Ok well to say I’ll NEVER post here might not be completely true… lol. Seamless plug…
So pride season is upon us and I’ve gotten a jump on putting togehter a “pride” themed TajCast! I was actually asked to create this mix for a potential gig (which I will be playing at) and was instructed to record a fun set of T-Dance (daytime) music which was heavy on the classics. I did just that but wanted to showcase a few different styles so I created a progression which begins with the uplifting T-Dance house sound then detours into a more funk-driven house direction. Finally I steared the journey into some (day party friendly) tribal “circuit” house – Heavy on new school versions of classic songs along with current music, all along the way!! I hope you enjoy! HAPPY PRIDE and look for Vol. II in the near future…
Ok so here’s the deal… I think it’s kind of time to come to terms with the fact that the blog is kinda dead. Life has gotten very busy for me and creating the posts and writing the articles can be VERY time consuming. I think it would be a lot easier for me to commit to posting new music/remixes I’m excited about to my Sound Off Music Facebook page. So from here on out… I’m only going to post on Facebook. I’ll try for a daily basis but I can def commit to weekly posts! So make sure you head over to the Sound Off Music Facebook page and “like” it so you can get my music posts! Also, make sure to “like” and “comment” on the posts to let me know you’re enjoying them and don’t forget to “share” posts that you really like with your Facebook friends to spread the word! 😉 Deal?
I’ve taken a few month hiatus from blogging but was compelled to come out of hibernation today to give you guys this gem of a remix! The other day I got a hold of the ‘official’ remixes being worked by the label for Beyonce’s “Formation“. Sorry to report to the Bey-Hive but they were not that great! I was very disappointed with them but I’m not a huge fan of the song in its original form so it would really take an EPIC rework to get me on board with this song. Just when I was ready to write it off, that’s when Barry Harris stepped in and dropped this massive bootleg remix that blows all other mixes I’ve heard out of the water! Don’t believe me? Listen for yourself!!!
Check out this awesome remix video that the talented DJ DigiMark has produced for my Madonna “Holiday 2016” mashup! Believe it or not, Ive never seen this disco-ball inspired live performance of the song that Mark used to create the fun visual. Thank you so much DJ DigiMark for the amazing remix vid!!
Jess Glynne is one of my most favorite artists at the moment and her soaring vocals on her current single “Take Me Home” is an attesment as to how she can do no wrong to my ears! The only way I could love this song even more is if it were to receive an epic remix for the clubs by someone like… Oh, I don’t know… Tiesto maybe?!
Here’s a fun little mashup I did on my plane rides and downtime in my hotels while I was on “holiday” in Europe! (Pun totally intended!) I created it using Madonna’s “Holiday” vocals mashed with a Dave Aude instrumental and some of the synth stems from the original version of “Holiday“! Hope you enjoy…
Kylie Minogue has just released her first single off of her holiday album and turns out that the new tune isn’t as “holiday” oriented as expected! It’s actually a sweet cover of Alison Moyet’s “Only You” performed as a duet with James Corden. I am instantly obsessed with this version and certain you will be too! Get into it…
The emotional Diane Warren written track performed by Lady Gaga “Til It Happens To You” has been given an official remix treatment! The legendary Diane Warren has once again penned an amazingly beautiful & haunting ballad which the boys of Dirty Pop have managed to magnify the raw emotion of with their dramatic club mix! This is a must listen!!
Superstar DJ/producer Wayne G has taken on a classic house record to reboot with his new Peyton assisted single “High“… Yes, the one originally recorded by Lighthouse Family! I always say that you are treading on very thin ice when taking on a classic of this magnitude but I’m relieved to say that Wayne and Peyton KNOCKED IT OUT THE PARK! Wayne & Leo Frappier did an amazing job updating the production enough to sound current while maintaining the uplifting, breezy vibe of the original! More importantly, the part that really could have really thrown in a wrench in this reboot (no matter how great the production was) is the vocal which Peyton also totally nailed! He sounds enough like Tunde Baiyewu (Lighthouse Family lead vocalist) without taking too many liberties to totally re-interpert a house music classic that most people want to hear intact, while still managing to add some of his soulful flare to his vocals to make it his own!
Barry Harris took on the new Ellie Goulding track “On My Mind” as his remix conquest and took a page of inspiration from his past catalog for the new production! As you listen to this fun new remix, you start to hear little synth similarities that sounds a bit familiar from the Thunderpuss days, then all of the sudden Whitney Houston herself makes a surprise cameo into the song and it’s nothing short of EPIC! Chills the first time I heard it – Literally!! I don’t want to give away anymore spoilers… Just listen!!
Can we all just go ahead and agree that Gwen Stefani’s heartbreaking new song “Used to Love You” is AMAZING!!! The extremely personal lyrics are obviously the direct result of her high profile divorce from ex-husband Gavin Rossdale. Heartbreak may not be best for the heart, but boy do they make for top-notch songwriting material! Gwen recently revealed the song and dubbed it as the official lead single from her forthcoming album that she’s been working on. Apparently the album which she had already recorded with that contained the lackluster tracks “Baby Don’t Lie” and “Spark The Fire” has been completely scrapped and she’s been recording a new record that feels “right” to her. Gwen found major success with a song she wrote about a prior failed relationship with her No Doubt mega-hit “Don’t Speak” and something tells me this new breakup ballad will fair well for her as well!
From my understanding, Madonna was actually considering a 4th single with “Devil Pray” in mind but decided against anymore releases for now. This is the Dirty Pop remix that was submitted to Madge and I have to say that it’s pretty damn EPIC!! She should really reconsider releasing it, even if it’s only a club single with a hot remix package!
The boys of Dirty Pop have just released their first original track called “Gag“! The debut single is a delicious blend of EDM & circuit. I have been really into this hybrid sound lately and look forward to playing this track in my sets.
Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour has been well on it’s way to reave reviews so it’s only natural that rock-star producer Barry Harris has just released his brand new take on her classic “Vogue” in celebration of her latest concert outing! Barry has once again knocked his Madonna remix out the park and delivered a fresh production that sounds very “current” while retaining some of its original dancefloor charm. Check out the remix video and get ready to get a good arm work out as you bust out into your best vogue dance moves!