SONG OF THE DAY (SUNDAY FUNDAY):  Little Mix – “Move”

Normally, I would wait until the video drops to write up a UK pop band, but this song has been stuck in my head since I first heard it.  Little Mix, the girl group that won the UK X Factor season 8, preview their second album ‘Salute’ with the insanely catchy and hooky “Move.”  The old school disco vibe of the track is a poppier translation of the Robin Thicke/Daft Punk meme and makes a perfectly-polished pop confection.  Some may scoff at the traditional values expressed in the lyrics like the girl playing hard to get and waiting for the boy to ask them out, but asking the guy to put on a bit of show and dance to catch a girl’s eye isn’t necessarily unfair, especially considering all the preparation it takes for girls before they go to the club (makeup, hair, outfit, etc.). The original tempo of 120 BPM can be sped up to be mixed into house sets, which I did when I first got the radio edit and had to play it immediately.  A week later, a full set of pop remixes arrived featuring Alias and Mike Rizzo that will satiate any commercial dance floor.  For a bit of edge, DJs should check out the electro-bass hybrid mix by Deekly and Eighty Six for something that will take their dance floor by surprise and make them really “Move.” I just wish it was a bit longer.   Here’s hoping the US record label rush releases this and get the girls a reality show. Hey, it worked for The Saturdays.

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SONG OF THE DAY: Katrina – “Ready to Love”

The first time I heard Dave Aude’s mix of “OPM” from Star Search alumna Katrina, I was instantly drawn to the catchy hook, sing-along chorus, and of course, the playfully fierce vocal. After seeing her perform live at the Promo Only Summer Sessions last year, I quickly became a fan. When she was on tour with Meat Loaf, I chatted with her at the Ryman and she mentioned that she was working with Frankmusik. Needless to say, I’ve been anticipating the release of “Ready to Love,” and it’s even better than I’d imagined. A fully-realized dance pop song complete with sing-a-long chorus, energetic beats, a catchy strat/guitar hook (which has my trainspotter brain going crazy), and great vocals/vocal production, the song is “ready” for mainstream radio. For clubs, there is a plethora of strong remixes by Joe Gauthreaux, Mike Rizzo, and Dark Intensity. Seamus Haji’s take stands out as my favorite, following up his recent remixes of Usher and Ne-Yo with this smooth blend of body and soul with energetic electro. Watch for the remixes to be released next month and enjoy a preview of the original version below.

Original – Listen

Seamus Haji – Listen