Summer 2015 Rewerked


Well, here we are, kids-the end of the summer rewerk road. But not to worry, because as we know the fall is always a good time for some killer remixes that will get us moving and grooving straight into the end of the year.

Before we officially say “Bye, Felicia” to this summer, I’ve cooked up a set list of my favorite summer 2015 rewerks for everyone, which includes the Barry Harris rewire of Company B‘s ’80s anthem, “Fascinated,” the deep Todd Terry reconstruction of Demi Lovato‘s “Cool For the Summer,” and Kream shows up not once, but twice on the list taking Major Lazer‘s “Lean On” and Duke Dumont‘s “Need U(100%)” to deeper depths of the house music sea.

At the very top of the list is The Knocks rewerk of Carly Rae Jepsen‘s “All That,” which takes the sloth-like tone of the original and turns into a fast paced piece of disco delight that will take you away into the summer music sunset. If you don’t believe me, pop those headphones and have a will be the best thing you do all summer. 

And just think…only nine more months until we do it all again! Meanwhile, this blazing buffet of beats will absolutely help you pass the time until then. Enjoy! 

Carly Rae Jepsen/”All That”/The Knocks Bootleg

Duke Dumont/”Need U(100%)/Kream Refire 

Blonde/Alex Newell/”All Cried Out”/Oliver Nelson Re-twist 

Madonna/”Bitch I’m Madonna”/Rosabel’s Bitch Move Rewerk 

Demi Lovato/”Cool for the Summer”/Todd Terry Remix 

Fifth Harmony/Kid Ink /”Worth It”/Mike Delinquent Rewerk

Major Lazer/DJ Snake/Mo/”Lean On”/Kream Remix

Company B/”Fascinated”/Barry Harris 2k15 Club Remix

Britney Spears/Iggy Azalea/”Pretty Girls”/Division 4/Matt Consola Rewerk


Little Mix/”Black Magic”/Cahill Rewerk

Felix Jaehen/Jasmine Thompson/”Ain’t Nobody”/Rooftop Boys Rewerk

Matthew Koma/”So F##kin’ Romantic”/The Knocks Redo 

Duke Dumont/”Ocean Drive”/Funk Generation H3dRush Club Mix

Carly Rae Jepsen/”Run Away With Me”/Cyril Hahn Remix 

Rudimental/”For The Love”/Sonny Fodera Rewire




Mixtape Music News

1.Azealia Banks has something to say about everybody…again. 

Does this bitch ever stop?

By now we know that the 2015 VMAs opened with one feud getting squashed (Hey, Taylor and Nicki.), and another one (Miley vs. Nicki vs. Miley) that was just getting the hoops holding started. 

While some are Team Miley, others Team Nicki, but today, everyone’s favorite hater, Azealia Banks, is Team “I Hate Basic Bitches.”

Banks, who somehow just caught wind of this past Sunday’s night’s MTV spectacle (where you been, girl?), tweeted that it was “funny” to see Cyrus, Minaj and Swift “fighting when you ALL make basic ass music.”

But it didn’t stop there. The oh, so angsty Azealia went on to accuse the three divas of ripping off “downtown NYC girls” when it comes to style, a critique that Minaj — who got her music start in Queens — would have a problem with, that is, if she could give two f#$ks about Banks. Which we all know what the answer to that would be. #whatsgood 

Moving on…

2.Kanye West and Teddy Ruxpin are a match made in pop culture heaven…

Kanye West‘s VMA Video Vanguard speech certainly created tons of buzz, memes, parodies and bids for presidencies. And what’s even better is that you can now add Kanye2020 merchandise to your fall wardrobe!

However, Mashable may take the parody cake with this hilarious mashup of West’s remarks, which are taken straight out of Teddy Ruxpin’s mouth. Not kidding. You just have to watch…

3.It looks like we won’t be getting out of Compton anytime soon….

In the wake of Straight Outta Compton‘s enormous box-office success, there’s rumors that APA is shopping Welcome to Death Row, which features many of the same music icons from the late-summer hit.

