SONG OF THE DAY: Brian Cid ft RES – On the Radio

Last week, I was having a heated discussion with a few dance music nerds about what we thought was the best remix Giuseppe D ever made.  While they were trying to convince me it was Whitney Houston “I Look to You,” M People “Testify,” or Taborah “I Am,” and my longtime editor/media prophet friend swore the gospel of “Silent Lucidity” by Queensryche and “Stranded” by Lutricia McNeil, I refused to even consider any track other than RES “They Say Vision.”  The Philadephia-born soul singer brought rock and torch elements to her music that made her emotionally-powerful songs stand out.  Combined with a stomping tribal house production from Giuseppe D, the anthemic “They Say Vision” celebrated individuality and was a clubland stable. Imagine my delight to find her new cover version of Donna Summer’s classic “On the Radio” with deep house master Brian Cid.  The production is sexy tropical house, not too fast, but perfect for a summertime beach party or for lounging by the pool.  With the chill groove, RES is free to reinterpret the song with true emotions, adding pauses and emphasis on different phrases.  While the idea of improving a legendary Donna Summer masterpiece may seem heretical, RES’s interpretation is unique enough to make it a signature song and memorable enough to add to DJs’ playlists (and your MP3 player).

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Brian Cid ft RES – On the Radio

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Res – “They-Say Vision”

“Sick of shuckin’ ’round with a screwed up face/
With my heels dug in trying to leave a trace.”

Instantly recognizable – the lyrics, the hooks, and the voice. In a genius move, MCA Records enlisted several of the biggest remixers of 2002 to take the third single from Res’ debut album and perform their craft, which paid off in a massive way as “They-Say Vision” ended its run on the Billboard Dance Chart in the coveted #1 slot. Almost instantly, the varied mixes took hold among the crowds and created eager debate over which was better; the bass-heavy, piano-laden “Robbie Rivera’s Vocal Mix Part Two” (exactly WHERE is Part One?), the progressive and energetic “DJ Giuseppe D Remix,” or the foot-stomping, loop-driven “Bastone & Burnz Remix.” Only one mix seemed out of place at the time – the “DJ Encore Remix,” which today would sound right at home mixed in with a handful of Gotye “Somebody That I Used To Know” mixes.

The uniqueness of Res – the alternative rock, hip-hop soul vibe which appealed to many, was sadly lost in a record label buy-out and her sophomore album was shelved. Still she moved forward, doing background vocals for Gnarls Barkley and opening for both Maxwell and Musiq Soulchild. Fans can look forward to her next release “Refried Mac” – A collection of Fleetwood Mac covers.

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