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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Aretha: Remixed in the Deep

It was only a matter of time before Aretha Franklin's cover of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" (from her new album, Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics -- her highest charting album since 1985 -- got the club/ dancefloor treatment. At the time of writing, three really good, energetic remixes have emerged of the Clive Davis-created, Babyface-produced track.

Cutmore, Wideboys and Morlando's mixes are available for djs in full club-mix length, all running around the 6-minute mark (including intros and outros), as well as in radio-edit formats. All of these producers/ remixers/ djs are British and have been exceptionally prolific in recent years. Richard Cutmore is a solo artist, while Morlando and Wideboys are teams of two artists combining their talents in each case.

Well, Miss Ree is now rolling in the remixes of the sophisticated and upbeat house-music styles of these popular and vital club-music hotshots. And she's rolling uphill ~~ to the top of the charts.

Wideboys' mix is the one most likely to appeal to US clubgoers because of its tempo and the most protracted use of the "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" back-up chorus from the original Babyface production. At a total 6:05 minutes play time, it has an unusually long outro for dj mixing purposes.

Cutmore's endeavor is the smoothest and most understated, though definitely hiNRG-influenced, like the two others, when it comes to bpms.

And Morlando's mix is surely positioned to be the UK and European fave of the crop.

Any of these remixes would inspire me to get on the dancefloor and boogie on down to one of the world's most enduring divas. Hoping Aretha's "Rolling in the Deep"  bubbles to the top on dance charts internationally. It's already # 2 on the US Billboard club listing. Maybe its success will spur the powers that be to follow up with club remixes of the album's cover version of the perpetual disco classic, "I Will Survive."

True disco-diva power and remix bliss in time for the holiday season.

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