SONG OF THE DAY: Paloma Faith – Only Love Can Hurt Like This (Adam Turner Remix)

When you combine a Dianne Warren song with an incredible voice and a brilliant remix, the result is sheer magic (look up the Soul-Hex remix of Toni Braxton “Unbreak My Heart” for a classic example). Paloma’s voice is powerful and unlike anyone else singing right now. Her songs often have a retro vibe with a twist, and “Only Love Can Hurt Like This” sounds like a lost Dusty Springfield gem. In the capable hands of rising DJ/producer Adam Turner, the song is transformed into dance floor magic – primetime progressive pop with a bit of a classic Hi-NRG feel. You can picture the crowd singing along at the break as the drum fill leads them to a climax. It’s no wonder that “Only Love” is Paloma’s most successful single in the UK and hopefully those of us in the States will embrace her quirky lovable talent as well.

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SONG OF THE DAY: Therese – Remedy

Best known for the classic dance anthem “Put ’em High” with Stonebridge, Swedish singer Therese has built a large following for her music (“Time,” “Feelin Me,” “Drop It Like It’s Hot”) and her equally exuberant live performances. After a short break from clubland, she has reemerged – launching her own label Vixon Records with the new single “Remedy.” The playful-yet-seductive lyrics combined with her multitone vocals make this feel like a lead single to a Kyle Minogue album (yes, it is that good). So it doesn’t come as a surprise that it hit the top 10 when it was originally released a few years ago. The new extended mix is of the moment dance pop, slickly produced with many layers that will work in any commercial club (and of course on dance radio). If there was an award given for diverse remix packages, “Remedy” would easily be in the running for best of the year. Of course, there are the quality big room electro and stadium house mixes that you would expect, with Papercha$er adding a catchy hook reminiscent of “Istanbul (Not Constantinople)” and Adam Turner giving the Avicii-esque subgenre a fresh feel. Fellow Swede Zoo Brazil uses just a vocal syllable and constructs a chilled-out tribal dub that inspires poolside grooving. Dank fuses trap and electro in a way that sounds fresh and elevates both elements. Haji & Sheldon probably remixed this around the same time they were working on their massive progressive buzz record “Inception” as there are similar elements executed differently in both. Most importantly, Therese sounds good on every remix, whether with full vocal or dubbed-out, so don’t be surprised if you hear “Remedy” in the clubs for months to come.

Image Courtesy of Vixon Records.