Mariah Doesn't Do Drugs

Well, it's too late to vote and the contest is over, but I think New York's Designer Drugs were robbed of prizes for their "I'll Be Lovin' U Long Time" remix. The people in Mariah's crew ended up selecting a bunch of R&B snoozers. No wonder people are pessimistic about the music industry.

Let's be honest, the original song isn't anything to celebrate. But Designer Drugs were able to give it a hyper electro-house spin that pushes Mariah to dance diva proportions.

Designer Drugs' remix work is pretty incredible. Their remix of Hail Social's "Heaven" is one of my favorite tracks this year. Hear the original and then see how creatively they reimagined it on their MySpace (or buy it on purple vinyl like I did).

Designer Drugs have kindly allowed me to post the remix for download. Enjoy!

MP3 -> I'll Be Lovin U Long Time (Designer Drugs Remix) - Extended
MP3 -> I'll Be Lovin U Long Time (Designer Drugs Remix) - Radio Edit


Last Plane to Jamaica

San Francisco's Ghosts on Tape is an artist I admire. Using only "some janky ass ghetto equipment", Ryan Philip Merry is producing some of the most musical, enjoyable beats I've heard in a while.

Maybe it has to do with his open minded approach to influences (electro, turbo grime, speed garage and Miami bass to name a few). I'll settle with ghettotech as the genre that might sum it up.

His just-released free live mix was performed using two samplers and features 25 minutes of tracks he's working on. Even if you have a modest interest in dance music and tropical, bass-heavy beats, I suggest you give it a listen. I suspect a full album release is in the works.

In a recent interview, Ghosts on Tape said even though he has a passion for dancehall, sadly "there's like no Jamaicans" in San Francisco. Just like there's no black folks in Alaska, according to Diddy.

But G.O.T. is right about Jamaicans in S.F., although I can personally confirm SF kids love their Red Stripe.