1. CD Pro – Barefoot (One Two/Enterprise Records)
2. Persephone’s Bees – Persephone’s Bees (Columbia)
3. Who You Fighting For? – UB40 (Rhino)
4. Drama – Bananarama (A&G)
5. Tales from Turnpike House – Saint Etienne (Savoy Jazz)
Memory Lane: UK jazz outfit follows the recent Nouvelle Vague and Paul Anka jazz lounge modern cover trail by interpreting classic dance and hip hop titles as “Gypsy Woman,” “White Lines,” “Horny,” and “It’s Like That” • The West Coast-based and Russian chanteuse-led Bees quartet make their major label bow with a purposely groovy and inspired mod-meets-punk-ish pop set • Venerable reggae-pop troubadours mark a surprising return to form with strong songs and tight, unpretentious production, worth the rediscovery • Our girl-group elder stateswomen are still really sayin’ something with a solid set of breezy, electro-singed, Kylie-esque dance/pop featuring their signature harmonies • Cracknell & co keep ye olde British ’60s pop alive and licking with a tuneful ear to both the dancefloor and radio.
3. “Hit the Floor” – Twista (Atlantic)
4. “H-Gang” – Donald Fagen (Reprise)
5. “Getcha Head in the Game” – Troy (Walt Disney Records) from Disney’s High School Musical soundtrack
NY Yeah faves return with a solid mid-tempo kicker (and b-side) showcasing a new direction from its forthcoming “show your bones” set • Wildcard P!nk provides this spring’s popfunkrock girl power anthem and an appropriate over-the-top MTV-primed clip – see it on her site • Motor-mouthed T pumps up the volume and works the track with this sexy booty jam featuring gold-and-platinum-plated guest Pitbull • Previewing his long-awaited “Morph The Cat,” the inimitable Fagen gives the fans what they always want with an unmistakable nod to the ghost of Steely Dan • Teenthrob Troy pass this bit of hip-hop bubblegum we just couldn’t resist from the house that HIlary and Lindsay built.
Original Artist Karaoke 16 Volumes (Motown)
Don’t look any further: This genius set of compilations is a collector’s and DJ’s dream! Each volume contains the a capellas AND instrumentals of some of Motown’s biggest hits from heavy hitters like Diana Ross, Rick James, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight, the Dazz Band, Thelma Houston, Smokey Robinson, the Jackson 5, Rare Earth, the Mary Janes Girls… 144 songs in all! “Brick House,” “Upside Down,” “Don’t Leave Me This Way,” “Let It Whip”… You get the idea. Whew.
– Peace Bisquit is Bill Coleman