat Maya - On My Own (JM's Radio Edit)
**Following in the trend of "Heartbreaking" we have another breakup song but this time Maya's pissed and she's not having ANY of it!! Lemme put it this way:"I don't need you to tell me what I can do/Where I can go/And I don't need you to tell me what I can know/What I can not know/I don't need you to tell me who I can see/Who I cannot see/I don't need you to tell me who I can be with/Who I can be not/I don't need you to tell me who I can be with tonight/And if it feels right/That is only my right". WORK!**
Offer Nissim feat Maya - Perfect Love (JM's Full Vocal Radio Mix)
**When I first heard this song I had VERY high hopes because I was huge fan of the original House Of Prince version of it. Well I have to say that this mix is just as good as the original without actually being any better because it has some different elements (I gag over his vocal stutters in this one) that work perfectly with the song structure. I love them both equally and the update Offer gave to this song is perfect and Maya sounds amazing as usual. There's another mix, the "Perfect Club Mix" and I don't like it at all. It's the full vocal all the way!**
Offer Nissim feat Maya - Why (JM's Radio Edit)
Offer Nissim feat Maya - Wish U Were Here (JM's Radio Mix)
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Saturday, August 2, 2008
I'm not sure what happened here, but as DM pointed out in the chat box, my last post seems to have dissappeared. I'm so drugged up right now on anti-biotics that I didn't even notice!!!
Thank goodness Mediafire keeps all my files together! Now, I don't have the energy to go back and re-write all of the things I wrote, so I'll put the links up here now...
Gloria Estefan - Heaven's What I Feel (Victor Calderone Radio Edit)
Jennifer Hudson - Spotlight (Moto Blanco Radio Edit)
KhZ - Always On My Mind (JM's Pull Radio Edit)
LFO feat Kayo - If I Can't Have You (Roc & Presta Radio Edit)
Lucas Prata - Let's Get It On (JM & Quasi's Jeff Poirier Radio Edit)
Meredith Brooks - Bitch (JM's Todd Terry Radio Edit)
Olive - I'm Not In Love (DJ Skribble & Anthony Acid Radio Edit)
Simone Denny - Haven't I Cried Enough (JM's Widelife Radio Edit)
Soul Solution feat Carolyn Harding - All Around The World (Radio Edit)
Star Wars - Imperial March (Dezrok Radio Edit)
Sugar Babies - Forgive & Forget You (Razor & Guido Radio Edit)
Yaz - Don't Go (Todd Terry TNT Radio Edit)
Yaz - Situation (Club 69 Radio Edit)
I should have a new post up by late tonight everyone!! Thanks again!!
Monday, July 28, 2008
For years Jonathan Peters has been entertaining the straight side of clubland, but what's funny is that some of his biggest songs are the diva vocal anthems that us gay boys gag over!!
So this metrosexual DJ (you've gotta admit--He's pretty to look at!) has been a favorite of mine for awhile...even though there's a few of his mixes I just couldn't imagine playing anywhere!
If you ever want to hear something completely crazy, put on any Jonathan Peters Dub--They're SO intense and insane, it's clearly meant to mess with your mind when you're under the influence of...er...anything lol.
Amber - Above The Clouds (Jonathan Peters Radio Edit) **Official Edit**
**Amber gets the JP treatment and it's beautiful!! I was surprised at how NOT hard the beats were for this song (again, check the dub lol) but it's nice because it really pairs well with such a pretty song. This was the mainstream version that dance radio played here in NYC.**
Ciara - Like A Boy (JM's Jonathan Peters Deeper Radio Edit)
**This one was by special request (so I hope you like it!) and I'm glad I did it because this is definitely a great mix by JP. It's a straight up dance mix with just a standard production which works great with Ciara's delivery here. It has some electro influences and is very danceable!**
Debelah Morgan - Dance With Me (Jonathan Peters Radio Edit) **Official Edit**
**Jonathan made quite a few mixes of this one and while this edit isn't for the one I favor, it's the most normal sounding one of all of them lol. I loved this song and I don't know why Debelah just seemed to dissappear!**
Donna Summer - The Power Of One (JM's Jonathan Peters Sound Factory Radio Edit) **Official Edit**
**This song, random as it may be, was a song from the Pokemon 2000 movie. I don't know how Donna got caught up in that but I'm glad she did. JP offered both a regular club mix and a Sound Factory mix for this. The Sound Factory mix is definitely the fun one here!! The beats are hard and the build up is intense!! After the build up it almost sounds like an out of control merry-go-round or like they say in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, "Merry Go Round Broke Down" hahaha!**
Jon Secada - Stop (Jonathan Peters Radio Edit) **Official Edit**
