Cheryl Cole and Calvin Harris, what sweet music you make together. Despite that “Call My Name” comes across as a little generic, given the mass amounts of dance music out there, there’s still something undeniably catchy about the track. Harris’ signature production teamed up with Cole’s pop knowhow provide a kind of one-two punch that makes singing along to this track on the first listen both easy and gratifying. When we saw the remix named Royal T Back to 99, we thought it might be a play on the “James Brown is Dead”-sampling “Baby Don’t Cha Leave Me This Way.” Instead it’s a quite pleasing and unique fusion of 2-step garage and dubstep. Both the mixes by Richard Vission and Wideboys are in the aggressive dirty dutch electro style. Richard’s mix is relentless and slightly similar to his banging single with Luciana “When It Feels This Good.” The Wideboys stay true to the original, adding their current sound and a speed-up to silence effect (reminiscent of Moby’s “Thousand”) which sounds insane on a dancefloor. The video is a glorious mumbling of mixed influences – a Marquis de Sade quote, stuttered story intro where she roams through the sewers, allusions to Grease and unabashed 80s styling of flourescent clothing and harem/hammer pants. We Americans really lost out on her lovable madness when she left the judging panel of X Factor. Watching the video makes us wonder if she would have given us the missing Paula Abdul-esque feel. “Call My Name” is the lead single from Cole’s upcoming album, A Million Lights, due out later this month. Is this what we can expect, or a sleight of hand to distract us from even better material to come? Only time can tell but you can bet your britches we are going to be all over this one.
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