Spunk Pumpers Unite (EP) / Man Out Of U (Spunky UBetterDoIt Mix) – Matthew Duffy
Indie Electro/dance music pioneer Matthew Duffy (“Electric Shock,” “#1 Enemy,” and his killer remake of Jody Watley’s “Still A Thrill”) is out, proud and ready to make another splash. Did we mention he’s also completely adorable and has a penchant for being photographed sans shirt? Duffy is about to drop a new EP, memorably and colorfully titled “Spunk Pumpers Unite.” The name alone cries out to be part of every girl’s iTunes library. An advance single, a remake of the 1981 queer classic “Homosapien” by Pete Shelley of the Buzzcocks, has been evocatively teasing us for the last few weeks.
Now “Spunk” is set to drop February 28. The next single, “Man Out of U,” is a wild ride: a throbbing tune with lyrics that continuously f#ck with gender, all the while sounding equal parts macho and fey. The video, featuring Duffy playfully tormenting eye candy and “Make Me A Supermodel” favorite Ronnie Kroll, is a white hot orgy of lipsticked boys and bearded ladies. (And yes, the video, directed by Francis Legge, was also shot in 3D!)
In addition to writing, singing, playing and producing all the songs on the EP, the one-man band also created his own forthcoming dance remixes. The “Spunky UBetterDoIt” mix for “Man Out of U” is a real winner. It kicks up the bpm and uber-thumps the bass for a funkin’ good time. Highly recommended as the Pick of the Week.
[Album version / Spunky mix not currently available online]
As a heads up: MD gave us a preview of additional cuts from the EP and we’re especially excited for a song called “Better Than Dancing.” With a name like that, you can bet your ass it will be calling all butts to the dance floor. Stay tuned…
Give Me All Your Luvin (LMFAO Remix) – Madonna featuring LMFAO & Nicki Minaj
From one diva to another: Madonna’s performance at last night’s Super Bowl was one to savor, truly a bravura exhibition of of showmanship. (Those that don’t like the new song or video don’t seem to understand that she’s actually in on the joke. Or jokes, as both are so littered with inside references that even Kylie – with her hilarious, faux rivalry with Madge – must have been tickled by the “Aphrodite” nod in the opener.)
The big surprise wasn’t that she delivered a whopper of a performance, pulsing with energy and visual imagery…but that the (brief) cameo by LMFAO didn’t turn out to be an eye-roller. Let’s face it: the announcement of their involvement had generated all the promise of a dry-cleaning pick-up. But while their actual performance wasn’t particularly key, the mini-excerpts from their 2 singles were a fun fit musically. It also helped cleverly underline how purposely silly the whole tongue-in-cheek single is.
Those that knew to Shazam during the halftime show got a special LMFAO remix of the new single. Slower than the energetic original, it’s an easier fit for most setlists. It also cuts out the MIA rap while leaving the Nicki Minaj intact, which isn’t an unwelcome idea to this DJ’s ears. This isn’t a definitive remix – and there are going to be a host of them legit and homemade – but this is a fun, cheeky start.
End Of Time (JC Remix) – Beyonce
In early January we were touting a mix of the latest from Beyonce’s “4.” The marching band vibe of the album version of “End of Time” got an especially good update via the warrior drums of the Eduardo Bravo Rework. Now comes the poppier “JC Mix,” making it even more radio-friendly with an accent on the treble. We’re digging all three!
[Bravo Rework / JC Remix not currently available online]
Troublemaker – Taio Cruz
British singer Taio Cruz delivers another upbeat dance track in a vein similar to “Higher” and “Dynamite.” While those two are superior predecessors, this one offers a fabulously catchy warrior-love-call of a refrain. The slower, robotic verses are slightly at odds with the uptempo refrain (think Katy Perry’s “E.T.”), but we’re betting remixes will even out the disparate tempos.
One bit of News:
This Sunday, February 12 is SUNDAY NIGHT HAIR AFFAIR, NYC’s premiere, ongoing Otter party at Pieces Bar (8 Christopher Street). I’ll be spinning lots of fun, upbeat tunes, in addition to hostess divine Roxy Couture serving up fierce performances, Otter Austin Tatious offering libation realness, cute boys stripping to their skivvies for an underwear contest and $1 shots. It all goes down at 10PM for NYC’s cute, young otter boys and all those who love them! But you don’t have to be an otter to join the fun. At Pieces, it’s always love all, serve all. If you drop in, make sure you say hello.
Finally, here’s this week’s TOP 20 DANCE CHART, with Neon Hitch’s foul-mouthed ditty vaulting to the top and impressive jumps from both Jason Derulo and R.I.O:
1) F U Betta (Dave Aude Mix) – Neon Hitch (5) *
2) Turn Me On (Original Mix) – David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj (1) *
3) Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) (7th Heaven Club Remix) – Kelly Clarkson (4)
4) Waiting On You (Original Mix) – Michelle Williams & Utra Nate (2) *
5) Breathing (JRMX Club Mix) – Jason Derulo (10)
6) Try With Me (7th Heaven Club Mix) – Nicole Scherzinger (7)
7) You Da One (Dave Aude Mix) – Rihanna (9)
8) Turn This Club Around – R.I.O. feat. U-Jean (20)
9) Marry The Night (Danny Verde Remix) – Lady Gaga (8) *
10) Same Sh#t (original Mix) – Qwote feat. Pitbull (18)
11) R.E.S.P.E.C.T. – RLP & Barbara Tucker feat. Lil Jon [DEBUT]
12) Domino (Justin Sane Remix) – Jessie J (6)
13) Nothing For Love (Original Mix) – Nathan Seth feat. Klubjumpers (15)
14) Wild Ones – Flo Rida feat. Sia (17)
15) Man Out Of U (Spunky UBetterDoIt Remix) – Matthew Duffy [DEBUT]
16) We Found Love (Promo Intro Edit) – Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris (11) *
17) Last Train To London (Stefano Mattara n Alex Avenue Mix) – Beat & Chic (3)
18) One Night In Bangkok (DJ Sebastien Remix) – Murray Head (19)
19) Give Me All Your Luvin’ (LMFAO Mix) – Madonna feat. LMFAO & Nicki Minaj [DEBUT OF MIX/RE-ENTRY OF SONG] *
20) Troublemaker – Taio Cruz
*Indicates current/former #1s