**In 2000 Jon released his "Better Part Of Me" CD and this was the only single released both in English and in Spanish (as "Asi") which only charted at #23 but made it to #15 on the dance charts. Jon sounds very at home with the dance beat and JP put together a really great mix that compliments the melody of the song.**
Karissa Noel - Corrupt (Jonathan Peters Radio Edit) **Official Edit**
**This is a JP classic and it's easy to see why!! Karissa gives us a really sexy vocal with JP's anthemic production and result is legendary. How can you argue with the lyrics "Deny me if you think you can/But I always get my man/And before this night is through/I will corrupt you...". This song is diva personified. And don't forget to check out the Becky Baeling cover which is a few posts back!**
Katrina Ruiz - You're Gonna Miss Me (Jonathan Peters Radio Edit) **Official Edit**
**So this song came out of nowhere and I've yet to find any information about her at all! This got a full-fledged release on both CD and vinyl on the Robbins label in 2002 and yet no one seems to know who she is. Anyone? Anyone!!?? Either way, this song is incredible and the CD offers mixes by JP, Al B Rich and Rob Girellini. Al B Rich's is definitely my fave (I'll post that one soon) but JP did a very "No One's Gonna Change You" mix here if you know what I mean. Very pretty with a killer diva vocal!**
Kumi Koda - Take Back (Jonathan Peters Radio Edit) **Official Edit**
**I posted the Junior Vasquez mix of this not too long ago and here's JP's take on it. This edit has a lower bpm which is kinda nice because it makes Kumi's vocals a little bit easier to understand.**
Reina - No One's Gonna Change You (Jonathan Peters Radio Edit) **Official Edit**
**This is definitely one of JP's finest moments. This stunningly lush mix has Reina pulling out the stops on this dance music torch song! I've always enjoyed Robbie Tronco's mix alot (can't beat that violin solo!) but this one has an extra added bridge in it that Robbie's doesn't have. Reina, of course, sounds incredible and this one will never go away! Always a favorite!!**
Rockell - What U Did 2 Me (JM's Dirty Jonathan Peters Radio Edit)
**This is probably my favorite Rockell song ever!! Rockell is pissed off to no end here and she's gonna tell us ALL about it--With the help of JP of course! As angry as Rockell gets (with lyrics like "Who do you think you're fooling?/Love ain't a game to be played/My heart is empty/Like the promises you made/But now I'm getting stronger/And I don't need you any longer.") is as agressive as JP gets with some of the best distorted synths I've ever heard. The CD single came with a radio edit, full mix, a dub and the "dirty mix" which is really more of a mixshow. So I took the mixshow and I chopped it up a bit and added my favorite part of the full mix which is the synth line that comes in at 3:57 (stunning!) and then brought it all back. My other favorite part is when Rockell goes "Did you hear that?/No, you don't know that sound/Well it's all the shit you did to me/And it's coming around."--WERQ!!!**
Friday, July 25, 2008
He's so breathtaking. ::swoon::
So I was feeling a little trancey yesterday when I was working on editing, and this is what I got. Some are alternate mixes of songs you all might know and some are just really great hard house/trance songs. Im usually only in this kinda mood when I'm really over caffinated, so drink up boys and get your trance on! :-D
Angelic - Can't Keep Me Silent (JM's Jam X & Dumonde Radio Edit)
**This song is nuts!! Really pretty ethereal vocals with a KILLER production here by Jam X & Dumonde! I got the chance to hear them once in NY (at Club Shelter) and it was insane! I've never heard such fast and hard beats before lol. This one will rock the sh*t outta your speakers!!**
Aurora - Ordinary World (JM's Condor Radio Edit)
**I first heard this song on "Junior Vasquez: Twilo Vol 1" and I loved the mix instantly! Aurora took on the classic Duran Duran song and made it her own and Condor really did such an incredible job with this mix! This is some drama-trance right here...and the drama starts NOW! :-) **
Avalon - Can't Live A Day (JM's Tiesto Radio Edit)
**Tiesto can be very hit or miss with me. Sometimes his mixes are amazing and sometimes they really just don't do that much for me--Well, THIS one is probably one of my favorites!! Great diva vocal here (turns out this too is a Christian song--and don't they make the best dance songs??) and Tiesto works the hell out of it!! Must have!!!**
Cascada - Everytime We Touch (Dan Winter Radio Edit) **Official Edit**
**Ok, I know I know! They played the hell outta this song--And you're right! But I was such a fan of the original version (by Maggie Reilly) that I was so happy to hear a dance version. The song really is very pretty and has a catchy melody that you'll be singing forever! Dan Winter didn't vary that far from the original, but there are some nice new elements that freshen this song up a bit!**
Celine Dion - I Drove All Night (JM's Chris The Greek Radio Edit)
