Professional 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.
If you’re recovering from Memorial Day or getting ready for Gay Days, there are some essential tracks to get your good time going. There’s a little bit of something for everyone in this list, from hip-hop to rock-flavored dance tracks.
“Let It Rock” (Cahill Remix) – Kevin Rudolf
This version lays a wicked dance beat behind this fist-pumping rock anthem, but sans Lil’ Wayne, which is a shame because his rap would sound great in this format.
“Give You Everything” (Moto Blanco Club Mix) – Erika Jayne
Here’s another dance release from Jayne, an Atlanta native who is preparing her debut album “Pretty Mess” for an August release. Like previous singles “Stars” and “Roller Coaster,” this one is pop with a light feel to it. Moto Blanco keep plenty of the piano from the original to create an airy dance remix, perfect for this track.
“Turnin’ Me On” (MSTRKRFT Remix) – Keri Hilson featuring Lil’ Wayne
This remix is the perfect blend of rock and hip-hop, but the guitar is a little overpowering. It’s still a good mix of a great song, and it’s always good to hear something from Atlanta’s own Hilson.
“Hush Hush; Hush Hush” (Dave Aude Extended Remix) – Pussycat Dolls
Aude works magic with this latest offering from Nicole Sherzinger and the rest of the Dolls. This remix uses the mash-up version of the track with “I Will Survive,” which Scherzinger knocks out of the park.
“Just Go” (Mike Rizzo Funk Generation Club) – Lionel Richie featuring Akon
The golden-voiced former Commodore sounds fantastic as a dance artist, so here’s hoping more remixes are to come from his new album. Rizzo cranks up the synths and revs up the beats in this club anthem dance remix of a track that was originally very mellow.
“Epiphany (I’m Leaving)” (Dave Aude Club Mix) – Chrisette Michele
The original version of this track was slinky and sultry, but Aude kicks this track into high gear with dramatic synths and builds but still retains the sexy vibe of the track.
“Crazy Possessive (I’ll Muck You Up)” (Digital Dog Mix) – Kaci Battaglia
This high-energy remix spices up Battaglia’s mature alpha-female track, brimming with confidence and sensuality. Digital Dog packs a wallop with bombastic beats and pulsing synths and sexes up Battaglia’s pop charm.
“Boom Boom Wow” (David Guetta’s Electro Hop Remix) – Black-eyed Peas
Guetta fuzzes up this remix of “Boom Boom Pow” with samples from “Music Sounds Better” by Stardust. The Peas are omnipresent as they promote their upcoming album, “The E.N.D.,” which comes out next month.
“Now I’m That Bitch” (Sam Sparro Remix) – Livvi Franc
Gay electropop dance artist Sparro reworks this smash hit from Franc, an up-and-coming artist. Franc asserts herself and doesn’t care about the consequences and this remix packs plenty of funk behind her sassy spirit.
“While You See a Chance” (Mark Picchiotti Summer Club) – Matt Zarley featuring Billy Porter
Handsome gay vocalist Zarley dreamed of recording this Steve Windwood classic from the 80s when he was a kid. Now the dream’s come true. This follow up to “Here I Am” sounds great as a remix. Picchiotti injects plenty of horns and snappy percussion to give this remix the perfect sound for the summer.
Bonus Track: “Cue the Rain” – Queen Latifah
As she prepares her next album for a July release date, Latifah cranks up the jazz, funk, and dance vibe on this track, the lead single from “Persona.” She and Lil Rounds kicked some serious ass on this song during the “American Idol” finale, so check out the Queen.
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