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the dj, the music and you
2008-01-02

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by DJ Res5

Well, 2007 is finally over and I have the hangover to prove it! Now with New Year's and Christmas passed, we can concentrate on what's really important... NEW MUSIC!

Mary J. Blige has released a new studio album called Growing Pains. It is not an instant smash, like Alicia Keys' As I Am album. However, it has its good points. The songs grow on you, not off. The big stand-out for me was the song 'Stay Down,' which has all the potential to be this year's 'Be Without You' if it gets a proper remix treatment and promotion.

While Mary is still growing, as my friend Damon would say, the remixes to One Republic's 'Apologize' are living! While it did take a good long while for mixes to surface, of the half dozen or so floating around, Jjm released a massive anthem take on the track and Richard Vission did a mix that flips the song on its head and is aggressive and far from apologetic. Expect to hear these stand-outs tearing up a dance floor near you and on some of the mixed compilations at Borderline Music.

Switching gears, Wyclef Jean didn't have to tear it up to make things hot. His newest hip-hop set, The Carnival, Vol. 2: Memoirs Of An Immigrant, tackles the hot button of immigration throughout, and in a truly artistic fashion. Everything from the production choices, guest artists selected, and subject matter hint at his personal position on the subject. Indian influences, Selena samples, and French language vocals are just three of the bold choices that have me telling you to run to your nearest record store to pick this album up.

The last two releases I am spotlighting are from Ashlee Simpson & Janet Jackson. These 2 women have both brought us some good cloned pop. Ashlee's 'Outta My Head ( Ay Ya Ya ) ' sounds like Gwen Stefani's 'What You Waiting For' got beat up by Madonna's 'Burning Up'. Janet's 'Feedback' sounds as if she merged her own 'So Excited' with some modern Britney Spears track. Although both songs are good, neither is terribly inventive. If you like the influences, you will probably like the clones, too. Well, at least for a little while.


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