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[REMIX] Gym Class Heroes ft. Neon Hitch "Ass Back Home" (Ashworth Remix)

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Pop fans should tune in pronto to the hot and happening sounds of newcomer Ashworth. The 20 year-old singer, writer and producer is making all the right moves after he produced a stomping remix of Maroon 5's chart-topping "Moves Like Jagger" last year. The remix was not only a fan favorite, but hit-maker Benny Blanco (who produced "Moves Like Jagger") was impressed as well, which sure is a massive compliment for the young upstart.

After remixing "Moves Like Jagger," Ashworth is back at it again with a blazing new remix of a Blanco-related tune. This time, the pop prodigy completely revamps Gym Class Heroes' "Ass Back Home," which was originally produced by Blanco, Ammar Malik and Robopop. Ashworth's kicky remake prominently shows off his forward soundboard savvy that perfectly blends his talent for vocal production, his knack for melody and his love for everything on the intersection of pop, dance and electronica. The instrumental freestyle that kicks in around the 3:40 mark is especially skillful and puts a whole new spin on the song.

There's no doubt that with a bit of time Ashworth will be ruling the pop charts with his own original productions and this remix proves exactly why. Mark my words. He's right on the pulse of where pop's heading.

Ashworth explains in an email to ArjanWrites.com that he's big fan of "Ass Back Home" and that he wanted to turn up the dancefloor sensibilities of the original. "I wanted to maintain its musicality but pump it full of adrenaline to give it some explosive, dance-crazed energy," he writes. "I decided to stay mellow where most vocals are present to preserve the lyrical and melodic power of the song, and let the music erupt during the drops."

Spoken like the expert that he is, Ashworth adds, "As for the structure of the chords under the remix; I wanted to give the song a new chord progression; to turn it darker and more minor, while staying within a key that the vocal melodies would sympathize with."

Check out Ashworth's remix of "Ass Back Home" below and make sure to grab the original here. Stay in the know about his emerging pop talent and follow him and Twitter and "like" him on Facebook.

January 30, 2012 | Permalink

EDX "Give It Up For Love" featuring John Williams (Single Review)

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By Steve Siegel (bio)

EDX has been a heavy hitter on the dance music scene for awhile. Yet, the Italian DJ and producer has been noticeably absent from the production world for a hot second. Turns out EDX (real name: Maurizio Colella) has been locked away in his Zurich studio prepping for the release of his debut album. The album preview I heard has everything a dance music fan wants, from head-bumping synths and potent basslines to sky high melodies. One track in particular caught my ear though, entitled "Give It Up For Love," that features Swedish vocalist John Williams.

I'm a sucker for anyone who throws guitar into a club track (see here  and here and EDX kills it with this one. Seducing the listener with some melodic guitar strumming, the melancholic chord progression works perfectly with John Williams' searching vocals.

EDX slowly adds percussive elements until they reach aclimax with Williams chanting what I'm sure will soon be a dance music cat call heard round’the world, "give it up for love tonight!" I found the drop especially interesting, asit pretty much summed up every popular commercial house style from 2011, including diving basslines, uplifting saw-wave chords and a sudden musical break on the 4th beat of every measure. "Give It Up For Love" is fine achievement for EDX and the perfect comeback single for an artist we've missed on the scene. 

Steve siegel contributorAbout Steven Siegel
Post contributed by Steven Siegel, ArjanWrites.com's dance expert in-residence (and trusted camera man). Currently finishing up his senior year at Emory University, Siegel is a massive dance music fan and a budding DJ/producer. You can reach Steve and listen to his own productions on SoundCloud. Steve tweets at @steviesiegs.

January 30, 2012 | Permalink

The Daily Crunch: Madonna, Lana Del Rey, Kelly Clarkson, Bruno Mars, Glee


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January 29, 2012 | Permalink

A*M*E "City Lights" Produced by MNEK (Single Review)

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There are two things very exciting about pop newcomer A*M*E. First of all, she brings a fresh and genuinely cool new energy to the pop scene that is getting saturated with grandiose imagery, larger that life beats and overly saucy lyrics. Secondly, she has been working with none other than uber-talented, super teen producer MNEK who we have covered multiple times on this blog before. Only 17 years old, MNEK is enjoying tremendous success producing tracks for Florrie and The Saturdays, and last week he was in Los Angeles to work with our other fave, My Name Is Kay.

The teaming of A*M*E and MNEK has resulted in A*M*E's debut tune "City Lights" that is stirring up a storm over in the U.K. Echoing the sound of a playful Double Dutch session in a middle school courtyard, "City Lights" is a mighty fresh, hook-laden pop tune that is ruled by swirling retro '90s club beats, choppy vocal samples and A*M*E's striking, soulful vocals that are completely, totally and utterly effortless and filled with a healthy dose of girl power. "City Lights" also includes the punchy rhymes of rapper Bartoven who is none other than MNEK's older brother.

"City Lights" is pretty much A*M*E's definition of great pop. "[Pop] usually starts with a great concept," she explains. "It's not too light-hearted, not too serious. A perfect pop song is a perfect blend of the two. It should grab you from the second you hear it. What I love most about a perfect pop song is that with it you are never alone. That’s what makes me happiest about pop music.

A*M*E's love for pop runs deep. And she knows how pop music can help lift people up in times when they need it most. She was born and raised in Sierra Leone, the war-torn nation in Africa where she lived until the age of 8. It was the timeless pop of groups like Backstreet Boys and *NSync that helped her cope with her dire environment and was the one thing that she could always rely on.

Her family fled to the U.K. where A*M*E started school and quickly thrived. She started her own DIY fanzine, fronted a girl band in high school and sang solos in her school choir that sparked a passion for music. While developing her unique forward style, she also became obsessed with The Beatles and studied their music as the holy scripture of pop.

Last week she finally unveiled "City Lights" and more pop greatness is on the way. Check out for example the amazing "Play The Game Boy" and "Love TKO" that you can stream on Soundcloud. If you want to stay in the know about A*M*E make sure to follow her on Facebook. All the right people are paying attention and I predict things may go really go fast for the young singer from here.

January 29, 2012 | Permalink

The Daily Crunch: Azealia Banks, Rihanna, Kylie Minogue, Rusko, Michael Jackson, Madonna, LMFAO, Wiz Khalifa


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January 27, 2012 | Permalink