**Celine goes trance! So much fun!! A really punchy bass line with some really fun (albeit slightly dated sounding) synths here make this a real high energy anthem!! Celine's voice works over anything, I'm convinced!**
Da Buzz - Alive (JM's Yanou Radio Edit)
**WOW! That's all I can say is WOW!!! This has got to be one of the most BRILLIANT trance mixes I've ever heard!! Da Buzz' lead singer Annika's vocals sounds PERFECT with this mix and this has probably some of the most incredible synth work I've ever heard in my life!! I gag from 1:40 to 2:45 here...Incredible piece of work here!!!**
Iio - At The End (JM's Fairlite Radio Edit)
**Well we all know the stellar Johnny Vicious mix but what happens when Iio goes trance? Well, this is pretty fabulous! The vocals sound right at home here and I love how the beat changes from being steady to a breakbeat sound. Brilliant!**
Jessy - Look At Me Now (JM's Milk Inc Radio Edit)
**This was a really big song in NY for awhile and you can see why. It's a fun song with a great hook and some f*ck you vocals!!**
Karen Ramirez - Looking For Love (JM's Trouser Enthusiasts Radio Mix)
**I got this one from the guys who run MusicBoxMix (which is a FABU blog!!) and this is such a fun mix! I love the intro--SO hot!! It's a really different take on this song compared to the Peter Rauhofer mix which I've posted previously. Louie, this is all for you! I hope you enjoy it!!**
Kristine W - The Boss (Mike Lewis Radio Edit) **Official Edit**
**Well, there's a first time for everything right?? I never thought I would hear Kristine's vocals over something so hard and fast! It's pretty good tho!! It's like Kristine W meets Cascada!**
Liz Kay - Castles In The Sky (Cascada Radio Edit) **Official Edit**
**When this song first came out, everyone was gagging! You couldn't get away from it!! The vocals were originally done by Marsha but now trance and hard house favorites Liz Kay and Cascada take it on once again and give it a very fresh approach! I love the ballad beats through the verses!**
Mandy Moore - Have A Little Faith In Me (JM's Ford Radio Edit)
**UPDATE!!! UPDATE!!! I originall had this mix labeled as the Mac Quayle mix, but it turns out it was a mislabel and was actually done by Ford, so I've relabeled it here but I didn't re-upload the song! So make sure when you DL it you're changing the title cause there's nothing worse than not giving the credit where it's due!! Mandy Moore released her fourth CD named "Coverage" where she payed tribute to all of the artists who inspire her which includes this cover of the classic John Hiatt. Not only did I not know that this song got remixed, but I was surprised to hear a trance mix of it! This is SO much fun and Mandy's voice sounds gorgeous with this mix!!!**
Milk Inc - Walk On Water (H2O Radio Edit) **Official Edit**
**This was another really popular song in NY for awhile and it's really all about the chorus here. "I would walk on water/Just to be with you/Walk on water/Just to be with you/Split the ocean/Cross the sea/Walk on water/If you believe...". It's so pretty!!!**
Sonique - Alive (JM's Pete Martine Radio Edit)
**Sonique made it big with her hit "It Feels So Good" in 1999 and then seemed to dissappear after! Her second release here "Sky" was the last song for her to chart here. This song, released in 2003 only charted in the UK at #70 but is my favorite of all her releases! The lyrics make me wanna go run a marathon! This song is just incredibly uplifiting and it's impossible to be in a bad mood when you listen to it!!**
Tina Ann - All I Need Is A Miracle (JM's Chris The Greek Radio Edit)
**Dance music diva Tina Ann took on this class Mike & The Mechanics 1986 classic (which hit #5 for them) in 2004 for the Nu Dance Traxx Volume 93 CD and while this never charted, it's a great effort from Tina. Chris the Greek once again gives us a high energy song that just makes you feel good!!**
Bonus Edit: This song comes directly out of my childhood and could be one of the reasons my parents had an incling that I might not be like the other boys in school! Just me, a mirror, mom's hairbrush and this song and I was set. There's my confession from this dancefloor :-P
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Hey everyone! I'm very excited about this post! I actually had the VERY great honor to be the opening DJ for Chris Cox (that's me and him!) when he played in NYC at Spirit and let me tell you--Aside from being one of the best nights of my life, he was the NICEST person ever!! The minute he walked into the booth I started sweating lol. I was playing Inaya Day's cover of "Nasty Girl" when he walked in and he was like "Oooh! I hear a Vanity 6 sample!" and I said "Oh, this is Inaya Day's cover of Nasty Girl" and he just went "Oh nice! I like it!"...and it kinda blew my mind he hadn't heard it but I guess that's what happens when you're so involved in the industry!
There's really not much more to say about him! After Thunderpuss split he continued to be amazing...That's all I got! Hah!
