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iTunedIN | MADONNA – I Rise (Remixes)

Rising above the rest “I Rise” emerges as a lead contender for dance floor addicts eager to raise the roof with Madonna’s latest offerings from Madame X.

The Etherial Girl may not be making the waves across the radio charts, Madonna has emerged in the last decade as the artist less attracted to making Top 40 music and on a binge to explore the all-new territory and push the envelope. The Queen of Pop’s latest full-length album Madame X is a world-music exploration, more inclined to attract that audience than to feed into the ravenous appetite of her dance floor devotees, but that doesn’t mean that she hasn’t given them something to play with.

The album itself runs the gamut of styles, though not as commercially friendly as say Confessions on a Dance Floor or Hard Candy. Both of those albums were very big on dance tracks inspired by the Euro-pop scene or stateside R&B/Hip-Hop. Madame X is clearly not in that vein, nor is it as bombastic as MDNA or as disjointed as Rebel Heart. There’s an elegance in the musical styles Madonna has driven into on this album’s setlist, but most of the music does have a provocative and very definite political angle.

The single “I Rise” is profoundly centered on drawing attention to the new generation’s eagerness to take action for themselves, especially given the clearly corrupt and uncaring state our fragile democracy is finding itself in. That doesn’t mean that the Queen of Pop isn’t determined to remain most relevant to the audience that made her a star to begin with. The artist has always understood the value of music to bring the people together, especially on the dance floor — and although the club scene has all but abandoned its most devoted, the cultural wave is still in existence.

Madonna’s “Madame X” has yielded (so far) remixes for “I Rise” and “Medellín” its first single. The artist is set to begin her “Madame X” Tour in September, and will be playing smaller theaters and opera houses rather than stadiums.

“I Rise” Remixed

Ironically that track that has the most direct political connectivity, is the one that has garnered the most attention — “I Rise” has a sizable appeal as an anthem, but it needed to be taken there. Leave it to one of the dance music scene’s most profound creatives to give the track a new sheen. Tracy Young revealed the first wave of remixes for the track and gave it a suped-up summer song feel with her “Pride” Remix. The music maestro has been a long-time favorite collaborator of Madonna’s and has given her greatest hits some of their most intense redux!

Young’s reinterpretation is no exception. In addition to Tracy Young, Madonna turned over the track to several other contemporary remix producers including Offer Nissim and Thomas Gold. Offer Nissim also took an interesting stab at Madame X’s premiere single “Medellín” featuring Maluma. Thomas Gold’s Remix of “I Rise” feels the most like a Madonna song, especially with its very 90s House-feel, it emerges feeling like something that might have appeared on Erotica even inspiring renewed interest in many of that album’s setlist, still considered some of Madonna’s best.

Available now on iTunes, Madonna’s “I Rise” (Remixes) are worthy of the artist, given her proclivity to remain close to her club roots, this emerges as one of the most outstanding works from her most recent endeavor Madame X. Listen to the Tracy Young “Pride” Remix here:

Madonna – I Rise (Remixes) available on iTunes.

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iTunedIN | MADONNA Introduces MADAME X

For her latest album project, the Queen of Pop is gearing up to present to her fans to her newest incarnation. On Madame X audiences will get a globe-trotting experience and a far more exotic Madonna than we’ve ever had before.

It would appear that even on vacation there’s no keeping Madonna down. While taking some personal time to reinvigorate her creative juices, the Queen of Pop dove into the multi-cultural diversity of Portugal and found the inspiration for her fourteenth studio album. Madonna is no stranger to reinvention, and has taken on several new personas to express herself on the album project entitled Madame X which she promises will highlight many of the spectacular new sounds she has been exploring.

The artist has commented on how homogenous popular music has become; Madonna has said that everything sounds the same, and the idea of releasing a new project that didn’t stand out just wouldn’t do. Collaborating with Mirwais on the new album also provided a creative safety net for the artist. The pair worked together on her Grammy® Award-Winning Ray of Light and its follow-up Music. The premiere single “Medellín” also features Colombian pop-singer Maluma. The controversial singer approached Madonna backstage at the VMAs and insisted they work together.

