Launching her first commercial album since being diagnosed with cancer several years ago, Aussie heroine and disco diva (in the dee-lightful sense) Kylie Minogue breaks out X and X :Remixes with plenty of sensual seductiveness and dancefloor promise. If both Mariah Carey and Madonna werenâ€™t also promoting their works - both geniuses at that, Kylie would be all weâ€™d be talking about â€“ well, almost all. Sheâ€™s super-femme, super fab and everything lovely and sexy you could ever want in a pop-diva. My picks: â€ś2 Hearts,â€ť â€śLike a Drug,â€ť â€śSpeakerphone,â€ť â€śSensitized,â€ť â€śHeart Beat Rock,â€ť â€śAll I Seeâ€ť and â€śNu-di-tyâ€ť. On the remixes album, two versions each of three songs (including â€śIn My Armsâ€ť and â€śWowâ€ť) should satiate those who love the upbeat moves and grooves. â€ś2 Heartsâ€ť (Alan Braxe remix) and â€ś2 Heartsâ€ť (Mark Brown Pacha Ibiza Upper Terrace remix) are both superb.
â€śBleeding Loveâ€ť Remixes
The Brits have The X Factor, which seems to be their version of American Idol, and is produced by Simon Cowell and crew. The third season winner was Islington (London) singer-songwriter Leona Lewis who, for simplicity, is a breathy and grounded diva with the fierceness of a Mariah Carey without the added bizarre antics, at least for now. She is classically trained and her exotic features can be traced to her Irish Italian Guyanese heritage. Her debut album Spirit launches with the single â€śBleeding Love,â€ť which Iâ€™m proud to say I found all on my own not having Clue One who she was. Iâ€™m quite used to finding supremely amazing singers no oneâ€™s ever heard of, but itâ€™s nice to be validated. The single is uber diva drama and sultry romance just dripping for slow and intense moments, and now the remixes by Moto Blanco, The Shapeshifters and Jason Nevins bring all the power and passion to the dancefloor as well.
My pick is â€śThe Shapeshifters Vocal Club Mix,â€ť but do check out the original as well. On Sprit, her debut album, you can see why the Brits ate her up with a spoon - they l-o-v-e sappy love songs that you can sing with and have some music video of romantic bliss going on in their heads. We love Kate Bush, but at least she knew she was camptastic. Anyway, the album is actually quite good, and Iâ€™m sure remixes will liberate some of the more mundane into stellar dance tracks. Her voice is superb, so just wait until sheâ€™s fully unleashed. My picks: â€śBleeding Love,â€ť â€śBetter in Time,â€ť â€śForgive Me,â€ť â€śThe First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,â€ť â€śYesterday,â€ť â€śWhatever It Takesâ€ť and â€śTake a Bowâ€ť.
The Art of Love & War
â€śBabyâ€ť (featuring Betty Wright) Remixes
Southern belle RnB neo-soul diva of soul and sometimes actress Angie Stone is due for more mainstream recognition, and her fourth studio album might be part of that success, although she veers into churchified territory, much like Aretha Franklin and so many others. Her simmering grooves and self-assured sassy-sexy voice are at once commanding and comforting; think every hip â€śoh no you didnâ€™t song youâ€™ve ever heardâ€ť and slap some bass beats and a sleazy groove and you start to get the picture. Sheâ€™s just incredible and deserving of the Grammy for her duet with Betty Wright for the hit single â€śBabyâ€ť for which they were recently nominated. Filled with slow jams and sly songs, she flies through the air with delicious no nonsense ease. My top picks: â€śBabyâ€ť (featuring Betty Wright), â€śMake It Last,â€ť â€śGo Back to Your Life,â€ť â€śMy People,â€ť â€śSit Down,â€ť â€śPlay wit It,â€ť â€śPop Popâ€ť. â€śBabyâ€ť (featuring Betty Wright) has be treated to no less than nine remixes by Craig C Master, Morgan Page, Mattyâ€™s Gott Summin 4 Ya, Angel Manuel and Mattyâ€™s Soulflower with my top picks Morgan Pageâ€™s Club mix, Angel Manuelâ€™s Club Mix and Mattyâ€™s Soulflower radio edit.
â€śTouch My Bodyâ€ť Remixes
Unless youâ€™ve been unplugged for the last few weeks youâ€™re probably aware that Mariah Carey has launched her latest album E=MC2 (emancipation equals Mariah Carey to the next power - based on her last stellar album the Emancipation of Mimi). But did you see her on Oprah! Queen meets princess alert, not every guest jumps in the pool to show off her new body and exercise tips and also gives a private tour of her lingerie closet. If you had a closet full of teddyâ€™s and nighties, would you? ... OK, forget it. People reading this have their own closets full of toys, so Iâ€™m preaching to the choir here. Anyway, the single unseats Elvis from the top spot on number of Number Oneâ€™s on the Billboard Hot 100 being Mariahâ€™s 18th hit to do so with only the Beatles having more Number Oneâ€™s. Itâ€™s sexy hip, and the ladies love the song, and now that we have remixes the rest of us can dig it too. My top picks are: Subkulcha radio edit, Seamus Haji & Paul Emanuel club remix, Craig C club remix and the Subkulcha remix.