Music
cover art

Various Artists

Motown Remixed

Volume 2

(UMe; US: 22 May 2007; UK: 21 May 2007)

Motown Remixed Volume 2 proves that Motown + Reggaeton = disaster. On paper, substituting the funk of the Jackson Five’s “I Want You Back” or “I Can’t Get Next to You” by The Temptations with Latin-tinged arrangements might have looked like a novel (and lucrative) idea, given the considerable market share of Latin music and hybrid genres like reggaeton. Yet, even with the heft of renowned DJ’s like Andres Levin (Yerba Buena), Los Amigos Invisibles, and Cliff Cristofaro (Si*Se), the results fall embarrassingly flat. The original work of producers Holland Dozier Holland, Ashford & Simpson, and Norman Whitfield is disrespected and tarnished by everything from shamelessly synthetic horns to percussion that’s about as soulful as popcorn. The nadir is the pseudo-accordion “melody” added to “The Boss” by Diana Ross, remixed to cringe-inducing effect by Chosen Few. Or maybe it’s the Club-Med treatment accorded “(Love Is) Like a Heatwave” by Martha & the Vandellas. Or maybe it’s the super-charged house beat that saps the soul from Marvin Gaye’s “I Heard It Through the Grapevine”. Or maybe…you get the idea. This release unequivocally illustrates how the concept of remixing soul classics has hit a new low.

Rating:

Christian John Wikane is a NYC-based journalist and music essayist. He's a Contributing Editor for PopMatters, where he's interviewed artists ranging from Paul McCartney to Janelle Monae. For the past three years, he's penned liner notes for more than 100 CD re-issues by legends of R&B, rock, pop, dance, and jazz. Since 2008, he's produced and hosted Three of Hearts: A Benefit for The Family Center at Joe's Pub. He is the author of the five-part oral history Casablanca Records: Play It Again (PopMatters, 2009). Follow him on Twitter @CJWikaneNYC. 


Tagged as: various artists
Comments
Now on PopMatters
PM Picks
Announcements
PopMatters' LUCY Giveaway! in PopMatters's Hangs on LockerDome

© 1999-2014 PopMatters.com. All rights reserved.
PopMatters.com™ and PopMatters™ are trademarks
of PopMatters Media, Inc.

PopMatters is wholly independently owned and operated.