Straight from the Ghetto - News on HipHop, pt. 27
Pharoahe Monch appears on Universal Motown with his Twist-influenced new 12" "Body Baby" that is kinda strange and will leave the hearts of most HipHop-addicts untouched. But for all SpeedGarage-afficionados there's the excellent "Count Of Monte Cristal & Sinden Remix" to be found on A2 that's about to kick ass on the floor due to its thrilling beats, wobbly bassline and fake rave tricks. Purchase only for this mix.
Universal / Island have put out the newest Pachanga-12" on the circuit these days named "I Don't Like Reggae-ton" which is - as one might easily guess - a commercialised version of the long gone summer-hit "I Don't Like Reggae" from back in the days. Of course this one - same as Pachanga's Maxi Priest-rework "Close To You" - is one for the masses and hasn't any underground'ish intentions at all but will be heavily aired on daytime mainstream Pop radio instead. I'm not the one to judge this as the tune somehow puts a smile on drunk girls faces, but I do doubt that it'll last longer than a blink of the eye.
Berlin based Dub- / Reggae-outfit Tiger HiFi transferred Madonna's uber-hit "Music" into a laid back summer'ish tune of the same style recently, which has been promo'ed via Universal / Island throughout the last week. The 12" features another version of Kelis "Milkshake", Missy Elliott's "Give It To Me" plus the additional "Music"-riddim - all of them not as strong as Tiger HiFi's excellent and well-appreciated cover of "Smooth Criminal" and not a must have at all, but helpful if you playin' out in front of a non-Dub-/Reggae-socialised audience.