MAROON 5 â€śOverexposedâ€ť
This is over-hooked, over-manipulated, and definitely over-exposed. With the wardrobe stylist, grooming and hair credits on a purple page, not to mention the obligatory tough boy rap segments, the happy major chorus repeating and repeating, I really donâ€™t want to like this release from the manufactured Maroon 5. But itâ€™s like a battle against the inevitable â€“ Iâ€™ll start singing along because Iâ€™m Pavlovâ€™s dog and I have to give my brain up to my animal instincts. Damn you, Maroon 5!
Best Cut: â€śDaylightâ€ť
Location: Vacuuming my condo on 18th Street.
â€śDie for You â€“ Remixesâ€ť
Doxiâ€™s roots go farther into the Bay Area than first imagined, from her UC Berkeley time studying cello and voice, joining Stanfordâ€™s youth jazz program at age 14, and her involvement in The Go Candy Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to the empowerment of young women, it is clear Doxi has more going on than the typical dance hall princess. Hereâ€™s hoping true talent and dedication can rise to the top of this creamy heap.
Best Cut: â€śGuy Sheiman Dub Remixâ€ť Location: Fast through the Broadway Tunnel
JILL SCOTT â€śCrates: Remix Fundamentals, Volume 1â€ť
Sheâ€™s been remixed a million times and Iâ€™ve probably heard them all, but this CD percolates such that I canâ€™t ignore it. This is the first time label Hidden Beach has released its catalog to the club market and what a stellar release it is. How better to debut than with Scott and her intimate vocal style? Released just in time for the Chosen Few Old School Picnic in Chicago this month, local DJâ€™s get your paws on
Best Cut: â€śSpring Summer Feeling â€“ Ron Trent Mixâ€ť
Location: Dolores Park Beach
EVA SIMMONS â€śI Donâ€™t Like Youâ€ť
On the road with LMFAO ainâ€™t shabby gigs, so this European-styled dance phenom is getting her shot at cracking the tough US dance market right now. Sheâ€™s got the Bjork-meets-Roxette edgy vocal and the slightly sugary European sound harking back to the 80â€™s, but itâ€™s going to take more than big hair to get past this glass ceiling. The production on this is excellent. The samples really cut my speakers hard. DJs will be happy, but Iâ€™m not convinced it will stick.
â€“ K Cole has been reviewing music for major publications since it came via snail mail on cassettes. Submissions to Pop Rox by local LGBT artists encouraged. Join on Facebook.com/Pop-Rox-Bay-Times-San Francisco or send it in to:
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Best Cut: â€śNicky Romero Remixâ€ť
Location: Iâ€™m thinking Florida, boys