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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Mary J. Blige: House Mixes (Vol. 1) (UK Bootleg Vinyl Comp) (JMR Records, 2004)

Blige is no stranger to the house scene and even released a remix album Dance For Me in 2002. It featured house remixes of her biggest hits by top producers such as Junior Vasquez and Hex Hector and was relatively well-received. Unfortunately, some of the mixes were edited down and a lot a lot of good mixes were left off as they didn't fit the more mainstream sound that they had in mind. Alternatively, this double 12" set was circulated unofficially in 2004 and features mostly promotional and underground

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Jaki Graham: Ain't Nobody (Remixes) (VLS) (Critique, 1994)

Ain't Nobody was the lead single from Jaki's debut album on Japanese label Avex Trax and was released in 1994. It was released in the US on Critique records and reached number one on the Billboard Dance Club Play chart, which remains, to this date, her only major success in the US. The CD maxi can be found HERE, but here are additional vinyl-only remixes by Mark Picchiotti and Teri Bristol that weren't issued anywhere else. The duo later went on to remix her follow up single Absolute E-Sensual. 

A1 Glee Club Vocal
A2 Glee Club Instrumental
A3 Ain't-Appella
B1 Glee Club Dub
B2 Makes Me Tribal Mix

Listen: Glee Club Vocal

Monday, September 2, 2013

Beyoncé: Special B'Day: Unreleased, Remixes & Rare Cuts (White Label Vinyl EP) (N/A)

More white label vinyl from Beyoncé, this time featuring a selection of remixes from the B'Day era plus an unreleased track Back Up and a new version of Welcome to Hollywood (the exact same version as on the 'deluxe' edition of the album and which evidently wasn't released yet when this 12" was made.) Most of the remixes are unofficial and again, I don't know much about them. I believe that track 1 was remixed by Swizz Beatz, though I am not exactly sure; track 2 is a reggaeton remix and track 4 Irreplaceable Remix features a rap from Ghostface Killah. I don't know as if StarGate's original poppy production really goes very well with Ghost's rap; it would've sounded a lot more convincing with a darker, more urban production over it, but at around 2006 and onwards it seems record producers really got lazy. The Greenlight Remix is a real gem though. The production is pretty much the same but it's more hip hop-sounding than the original. Preview both bellow.



A1 Greenlight Remix feat. Young Buck
A2 Upgrade U (Benja Styles Remix)
A3 Welcome To Hollywood (New Version)
B1 Irreplaceable Remix feat. Ghostface Killah
B2 Ring The Alarm (Manny Faces Remix)
B3 Back Up




Listen: Greenlight Remix feat. Young Buck




Listen: Irrepleaceble Remix feat. Ghostface Killah