“Here We Go Again” – Vicky Green feat. Kelly Rowland & Trina
Now HERE’S a song with a crazy history! Back in 2005, rapper Trina recorded a track that sampled the 1986 slow-jam “Tender Love” by Force MDs. Originally recorded with Trina featuring the song’s co-writer Teedra Moses on vocals, the bridge and refrain were later re-recorded by Kelly Rowland and released as an R&B single in 2006. Six years later, a majority of the song has been hijacked by pop singer Vicky Green – as an uptempo dance track! This effort includes Rowland’s work and some of Trina’s rapping, adding new sung-through verses by Green. Taking its cue more from the likes of dance babes Cascada or Agnes, the song is a hot Euro mess. And a fun one. We only wish Green didn’t bellow over Rowland’s contributions, which are the best parts of this hybrid ditty.
“Keeping The Planets” – Joy Salinas
90s diva Joy Salinas is back with a terrific new uptempo from the Italian-based (and unexpectedly named) label Kyosaku, which trades in Dance, Chill and Jazz. This outing is a terrific example of a perfect marriage between all three vibes. The Frank Minoia Disco Mix especially is a virtual orgy of horns, bass, bongos and guitar, and the journey is perfectly complemented by the hypnotic hook “Round and round like a merry go round / Spinning my head around…” This is one ride you won’t want to get off. Pick of the week!
“Music Sounds Better With U” – Big Time Rush
I didn’t expect to be touting a song by Nickelodeon’s assembly line boy band Big Time Rush…but never say never. Also never discount the impact of a catchy sample. Back in November, the boys from Minnesota released a slice of sap that appropriated the refrain from the massive dance staple “Music Sounds Better With You.” Even thought that song has been mashed-up with almost every pop song under the sun (to these ears, most successfully with Madonna’s “Holiday”), it proves it still has untapped versatility. BTR’s album version is throw-away pop. But the label has issued new mixes and both the Karmatronic and Halatrax versions are great for bopping around the floor. Best of all: the original version’s obligatory rap by Mann has been 86-ed from the dance versions.
Bonus: “It All Belongs To Me” – Brandy & Monica
It’s been a long wait, but the Brandy & Monica re-match is finally here. This time instead of reading each other to filth, they’re letting loose on cheating menfolk. We were expecting more fireworks, but it isn’t a completely lost cause. Having the ladies back in almost any configuration is welcome, and it’s a guilty pleasure to hear Brandy trash talk her man, “That MacBook, that shit belongs to me / Log off your Facebook, it all belongs to me!” The snare rolls are also a nice, strident touch. (One quibble with writer/producer Rico Love. We love his work, but if we hear his signature tagline “Turn the lights on” in one more song, we’ll scream.) We suspect this one could become more the anthem of empowerment they were going for after remixers work some club magic on it. Stay tuned…
One bit of news: this Sunday is another edition of NYC’s Otter Party, the SUNDAY NIGHT HAIR AFFAIR at Pieces Bar (8 Christopher Street). Who needs the Oscars when you have cute boys stripping down to compete in the Underwear Contest, plus flowing cockails, slammin’ beats by yours truly and live performances by the Mistress of Fierce, hostess Roxy Couture?? It all kicks off at 10PM. Stop on in and say hello!
And a final note of congratulations to DJs John Ceglia, Michael Fierman and Susan Morabito for last night’s superlative second edition of their EVOLUTION OF A DANCER. The joyous event charted a chronological musical journey from the early 70s to today with each of the three playing their own sets and later encores. Le Poisson Rouge (the former Village Gate) was a perfect new space for this annual, must-experience event paying loving, living, breathing homage to dance floors past, present and future. The feeling of community was palpable.
On this week’s TOP 20 DANCE CHART, after two weeks at the top, Neon Hitch makes way for the new #1 “Breathing” and the continued ascendancy of “Gay Best Friend. The latter hits #2 in only its second week. Also rocketing upwards is the electro version of Grouplove’s “Tongue Tied” while Joy Salinas leads this week’s three debuts.
1) Breathing (JRMX Club Mix) – Jason Derulo (2) *
2) GBF (Gay Best Friend) – Heven (9)
3) F U Betta (Dave Aude Mix) – Neon Hitch (1) *
4) You Da One (Dave Aude Mix) – Rihanna (5)
5) Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) (Original & 7th Heaven Club Mixes) – Kelly Clarkson (3)
6) Turn This Club Around – R.I.O. feat. U-Jean (6)
7) Turn Me On (Original Mix) – David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj (4) *
8) Man Out Of U (Spunky Remix) – Matthew Duffy (11)
9) Tongue Tied (Gigamesh Mix) – Grouplove (20)
10) Try With Me (7th Heaven Club Mix) – Nicole Scherzinger (7)
11) Nothing For Love (Original Mix) – Nathan Seth feat. Klubjumpers (13)
12) Give Me All Your Luvin’ (LMFAO Mix) – Madonna feat. LMFAO & Nicki Minaj (15) *
13) Waiting On You (Original Mix) – Michelle Williams & Utra Nate (8) *
14) Dirty Little Secret (Majik Boys Mix) – Madonna Nash (16)
15) We Run The Night – Havana Brown (17)
16) Keeping The Planets (Frank Minoia Disco Mix) – Joy Salinas (DEBUT)
17) Don’t F#ck With My Money (Original & Penguin Prison Mixes) – Penguin Prison (19)
18) Here We Go Again – Vicky Green feat. Kelly Rowland & Trina (DEBUT)
19) Same Sh#t (original Mix) – Qwote feat. Pitbull (10/10)
20) Music Sound Better With U (Halatrax & Karmatronic Mixes)– Big Time Rush (DEBUT)
*Indicates current/former #1s