Normally, I like to mix up the different styles and genres within my BPM mixes, but this time I decided to separate them out. This first set is for all the mainstream electro-pop folks who like their radio favorites mixed for the dancefloor. Nothing wrong with that at all. As you skim down the track list, you may notice a couple of things. First, Mariah Carey; yes I was critical of her remake of the Foreigner classic "I Want to Know What Love Is", but I have to admit her vocals are spot on and she hasn't sounded this good in a long time. Sadly, Moto Blanco (who I would have tapped for the remix) sped the vocals up losing the actual flavor of the song. This is a big ballad with some serious undertones that deserve better than the Mickey Mouse rendition they delivered. That's not to say most of you won't like it, I just think something more dramatic is in order; maybe Tony Moran, Chris Cox; I'm just saying.
The next thing you'll notice is my inclusion of Miley Cyrus' "Party in the U.S.A." I haven't been particularly nice to Miley on this site, only because I guess I'm way over the whole bubblegum scene. History has always manufactured huge stars targeting the Teen Beat crowd, so Miley's success comes as no surprise. Certainly, I've had my fair share of favorites over the years (Debbie Gibson comes to mind), so it wouldn't be fair of me to deny anyone else their right to enjoy it now. While I'm not ready to join Miley's fan club, I will admit that this song is sinfully delicious!
While I generally enjoy all the songs in my mixes for one reason or another, as usual, there are a few diamonds that stand out and stick in my head like gum to the bottom of your shoe. Cindy Gomez' "Again and Again" is pure pop bliss, while Priscilla Renea's "Dollhouse" takes on a familiar theme while making it all her own. One of the biggest artists of the year, Agnes follows up "Release Me" with "I Need You" which is just as ear-pleasingly catchy. I'm not sure what the huge appeal to Agnes' kind of meat and potatoes pop is, but she sure has one hell of a writing team, if she isn't writing these songs herself. Taking the familiar piano riff used in "When Love Takes Over" by David Guetta and Kelly Rowland (another HUGE track from earlier this year) this is bound to be BIG.
After the massive worldwide success of "In My Arms" from 2007, Plumb returns with a new album and single "Hang On" already destined for dancefloor glory. Packed with fantastic mixes by Dave Aude and Digital Dog, it's the Pete Hammond mix that blows my socks off. If you weren't fortunate enough to have lived through the second half of the 80s, Pete Hammond (who's been making the rounds on the circuit lately) was part of Stock, Aitken, and Waterman or better known as SAW. They churned out dozens of hits for Bananarama, Dead or Alive, Rick Astley and even Donna Summer amongst many others. Their signature sound could be heard not just on dancefloors but at Top 40 radio throughout the world. I'm happy to say that Pete, who has already been featured in previous BPM Editions, is back and quite possibly even better than before. He's taken the classic SAW sound and updated it for the today's dancefloors'. Despite my obvious bias, it's refreshing to hear something dropped in between the usual Bimbo Jones, Dave Aude twin packs of dance these days. That's not saying anything is wrong with these guys, it's just nice to hear something that is familiar to me and fresh and new to everyone else. One listen, and you'll be digging it, I promise.
Another big winner for me is Morgan Page's latest "Fight For You." The Beltek mix is definitely tight, but if you're looking for something with a little more bite, check out DJ Dan's peak hour romp.
Wow, this post got pretty long; didn't mean to bore you guys to death with my rambling, especially after such a long time away. I guess it just shows I still have it and my interest has not waned one iota. So, bare with me just a little bit more. Party Favorz is currently seeking one or two individuals who live, breathe and eat house music. If you currently run your own dance music review blog, I would definitely be interested in talking to you about a bi-weekly column. Whether your site leans towards underground house, electro-pop, circuit or all of the above, it would be a great way for you to gain more exposure by teaming up with Party Favorz. Please, no corporate affiliations; I'm looking to keep it subjectively honest, with as little outside influence as possible. If you or anyone you know is interested, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure to leave your site address and your full name. Whether I choose to use you or not, I will respond. I won't leave you blowing in the wind like most prospective employers.
That's about it for now. I've already got the second set ready to go for you guys (and gals) later today or Sunday, depending on my schedule. Those of you who are hardcore house fans, I promise you're gonna love it!
Until then, ENJOY!
Track : 1
Title : I Want To Know What Love Is (Moto Blanco Club Mix)
Artist : Mariah Carey
Track : 2
Title : Party In The U.S.A. (Cahill Club Mix)
Artist : Miley Cyrus
Track : 3
Title : I'm Not Over (Adam K & Soha Remix)
Artist : Carolina Liar
Track : 4
Title : Shadow On The Wall (Riffs & Rays Mix)
Artist : Hannah
Track : 5
Title : Again And Again (Bimbo Jones Vocal)
Artist : Cindy Gomez
Track : 6
Title : Do What U Like (Dave Aude Club Mix)
Artist : Bad Boy Bill feat. Alyssa Palmer
Track : 7
Title : Bang Bang (Wawa Club Mix)
Artist : Melanie Fiona
Track : 8
Title : Outta Here (Kaskade Club Mix)
Artist : Esmee Denters
Track : 9
Title : Dollhouse (Bimbo Jones Vocal Club Mix)
Artist : Priscilla Renea
Track : 10
Title : I Need You Now (Cahill Mix)
Artist : Agnes
Track : 11
Title : Fight For This Love (Moto Blanco Club Mix)
Artist : Cheryl Cole
Track : 12
Title : Hang On (Pete Hammond Extended Mix)
Artist : Plumb
Track : 13
Title : Remedy (Kaskade Club Remix)
Artist : Little Boots
Track : 14
Title : Sad Song (Jody den Broeder & Chris Cox Club Mix)
Artist : Blake Lewis
Track : 15
Title : Fight For You (Beltek Remix)
Artist : Morgan Page
Track : 16
Title : I Will Be Here (Tiesto & Wolfgang Gartner Remix)
Artist : Tiesto feat. Sneaky Sound System
Track : 17
Title : Want (Shapeshifters Vocal Mix)
Artist : Natalie Imbruglia