The agency has put together a package based on the book and documentary of the same name by S. Leigh Savidge, who also received a story and co-executive producer nod on Compton.

While Compton chronicles the rise and breakup of gangsta rap group N.W.A — a span that covers nearly a decade from the late 1980s to 1996 —Death Row involves the years after N.W.A formed, which is no doubt one of the most explosive and controversial periods in music history. Keep in mind that this is the era that artists like Dre, Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur built up mega-solo careers and Death Row Records’ Suge Knight reigned as the most powerful (and feared) person in hip-hop business at the time.

While there are no no music rights attached to Death Row (yet), judging by SOC‘s success, we can almost expect that this will be a given. Compton has indeed become a breakout for Universal, earning $141 million since its Aug. 14 release and also held the top spot domestically three weekends in a row.

4.Demi Lovato’s Confident hype train keeps rolling….

While Demi Lovato’s fifth studio album, Confident, might not be getting served to us until Oct. 16, the summery pop star teased us with the track list last week with a little help from some of her famous friends. One of the songs that was revealed is a track called titled “Father,” which is dedicated to her late father Patrick, and the “Cool for the Summer” diva told Billboard during her Pop Shop Podcast appearance that the new song is going to be the one that surprises her fans the most.

“The last song that I recorded [for the album] was called ‘Father,’ and I’m particularly excited for this song,” Lovato said. “I get very, very honest about the passing of my dad. My fans expect me to be honest, [but] what I think that people in general aren’t going to expect is the way that I sing the song. I took it more to a soulful, gospel kind of sound, and it’s the song that I think I might be most proud of on the album.”

Ms. Thing also noted that “Cool For The Summer,” which has become a top 20 smash on the Hot 100 chart, was not originally going to be served as Confident lead single.

“‘Cool For The Summer’ actually wasn’t going to be my first single — it was actually going to be ‘Confident,’” says Lovato. “But ‘Cool For The Summer,’ you can’t really release in October, so we were like, ‘Okay, you know what? I think we have a change of plans, and we’ll go with “Cool For The Summer.”’ It was really spontaneous but it worked, and I’m super excited with the way that things have played out so far.”

And we’re so grateful for that…


5.Chaka Khan, Tamar Braxton, Bind Irwin are set for Dancing With The Stars….

After building up anticipation by releasing several names–including Irwin; teen social media star Hayes Grier; singers Nick Carter, Andy Grammar and Ms. Khan — ABC finally announced the Season 21 cast of Dancing With The Stars today on Good Morning America.

Also on the coveted list is Army National Guard Spc. Alek Skarlatos, 22, who just last month, made headlines around the world when when he helped prevent a possible terrorist attack on a train in Europe. Skarlatos was on vacation after a deployment in Afghanistan with Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone and student Anthony Sadler when the three Americans, a Frenchman and a British national took down a man with a rifle.

On the reality T.V. spectrum, chanteuse and Braxton Family Values star Tamar Braxton and Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kim Zolciak Biermann are also on board. Also ready to dance for their lives are actor Alexa PenaVega and actor/singer Carlos PenaVega, who will be the first married couple to compete against each other; and jockey Victor Espinoza, who rode American Pharoah this year to the first Triple Crown victory since 1978. 

Also on the list? The one-and-only, Mr. Gary Busey. That pretty much sums it all up. 





Summer Groove of the Day/The Knocks/”Dancing With Myself”

Since we’re all suffering from late-summer heat stroke today, let’s musically cool things off a bit, shall we?

Now, as much as I enjoy diving headphones first into a hard-hitting make-you-thirsty kind of club groove, there’s really nothing better on a steamy summer day than taking things down a bit with an ice cold ditty. And if there was a track that became my music popsicle these past few months, it was the charismatic “Dancing With Myself” by NYC based duo, The Knocks. Laced with a clap happy beat and loaded with sax, “Dancing” is just that summer groove that contains all of the right ingredients to cool you down to the music core.

And if you really want to feel more frozen than Madonna in ’98, step into this past June’s Rewerk Wednesday where The Knocks served up all kinds of ice cold music heat. You just might want to bundle up for this one.