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Fear of A Dance Planet

Posted in Benassi,Dance,Don Diablo,Ferry Corsten,Hip-Hop,Public Enemy by M on July 27, 2007

Whatever you do, don’t believe the hype!

Chuck D. of Public Enemy giving the audience the finger.  Photo by Ross Gilmore.

If only the hype weren’t true! Public Enemy is going to get a dance remix album!

The remixes of “Bring the Noise” and “Give it Up” will be individually remixed by Ferry Corsten, Benny Benassi and Don Diablo and released by Ultra on August 21st.

You heard that right. In fact, Chuck D himself, back from a distinguished lecture series, throws laurels at the DJs:

Benny Benassi takes his trademark house/Euro sound and incorporates traces of trance to mind-bend the listener into a haze of consciousness.

Easy there, Chuck!

For those of you that may be unfamiliar with these artists, let me remind you:

  • Ferry Corsten: The guy who’s last hip-hop effort—“Junk” with Guru from Gang Starr—was not as strong as it should have been.
  • Benny Benassi: The guy whose “Satisfaction” video singlehandedly saved Home Depot from bankruptcy.
  • Don Diablo: The guy who, as Divided, combined Phil Collins and Furry Porn?

This is completely unnecessary, but at least all of the above producers are interesting musicians. And Benassi’s Stephen Hawking voicebox will make a less embarrassing hype man than Flav. But if they screw this up, I may have to begin my terrible campaign of lamping.

And lamping is a dish best served cold.

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Blows My Mind Like Munition!

Posted in Benassi,Dance,Faithless by M on October 31, 2006

Continental music bloggers The Rocksuckers hook us up with “Bombs”, the new single by veteran electro-twiddlers Faithless!

Maxi Jazz, Faithless’s male vocalist, is no longer “Insomnia”‘s lonely mad lover on the heath, tearing off tacks with his teeth. Now he’s a family man, and a war victim!

That’s right, these bombs are literal. Check out these depressing lyrics!

One bomb, the whole block gone.
Can’t find me children and dust covers the sun.
Everywhere is noise, panic, and confusion.
But to some, another fun day in Babylon.
I’m gonna bury my wife and dig up my gun.
My life is done, so now I’ve got to kill someone.

The radio cut for “Bombs” is way too tepid for this apocalyptic rap. Benny Benassi drops in a remix that picks up the pace without losing the eerie, dreamy feel of the radio edit, but it’s the Galaxy 21 Mix that really makes this a loud, powerful, chilling piece of music. Excellent work all around! The Gap Band would be proud.

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Benny Be Nasty

Posted in Benassi,Dance,Music Videos by M on May 8, 2006

Benny Benassi in the video for “Who's Your Daddy”

Previously on URGH!, we defended Benny Benassi‘s new song “Who’s Your Daddy?” purely for its artistic merit.

But why stake everything on that? For the music video, Benassi depends entirely on girls who are good at fellatio….

Two women licking cream in the video for “Who's Your Daddy?”

Who’s Your Daddy? Benassi, of course.

Posted in Benassi,Dance,Music Reviews by M on February 9, 2006

Stephen Hawking

A new Benny Benassi single! Time to plug the ears and hope the video has tits and power tools, right?

I mean, all those Stephen Hawking vocals are played out! Hey Benny! No one cares that you can make a robot voice box say dirty words. “Satisfaction”? “I Love My Sex”? That road only takes you so far.

But surprisingly “Who’s Your Daddy” is good! And it’s good because of yet another annoying vocal!

Using Professor Hawking’s powers of space and time, Benassi has traveled back to the year 1997 and kidnapped the vocalist from The Mighty Dub Katz! You remember: the high-pitched female voice that kept saying “a-rink-dink-dink-dink”? No longer on a “Magic Carpet Ride” with Norman Cook, she’s now spitting out lyrics to go along with her former nonsense tune:

I want you daddy.
I want you mom.
I want you mine.
And I am yours.
I want you stronger.
I want you harder.
I want you mine.
Till you feel fine.

All of this plays off the “Satisfaction”-esque vocals we expect from Benassi, providing audible evolution of his style.

I didn’t think he could do it, but this is sexy stuff. I can’t wait to get my hands on the Dave Guetta mix! Congratulations, Benassi!