Anna Vissi - Call Me (Chris Cox Radio Edit) **Official Edit**
**This was SUCH an amazing vocal. I've posted an edit I did for this song because I didn't have the official handy so here you go!**
Beat Hustlerz feat Thea Austin - Just About Had Enough (Hustlerz Radio Edit) **Official Edit**
**I included this one because this is the team work of Chris, Jody Den Broeder and Ellis Miah. Jody & Ellis wrote it and Chris mixed it all together and gave us one of the best diva vocals ever!! This song never gets old for me!!**
Christina Aguilera - Hurt (Chris Cox Radio Edit with Intro) **Official Edit**
**This was a juggernaut on the dancefloor and while I loved Jonathan Peters version a little bit more, Chris' mix was a thunderous runner up. I love that he offered an edit with the intro from the original version of the song! Stunning!!**
Danielle Bollinger - When The Broken Hearted Love Again (Chris Cox Radio Edit) **Official Edit**
**This was Danielle's first song and did you know that it's a Christian inspired song? Released on EsNtion records (Ascention--Get the biblical reference? lol) this was a fantastic package! Two CD's of remixes, dubs and edits from Chris Cox, Davidson Ospina, Phenix, Thick Dick (which is weird to read that on a God fearing record label lol) and Josh Harris so there's definitely something for everyone! Chris' is definitely the mix to beat and listening to her sing makes me sad that she's no longer making music.**
Debby Holliday - Dive (Chris Cox Radio Edit) **Official Edit**
**So Debby walked into the Perfect Beat offices and said "I wanna be a dance music diva" and they made her one! True story!! If I had only known it was THAT easy! Did you know that she's actually the daughter of singer/songwriter Jimmy Holliday and that she toured as a backup singer for people like Rod Stewart and Kiss? Craziness!! ALSO she even sang the theme song "Dig Deep" for Courtney Cox' sitcome "Dirt"! This girls been busy!! Well this is one of my fave songs by her and I believe this was the first single as well.**
Donna Summer - I Will Live For Love (JM's Chris Cox Radio Mix)
**Easily one of Donna's best! It's dramatic (cause it was written for a musical Donna's been writing forever about her life) and full of energy!! Chris really takes it home here in an anthemic way that has Donna on a tour de force!! Highly reccommended!!**
Gioia Bruno - Wreckin My Nerves (JM's Chris Cox Radio Edit)
**I've been such a huge fan of Gioia's from her days with freestyle super group Expose and all through her solo career. Her CD "Expose This" is an excellent piece of dance pop music which everyone should own! This however is one of my favorite songs by her! It went all the way to #3 on the charts and it's easy to see why! Chris actually put together a funkier mix here and it's perfect over lyrics like "You're wreckin my nerves/Was that your intention?/Cause baby it worked/You're like an infection/You're wreckin my nerves/It's 24-7/You drive me insane/Why you always stressing me out?!". And there's more great lyrics all throughout the track as well.**
GTS feat Norman Jean & Luci M - Le Freak (JM's Chris Cox Radio Edit)
**Well we know that Chris and Barry used the sample for this in their song with Jocelyn Enriquez which is a few posts back but now, featuring two of the original members of Chic, it gets it's own proper remix! Chris did a brilliant job updating it with a modern sound that still has retro elements.**
Kelly Clarkson - Walk Away (Chris Cox Radio Edit) **Official Edit**
**This has to be one of Kelly's best remixes! Chris definitely turned this into a feel good song that makes me wanna snap my fingers and my neck and tell someone to piss off! Haha!**
SK8 - Amnesty (Chris Cox Radio Edit) **Official Edit**
**SK8's latest offering with boyfriend Chris Cox is STELLAR!! SOOOOOO good! I believe that SK8 finally found her element. While I've loved almost all her stuff, some of it is a little...er...specific but now, that's all changed. This is a beautiful anthem by both of them and unlike some of her other tracks, this one has direction and energy! Bravo!!**
Walker - So Deep (Chris Cox Radio Edit) **Official Edit**
**This may be one of my all time favorite male vocals! Chris does an outstanding job with this one (as usual lol) and all I know about Walker is that he's from Hollywood CA and that this song got to #29 on the dance charts. I wish he's do more stuff! I love his voice!!**
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Tony Moran is going to be DJing in DC at Town on August 9th and I am NOT missing it!! This story is the one I wrote after to going out for my birthday in 2006. I went to see Junior Vasquez at Cielo and then later that night went to Alegria (at Crobar) to see Tony.
This is exactly why I can't wait to see him again!!
If Music Is Your Life, Just Keep On Dancing...
We're gonna turn this party out!
Turn it! Uh huh!
We're gonna burn this party down
I'm gonna wear your body out!
Shake it! Shake it up!
Cause it don't happen, happen everyday
Give it up for Alegria!
Been waiting for tonight
I wanna see some hands in the sky!
Raise em high!
Lift em up!
Keep em up!
I wanna see some hands in the sky!
Raise em high!
Lift em up!
Lift em up!!
Can you feel it?!
Been waiting for tonight
- Tony Moran & Ric Sena feat Zhana Saunders - "Waiting For Alegria"
I'm sitting here right now, trying to reflect on what exactly went on last night. My mind is still blown.
To try and pay tribute to my night seems almost trite. How can I really put into words what can only be described as a full body experience?
For those of you who aren't avid house-heads like me, think about the band you love the most and seeing them in an incredible venue with an amazing sound system, playing all of your favorite songs and sounding like sheer perfection. That's the closest thing I can come to for an explanation.
But I'm getting ahead of myself. Let me start at the beginning.
It's around 8:30 and I'm driving to pick up my friend Bobby. Originally we were going to take the ferry in and whatnot, but I veto-ed that idea when I felt just how cold it was and knowing how spoiled I am with my car, I knew driving in was my only option.