Intrigued by the invitation, Madonna and Mirwais familiarized themselves with Maluma’s work and found the perfect track bring him in on. The result is the world-dance sounding “Medellín” which immediately sets the tone and pace for what fans can expect from Madame X. Releasing a tease of the album’s themes via social networking, Madonna insists her newest incarnation is many things. “Madame X is a secret agent; traveling around the world — changing identities, fighting for freedom, bringing light to dark places.”

Madonna teaming up MIrwais and Colombian signer Maluma for her latest album project “Madame X” hitting stores in June.

“X” Hits the Spot

The last decade has suggested that Madonna is less interested in commercial success and far more focused on nurturing her creative animal. Her last two ventures 2012s MDNA and 2015s Rebel Heart proved exercises in experimentation. Madonna has always ventured the push the envelope especially when its come to her music, always preferring to take risks. Though critically well interpreted, these most recent offerings are perhaps the artist’s least cohesive explorations. Both albums featured multi producers and ran the gamut of genres, from dance to folk.

Though the details of Madame X have still appeared scarce, with Madonna taking a more reflective approach, perhaps this will be the album to present her best as the constant innovator she has demonstrated over the course of her legendary career. The track list on Madame X also suggests that Madonna still pursuing complex narratives of religion and soul searching, but only time will tell, and fans won’t have long to wait. Madame X will be dropping on June 14 and features guest collaborations with Maluma, Quavo, Swae Lee and Anitta.

A video for the debut single is expected to hit the airwaves the week of April 22 and will be introduced in traditional Madonna fashion. The artist is hosting a record listening and video premiere on MTV to air on Wednesday, April 24 to air live from London.

Madame X | Madonna will be released on June 14. The first single “Medellín” is available now. Check it out on iTunes here.

iTuneIN | Sean Finn & Corona THE RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT

The club anthem is given a nice new gloss from Sean Finn featuring the original vocalist that took the track to the top of the dance charts!

The year was 1994. Dance music was experiencing a renaissance and invigorating popularity brought upon by a resurgence of the club culture. Nightlife was booming and the circuit scene was being perpetrated across the globe. This was before the rise of EDM, the music festival magnificence that inspired and elevated the DJ/music producer to the high on heights of near god-like reverence, and techno was starting to invade the dance floor lexicon. Dance anthem artist Corona had a hit on her hands with “The Rhythm of the Night”.

Cut to 2019 and dance music is enjoying new popularity, albeit subversive celebrity. The club scene isn’t what it used to be. Major cities are no longer drawing big room attendances, but that hasn’t prevented hit-makers like Sean Finn from reigniting interest in Corona’s club anthem and giving “The Rhythm of the Night” an injection of the contemporary. The German-born Finn has joined ranks with the likes of Eric Prydz and Benny Benassi, music producers who are taking upon themselves to revive the House genre, pushing the sound to a new evolution.

Check out “The Rhythm of the Night” on iTunes here.

Listen to the remixes now…

 

iTunedIN | ELECTRICITY (Rip City Boys Remix) by Dua Lipa & Silk City

Lately it feels like dance music has been so aggressive commercialized that everything either sounds exactly the same or like a commercial. There are exceptions, but there hasn’t been much to get really excited about and unless you’re one of the most faithful followers of the party music circuit, your exposure to all new tunes can be limited. Dua Lipa has been turning pop music on its head and recently re-issued her “complete” debut album and threw in a couple additional tracks for good measure, including “Electricity” her collaboration with Silk City featuring Diplo & Mark Ronson.

The single has enjoyed a long life on the dance charts and is still getting a lot of legs on the dance floor especially with new remixes. The latest is by the American Groove House duo Rip City Boys immerses the wildly hypnotic UK Groove House beats and loops percussions, a weighty baseline as the pair bring a classic 90’s House feel with their modern synths.

