Liquid 360 is the collaborative California duo consisting of synth programmer and engineer Mitch Williams and vocalist/DJ/Producer Bruce Donally. For over a decade these guys have been remaking and sustaining artists such as Cher, Mya, Pink, Randy Friess, and the Black Eyed Peas as well as writing and producing emerging artist Lauren Hildebrandt. They've also touched the turntables of remixdom, re-envisioning Erasure's "Chains of Love" and Depeche Mode's "Strangelove," while their first original incarnation, "Shake Down," made the radio rounds in early spring of 2006.
L360's next release, "Tell Me Right Now (Shout!)," is a maxi-single rife with enough edits and club mixes to happily quench any one DJ to pick and choose through a fun and engaging bevy of new school NRG tracks to appease and keep scores of people on the dance floor.
Six separate remixers (seven if you count 'L360') churn out Radio Edits for the first half of the single while the lengthier Club Mixes round out the rest. Thanks in part to the anthem-like approach many of the remixers took, which allowed a nice blending of vocals, with their counterparts featuring some fierce rhythm arrangements, each track (except for my least favorite, by Dave Hansen) flows well so that each remix represents itself on its own merit.
Kitschy dance music this is not, although I thought that the maxi-single's cover featuring Mr. Williams and Mr. Donally looked kitschy- but one should never judge a CD single by its cover. I really enjoyed the single, especially the inclusion of a bit of Middle Eastern panache coupled with great vocals and size-does-matter beats. This single is very well worth adding to your dance (single) CD collection.
To me, shorter Edits just whet my appetite in anticipation for the longer Club versions to come, in this case, just a few clicks away and I really enjoyed a majority of the mixes and easily loved a solid quarter of the longer versions.
Track 6 (Arabian Knight Club Mix): The first track of the Edits introduces us to that Middle-Eastern flair and this is the longer version.
Track 7 (Liquid 360 Pop Mixshow): Incorporates an infectious middle-eastern sound as well as a symphonic presence too.
Track 8 (Lenny B Filter Factory Classic House Mix): The Nashville native seductively adds the word "anthem" to this piano-laced track, making it a classic in its own right.
Track 10 (Liquid 360 Cannibalism Dub): An aborigine-sounding, lyrically fleeting track that's as much dark and tribal as it is seismically danceable.
Track 12 (Qubiq Dirty Dub): The other dark and lovely tribal-esque companion to track ten with the not-so-subtle suggestion of making one peak in the highest state of arousal.