I knew that tonight was going to be special for a few reasons:
1) This starts my birthday week celebration (Haha!)
2) I was going to see Junior Vasquez (ALWAYS a good time!)
3) I was going to see Tony Moran @ Alegria (I had never heard him spin and had never been to an Alegria party as yet.)
4) I was going with a good group of my boys (Bobby, Billy & his friend Kevin)
To say I was pumped up about all this is a real understatement.
After we got to Billy's apartment and had a few drinks, we were on our way to Cielo to see Her Royal Highness, Junior Vasquez.
We got inside and it was MOBBED to say the least! There were people everywhere! Now, Cielo isn't a huge place and it usually plays house to some of the more disco/funky house DJ's like Little Louie Vega and such so I knew that I would be in for a different kind of Junior. However, any kind of Junior is alright by me.
As I had suspected, he kept things pretty funky for the majority of the night. The highlight for me was when he threw in "Nothingness" by Karmadelic feat Sandy B. Billy and I had just about freaked! Haha!
No matter what kind of music that man plays though, there's a story you can sense. It's a journey. There's an undercurrent of artistry there that you just don't get with alot of DJ's and when you're hearing a song that's been remixed or produced by Junior, you know it. Everything has it's place and the place is perfect. Being such a Junior freak, you'll think I'm biased and maybe I am, but that's what made my night so great!
The only downfall to the evening was that Cielo was having problems with it's air conditioning and the place was like a turkish sauna. 100's of people packed into a small venue and it was sweltering.
Side note: I spent most of the night dancing next to a very messy Carson Kressley from Queer Eye From The Straight Guy. Let me tell you--It's amazing the things TV make-up can do! Yikes!
Some more highlights for me was hearing Junior's mixes of Beyonce's "Check On It", Pink's "Stupid Girl" & Vernessa Mitchell's "Love Will Find A Way". At around 1:30 though, I just couldn't take the heat anymore. I had been dancing non-stop and was dripping wet.
So back in the car we went and headed to Crobar.
Now, as I've said, I had never heard Tony Moran spin before. I've always loved his productions and mixes but sometimes DJ's can be a real let down when you get them behind the turntables (::cough::peterrauhofer::cough cough::). I had very high expectations though, aside from the $60 cover charge! Truth be told, I would've paid $100.
For me, and maybe this is strange, it takes more than just a good DJ to make a good event.
Yes, the DJ is the main part, but everyone involved needs to be going for the same goal and that means bouncers, coat check people, bathroom attendants, bartenders, ID checkers, security...etc... (Et Cetra! LoL Billy!!)
And from the get-go, everyone was respectful and very friendly. Always a good sign.
The first thing I was hit with was just HOW many people were there. I've never seen a space of that size inhabited by THAT many people before!!
First track as we walked in: "El Tigre" (Deep Influence Mix)
We all battled the crowd and made our way to the front right side of the stage and started dancing. The energy in the room was high and the music was as big room as it could be. Besides, in NY, there aren't many rooms bigger than Crobar, if any.
What happened next was nothing short of magical. So much in fact that it's hard to put it down into words.
But I'll try.
Let me start with a very bold statement: Never in all the years of my clubbing have I ever heard a DJ mix an entire evening of music so flawlessly.
Any expectations I had for this evening were met and then surpassed with ease.
Tony had his hand on the pulse of the event and over and over again kept jolting you with music that you could NOT stand still to, even in such small confines of dancing space.
One of my favorite things to see when I'm out is when you look into the crowd and everyone has their hands up in the air, singing along or just freaking out to the same thing you are. In an abstract way it's like being part of a huge family. You're all there for the same reason. Everyone wants to have a good time and everyone is doing their best to enhance their experience.
Tony Moran was the Mama and the lighting guy was the Papa. Haha!
It's hard to breakdown the night into highlights because every single song, even if I didn't know it, was incredible! Adjective's do it NO justice.
From what I can remember though:
Rosabel - "Rhythm Intoxication", Mariah Carey - "Don't Forget About Us" (Yeah, I freaked out to this one), Offer Nissim feat Maya - On My Own (Freaking out again!), Kim English - It Makes A Difference (Dub & Club Mix--The Dub was outstanding!)
But the piece de resistance for me was Tony's 2006 Re-Do of Mary J Blige's "Your Child". For anyone who knows this song, you know the Junior Vasquez mix. Junior's mix is and was still great but I have to say (and you know this is serious!), Tony's mix made me say "Junior who???". He completely ripped through that song like nothing I've heard in my life!!! I almost danced to the entire song with my hand covering my mouth because I just couldn't believe what I was hearing!!!
Then Alegria favorite, Zhana Saunders, came on stage to perform her new Alegria song, "Cafe Con Alegria". She looked and sounded amazing!!
Just then, the released about 2 tons of confetti! There is no way to describe what it looked like, felt like, sounded like...am I becoming redundant yet?? lol
They also released napkins from the ceiling to wipe yourself off with, which I thought was an awesome idea, albeit illegal (Thanks Billy! lol).
