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New Music: Jess Glynne – Hold Me Hand

by: Taj | January 24th, 2015

Clean Bandit’sRather Be” front woman Jess Glynne has just debuted her brand new solo single “Hold My Hand” and it’s pretty much amazing!! I didn’t know if she would ever be able to top her smash hit “Rather Be” but this new one is crack addictive!!! Take a hit and get hooked!

Hey bud... How've you been. So I did a little mash that I just released today and has been getting a lot of attention. For your consideration: http://www.mixcloud.com/djtaj/madonna-living-for-love-taj-x-jrmx-mashup/

OFFICIAL REMIX PACKAGE: Madonna – Living For Love (UPDATED)

by: Taj | January 22nd, 2015

UPDATE 1/22/15:

3 new official versions have been released. So far my favorite out of all the mixes is the new Mike Rizzo Private Pass mix which transforms the song into a gorgeous ballad! Are you feeling any of these new ones?


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So the rest of the official remixes of Madonna’sLiving For Love” have been released…

Really curious to hear what you guys think. Put your thoughts in the comments section…

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Remix Treatment: Madonna – Devil Pray (Bit Error Remix)

by: Taj | January 18th, 2015

While Madonna and co are busy hand picking and promoting new remixes for her latest single “Living For Love,” I’ve hand picked an amazing remix of my favorite track from the first batch of songs that she’s released, “Devil Pray“. This hot production is the creative handy work of Bit Error and gives the song an entirely new vibe! I would say it’s a nice mixture of a piano driven, throwback house feel with a very fresh & current edge! Check it out…

Remix Treatment: Madonna – Devil Pray (Bit Error Remix):

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PS… In case you’re wondering, yes it’s pretty much Madonna month here on the blog. lol

New Music: Giorgio Moroder Ft. Kylie Minogue – Right Here, Right Now

by: Taj | January 17th, 2015

I feel like I should give a history lesson to some of my readers who might not know who Giorgio Moroder. Cliff Notes version… He’s the grandfather of synth pop and some of the biggest disco in the history of music!

So Giorgio is gearing up to release a new album full of brand spankin’ new productions which will feature vocal cameos from some of todays hottest artists such as Britney Spears, Sia, Charli XCX. “Right Here, Right Now” is the name of the first single from the highly anticipated project and just dropped today! WARNING!! The funk laced new single features Kylie Minogue as the leading lady and will instantly be stuck in your head after just one listen! Welcome back MrMoroder!! Can’t wait to hear the rest of the album!


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Madonna’s “Living For Love” Gets A Few Remixes Worth Listening To….

by: Taj | January 9th, 2015

So it’s been a few weeks since Madonna has released her first single “Living For Love” after she was forced to drop something ASAP since her whole freakin’ album leaked in demo form. As I mentioned on in my review, this song would not have been my choice for first single… But thanks to some of the remixes popping up, I’m getting a little more behind this uplifting number! Here are a few I think are worth listening to!

First I wanted to start with the first “official” remix brought to us by Djemba Djemba. To be honest, I am not very impressed of this “hand picked” official remix which is pretty true to the original but I wanted to post it anyway so we can compare it to some of the bootlegs that I’m enjoying.

The first one I want to post for you guys (which I think is my favorite) was produced by Argonaut & Jason Conti. A lot like the Djemba Djemba remix, this one starts off staying true to the original but then veers paths to take us down a quite different and (even deeper) house path as compared to the first remix.

Finally, the last remix I wanted to share is a fun mashup produced by DJ MichaelAngelo using the Papercha$er remix instrumental for his mix of Idina Menzel’sLet It Go“. I know, I know… That song needs to be locked up in a chest and thrown to the bottom of the ocean but don’t worry!! You would never know the instrumental belonged to a remix version of that song had you not been a fan in the first place! And it works beautifully with “Living For Love“!

Take a listen to these mixes and “sound off” in the comments if you’re feeling any of them… Or feel free to post about a mix you’ve come across that you are particularly feeling!

Michael Jackson – 2015 Club Megamix (by DJ MichaelAngelo & DJ DigiMark)

by: Taj | January 9th, 2015

Need your Michael Jackson fix today?! Well DJ MichaelAngelo & DJ DigiMark have combined their talents to give ya that MJ crack you’ve been jonesing for! Check out this sick 2015 club megamix video they created which features updated EDM versions of some of his biggest hits! Get your bedazzled penny loafers & white socks on, press play and get ready to moonwalk!

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Remix Video: J Lo Ft. Iggy Azalea & Pitbull – Booty (DJ Taj Remix)

by: Taj | November 20th, 2014

Hey all… I just completed a fun little remix video for my new remix of Jennifer Lopez‘ latest hit single “Booty“. I took a middle-eastern meets EDM approach on the production which I think turned out to be a pretty interesting take on the song. Check it out…

Jennifer Lopez Ft Iggy Azalea & Pitbull - Booty (Taj's Dam@$$cus Shake Remix) HD from Taj Al-TAji on Vimeo.

