New Music: Kelly Clarkson – Heartbeat Song

by: Taj | January 12th, 2015 | 1 Comment »

Sorry Taylor Swift, but Kelly Clarkson is back to take back her roll as America’s sweetheart and save us from your incredibly boring brand of pop dribble! That’s right!! Kelly is back and her just released new single “Heartbeat Song” is eons better than practically everything that’s being played on radio right now.

It’s been way too long so I am more than ready for a new Kelly Clarkson era! Take a listen to the slayage that KC is about to unleash on the world!


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New Music: Charli XCX Ft. Rita Ora – Doing It (Remix)

by: Taj | January 11th, 2015 | No Comments »

Charli XCX has released a new remixed version of “Doing It” and has brought fellow Iggy Azalea feature artist veteran Rita Ora along for the ride. I’m in love with this little pop gem!! Check it out…

 

Remix Treatment: Selena Gomez – The Heart Wants What It Wants (DJ Laszlo Club Mix)

by: Taj | January 9th, 2015 | No Comments »

The talented DJ Laszlo has just gifted us a fun club remix of Selena Gomez’The Heart Wants What It Wants“. This mix is a bit more “amped up” compared to all the other officials which I can drop during a peak hour portion of my set! My heart wants to hit the dancefloor after pressing play on this one…

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

by: Taj | January 9th, 2015 | 4 Comments »

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 | No Comments »

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 Treatment: OneRepublic – I Lived (Dave Aude Remix)

by: Taj | January 8th, 2015 | No Comments »

The new OneRepublic single “I Lived” has just gotten even more AMAZING thanks to this stellar Dave Aude remix!! It’s been on repeat in my SoundCloud since it’s release and I suggest putting it in yours as well! Check it out…

Review: Madonna’s “Rebel Heart” Album Part 1

by: Taj | December 21st, 2014 | 12 Comments »

It’s time for my full review of the first batch of songs released from Madonna’s new album Rebel Heart.

First let’s discuss the marketing package behind the new endeavor… Just last week the Queen of Pop sprung a major leak and very early versions of some of the new material (as well as a few demos that won’t make the final cut) spread across the Internet like a wild fire! There are always the conspiracy theorists out there that believe Madonna leaked half her album in very low quality/barely produced form (because that would be how I would want to introduce my music for the first time *eye roll*) but I can guarantee you that this was not a planned marketing ploy! The leak and the drama behind the scenes are very real! So in response to her music being put out there in mediocre form for the world to hear, Madonna decided to “pull a Beyonce” so to speak but also one up her! She bundled together 6 songs that were in the can & ready for world-wide exposure (all of which had leaked except one) and released them to the world so that we can hear how she intended for us to hear them! The result so far has been an overwhelmingly positive response in which many online media outlets are hailing the tracks as some of her best in decades… And for the record, I concur! Although M intended to release a single in Feb and the entire album in March, she will now release the album in three parts! We got the first batch of songs, we’ll get the next batch on Feb 9th and then the rest in March! It’s a new age in the way music is released and Madonna has just trailblazed a new trend for others to follow as usual!

Onto the music…

“Living For Love”


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Living For Love” is the lead single from “Rebel Heart” and while I don’t think it’s the strongest choice for a first single, it is definitely a nice introduction to the new three part era! After all, she does have two more opportunities to release a “first single” thanks to the genius multi-release structure. Don’t get me wrong… I LOVE this song!! Especially the finished version that we can compare to the earlier incarnation which was a little on the boring side. “Living for Love” is a lush, uplifting, deep-house meets gospel meets EDM. A lot like all the material on this release, ‘LFL‘ is a throwback with a new-school edge! Vocally and lyrically Madonna is on-point with her inspirational message of pushing through the tough times with love on your side. What a nice way to kick off your new release, right? I give this one 8 1/2 out of 10 stars. (With room to grow of course)

“Unapologetic Bitch”


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I’m reviewing this one next because I think as much as Madonna #hashtagged this title, her fans have been in a frenzy to hear the actual music for such an ambitious, attention catching title! Did it live up to the hype?? I say HELL YES!! This is one of my favorites from the album and would have been my choice for first single. No it’s not the typical gay anthem dance-party type of single that most people would have expected from M, but I think her venture into the Diplo produced reggae/dancehall territory is the unexpected curveball that Madonna has been known to throw at us to keeps us on our toes and her on her thrown! I give this one 8 out of 10.

Devil Pray


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I LOVE THIS SONG! Lyrically Madonna delves head-on into the world of drugs, self-reflection and religious guilt! This is another example where we can hear how the leaks were definitely pre-mature version of what Madonna intended for us to hear. While the leaked version was  a pretty straight-forward folk-pop song with the trademark Avicii imprint, the new version (which still retains a little of the folk feel) has been reworked to takes us on more of an electronic house journey. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard an Avicii production mesh these two genres together, but the delivery this time around sounds nothing like some of his more well known folk-dance fusions such as “Wake Me Up” or “Hey Brother“. (Thank God!) This has to be one of the strongest tracks out of this release, so I give it a 10 out of 10.

Ghosttown


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Ghosttown” is the only ‘new’ track in the sense that it’s the only one that didn’t leak ahead of time from this first round of releases. This Ryan Tedder produced mid-tempo ballad is beautiful and really highlights Madonna’s vocals, but I have to admit that I find this track to be a bit on the bland side and is probably my least favorite track from round one. For a filler track, the melody does have some standout moments and it’s still better than a lot of the tracks from M’s previous album MDNA! With that said, I’m gonna give this one a 7 out of 10.

