SONG OF THE DAY (SUNDAY FUNDAY): Martha Wash – I’m Not Coming Down

Everyone loves Martha Wash. From her start as a backup singer for Sylvester to her classic with the Weather Girls “It’s Raining Men” and more than 30 years of club anthems, Martha is beloved in gay clubland as a legendary diva. For 2014, she is back with “I’m Not Coming Down” a house record that shows both the soft and powerful side to her voice. She can sing but she can also sang (as is the proper idiom for her unmatched vocal prowess.) Surely to be featured at every circuit party this summer, It comes as no surprise that it is flying up the Billboard Club Chart and set to reach the pinnacle any day now. One sure sign of how much she is loved by clubland is the sheer volume of remixes with more than 20 different ones currently floating around (Rosabel, Tony Moran, Danny Diggz, DJ Ting, Gustavo Scorpio, Phil B & Leo Frappier, John Le Page & Brian Cua, Todd Terry, Ranny, Alex Acosta, Guy Scheiman, C-Rod, Deep Influence, Giangi Cappai, James Anthony, Wayne G, Mauro Mozart, Guy Scheiman, Albert Cabrera, John Lepage, Gustavo Scorpio, Phil B & Frappier.) As the most remixed record of the year (aside from Cher’s “Take It Like a Man,”) it’s a good thing that we are in a digital age because there is no telling how many cd singles would need to be released to cover all the remixes and dubs. If perchance you’re a dj and can’t find a suitable mix among those, there is even a sick electro bootleg mashup with Showtek. Having worked with Martha several times over the years, she is also a joy to perform with and always has a fun sense of humor. Evidence of this is the video for “I’m Not Coming Down” which is clearly a tongue-in-cheek spoof of the 90s NuHouse meme with her updating the classic “Give It To You” video with hot shirtless men dancing all around her.

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SONG OF THE DAY: Chris Cox + DJ Frankie ft Crystal Waters – “Oh Mama Hey”

With the plethora of instrumental club tracks out there, a good chant can make the difference between “filler” and a “floorfiller.”? Constructed by legendary DJ/Producers Chris Cox (of Thunderpuss infamy) and DJ Frankie (nightlife impresario that brought clubland to Vegas with the launch of Studio 54),? “Oh Mama” was originally released in 2010. The “Oh Mama Hey” chant elevated the retrotribal-tinged electro track to secret weapon status and was deployed by those DJs in the know. ? Refreshed, revitalized, and re-produced for 2013, “Oh Mama Hey” now features a fresh vocal topline by diva-in-demand Crystal Waters, who of course is no stranger to a good chant, remember ‘la da dee, la da da?’ ?Her verse has a touch of the swing vibe, which probably rubbed off from her work with Yolanda Be Cool but dang it if the nonsense bits just don’t get caught in your head.? With a remix package featuring Stonebridge, Rosabel, Steven Redant, and Trent Cantrelle, as well as a music video forthcoming, “Oh Mama Hey” could be the floorfiller that heats up dance floors all winter long.

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