Even now, I have so many memories and recollections going through my mind it's hard to think about it all and get it all down here.
Somewhere around 7AM Bobby and I left and we made the LONGEST journey home of our lives haha!
My birthday is actually this Friday, but this is the weeklong celebration and I can't imagine a better way to start it off!
I hope that you can get some kind of incling what it was like. I'm officially addicted to Alegria and Tony Moran. It was a complete re-affirmation of why I love this music and why I love this lifestyle.
Tony Moran, you are a God among men. Alegria was just a mere love song from you to us and we all felt loved.
And until next time I'll be waiting for that night...For Alegria...
I'm literally counting down the days!!!!
Celine Dion - To Love You More (Tony Moran Crossover Edit) **Official Edit**
**GAG! I love this song!! Why isn't Tony doing all her new stuff!!?? Tell me it wouldn't be sick to hear a Tony produced mix of Celine doing "Alone"? ::sigh:: I can dream!**
Nomad - With You (Junior Vasquez Radio Edit) **Official Edit**
**Another classic by Junior!! This takes me right back to Twilo! Incredible track here!! It's almost like Junior does trance!**
Katharine McPhee - Love Story (Tony Moran & Waren Rigg Soul Banger Radio Edit) **Official Edit**
**I don't know why this popped up recently because this single was released awhile ago but I am glad it did! I enjoyed the original version, but wow! Tony & Warren really brought it home on this one!! The beats are pretty big and this wouldn't be out of place at an Alegria party at all!**
RuPaul - Workout (JM's Junior Vasquez Radio Edit)
**This was such a great cover for Ru to take on. Originally done by Frankie Knuckles in 1993, RuPaul definitely breathed new life into this classic and made it his own. Junior went a step further and gave a good production with some beat tricks, keeping the focus on the vocals and not over powering them.**
Wendy Phillips - Stay (Tony Moran Radio Edit) **Official Edit**
**This British singer saw only one release here and this was it. Produced (and written) by Tony Moran and featuring mixes by Airscape & Mike Rizzo among others, this track is a fun pop dance song. Wendy's voice is very cute and the whole mix has a very easy breezy feel to it!**
Tenth Planet - Ghosts (Junior Vasquez Radio Edit) **Official Edit**
**This was another Twilo song and I love how Junior tackles these types of trance vocals. It's a sound that's all his own and yet it works on so many levels. I really am such a Juniorhead haha!! I totally drank the kool aid! At any rate, this was a special request, so I hope you enjoy it!!**
Tweet - Oops (Oh My) (JM's Junior Vasquez Radio Edit)
**I had ALOT of fun with this one. This has to be one of the darkest and strangest Junior mixes I own. It's SO dark! It reminds me of a Dynamix Dub. Everything about this mix is interesting tho. It's a wild and sexy ride through Tweet's masturbation station so hop aboard!**
So I thought I would share with you, what you all have been downloading. Maybe get some reccommendations from it or maybe you missed it, but here is the Top 10 as of right now!
10) Chris Brown - With You (JM's Tracy Young Radio Edit)
9) The Fray - How To Save A Life (JM's Robbie Rivera Radio Edit)
8) Cyndi Lauper - Into The Nightlife (JM's Soul Seekerz Radio Edit)
7) Nelly Furtado feat Timbaland - Promiscuous (Ralphi Rosario Radio Mix)
6) Celine Dion - Shadow Of Love (JM's DJ Gabriel G Radio Edit)
5) Plumb - In My Arms (JM's Bimbo Jones Radio Edit)
4) Kristine W - I'm Coming Out (JM's Julian Marsh Radio Edit)
3) Celine Dion - Taking Chances (JM's Matt Piso Radio Edit)
2) Kristine W - The Boss (JM's Paul Goodyear Radio Edit)
and the number one download from my blog is.............................::drum roll::............................
1) Celine Dion - Taking Chances (JM's Ralphi Rosario & Craig J Radio Edit)
That's what we got--Hand picked by YOU!! I feel like one of those PBS commercials.
This blog has been brought to you by PBS, Viewers Like You and The Helena Rubenstein Foundation.
More posts on the way as always!! Muah!!
