It’s pretty much a safe bet that I am going to like anything that the Wideboys happen to remix. Back in November, I got the promo of “Paradise” and I played it pretty much blindly. Listening back to my radio set, it just leapt out at me. It was like, what the heck is this catchy pop song? “Paradise” is the debut single from European singer Just Ivy, a summery-vibed escape song with somewhat simple lyrics that just gets ingrained in your head without you even realizing it. While her vocal is somewhat processed, she sounds like a cross between Leigh Nash (Sixpence None the Richer) and Nina Persson (The Cardigans), with just a hint of Lumidee’s rasp. In addition to the previously-mentioned Wideboys remix, there are incredibly strong mixes by Starkillers, R3hab, and Sean Finn which toughen the song up with a more aggressive electro feel while keeping the vocals intact.
It’s hard not to have a crush on Luciana. The British minx has sung with her unique chant style on so many of the biggest records of recent memory – “Yeah Yeah” (Bodyrox), “I Like That” (Static Revenger and Richard Vission), “We Own the Night” (Tiesto & Wolfgang Gartner), and “Something For the Weekend” (Dave Aude). In addition to working with all of these massive producers, she also writes for other artists, and if you listen closely you can even hear her influence on pop superstars. I caught up with her at Promo Only Summer Sessions where her she literally rocked the House of Blues stage. If she ever performs in your area, be sure to rush to front of the stage because you will definitely like that..
DJ Ron Slomowicz: Hey, how are you enjoying Atlantic City? Luciana: I am really happy to be in Atlantic City. It was really nice coming from the airport because it started raining and it reminded me of London for those few minutes.
RS: Are you living in London or the US more now? Luciana: I am in the process of getting my green card, so I am living in Los Angeles and I want to stay, I love the sun.