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Popping culture: Musical Mondaze

Sometimes you need a little something to get you going on Monday morning. 

Some people choose coffee; I choose music. A good beat makes the day better, but a great song makes it wonderful.

Cue Eli Escobar and Nomi Ruiz’s “Somebody To Love Me."

Escobar is a New York DJ known for his skills at fostering great vibes at parties and his wizardry in creating stunning edits; his edit of Stevie Nicks’s “Stand Back” is to die for. His recent EP, “Feel It” on Nurvous Records, features a collaboration with vocalist Nomi Ruiz, she of Hercules & Love Affair and Jessica 6 fame. This is not the first time that the two have worked together, but “Somebody to Love Me” is something special. Technically, it’s a cover of a track that Mark Ronson recorded with Business International featuring Boy George, but Ruiz focuses on George’s vocals in this track. As soon as she starts to sing, “I don’t want to see you go, I need somebody to love me,” you’re hooked. 

And if that isn’t enough for you this morning, may I suggest
UK sensation Jessie Ware’s latest single, “Imagine It Was Us.” Ware is smart in her choice of producers and remixers, as evidenced by Joe Goddard’s remix of “Night Light." This track produced by Julio Bashmore — 2012’s "Au Seve" was at the top of many 2012 year-end lists for dance music aficionadoes — is just another sign that Ware is more than a contender; she is punching way above her class.

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