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Bronson · Diamonds

with Janet Jackson vocals all skewed up

It’s not about what you say, but how you say it — especially when it comes to music on this site. This diamonds are a girl’s best friend business has been goin on since Marilyn and even though the saying may be cliched enough, how it’s said here has not.

I didn’t originally know this, but Janet Jackson lends her vocals from her ‘Diamonds’ song. However, as you’ll see, Bronson has transformed her sweet style into some deep house, hypnotique soul.

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Storm Queen · Look Right Through (MK Dub III)

"They don't talk to me, they look right through."

There are remixes that completely change up the style and there are ones that improve on what’s existing (and others that unimprove). While Mark Kinchen hasn’t completely changed up Storm Queen’s original, this ‘Look Right Through’ remix certainly improves on it. With a UK garaged-out sound, this tempo was certainly crafted for Storm Queen’s vocalist.

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Juicy J · 30 Inches (Yung Gud Remix)

featuring the Gucci Mane and Project Pat

Over the past year I’ve been all about disco & soul’s remix revival, but I’m hoping now this is an intro into rap’s. Yung Gud steers Juicy J’s ’30 Inches’ onto one of the smoothest jams of the year. Reminds me of how 2Pac & the Outlawz use to hit.

Head over to Yours Truly for a proper introduction to Yung Gud.

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iLLPHONiCS · Your Body

featuring Lamar Harris on horns

Lately more than ever I’ve had to convince friends that rap like Mac Miller is not so good — it’s easier said than explained though. It’s not that all of this white boy rap isn’t fame worthy, it’s just some of it plain sucks while others simply lack the soul most a good amount of hip-hop has had in its past. However, even a smaller crowd has managed to pull it all off, which brings us to illphonics.

When I first heard illphonics’ emcee, Fallout, on ‘Your Body,’ I thought it was going to be just that white boy, college rap I try to stay away from. But soon enough I figured out that this has much more all mixed up. illphonics’ jam may have that pop style of hip-hop set in, but it’s mixed with some southern soul. From the chorus to the brass behind it, this is a good mix of pop fun and soul feelings.

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Tove Lo · Habits

Where dirty pop should be goin'

Another rare case where I love reading into a song’s lyrics more than just a single verse at a time. Actually I usually make up my own words, but Tove Lo’s Habits paints a clear picture like few others do. She simply tells a good story.

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Ghosts of Venice · My Love

featuring Josh Jakq gon' disco fresh

Ghosts of Venice treat us to some hearty, upbeat disco with a special guest on vocals. And like I love to point out with every song I post of his, Josh Jakq reminds me too much of Justin Timberlake. However, the tables have turned this time around when I heard a song playing it instantly reminded me of Josh Jakq’s voice and it turned out to be none other than JT’s. But besides my not-so brilliant insight that’s probably been pointed out to him too much already, it’s nice to hear Jakq change up his work from the hypnotics of soul to something so disco fresh. A definite match for that falsetto of his.

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Hot Natured · Reverse Skydiving (Benoit & Sergio)

A disco remix of Anabel Englund's sultry seductions

I get such vivid imagery from something as simple as this song’s title. Same goes for the lyrics with their fun & well crafted ways. However, where this song really shines is in Benoit & Sergio’s disco rework of Hot Natured’s original. Anabel Englund’s voice packs such power without what seems any effort. Natural soul.

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Moon Boots · Love Strong

Also, the need for a proper credits system

So like I always do, I made up my own lyrics to Moon Boots’ Love Strong song or at least parts of it. But when I tried to figure out the actual lyrics, I couldn’t. The weird thing is that these vocals sound so familiar. I thought a simple Google search or a SHAZAM! would do it, but no such luck.

This is why credits need to be given with a simple search.. or simpler. For the first time we have the ability to properly store extensive song data, yet there’s still no widely-known & used service that gives musicians this ability, easily. This has been brought up at a few SF MusicTech discussions I’ve listened to and I’m sure it will be again, but hopefully with someone who has a promising demo to show off this time around. [Dreams]

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Isaac Tichauer ·· Take Over You

with full funk expressions in this soul-riddled EP

French Express is once again staying consistent in their choice selection of music with Isaac Tichauer’s funk slice of house, Take Over You. The EP’s cut up into five solid states (tracks), but other than the lead single the four others are simply meant for passive rather than active listening. The four others just aren’t supported with vocals like on ‘Take Over You,’ one’s that carry the song the whole way through rather than just becoming an instrument of it.

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Joywave · Dying Well

That lone trumpet gets me goin' every damn time

This is such a powerful song, but first I need to get to more pressing matters on my mind. The lone trumpet or brass instrument playing throughout Joywave’s ‘Dying Well’ sure as hell reminded me of Homeland’s opening credits – well, up until I rewatched them. It may not remind me of the credits anymore, but there’s gotta be something Homelandish about that damn thing — thoughts

Now back to the actual song, ‘Dying Well’ has one sensual lead vocals that carry well with none other than that lonely brasstrument (hate that thing). This whole piece carries pretty damn well in fact, yet unfortunately the rest of Joywave’s 88888 mixtape does not. I didn’t find anything else on there that stuck in my head quite like ‘Dying Well.’ I may not understand all the lyrics in it yet, but I get the message clear.

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