Sunday, March 6, 2016

JUSTICE CREW-Justice Crew Party Mix (2011)


If music justice hadn't been served to me when I jumped in with the JUSTICE CREW last night, then I would've deserved to be locked up and put behind bars! Thankfully, everything was done just right by those Aussie boys on their "Live By The Words" album to entertain me and my receptive ears, steering me clear of even the smallest potential chance for contrasting thoughts to my rave reviews I eventually gave about the album to seep into my mind. And now I must proudly proclaim that music justice has been served one more, feeling footloose and free and just on top of the world all together after jumping backwards in time to this JUSTICE CREW's original scene of the crime that is this special compilation treat called the "Justice Crew Party Mix". Scene of the crime, because it's here where I got reacquainted with the Aussie crew's breakout single that officially introduced me to them: "And Then We Dance". Didn't take me long to remember how quickly catchy the song gets when the main chorus starts looping with the alternating normal vocals and digitally-enhanced vocals delivering the title lyrics. Besides that, there are the other five jams I totally missed out on when they first got released, such as their collaboration with rap star Flo Rida on the energizing opening club cut, "Dance With Me". "Friday To Sunday" is a great club jam to kick off a weekend party; I only wish it wasn't soooooooooooo short!!! That's why it's always handy to have at least one remix to extend the thrill ride a little longer; the 'DJ KCB's Dutch Mix', which I believe is currently the only remix that's been made, takes care of that. "Sexy And You Know It" ain't just for all of the sexy girls out there; it's a jam for all dance music lovers and club goers all around the world to get down to (oooh, wouldn't a remix or two of this one be nice!), and so is this compilation's proper concluding cut, "Come Closer". Then last of the JUSTICE CREW package is their awesome collaboration with a Bonnie Anderson on "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)", which took me all the way back the memorable early 90's where C & C MUSIC FACTORY reigned supreme on the hip dance charts! Love how they revived this classic with their refreshing, innovative rap lyrics laid out all through the song! Celebrating this music mix party along with the Aussie boys is a dazzling lineup of guest stars. In addition to Flo Rida and Bonnie Anderson, seventh-season "Australian Idol" winner Stan Walker (whom I've become quite fond of ever since being blown away by his amazing soulful voice a few years back) contributes his dance jam "Loud" (a favorite of mine from his "Let The Music Play" album) while fellow "Australian Idol" contestant Jessica Mauboy performs "Inescapable", a lovely dance jam that my ears simply cannot escape from! A couple of R&B superstars make their surprising mark in the trance/techno genre: Chris Brown teaming up with Italian DJ Benny Benassi on "Beautiful People" (this one is like THE ultimate club cut with all the electrifying club glitz and glimmer; love how that intensity in the rhythm builds up before the trance explosions!) and Usher teaming up with iconic rapper Pitbull on "DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love". Threw both of these onto my 'Energy Mix' playlist the instant the music and the beats got revved up! A couple of familiar radio hits also popped up to say hello during this party. First, Ginuwine's genuinely sexy jam called "Pony". I've heard this one like a gazillion times, always remembering how I dig those throaty sound effects and that quirky cartoonish 'video game' effect that sounds like somebody is skidding to a screeching halt. But the sexiest part about the song is the sexy lyrics, Ginuiwne intelligently using the imagery of riding on top of a pony as a metaphor to what he'd like to do with his lady once they're alone and romancing each other privately in closed quarters. The second one was Pink's "Raise Your Glass", one of her hits that makes me admire her candid songwriting and her talents as a pop singer. Something new for my ears during this 'high-energy break' (which consists of Ginuwine's "Pony", plus JAGGED EDGE's "Where The Party At?" and a few other slower-tempo hip-hop jams) is Ciara's "Gimme That", which fancied me just fine with the cool skip to the electro-beat. Then something new for me altogether: "Please Don't Go", a creation by a Mike Posner that is delightfully groovy and funky synthpop with a summery air about it that makes it so easy to love. Wanna be part of this JUSTICE CREW party? Listen to this album and you'll find yourself caught right in the mix:

1. Justice Crew Feat. Flo Rida - Dance With Me
2. Pitbull feat. T-Pain - Hey Baby (Drop It To The Floor)
3. Stan Walker - Loud
4. Usher feat. Pitbull - DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love
5. Calvin Harris feat. Kelis - Bounce
6. Justice Crew - And Then We Dance
7. Jessica Mauboy - Inescapable
8. Chris Brown feat. Benny Benassi - Beautiful People
9. Jagged Edge - Where The Party At?
10. Cypress Hill - Insane In The Brain
11. Ginuwine - Pony
12. Mike Posner - Please Don't Go
13. Justice Crew - Friday To Sunday
14. T-Pain - Take Your Shirt Off
15. Ciara - Gimme That
16. Mark Ronson & The Business Intl. - Bang Bang Bang
17. Justice Crew - Sexy And You Know It
18. Pink - Raise Your Glass
19. Justice Crew - Come Closer

*****BONUS TRACKS*****

20. Justice Crew - Friday To Sunday [DJ KCB's Dutch Mix]
21. Justice Crew feat. Bonnie Anderson - Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)

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