Sam Smith To Remake Whitney Houston’s “It’s Not Right But It’s OK”

by: Taj | November 12th, 2014

Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins has been churning out mega-hits in the music industry for 20 years now and to celebrate the anniversary, the producer/songwriter is working on a commemorative album which will see current artists covering  some of his most famous work. So far Rodney has revealed that that pop vixens Ariana Grande & Jessie J have teamed up to remake Brandy & Monica’s smash “The Boy Is Mine” and soul singer Sam Smith has reinterpreted Whitney Houston’sIt’s Not Right But It’s OK“. According to Rodney, Sam more than insisted on doing “It’s Not Right…” and confessed that it was “the song that made him want to sing“. You and every other queen at the gay bar Sam!

This isn’t the first time Mr. Smith has covered the late-great Whitney… Earlier this summer, he covered “How Will I Know” and gave it his signature soul-ballad makeover. I am highly anticipating this new Rodney Jerkins project and very curious as to which of his other hit songs end up getting a cover treatment.


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Video Premiere: Selena Gomez – The Heart Wants What It Wants

by: Taj | November 9th, 2014

So I’m sure we all know that Selena Gomez is my guilty pleasure by now, right? You know what… I really don’t feel guilty about it at all actually! Love her!! So my girl Selena is gearing up to release a greatest hits album and has just dropped a new song lifted off of the album! “The Heart Wants What It Wants” is a beautiful, moody mid-tempo number that I am obsessed with! If only I could can past the idea that she’s probably referring to douche-bucket Justin Bieber in the song… (sign)


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Jennifer Hudson Takes It To The Club With 2 New Tracks…

by: Taj | November 9th, 2014

First off, I’m sorry I haven’t posted in a few weeks. I’ve been very pre-occupied working on my newest remix production which I will unveil in the next few days! I also took a little vacation to Europe for a few weeks so took a break from the blog! Well, I’m back…

Let’s talk Jennifer Hudson. She has been taking it to the clubs with her latest 2 tracks! Her vocals are spot on for the club setting so I am a huge fan of both productions!

The first one is called “Go All Night” by Gordon City. Her vocals soar and she looks amazing in the just released music video! If you’re a fan of Freemasons, they’ve also remixed the infectious house track and beefed it up for the dance floor!

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The second is her own single titled “It’s Your World” and features a cameo from R-Kelly. I’m all about the ordinal beach-house style dance production but I’ve been playing the hell out of the official Country Club Martini Crew!

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I’m glad this big-vocal diva has finally embraced the dance music genre which is perfectly suited for her! I want to hear her take it to the clubs (where she belongs) with more of her music!!

Remix Treatment: Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj – Bang Bang (Kat Krazy Remix)

by: Taj | September 30th, 2014

The POWER POP GIRLS (A.K.A. Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj) have just received a massive remix treatment by Kat Krazy! “Bang Bang” has been dominating the radio but will it dominate the clubs with the remix treatment? You be the judge…

Remix Treatment: Madonna Ft. M.I.A. – Birthday Song (Country Club Martini Crew Remix)

by: Taj | August 18th, 2014

Days after Madonna’s birthday, the music world is still celebrating the Queen of Pop’s trailblazing career and her three decades of music! Today Country Club Martini Crew has unleashed this brand new EDM style remix of Madonna &  M.I.A.’s MDNA collaboration “Birthday Song“. While I wish more of the song was actually in the newly released remix, I have to give C.C.M.C props for a stellar production. His work gets better and better with every remix he drops! Check it out his new masterpiece which he also offers as a free download!!!

Remix Treatment: Bingo Players – Knock You Down (Cajjmere Wray ‘Only’ Remix)

by: Taj | August 12th, 2014

I’m always a sucker for a epic EDM vocal and the Bimbo Players delivered just that with their latest single “Knock You Out“. Something else I’, a sucker for is when an epic EDM vocal gets a circuit-house style remix treatment, uniting two different worlds of the dance music genre together and Cajjmere Wray did just that with his remix of the Bingo Players song! Press play and get into it!!

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Mariah Carey Performs “Meteorite” At World Music Awards…

by: Taj | August 4th, 2014

Mariah Carey made a special appearance at the 2014 World Music Awards and performed one of my favorite tracks titled “Meteorite“ off of her latest latest album! It’s a shame that this album has really fallen through the cracks and flopped so hard since I personally think it’s one of her best in years!

In related news, Billboard reported today that Mariah has parted ways with her longtime manager and producer Jermaine Dupri to sing with Kevin Liles. Many of her diehard fans blame JD for her slow demise on the charts over the years, recently leading to her worst first weeks sales in the history of career with the release of her latest project, Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse

I’m hoping that this brave new move will get her on track again and that it’s not too late to reclaim her thrown at the top of the charts! In the mean time, let’s all watch Mariah soar in her recent live performance!


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Please Vote For Me For The 2014 Nicky Awards!

by: Taj | July 10th, 2014

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Hey all!! I am so proud to report that I am nominated once again for a Nicky Award in the ‘Outstanding DJ’ category! Last year I was so appreciative to be nominated and I actually won! I am once again calling on my Sound Off readers to to help make me a repeat winner! I would be oh so grateful if you guys could take the time to show your support and vote for me at the following link. I’m in category #10 (Outstanding DJ/VJ) and don’t worry – you don’t need to vote in every category if you don’t want to. After you cast your vote in category #10 (and any other category you choose to vote for) all you have to do is press ‘done’ at the bottom of the ballot to cast your vote. I would really appreciate the support… Thanks in advance to anyone who votes! ;-) Taj.

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