~ John Michael ~
Basshunter - All I Ever Wanted (JM's Wideboys Radio Edit)
**I feel like Basshunter just popped up and is now all over the place. Up until very recently, I had never heard of him and now I see his music on blogs everywhere. I have to admit, I do have a love for the faster, harder trance type songs as well, but I have to be in the mood. His CD all in all is pretty fabulous tho! This is the second single from his "Now You're Gone" CD and the Wideboys made this song alot more accessible to the mainstream who's hearts cant handle beats over 145 lol. The Wideboys might be one of the best remixers of 2008. Brilliant and so much fun here!**
Carillo & Amador feat Ronnie Sumrall - Save Me (Radio Edit) **Official Edit**
**I found this song randomly on a blog and I'm guessing that the Amador in this team is Eddie Amador? Does anyone know for sure? Either way, this is a slick male vocal with a nice electro production by Carillo & Amador. Good for early evening music or early morning...depending on how you're looking at it lol...**
Erin Hamilton - Control Yourself (JM's Lenny B Radio Edit)
**Diva Erin Hamilton is BACK! After a hiatus, Solar City's golden girl who gave us the classics "The Flame" (which just saw 2008 mixes) and her cover of "Dreamweaver", returns with an awesome vocal anthem! There's been oodles of mixes of this but this is the one I've gravitated towards the most so far. Is it just be or does she sound...blacker...now? Like she picked up some serious soul in her voice. It was great before but she sounds amazing now!!**
Jim Verraros - You're Getting Crazy (L.E.X. Radio Edit) **Official Edit**
**I posted an edit I did for the Mike Cruz mix and then I stumbled across this official edit from LEX who's productions never dissappoint. Dark and progressive, they take this song on with awesome results!**
Jody Watley - I Want Your Love (JM's Wideboys Edit)
**Jody Watley??!! Yeah, I can't believe it either! I know she's been recording still but I haven't really gotten into some of her stuff (I didn't enjoy her Madonna "Borderline" cover that much) but NOW? Well clutch the pearls because Miss Jody is back with a stunning cover of this 70's classic, originally done by Chic! This is sure to not dissappoint! Incredible vocals from Jody and a really fun mix from The Wideboys once again!**
Kurtis Mantronik feat Kelly Marie Smith - I Can't Wait (JM's Radio Mix)
**Speaking of covers, let me introduce you to my new favorite cover of 2008. This was one of my favorite 45's (I'm dating myself here! lol) growing up and I still have it! I looooooooooved this song when originally done by Nu Shooz in the 80's and now? Well, this one will speak for itself. The production is to die for!! We also have a great vocal here from Kelly Marie Smith (former vocalist with The Shapeshifters) who hits this remake dead on! MUST HAVE!!!**
Maroon 5 & Rihanna - If I Never See Your Face Again (Expensive People Radio Edit) **Official Edit**
**Holy electro Batman!! Hah! I was only eh about the original song, even though I do enjoy both artists alot. Maroon 5 has alot of soul and great pop sensibilities which is why alot of their songs do well on the dancefloor and this one is no different. NOW I'm loving this song! I don't know who the Expensive People are but they did an excellent electro-rock mix here that just screams fun!**
Michelle Williams - We Break The Dawn (JM's Wideboys Radio Edit)
**Michelle always seemed like the forgotten one in Destiny's Child. She only sang the bridges of the songs mosts times and when she went solo and did the gospel thing, it was only so-so. Well, that's all changed!! I can't wait for her CD as every song I've heard that's leaked is fantastic including this sleeper hit. Currently, it's #1 on the dance charts but hasn't charted anywhere else. I expect very big things from her and The Wideboys, AGAIN, do magic to this track. They are HOT!!**
Rob Mirage - Forever (JM's Midnight Society Radio Edit)
**This song is EXPLOSIVE!! A very dark and progressive male vocal with BIG beats and almost ALL synths! This song is MADE of synths and it works SOOOO well! This song definitely grows on you, if for no other reason then for the production.**
Shannon - Something About You (JM's Eddie Baez Radio Edit)
**When 80's diva Shannon had her mini-resurgence back in 2000 with the Hex Hector remix of "Give Me Tonight", I figured we were welcoming back a dance diva to the floor. Where did we go wrong?? After the #1 success of "Give Me Tonight", she released 2008 mixes of "Let The Music Play" which only hit #32 which is interesting cause originally in the 80's "Let The Music Play was a #8 song for her whereas "Give Me Tonight" stalled at #46. At any rate, Shannon released her 4th studio CD "The Best Is Yet To Come" and her original producer, Chris Barbosa was asked to rejoin her as was Tony Moran. Aside from her two classics, two more songs from the CD were remixed, this one by Eddie Baez who did a fantastic job and "Intimate" which was taken on by Plasmic Honey. She sounds just as god as she did then and needs to come back...er...again!!!**
Supanova - No Secrets (JM's Escape & Dom Capello Radio Edit)
**This is another random song I found in my surfing and while it's different, I do like it. It's a little more minimal and darker than what you'd expect from Escape & Capello, but it works very well as an afterhours track. Another good male vocal here!**
The Ting Tings - Great DJ (Soul Seekerz Radio Edit) **Official Edit**
**Wow, the Soul Seekerz finally produced a good mix?! Hard to believe huh! Ok, I'm obviously being sarcastic here lol...Can they do any wrong?? The Ting Ting's first single here gets a good working over by my other favorite remixing team of 2008 and it's fabu! Naturally!**
Whitney Houston - Fine (JM's Rob Girellini Radio Mix)
**This song, the fourth single from her "Whitney: The Greatest Hits" CD only found Whit at #51 on the charts, but there were two very good remixes that popped up along the way, one by Junior Vasquez and this one by Rob Girellini. I don't know much about Rob but that the few mixes of his I've heard I've liked. This one is a really high energy mix which results in Whitney losing it around 2:45 and throughout to the rest of the song. How many times do you think she says the word "Fine" in this song? lol**
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Most of you know Guido Osorio from being one half of Razor N Guido, but what happened after they split?
