DJ Gary White | New Music Review
SummerThing! – Afrojack feat. Mike Taylor
4 of 5 Stars
I can’t say that I’ve been the biggest fan of Afrojack tracks to date; mainly his biggest hit “Ten Feet Tall.” He’s had most of his success when working with others, like “Give Me Everything” (Ne-Yo & Pitbull) and “Hey Mama” (David Guetta & Nicki Minaj). But, I think he has done something special with this latest new music release. I just heard this song for the first time over the weekend, and I can’t wait to flood a dance floor with it very soon.
Black Is The Color Of My True Love’s Hair – Lauryn Hill
3 of 5 Stars
I was excited to see a new music release from Lauryn Hill. Her 1998 debut album is still one of my favorites and remains in high rotation on my turntable (yes, I still buy records). This track is from a new tribute album to the great Nina Simone. At first listen, you can’t help but notice the heavy tuning on Lauryn’s voice; a sign of the times and a big difference from the organic sound of her past work. There’s no doubt that she is an incredible singer, but during my listen I noticed that on the album cover her name is listed as Ms. Lauryn Hill. One thing that really bothers me is when super talented people allow their egos to overshadow their music. While I don’t really care for this track, it’s probably because I’m comparing it to her past work.
No Sleeep – Janet Jackson
2 of 5 Stars
I’ve been a Janet Jackson fan for as long as I can remember. As a kid, I even saw her in concert for the Rhythm Nation Tour. After several years away from the music scene, fans have been asking for new music. Now that it’s finally here, I can only guess they will be disappointed. I know I was. For example, the song starts with the sound of thunder and rain. How cliché can you be? While the song sonically sounds nice, it feels uninspired, predictable, and boring.
Love Is Free – Robyn feat. La Bagatelle Magique
4 of 5 Stars
Now this is my kind of dance track, deep and dark (personally not a big fan of the extra happy stuff). This track is definitely not for every party but, when appropriate, it will be perfect for a little later in the night. While I don’t expect this new music release to be a major hit with the American public, it is nonetheless my favorite this week.