I found it really hard to narrow myself down to a favorite song. There is simply too much to select from, and selecting that favorite can be a difficult tasks. Well for others it might not be, but for me and my passion for variety, it can be a daunting task! You see, my idea of a “favorite song” is usually a track that I keep in rotation for a few weeks, months, and sometimes it can even be just for a day. Today’s favorite song could easily change tomorrow. I’m a music junkie, and at that, a house junkie.
And today’s favorite, well actually the past few days, has been a variety of tracks from Defected; my favorite label. See, that wasn’t a hard choice. I been a hardcore Defected fan for years, so it’s a top favorite. And French Express is becoming my second favorite label.
Alright, now that we cleared that up, back to what I was saying. So yeah, my favorite track the past few days has been Santé ft. Lorenzo Hall – “Homegirl.” If you want a sexy track driven by the allure of taking someone home for the night, then this is the song you want. You want, you need, and you’ve got to have this song. It’s good, I mean real good.
On the rating of sex appeal, I give this track a sure-fire 10. It has officially been adding to my list of sexy house songs, which include the following songs: “Freak” by Sandy Rivera & Haze, “Under the Sheets” by Maceo Plex, and “Stay High Baby” by Maceo Plex, and Nicolas Jaar “I Got a Woman.”
Last month I wrote a blog post about Kirby Ferguson’s TED Talk I watched called “Embracing the Remix.” In that post I talked about creativity and how a lot of music we listen to is inspired by another source, which also leads into the discussion of remixes & reworks.
I’m all for producers & DJs remixing classic tracks, but it has to be done just right. I still cringe whenever I hear Jason Derulo ruin Robin S’ classic song “Show Me Love.” I ended up writing a post about that and going off in an angry rant about how dare he ruin such a classic dance track. Ugh, the horror of it! If you want to read my rant, then click here.
Whew, sorry folks, I got distracted by the thought of how horrible Jason Derulo’s version of “Show Me Love” ended up being. Anyways, my point is, there is a right and a totally nightmarish wrong way to ruin a classic. But producer Lane 8 knows how to rework a classic; proving to us that Fleetwood Mac’s classic song “Go Your Own Way” can have a new spin on it, yet still remain timeless.
San Francisco based producer Lane 8 gives the classic Fleetwood Mac track (which is one of my favorites) a new quirky vibe. In the same way that Maceo Plex reworked an INXS classic, both of the producers know how to rework a classic but maintain the integrity of the original song. A rework is a new spin on a track, but it still should have remnants of the original; the rework is a new perspective.
Here is the original track, live performance.
Y’all know INXS, right? Please, please, assure me that you know who they are. Seriously, I meet a lot of people (well mostly folks my age) that aren’t aware of good classic music, and INXS is one of those bands that is a classic.
The Australian rock band is best known for their track “Need You Tonight,” and its one of those timeless tracks that is hard to forget. It’s got the catchy lyrics, that edgy electric guitar, and a pretty cool music video.
“Need You Tonight” is one of my favorites, but I also can’t forget the track “Mediate.” It’s one of those tracks that you wish were longer, but you just try to get the most out of the 2 minutes and then have your hand ready to quickly push the repeat button. And apparently many people have felt that way, which is why I’m happy that Maceo Plex decided to rework the track into 7+ minutes of musical euphoria.
Be sure to watch + clearly listen to the video above, then check out Maceo Plex’s rework of the track below. It always amazes me how producers can take a track and turn it into something entirely new, yet still encompass the integrity and musical finesse that makes the original track still worth listening to.
A majority of the time classics end up getting ruined, but Maceo Plex truly did a nice rework of INXS “Mediate.” He definitely didn’t ruin it; he perfected it with a hint of house.
Ladies and gents, I have officially found another deep house/electronic producer to add to my favorites, Kolombo. If you happen to love the sounds of Maceo Plex and Maya Jane Coles, then you’re going to love Kolombo.
Hailing from Belgium, Olivier Grégoire aka Kolombo has become one of the hottest producers of deep house and electronic music. He’s mastered the art of production and he knows exactly how to infuse the perfect ingredients together for the perfect deep track. He’s become one of the reknown producers from Belgium due to his expertise in the realm of deep house, and oh, he also runs a house music label called LouLou Records.
Kolombo has a lot of great tracks and remixes. The first track I ran across was his track with Demarzo called “Darling.” That track reminds me of Maceo Plex’s “Stay High Baby,” which is a good thing. I’m a huge Maceo Plex fan, so it’s nice to run across another great producer that has some deep house tracks.
So if you happen to be a deep house junkie, then you truly need to check out the sounds of Kolombo. He’s got mad skills!
Kolombo + Demarzo – “Darling”
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