A playlist for your Memorial Day Weekend

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imageProfessional fraternity man by day and roving entertainment reporter by night, Buck Cooke moved to Atlanta in 2000. Armed with a passion for pop culture and rabid appetite for music, Buck scours the entertainment landscape for treasures in music, TV and cinema.

There’s a whole crop of kick-ass club tracks for your Memorial Day Weekend, so behold the hotness.

“Magnificent”(Dave Aude Club Mix) – U2
Aude tweaks the original and gives it a dance sound, but it (like the rest of the remixes) is not suited for the dance floor. That’s okay — I love it when rock bands remix their songs.

image“Let’s Go Celebrate” (Jody den Broeder Club Mix) – LaKisha Jones
This 2007 alumna from “American Idol” is readying her debut album (which dropped May 19) and wisely commissioned dance remixes of her first single. den Broeder does his usual outstanding job of reworking the song into a club-thumping dance track.

“I’m Just Here for the Music” – Paul Abdul
Internet rumors say that this track was originally recorded for Kylie Minogue’s “Body Language” album but didn’t make the cut, which is believable given the sound. (Since that album fell pretty flat, maybe Min should have kept this one for herself?) Perhaps Abdul wrote it for Minogue since she did help pen “Spinning Around”? At any rate, the song is vocordered to death, which is okay, because it’s suits Abdul’s vocals and the style of the song.

image“Love Game” (Dave Aude Club Mix) – Lady Gaga
Finally, a true club mix worthy of this song! Aude works his magic on this and makes Gaga and her disco stick sound fab!

“Gypsy Woman 2009” (Sami Dee and Freddy Jones Da Big Room Anthem) – Tristan Garner vs. Crystal Waters
One of the most notorious earworms of the 90s is back! This time Waters’ “She’s homeless” is backed by killer modern beats and synths.

image“Beautiful U R” (Cajjmere Wray’s Reconstruction Mix) – Deborah Cox
Part two of this single was just released with four more DJs doing a bang-up job on this track. While Wray’s regular club mix of the song is good, this remix (exclusive to Perfect Beat [www.perfectbeat.com]) goes above and beyond, creating a dance anthem with a dark undertone.

“IfULeave” (Mig vs. Rizzo Club Mix) – Musiq Soulchild featuring Mary J. Blige
Soulchild and Blige make beautiful music together and this remix is best suited for a night on the town with heavy club beats and funky synths backing the track.

“Drop a House” (DJ DeMarko! Original Bitch Mix) – DJ DeMarko! featuring Heather Leigh West
This track (another slammin’ single from “Generation Next” by Junior Vasquez) samples the “What’s she gonna look like with a chimney on her?” line from the 1998 classic dance hit “Feel It” by the Tamperer featuring Maya and sets it in the middle of a fierce track about being so pissed that you have no other recourse than to drop a house on the bitch. That sounds like great conflict resolution to me!

image“I Believe” (Ralphi Rosario Club Vocal) – The Absolute featuring Suzanne Palmer
Gospel songs remixed as gay dance songs are just the best; this remix is taken from a new crop of this classic house track. Palmer still sounds amazing and Rosario does a great job of turning this into an anthem.

“Sing” (Jody den Broeder Extended Mix) – Wynonna Judd
Judd is an unlikely dance artist in the minds of most people, but her vocals lend themselves to a remix remarkably well. den Broeder turns this uplifting song (which sounds almost like a personal prayer on the album) into a roof-raising dance anthem. Keep ‘em comin’, Wy!

“When Love Takes Over” (Electro Extended) – David Guetta featuring Kelly Rowland
International dance juggernaut joins forces with the Destiny’s Child alumna and creates his most (pardon the pun) electrifying hit yet. The original version is perfect (and will undoubtedly be one of the biggest hits of the summer), but this remix cranks up the vocals, synths, and beats and the piano section is goose-bump inducing.

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