Welcome to the fall! While we’re in adamant denial about summer being over, we’re excited about the crop of new fall releases. This week we feature Rita Ora on a roll, Miley Cyrus tweeting , No Doubt and Snoop Dogg getting their reggae on and Angie Stone serving it Neo-Soul style. We also have a new release from “Houserobics” multi-hyphenate Cherie Lily, and if you’re not ads familiar with that name, you SHOULD be. This October, she’s set to make a splash (literally!) with her new single “Dripping Wet” – triple entendre intended. We also highlight TWO delicious mash-ups AND give you the official lowdown on dates for the new Kylie album. So without further ado…
“R.I.P.” – Rita Ora feat. Tinie Tempah
We loved saucy British songbird Rita Ora when we first heard “How We Do (Party)” back in March and we’ve enjoyed watching that #1 UK hit do a slow and steady crawl to club hitdom on this side of the pond. Now the second release from her debut album Ora, “R.I.P.” (another UK #1), is staking its claim here as well. “How We Do” cheekily borrowed from Notorious B.I.G.’s “Party and Bullsh#t” and “R.I.P.” also smartly samples: this time from Nigerian/German soul singer Nneka’s hypnotically staccato “Heartbeat.” The original version of “R.I.P.” is a bit of an overproduced mess: a syrupy slow wall of sound with blaring electric guitars. We’d written it off back in May, even with the fascinating Nneka sample and catchy contribution from Tempah. The good news is some upbeat mixes have lightened up the proceedings considerably, including a U.S.-only mix by Gregor Salto and especially the masterful work by Seamus Haji. And heads up: London is already getting a third single with the electro-pop “Radioactive.” Featuring yet another UK #1 (“Hot Right Now” on which Ora was featured), this album cries out to be made available on U.S. iTunes!
“Decisions” – Borgore feat. Miley Cyrus
Borgore, the industrious 24 year-old Israeli DJ whose style boasts a unique pairing of dubstep and metal, scored a homerun earlier this year with the diverse range of cuts on his album Borgore’s Misadventures in Dubstep. In May, with little fanfare, he released the new track “Decisions” with the fabulously greedy lyrics about wanting to eat the whole damn cake. He wasn’t sharing, he wasn’t sharing…not even credit with who recorded the backing vocals. With considerably more fanfare, Miley Cyrus set off a recent blizzard of Twitter activity when she tweeted that she was the unlikely, uncredited singer featured on the track’s refrains. Can you say “Perfect timing”? Yes, dance mixes are now available. And in addition to bumping up the bpm, the mixes also bump up the Miley vocals front and center. It’s still a bit of a clanging dubstep orgy with bleats reminiscent of dialup internet, but the most accessible is the Cedric Gervais.
“Dripping Wet” – Cherie Lily
Singer/songwriter and fitness guru Cherie Lily coined her own brand of “Houserobics” combining fierce dance beats with a killer workout. Here 2010 debut single “Werk” memorably paid loving and playful homage to NYC’s legendary ball/vogue scene. 10s across the board! Now she’s set to make another splash with a new EP this October. The first single, “Dripping Wet,” boasts a sexy, high-energy Hoot of a video shot at Santos House Party with cameos from the likes of such downtown luminaries as Amanda Lepore and Cazwell, all frolicking aquatically. You can check out this dynamo live when Lily returns to Santos House Party on October 24 for a special night also featuring Cazwell and Lily’s longtime collaborator (and husband!) Andrew W.K.
Poolside with No Doubt, Snoop Lion and Angie Stone
We love spinning poolside and with at least a month left on the Fire Island schedule, we recommend 3 new cuts that perfectly fit into a more laid-back, old school vibe. Snoop Dogg, as you may have heard, has adopted a new persona for his 12th studio album, Reincarnated. Snoop has transformed into Rastafari reggae artist Snoop Lion and we’re digging the beats, especially with first single “La La La.”
What’s your 20? No stranger to reggae overtones themselves, No Doubt is back with the single “Settle Down,” blending reggae, ska, Latin beats and American pop. At over 6 minutes, the album version is way too long. But search out the 3 minute radio version for a perfect dose of Gwen and the boys.
Angie Stone is serving up a delicious slice of Neo-Soul with “Backup Plan,” the second single from her forthcoming album Rich Girl. This mid-tempo charmer pays homage to the sounds late 70s/early 80s r&b while still sounding as fresh as today. And let’s face it: every girl DOES need a backup plan!
