Koch Records released "Re:Made Volume 1" on August 9, 2005. "Re:Made Volume 1" is a new dance compilation series offered by Koch that is essentially successful pop songs that have been covered and remixed for the dance floor. Most of the songs are from the 1980s except for the lead song "Hot In Herre" originally recorded by Nelly in 2002, "Wicked Game," and "It's Gonna Be Alright." All songs on the CD are mixed together by DJ Strobe.
"Re:Made Volume 1" presents fourteen massive hits designed to bring back memories or introduce a new generation to some of the best songs recorded. One of the first songs which brought back memories for me was "I Can't Wait" recorded by King Britt presents Sylk 130, who remade the 1986 hit originally performed by Nu Shooz (comprised of the husband and wife duo from Portland, Oregon, John Smith and Valerie Day).
Seamus Haji covers the song "Last Night A DJ Saved My Life" which was originally performed by New York based group Indeep back in 1982. Indeep recorded other albums, but they never achieved the level of success enjoyed by "Last Night A DJ Saved My Life." Fans of Seamus Haji should also check out his spectacular release "Take Me Away" with Paul Emanuel released this year.
Next is the smash hit from the film Flashdance. Louis Gaston presents Digital Offspring update "Flashdance...What A Feeling (Make It Happen)" which was originally recorded by Irene Cara for the movie Flashdance.
Pussy 2000 follows with "It's Gonna Be Alright" which was released back in 2001 and originally recorded by Sterling Void. The song samples The Clash's hit "Rock The Casbah." Steve Travell of Pussy 2000 has also recorded under the monikers Pleasurebox, Left Hand Down, and Mona Lisa Overdrive.
Tom Jones, best know for his sex appeal and powerful voice, teams up with Funkstar Deluxe to update his song "She's A Lady," and Phil Collins' song "Easy Lover" is given an update thanks to Divided.
Divided is composed of Don Diablo and Geert Huinink and have also recorded under the moniker of U-Turn. Don Diablo is a Dutch producer, DJ, and label manager who produced some stellar compilations including "The Sound of Don Diablo" released in 2002 and "Storming."
Theresa Owens sings "Wicked Game (Mr. Mig Remix)" which was originally recorded by Chris Isaak back in 1990. Mr. Mig produced the track with Theresa last year. It was a song that Theresa picked to record with Mr. Mig, and easily one of my favorite tracks on the CD. The song is perfect because Mr. Mig uses vocoder-processed vocals over an infectious beat to help turn Chris' ballad into a hot dance song.
"Wicked Game" initially appeared on the soundtrack to David Lynch's film "Wild At Heart" and helped Chris sell over two million copies of his 1989 album "Heart Shaped World." I would also recommend checking out Mr. Mig's update to En Vogue's song "Don't Let Go (Love)" performed by Nicole Mirra.
Res-Q updates one of the biggest hits from U2's career "Where The Streets Have No Name." The song was originally recorded back in 1987 and can be found on U2's Grammy award-winning album "The Joshua Tree." If you like Res-Q's remake, make sure you also listen to their song "Don't Make Me Wait."
Other songs included on the album include "Nasty Girl" performed by Inaya Day and originally recorded by Vanity 6, "Dress You Up" performed by Stephanie and originally recorded by Madonna, "Shout" performed by DJ Renegade and originally recorded by Tears For Fears, and "Eternal Flame" performed by Maxum Deejays and originally recorded by The Bangles.
The compilation concludes with The Horrorist performing Styx's 1983 hit "Mr. Roboto." Many will remember a few years back that "Mr. Roboto" enjoyed a resurgence in popularity thanks to a commercial created by VW.
With so many compilations to choose from, what makes "Re:Made Volume 1" stand out is the selection of successful songs accompanied by some of the best artists and remixers available. My favorite songs include the Mr. Mig remix of "Wicked Game" and Seamus Haji's mix of "Last Night A DJ Saved My Life."