In the wake of George Michael’s sudden passing, it became clear that a mere update of his 2010 induction into the Diva Hall of Fame wouldn’t suffice. So, with a heavy heart but determined focus, we set out to remaster and reimagine a dance tribute mix that would do justice to his extensive repertoire and undeniable influence on music and pop culture.
Starting from scratch, we meticulously remastered each song, whether it was slated for inclusion or not, dedicating two full days to this labor of love. The end result? A tribute that can only be described as ‘Flawless.’
Back in 2010, the original tribute had an extra dose of compression, primarily due to the track ‘As,’ George Michael’s duet with Mary J. Blige. Thanks to Jonathan Peters’ mastering techniques, the song could practically blow a hole in the ceiling. It set the tone for the whole mix back then, especially when earbuds were not as advanced as they are today. But times have changed, and so have audio capabilities. That gave us the freedom to achieve a balanced and more nuanced sound.
Let’s talk about some gems in the tribute. Take “I Want Your Sex 2010 (Freemasons Club Mix),” for instance. The Freemasons bring a modern electro flair to this ’80s classic, delivering a robust bassline that’s impossible to ignore. And then there’s the “Fast Love (2002 Illicit Remix).” With this version, the Illicit team reinvents George Michael’s hit by infusing fresh beats and rhythms, making it perfect for today’s dance floors.
Don’t overlook the “Outside (Hex Hector 12” Vox Up Mix),” a song with a history. After his public outing following an arrest, George Michael embraced his identity and turned the incident into this empowering track. Hex Hector’s remix elevates it to new heights, making it a dance floor anthem for the ages.
Wham! classics like “I’m Your Man (Division 4 Club Mix)” and “Everything She Wants (Todd Terry Mix)” also find their rightful place in the mix. They’re not just nostalgic trips; these remixes celebrate George Michael’s beginnings while anchoring them firmly in contemporary dance music.
In closing, we hope this tribute captures not just the breadth of George Michael’s musical prowess, but also the depth of his influence and the complexity of his legacy.
RIP George. You will be sorely missed. [1963 – 2016].
Until the next time…ENJOY!
Album George Michael Tribute pt. 2
Total Time: 1:57:53.00
1. Star People ’97 (Forthright Club Mix)
2. Killer – Papa Was A Rolling Stone (Dance Mix)
3. I Want Your Sex 2010 (Freemasons Club Mix)
4. Father Figure (Final DJ’s Remix)
5. Amazing (DJ Garry M Reworks Nikko’s Mix)
6. This Is Not Real Love (Moto Blanco Mix) [with Mutya]
7. Freeek! (The Scumfrogs Mix)
8. Flawless (Shapeshifters Remix)
9. Outside (Hex Hector 12” Vox Up Mix)
10. Fast Love (2002 Illicit Remix)
11. I’m Your Man (Division 4 Club Mix)
12. Everything She Wants (Todd Terry Mix)
13. An Easier Affair (Too Much Fun Remix 2006)
14. Careless Whisper 2016 (DJ Pantelis Soulful Mix)
15. As (CJ Mackintosh Cosmack Club Mix) [with Mary J. Blige]
16. Fast Love (Tony Moran Dance Sleaze Remix)
17. Too Funky (Extended Mix)
18. Freedom ’90 (Alternate Reality Mix)