I've always been a fan of RNG but I have to say that Guido's solo stuff is just as good if not better! The thing I love is that his sound is different than everyone elses. It's more industrial and dirtier. His precision is always on point and he knows how to hit the song hard where it needs it!
So here's some edits to keep you on your toes when it comes to the solo efforts of this amazing remixer!
Amber - The Need To Be Naked (JM's Guido Osorio Virgin Radio Edit)
**I loved Thunderpuss' mix for this song, but this is the one to beat. Guido did two mixes for this, a "Naughty" mix and a "Virgin" one. Both are excellent but I enjoy this one better. I love the mini build ups before each chorus and the vocal effects are top notch!**
Angie Stone - Bottles & Cans (JM's Guido Osorio Radio Edit)
**Most people know Angie from her #1 dance smash "I Wish I Didn't Miss You" which was the second single from her 2001 CD "Mahogany Soul" but this track, single number 4, was widely overlooked in my opinion. This one only hit #18 on the dance charts, which is still respectable and Guido's mix is really amazing! I love how he added all the recycling noises as well!**
Colton Ford - Everything (JM's Guido Osorio Radio Mix)
**I've just posted the Solar City edit of this which was the original production but this is way superior to that. On this one, we get some new ad libs and vocals from Colton (and from what sounds like a Speak N Spell lol) and in a way Guido made this song a little safer. The original one had some nastier elements which are nice in a novelty kinda way, reflecting on Colton's porn past, but this mix makes him sound more like a legitimate dance artist.**
Cyndi Lauper - Disco Inferno 2002 (JM's Guido Osorio Radio Mix)
**I was very surprised at this cover that Cyndi did for 1999's "A Night At The Roxbury" soundtrack and then having it pop up again in 2002 getting the Guido treatment which it obviously needed! Removing all the disco elements from it, Guido made this mix very current and Cyndi's vocals are awesome and funny at the same time. Check it out and you'll see what I mean!**
Deborah Cox - Stupid Like U (JM's Guido Osorio Radio Edit)
**Guido was one of the many DJ's who got ahold of this accapella and while I do prefer Junior's & Popstar's mixes more, this mix is definitely worth giving a spin. He kept it rough around the edges and had this have seen a proper release this would've been a smash for sure!**
DJ Disciple feat Mia Cox - Caught Up (JM's Guido Osorio Radio Edit)
**This song and this mix both put NJ singer/songwriter Mia Cox into the Queer As Folk legacy, being used both in the show and on their soundtrack CD. Not only that but this song went straight to #1 on the club charts as well. Listening to this mix it's easy to see why!**
Guido Osorio feat Alan T - Tweak It (JM's Maximum Radio Edit)
**This song ended up on Razor N Guido's only full length CD (which is incredible Btw if you can get it!) "Dancefloor" and I fell in love with it instantly. Once again Alan T is here to give you the bitchiness that he's known for and Guido really gets to shine here as the producer providing all kinds of this from stabbing synths, beat changes and much more!**
Guido Osorio Project feat Angelica De No - Runaway (JM's Radio Mix)
**Angelica de No broke into the scene when she teamed up with Guido and recorded two songs ("Wicked" and this one, "Runaway") which quickly became international hits in club land. This track also made its way onto the very popular White Party 2002 CD compilation mixed by circuit DJ Brett Henrichsen on Masterbeat Records. Again, left to his own devices, Guido pulls all the stops out for this one providing and incredible mix that could easily be thrown into any set today!**
Shania Twain - It's Alright (JM's Guido Osorio Radio Mix)
**I know I've posted this one before, but again, this is my all time favorite Guido mix. He took Shania completely out of her element here and gave us a high energy diva vocal anthem!! The album it comes from, The Complete Limelight Sessions, was released 2001 and is a collection of songs recorded before she signed a record deal with her label in 1993. The album was released following the massive success of her chart topping CD "Come on Over". The album was promoted by this remix and it has the distinction of being Shania's only song to chart on the dance charts (reaching #25).**
Taylor Dayne - How Many (JM's Guido Osorio Radio Edit)
**Another Tony Moran song I have postd previously, but again--This is defintely the best mix! Taylor's voice and this mix work perfectly and while I do believe she can sing anything, I believe he can remix anything as well! That must be why this earned Taylor another top 10 song on the dance charts when this one went to #6!**
Bonus Edit: I had to put this one on here! This mix is incredible from start to stop! He took a classic song by this artist and made his own Secret mix for it. I'm sure it's just Human Nature for him to do so, but he should Take A Bow because he deserves to be commended for his amazing work! The breakdown to the hip hop beat in this one makes me gag!