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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Estelle/ Freak (Remixes)

Freak (Riva Starr Extended Vocal Mix) 6:20
Freak (Riva Starr Dub) 6:19
Freak (Riva Starr Extended Instrumental) 6:19
Freak (Michael Woods Remix) 7:03
Freak (Plastik Funk Remix) 5:57
Freak (Plastik Funk's Listen & Repeat Remix) 6:27
Freak (Extended Version Featuring Kardinal Offishall) 5:42
Freak (Disco Fries Remix) 4:48
Freak (LaCrate & Debonair Samir B-more Gutter Remix) 3:05
Freak (DJ White Shadow Remix) 5:42

David Guetta is the new Timbaland. 5 years ago no one could get enough of Timbo's formulaic hip hop, and every artist on earth was clawing at his door to produce or remix their track and guarantee their radio success. Then suddenly America decided that the dance sound that the rest of the planet has enjoyed for decades wasn't gay, it was just good. And after David Guetta madeover the Black Eyed Peas and spoon fed American urban radio a 4-4 beat and club sounds, suddenly what used to be Brussels sprouts became candy. Estelle first became something across the pond when Kanye produced her into domestic relevance with the literal crossover hit "American Boy," and she secured a place in our hearts as the proper English lass who wanted to make West her periodic US layover. But as the saying goes, sex sells, and after guesting on Guetta's album, it was time to step it up a notch and make herself tantalizing in a new way. By being a freak. "Freak" is a stark departure from "American Boy," employing the club stylings of Guetta, a perfectly placed portion of Soul II Soul's "Back to Life" and the painfully catchy chorus "I can be a freak/ I can I can be a freak/ Every day of every week." The ten track remix package includes refixes by Riva Starr, Michael Woods, Plastik Funk, Disco Fries, LaCrate & Debonair Samir and DJ White Shadow, and while the mixes are fun, it's still the original that hits the hardest. Most go in a chunky electro direction, which sounds far too abrasive for the vocals, but Disco Fries and DJ White Shadow do manage to reinterpret in appropriate ways. Overall, if this is the direction Estelle's going now, I think we're gonna be hearing a lot more of her.

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