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Now! Dance 2

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6/7/2011

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The second installment of the Canadian Now! Dance series follows the same formula as the hugely successful first, with 17 of the biggest dance hits of the last six months, both in remixed and original form. Three artists from its predecessor make the cut here, Katy Perry ("E.T."), Snoop Dogg (on his collaboration with David Guetta, "Sweat"), and Lady Gaga ("Born This Way"), but elsewhere, there's a whole host of new faces selected for their floor-filling capabilities. Martin Solveig's "Hello," Flo Rida's "Who Dat Girl?," and tracks by Swedish House Mafia ("One"), David Guetta featuring Rihanna ("Who's That Chick?"), and Danny Fernandes ("Take Me Away") are left firmly intact, but the tracks that allow various hotshot producers and DJs to work their magic really give the compilation its unique selling point. The Dirty South Remix of Diddy - Dirty Money's "Coming Home" might not impress the Bad Boy mogul due to the omission of his rap, but its contrast between Skylar Grey's ethereal vocals and its added hypnotic rubbery synths and industrial beats works wonders, as does Chew Fu's euphoric remix of Far East Movement's "Rocketeer" and Passion Pit's shimmering dream pop transformation of Bruno Mars' "Grenade." Not all the reworkings are as successful, as the Heart-sampling clattering R&B of Alyssa Reid's "Alone Again" is turned into a generic slice of trashy Europop, Doman & Gooding's pedestrian techno remix of Jessie J's "Price Tag" removes the infectious laid-back vibes of the original, and the Arcade Southside Remix of Tinie Tempah's "Written in the Stars" and Jody Den Broeder's Radio Mix of Taio Cruz & Kylie Minogue's "Higher" add little of note to the source material. Like its first volume, Now! Dance 2 is a hit-and-miss affair, but enough killer tunes are still here to kick-start the weekend for most partygoers. ~ Jon O'Brien
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Hello [Single Edit] Martin Solveig 4:41
  3. 2 Born This Way [Bimbo Jones Radio Remix] Lady Gaga 3:29
  4. 3 E.T. [Benny Benassi Radio Edit] Katy Perry 3:16
  5. 4 S&M [Dave Audé Radio Mix] Rihanna 3:47
  6. 5 Alone Again [Dance Remix] P Reign 5:40
  7. 6 Grenade [Passion Pit Remix] Bruno Mars 6:10
  8. 7 Who Dat Girl [8 Barz Club Mix] Flo Rida 4:57
  9. 8 Dirty Talk [Watchmen Remix] Wynter Gordon 5:14
  10. 9 Take Me Away [Radio Edit] Danny Fernandes 3:25
  11. 10 Higher [Jody Den Broeder Radio Mix] Taio Cruz 3:26
  12. 11 Sweat [Snoop Dogg vs. David Guetta Remix] David Guetta 3:15
  13. 12 Coming Home [Dirty South Remix Radio] Diddy - Dirty Money 3:58
  14. 13 Rocketeer [Chew Fu Remix] Far East Movement 5:33
  15. 14 Written in the Stars Tinie Tempah 3:38
  16. 15 Price Tag [Doman & Gooding Remix] Jessie J 4:57
  17. 16 Who's That Chick? David Guetta 3:19
  18. 17 One (Your Name) [Radio Edit] Swedish House Mafia 2:38

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