Check out the track here and share:

Thank you to SwishCraft Music for sharing this hit track with us.

iTuneIN | BUTCH QUEEN (POSE) by Dwayne Minard

From the 80s underground and into the mainstream, thanks to a primetime hit everyone is ready to “strike a pose” and carry on to Dwayne Minard’s new single!

You can’t keep a good dance revolution down! From the ballrooms of New York City’s urban underground club scene, striking a pose on the runway was a right of passage many in the black and latino LGBTQ communities sought eagerly — their 15 minutes of fame rewarded with accolades and more importantly an undeniable sense of belonging especially among the competitive houses represented at the balls. Week after week, these dance floors were populated with any number of outcasts that had finally found a home!

The hit FX primetime series Pose starring MJ Rodriguez, Billy Porter, Evan Peters and Indya Moore and produced by Ryan Murphy reignited interest in the era defined by its indelible fashion, distinct soundtrack and inevitably legendary moves. At the core of the series, it explored the search for belonging and validation that help a community in crisis overcome prejudice and the devastation of a world that appeared to be looking the other way preferring to ignore an entire group of people.

DJ Producer and Provocateur Dwayne Minard (on Facebook @djwayneminard) celebrates the ballroom culture with the release of “Butch Queen (Pose)” the remixes of which paint a rainbow offering of contemporary sounds and harken back to the Garage-House sounds that solidified this as one of the most profound and significant moments in the dance music movement. The remix from Division 4 & Matt Consola captures the momentum of today’s dance floor crown, but still feels very much like it is derived from its House Music origins. Minard’s hard-hitting Explicit Radio track is muscly and mighty!

Don’t miss on a featured vocal from one of the ball scene’s most legendary voices when Pepper LaBeija appears to legitimize the pulse of the track anointing “Butch Queen (Pose)” like true royalty!

Take a listen to the track here on iTunes.

Thank you to SwishCraft Music for sharing.

inTUNE :: Justin Timberlake “Filthy” New Single

Pop-Music is getting “Filthy” again and Justin Timberlake is leading the revolution on the first single off his new album.

With all-eyes focused on the pop-music stratosphere as Justin Timberlake prepares to return to the world’s largest stage, the entertainment-impresario has been seemingly pardoned and been invited to headline this year’s Super Bowl Half-Time show. The last time that Timberlake stepped into that spotlight he pulled more than focus, by inadvertently yanking on Janet Jackson’s costume and causing the seismic wardrobe malfunction heard round the world, now JT is back with a new album to promote, and its premiere single “Filthy” is reminiscent of the innovative sound that made the artist a standout.

Justin Timberlake just never seemed to fit the mold of the boy band, even during his tenure as the one-time frontman of *NSYNC. He clearly was set on carving a path for himself and calculated the steps to his exit away from his group antics even dating pop princess Britney Spears to solidify perception that he’s his own thing! Truth to tell Justin Timberlake always was, and by the turn of the millennium he marched properly into solo stardom — never looking over his shoulder once. Sixteen years later he’s prepared to let his audience further into the rabbit hole of his musicality on the dubiously entitled album Man of the Woods.

He’d have us believe that this is a project dedicated to revealing some as yet unexplored revelations of his early and earthy Tennessee upbringing, yet the premiere release “Filthy” is bouncy electro-pop musings of over-the-top rock stardom and healthy sex-play. It’s an infectious exploration for sure, and a tailor-made beat that will no doubt become the centerpiece of Timberlake’s Super Bowl show, but whether it’ll have legs to chart interest remains to be seen. The single itself sounds like a hybrid/homage to George Michael’s obscure dance track “Freeek!” (2002) but lacks Michael’s vocal prowess, to Timberlake’s sonic tenor.

Still, if you know what’s good, you can bargain that Justin Timberlake has more up his sleeve than he’s letter on. “Filthy” may just be the appetizer to a full 7-course meal that will be far more satisfying to an appetite now whet with anticipation. “Filthy” is available now on iTunes and remains among the Top Ten Singles.