Saturday, December 06, 2003

Oh good God. While I'm (somewhat) morally opposed to recommending not one but two Ashanti tracks in the space of - well, any amount of time, really - I just fell upon the Jay Hannan Lazy Dog Remix of "Rock With U (Awww Baby)," and it is predictably divine. Hannan shows off, perhaps better than I've ever heard him do on a remix, why he's one of Ben Watt's partners in crime, on this discofunkdeephouse wet kiss of a record. Some funky chicken-scratch wah-wah guitar and a gorgeously deep-as-fuck bassline contribute to making this, unquestionably, one of the remixes of '03. Hannan's remix is available on the 1st UK single - which Amazon has for your convenience and music-loving pleasure. As do I, as one of this week's downloads.

The other is the current Brooks & Dunn single, "You Can't Take the Honky Tonk Out of the Girl," currently #8 and climbing on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. AMG's Stephen Thomas Erlewine calls it a "Keith Richards homage" - and you know, he's kinda right. It's got a real "Honky Tonk Woman"/"Brown Sugar" feel to it, spiced with a bit of southern rock a la ZZ Top, rollicking down the road with a horn section, some great female backup singers, and a honkin' tonkin' sax. B&D, in their second decade as a duo, keep progressing and impressing me as songwriters and artists.

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