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.
Stonewall Weekend is here, so I’ve assembled a list of tracks to get you in the mood for Diet Pride. Be proud and stake your claim to your place on the dance floor, in the pool or in traffic this weekend.
“Patron Tequila” (Dave Aude Club Mix) – Paradiso Girls featuring Lil’ Jon and Eve
What better to start us off than a song about getting hammered and hurling? I wasn’t sure about this track at first, but the “Imma have you so fucked up” vibe is undeniable (and, yes, that’s a quote from the chorus). Just go a little easy on the booze, okay?
“Money’s Too Tight to Mention 2009” (Haji and Emanuel Club Mix) – Simply Red
Mick Hucknall’s silky-smooth vocals glide over Haji and Emanuel’s pulsing synths and big beats in what will probably be the last single for Simply Red since Hucknall is now recording as a solo artist.
“Takin’ Back My Love” (Jody den Broeder Club Mix) – Enrique Iglesias featuring Ciara
The vocals have a light feel, but den Broeder puts his trademark dark and dirty spin on the track, which is a marriage made in heaven.
“Heartbreak (Make Me a Dancer)” (Full Length Club Mix) – Freemasons featuring Sophie Ellis-Bextor
This slice of British pop perfection, the first single from “Shakedown 2” (which drops overseas on June 29), is what you’d expect when you put the best British DJ duo together with one of the top pop vocal talents in the UK. Ellis-Bextor sounds like the perfect frontwoman for the Freemasons since her vocals have a cool, seductive quality that meshes perfectly with their somewhat retro synths and cool remixes.
“Ride My Tempo” (Wideboys Radio Edit) – Ida Corr
Corr follows up her smash hit collaboration with Fedde Le Grand, “Let Me Think About It,” with this catchy little ditty. The frenetic beats and percussion pop like fireworks behind sweeping, dramatic synths thanks to the Wideboys.
“If U Seek Amy” (Junior Vasquez Big Room Mix) – Britney Spears
Vasquez takes Spears to the stratosphere with this latest release from “Circus.” Big, peak-hour beats with tribal overtones and big, dramatic builds. Being clean and sober clearly agrees with Spears and Vasquez!
“Sweet Dreams” (Harlan Pepper and AG III Remix) – Beyonce
Sasha Fierce is a little more understated on this track, but the remix bounces and pulses, giving it a dance feel with a midtempo vibe.
“Right ‘Round” (Benny Benassi Remix) – Flo Rida
I love it when rappers get remixed for the gay dance scene! Benassi gives this already infectious track plenty of club appeal.
“Bad, Bad Boy” (Tod Miner Electro Mix) – The Perry Twins featuring Niki Haris
Part two of this single contains a whole crop of hot new remixes and this one is among the best. The beats pulse like a triathlete’s heartbeat and the electro effects crackle with life.
“Be Alright” (Perry Twins Los Angels and Demons Mix) – Kristine W.
The most handsome DJ duo in the biz gives this track (sure to be Kristine’s next #1 smash hit) an anthemic sound while injecting some drama, camp, and electro for good measure. Keep the hits coming, Kristine!
“Pet Shop Boys ‘Brits’ Medley” – Pet Shop Boys
This megamix PSB romps through PSB’s discography, including some of their biggest hits (like “You Were Always On My Mind,” “It’s a Sin,” “What Have I Done to Deserve This?”) and also includes material from their latest album, “Yes” (like “Love, Etc.” and “Did You See Me Coming?”).