For the most part, this mix takes on a little more subdued tone. In fact, you might even consider this a winddown mix; just with enough oomph to carry you through to 5 AM. Kicking things off, Avri and Johanna’s “Love Again” is a smart piece where the protagonist declares that she can no longer be with the person she loved for so long. Midnight Society turns in an uncharacteristically low key circuit number that frankly suits the song well. This is followed by TYNY and Jerumus with Josie Vie on “What You Do To Me”. I simply love this song. Miss Vie’s sexy vocals are upfront and honest on this electro number. Personally, I think this deserves more attention than it’s getting at the moment, but it’s still relatively new, so we’ll see. Many of you may remember Lakisha Jones as a finalist from American Idol’s sixth season. Well, her album finally dropped in May with the lead single “Let’s Go Celebrate”. The original is fresh but not much different from a crowded field of the same at top 40. Nevertheless, it should do well. What really bugs me is that she is an amazingly gifted singer, but for some reason, her producers felt it was necessary to put her voice through that vocoder thingy that is very common with artists that frankly can’t sing. In fact, you wouldn’t even recognize her if it weren’t for the fact that her name accompanies the album. Friscia and Lamboy who have been m.i.a. as of late, return with their own brand of electro-circuit style production that works oh so well for this song. I expect this will not only do extremely well in the clubs but on the charts as well.
Following up “Here I Am” Matt Zarley returns with a remake of the Steve Winwood classic “While You See A Chance”. With this being one of my all-time favorite songs, I was concerned about it getting some sort of circuit style treatment. Apparently, so were the remixers involved in this project. Why? They toned it down making it more of a tea dance style party mix. Solar City and Mark Picchiotti both did outstanding mixes that will compete for my next T-Dance Edition. So that left me with Twisted Dee who equally did an outstanding job though her version is a little more primetime. The “morning” used in the title suggests wind down, which is why it’s on this set. After repeated listens, I really like Matt’s vocals and the variety of mixes that accompanied the package. This is a grower and definitely a keeper.
Those of you that follow the BPM Editions, may remember the fabulous Sabrina Johnston’s take of “Peace in the Valley” with the Soulshakers doing the remix honors. Well, it looks like Michelle Weeks also wanted to give it a stab and instead of taking the funky route, she and Orienta-Rhythm deliver some soul-satisfying hard hitting house. I honestly really like both versions for competing reasons. Trust me on this one.
As I had previously mentioned, DJ Paulo is all over the place lately and is turning out some high-quality mixes in the process. “Circles” is an absolute stunner reminiscent of Joey Negro’s take on Sessomatto and Thelma Houston’s “I Need Somebody”. Probably a song I should reintroduce sometime this summer because I love it so much. Anywho, lovin’ them “Circles”. Another one I’ve been all over is Andrea Carnell’s “Up Your Heart” which apparently came out in late December last year. However, it wasn’t until April of this year when Danny Verde released an e.p. of his best mixes that this song started gaining traction and rightfully so. As usual, the vocals are impeccable and the hook will suck you in.
Finally, The Perry Twins and Niki Haris release a second set of mixes for their spring monster “Bad Bad Boy”. The Edson Pride monster mix is a definite winner for peak time mayhem, but the Sweet Feet re-work of his mix is just perfect for this mix. They take his big beats and add some additional synths with a background gospel choir that totally works! Then we have the unreleased Arenna mix of Deborah Cox’s recent Billboard number one “Beautiful U R”. Now, between the two sets of releases for this song, without naming names, I can think of several that should have been bumped for this production. Wait till you hear it.simply amazing!
That’s all I got for you guys (and gals) today. I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend. The Pride mixes won’t be scheduled for another two weeks, however, I decided to go ahead and put out the long overdue DJ Meme set I had been promising, which should be perfect for summertime poolside parties. I may even have a special treat by the end of next week only for my Facebook fans. So if you don’t want to miss out, you better head on over there and sign up! I’ll catch everyone sometime this next week. Until then.enjoy!
Album : Gay Days Edition v3
Genre : Circuit, Electro, Progressive, Tribal, Mainstream Club
Year : 2009
Total Time : 1:19:56.00
Track : 1
Title : Love Again (Midnight Society’s Infatuated Vocal Anthem)
Artist : Avri feat. Johanna
Track : 2
Title : What You Do To Me (Original Mix)
Artist : TYNY & Jeremus feat. Josie Vie
Track : 3
Title : Let’s Go Celebrate (Friscia & Lamboy Club Mix)
Artist : LaKisha Jones
Track : 4
Title : While You See A Chance (Twisted Dee Morning Vocal)
Artist : Matt Zarley feat. Billy Porter
Track : 5
Title : Peace (Orienta-Rhythm Resound Mix)
Artist : Orienta-Rhythm feat. Michelle Weeks
Track : 6
Title : When Will He See (Andrea Groovin’s Club Mix)
Artist : BC Groovin Society feat. Octavia
Track : 7
Title : Circles (Around In My Head) (DJ Paulo Dub)
Artist : DJ Paulo vs. David Gordon
Track : 8
Title : SugarFree (Tracy Young Vocal)
Artist : Kat Danson
Track : 9
Title : I Think Of You (DJ Paulo’s Levitation Vocal Mix)
Artist : Made By Monkeys feat. Darcy Conroy
Track : 10
Title : Up Your Heart (Danny Verde Mix)
Artist : Andrea Carnell
Track : 11
Title : Freeze (Wayne G Remix)
Artist : Bimbo Jones
Track : 12
Title : Bad Bad Boy (Sweet Feet vs. Edson Pride Mix)
Artist : The Perry Twins feat. Niki Haris
Track : 13
Title : Beautiful U R (Arenna Remix)
Artist : Deborah Cox