Wednesday, March 26, 2008

House Is A Feeling

I got to thinking today about some of the songs that really started it all. I feel like there was a time when I was just getting into house music when I was stunned at some of the production that was being done in these songs. While there have been some tracks along the way that are outstanding, sometimes you just can't beat the classics.

There's a few requests in here (I will get to all them along the way!) as well as some of my favorites from back in the day...all different days actually!

Alice Deejay - Better Off Alone (JM's Jam X & DuMonde Radio Edit)
**Before Alice Deejay came to be I had always figured trance music to be nothing but really high-pitched nasal female singers with hard hard beats and lots of blips and beeps all over. Alice Deejay opened up that door for me for exploring. DJ's Jam X & DuMonde took this song to the next level with some of the most gorgeous synths and awesome vocal tricks ever. And well, you can't deny that beat and that bass line.**

Delerium feat Jael - After All (JM's Satoshi Tomiie Radio Edit)
**Delerium has made some really fabulous electronic music. You can feel their passion pouring through every single note. They gave us the classic Sarah McLachlan "Silence" track that became the anthem of the year when Airscape got their hands on it and this one is easily just as good. Satoshi Tomiie really ran the gambit on this one. Between live acoustic guitars, dreamy synths and a beat to beat the band, this mix is SLAMMING from beginning to end.**

Deborah Cox - It's Over Now (JM's Hex Hector Radio Mix)
**This one was more of a challenge than I thought! I forgot just how busy this mix is! Hex did a good job on this one for a mainstream mix. The previously posted Retro-Future mix he did Im not a fan of and like I've said--Junior's mix (which I'll edit soon too) is where it's at!**

Cher - One By One (JM's Junior Vasquez Radio Mix)
**All these years later and this one still gives me goosebumps. There really are no words. Both Cher and Junior at their finest. This song is it's own pride parade.**

Elton John - Original Sin (JM's Junior Vasquez Radio Edit)
**The good thing that happened when Junior moved to the Earth party at Exit was that his sound evolved. He went a little bit darker and we got some very eclectic music from him. This was one of them. With low BPM's and what almost seems like half a beat with just a little bit of bass, it seemed like a strange mix to me at first. I love when he mixes Elton and if you listen, the production, though subtle, is beautiful.**

Fanatic feat Deborah Cox - Stupid Like U (JM's KO & Popstar Radio Edit)
**I found this one randomly a few years back and when I heard it, every Deborah Cox remix I heard seemed like a distant memory. This is it for me. For any who don't know, here's the background story:
Deborah had decided to be part of a rock-pop project in Germany called Fanatic and she was only doing background vocals throughout the song. After recording the whole song, the producer went under and the project was scrapped. However, the producer removed all the vocals but Deborah's and leaked out the accapella on a white label vinyl across the UK. It made it's way here and much to Deb's misfortune, mixes started surfacing. This coincided with the then upcoming release of "Something Happened On The Way To Heaven". I got the chance to ask her about it backstage at Beatstock and this is the story she told me. The vocals then got shopped around by her management to Junior Vasquez, Eddie Baez, Guido Osorio & Jason Nevins for a possible release. The release was never seen. While the other mixes are good, this is by far and above the best.**

Gigi D'Agostino - I'll Fly With You (L'Amour Tourjours) (JM's Johnny Vicious Radio Mix)
**I loved it then and I love it now. I was amazed to learn that both male and female voices here are done by the same guy. And btw, where is THIS Johnny Vicious!!?? Classic.**

Jody Watley - If I'm Not In Love (JM's Junior Vasquez Radio Edit)
**I found this on a white label years ago and fell in love with it instantly. The original is a beautiful ballad (which has also been done by Faith Hill as well) and Junior really transformed it into a great house track. I wish Jody and Junior would do a full album together. She's still got it and is so underrated.**

Solange feat Beyonce - Naive (JM's Junior Vasquez Radio Edit)
**This was on the Japanese Edition (as a R&B song) and the US Re-release of Solange's cd "Solo Star" this time as the Maurice Joshua mix. I feel like I might be the ONLY person alive who likes this song let alone this mix lol. I don't know why because I thought Junior did a great job at making what was originally and OK song into something with a melody and a discernable hook. Oh well. You decide.**

Soulsearcher vs Junior Vasquez - I Just Can't Get Enough X (JM's DJ Paulo Radio Mix)
**What do you get if you take a classic vocal with a classic tribal? Well this is the answer. DJ Paulo, genious that he is, decided to take the vocals from Soulsearcher's "Can't Get Enough" and combined it with Junior's classic track "X". The results are astounding. This is a vocal XTRAVAGANZAAAAAAA!!!**

The Beatles - Eleanor Rigby (JM's Hani Radio Edit)
**This proves that ANYthing can be remixed! Classic Beatles and Hani worked this one out with care and precision. Flawless.**


LIboi4286 said...

Great work... what's the deal with Deborah Cox? Why was it a bad thing that mixes were leaked as "Something Happened..." was released... the misfortune aspect?


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