BPM BITS: Current pop radio hit “Too Close” by Brit crooner Alex Clare gets a four-on-the-floor makeover courtesy of Jason Nevins…The latest from Ne-Yo, “Let Me Love You” sounds fine in its album version, but even better in the faster-from-the-get-go Pulse Remix…Rapper YP delivers house party realness with “Who I Be (Clap)” featuring a bass line and percussion reminiscent of the Method Man/Mary J. Blige classic “You’re All I Need To Get By.” You’ll want to clap, clap, clap, clap along…Mash-ups of the week: “We Found Love In The Stars,” a Liam Keegan bootleg that mixes the Rihanna/Calvin Harris supertrack “We Found Love” with Keegan’s own mix of Tinie Tempah’s “Written In The Stars”; and “Call Me Calvin,” which lays the vocal track of Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” over a trio of Calvin Harris gems, “I’m Not Alone,” “Feel So Close” and once again “We Found Love”…Finally, mark your calendars for Oct 24, the date Kylie Minogue’s next studio album starts rolling out internationally (including 10/24 for Japan, 10/29 for the UK and 11/6 for the U.S.). As part of the celebrations marking Minogue’s 25th year in the music industry, The Abbey Road Sessions features reinvented versions of 15 Kylie classics (and one new track) recorded at the famed London studios with a full orchestra. The leaks and teasers so far point to a winner! The fab rework of the under-appreciated “Finer Feelings” is below.
Carly Rae Jepsen
NEWS: This week I have two back to back gigs: this Weds, Sept 12 the 80s/Disco Happy Hour “MATINEE” 5-8PM; and Thurs, Sept 13 the monthly dance party “GET YOUR MESS ON!” 9PM-3AM. Both are at…you guessed it…good ol’ Pieces Bar (8 Christopher Street). Boys, booze, tunes!
Mariah Carey is indeed “Triumphant” as she lands her 20th #1 chart topper on our Top 20 Countdown. Just below her, and following a wave of resurgence generated from the MDNA Tour setting up camp in NYC, Madonna’s recent #1 “Turn Up The Radio” inches back up to #2. Meanwhile, sizable jumps are seen by Nicki Minaj (at #3), Rita Ora (a whopping 14 places up to #4) and a re-entry from Cher Lloyd (at #6).
1) Triumphant (All Mixes) – Mariah Carey (*1 at 1) (2)
2) Turn Up The Radio (All Mixes) – Madonna (3 at 1)* (3)
3) Pound The Alarm (Original & Liam Keegan Mixes) – Nicki Minaj (7)
4) R.I.P. (Seamus Haji Mix) – Rita Ora feat. Tinie Tempah (18)
5) Timebomb (Original Extended & Peter Rauhofer Mixes) – Kylie Minogue (2 at 1)* (5)
6) Want You Back (Seamus Haji Mixes) – Cher Lloyd (RE-ENTRY)
7) How Deep Is Your Love (Johnny Mac Mix) – Sean Paul feat. Kelly Rowland (9)
8) Euphoria (Original & WaWa Mixes) – Loreen (1 at 1)* (1)
9) I Can Only Imagine (Extended Mix) – David Guetta feat. Chris Brown & Lil Wayne (13)
10) Goin’ In (Extended & Gustavo Scorpio Mixes) – Jennifer Lopez feat. Flo Rida (11)
11) Let’s Have A Kiki (Original & Madonna Mixes) – Scissor Sisters (4 at 1)* (6)
12) Spectrum (Calvin Harris Remix) – Florence & The Machine (16)
13) Blow Me One Last Kiss (Project 46 Mix) – Pink (17)
14) As Long As You Love Me (Ferry Corsten Mix) – Justin Bieber (15)
15) Decisions (Original & Cedric Gervais Mixes) – Borgore feat. Miley Cyrus
16) This Is Love (Original & DJ Shamoon Mixes) – will.i.am & Eva Simons (12)
17) Too Close (Jason Nevins Remix) – Alex Clare (DEBUT)
18) I Don’t Like You – Eva Simons (8)
19) Let Me Love You (Pulse Remix) – Ne-Yo (DEBUT)
20) Hello (Razor & Guido Mix) (DEBUT)
*Indicates current/former #1s