“Illuminate”


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I think most people cringe when they think of Madonna rapping  on a track (“American Life” anyone?!) but a lot of us where pleasently surprised when we heard M spitting rhymes that actually didn’t bother us at all… As a matter of fact, she pulls it off quite nicely on this one! Lyrically “Illuminate” is probably the most interesting track that we’ve heard on the album so far, delivering a clever tongue-in-cheek play on all of the Satan worshiping secret society rumors that have followed the pop icon for years! Lady Gaga will be happy to know that Madonna makes a neutral reference to her in this track that doesn’t involve the world “reductive”. Production-wise, this Kanye West produced track (Yes, Mr. Kardashian produced this one) is a bit more on the dark and edgy side which is a beautiful contrast to all of the upbeat pop numbers! I give this one an 8 1/2 out of 10.

“Bitch, I’m Madonna”


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When it comes to Madonna, you either love her or you hate her and I think that’s going to be the case with this song as well. Personally, Diplo x’s Madonna = A perfect blend of pop and edginess. Add Madonna’s collaboration bestie Nicki Minaj to the mix and you have the formula for a massive club hit! Although this song doesn’t have anything really important to say other than ‘she’s Madonna bitches,‘ it’s hard to deny the catchy melody and Diplo’s heavy-hitting sythns and beats! I’m going to give this one an 8 out of 10.

Madonna is back! She’s living for love, she’s unapologetic, she’s a rebel and she’s back on top of her game! The Queen is back!! I already can’t wait to review part 2 of the album!!

MADONNA RELEASES 6 NEW TRACKS AND ‘REBEL HEART’ ALBUM PRE-ORDER!!

by: Taj | December 20th, 2014 | 1 Comment »

Christmas just came a little early for me thanks to Madonna, and I ain’t talking about the Virgin Mary! In response to the leaked demos/works in progress that recently hit the web (and as you noticed I didn’t post or write about out of respect to M)… Madonna has just released 6 new FINISHED tracks on iTunes which will be featured on her new album titled Rebel Heart! Most of these tracks (“Unapologetic Bitch,” “Bitch I’m Madonna,” “Devil Pray” “Living For Love” & “Illuminate“” some of us have heard thanks to those leaks but we’ve also been treated to a new, never before heard track titled “Ghosttown” as well!

I can’t give a full review just yet but I will say this… The songs definitely sounds finished and some drastically different from the leaks! From what I hear so far, I sounds like Madonna has an amazing album in store for us… One of her absolute best in years! Bring it on Madge!! More of an extensive review following soon… Oh and I am all about the cover art-work!!

Go pre-order Rebel Heart now to download the 6 new songs!! What are you waiting for?! GO PRE-ORDER HERE: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/rebel-heart/id953710965

Remix Treatment: Azealia Banks – Chasing Time (Barry Harris Remix)

by: Taj | December 6th, 2014 | No Comments »

DJ/producer Barry Harris is absolutely dominating the dance remix scene with his signature epic anthem builds meshed with pounding tribal house beats. His latest remix of Azealia Banks’Chasing Time” is the perfect example of the type of floor-fillers that he’s been churning out lately. I must say that this one in particular is definitely one of my favorites that he has put out in recent times. Please keep these bangers  coming Mr. Harris!

Remix Treatment: Selena Gomez – The Heart Wants What It Wants (Cosmic Dawn Remix)

by: Taj | December 6th, 2014 | 4 Comments »

Selena Gomez‘ brooding ode to her tumultuous relationship with Justin Bieber ”The Heart Wants What It Wants” has just been made even more moody thanks to this new Cosmic Dawn remix. A little mellow for the types of productions we have come to expect from CS but it is absolutely perfect and fits the tone of the song impeccably! I must say that this is one of my favorite Cosmic Dawn productions of his career! Check the remix video which was produced by video remixer JNX!

Video Premiere: Gwen Stefani – Spark The Fire

by: Taj | December 1st, 2014 | No Comments »

Gwen Stefani is moving on pretty fast from her first dud of a single “Baby Don’t Lie” and has just released the music video her much more radio friendly follow up, “Spark The Fire“. Fun song, fun video… But will this do the trick?! The Pharrell produced track is definitely taylor made for the clubs so I’m hoping people give it more of a chance than her first  go. Check it out..


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Remix Treatment: Aretha Franklin – Rolling In The Deep (Rosario & Cappo House Remix)

by: Taj | November 22nd, 2014 | No Comments »

Aretha Franklin’s cover of Adele’s diva classic “Rolling in the Deep” has just been given dance remix makeover by Ralphi Rosario and Jay Cappo! The duo have accomplished to tip Aretha’s diva-scale by giving the song even more camp and attitude than the original with their hot production. You heard it here first!!

Aretha Franklin- Rolling In The Deep (Rosario Cappo House Remix):

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

by: Taj | November 20th, 2014 | No Comments »

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…

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New Music: Major Lazer Ft. Ariana Grande – All My Love

by: Taj | November 13th, 2014 | 1 Comment »

Major Lazer and Ariana Grande might sound like an odd coupling for a new track to be featured on the Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack, but “All My Love” is actually a solid pop-ditty that very well suits Ariana’s pop princess catalog but still brings a bit of unexpected edge that we would want to hear from Major Lazer. Take a listen…


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Listen To David Guetta’s New Album “Listen”…

by: Taj | November 13th, 2014 | 1 Comment »

If there’s one think David Guetta is good at, it’s producing a hot EDM-pop record!! Take a listen to this sampler of her forthcoming album titled “Listen” and features guest vocals from the likes of Sam Smith, Sia, John Legend, Nico & Vinz, Ryan Tedder as well as many others! I predict a string of major cross-over hits for Mr. Guetta! Take a listen for yourself…