Before Skrillex ever won a single golden gramophone, before Will.I.Am took his new French friend into the studio with The Black Eyed Peas, there was Justin Timberlake. Timberlake has been the poster boy for American pop culture since the 90s, and claimed both pop and dance music for himself after his first solo album dropped in 2002. His second full-length effort, FutureSex/LoveSounds, exclusively produced by Timbaland, has sold over ten million copies worldwide and churned out two Grammy Awards, Best Dance Recording in 2006, and 2007 — ironically, the same award that Skrillex has taken home the past two years.
Justin returns to reclaim that spotlight seven years later, once again with Timbaland and their Grammy-winning formula, for the release of The 20/20 Experience. The Experience, both literally and figuratively, draws the bottom line for dance-pop with 70-minutes of unflawed, timeless material. Flawless by a matured Timbaland, who pulls out all the stops developed over the twenty years of his storied career, timeless as measured up to classics dating back to a time when pop and dance were analogous in the American psyche.
The music world is abuzz today with the cryptic announcements from Justin Timberlake and famed producer Timbaland that the two are likely working on or have already finished a brand new full-length album together. JT and Timbaland’s homepages both redirect to the video above, a short narrative with the former ‘N SYNCer in which he proclaims that he is “ready.” At the end of the video, there’s a countdown–currently with about three days left on the clock. Some are speculating the announcement is a last minute forewarning of a quick release of a new album and JT has been quietly producing and writing music for some time already.
It’s no secret to anyone that Justin Timberlake’s four-time platinum 2006 album FutureSex/LoveSounds was a classic, but we’re pretty confident to say that it was also a critically-acclaimed American dance album before the “EDM” explosion stateside. We’re excited to see what this all means and even more excited if the developments in the world of synthetically produced sounds since his last album have further pushed Timbaland and Timberlake into our beloved umbrella genre.
Ginuwine, Timbaland, and Missy Elliot created the radio hit “Get Involved” that has been replayed multiple times over the airwaves. Unfortunately, the general public is missing out on the fabulous remixes from Firebeatz, Yves V, and Wolfpack. This entire package is surprisingly good, so give it a chance when you have a few spare minutes (details below).
This Dutch duo has made some action packed remixes in the past, think of them like the new age Congorock. Their remix of “Get Involved” is uptempo and a pleasant listen. It follows the same structure as the original mix, but adds a dash of spice to the bassline. The high kicking synths blends the chorus with the build up, which then leads into a solid drop.
Ginuwine feat. Timbaland & Missy Elliott – Get Involved (Yves V Remix)
Yves V adds a touch of multiple different genres of EDM. You can feel a few R3hab-esque bleeps meshed with a slow build that is elongated until it reaches a techno drop. This is definitely the most powerful of the three remixes and if you aren’t a fan of Timbaland’s vocals, you won’t have to endure them for very long in this rendition.
Ginuwine Ft. Timbaland & Missy Elliott – Get Involved (Wolfpack Remix)
If you have time to listen to only one remix, Wolfpack should be your choice. This is flat out the best of the entire package. Click play and be prepared to be blown away.
In the past six months, it seems like Tommy Trash’s name has been attached to almost all of the hottest tracks in the EDM world. The aussie has remixed tracks from “Carry Me Home” to “Alive” to “Shave It,” not to mention the fact that he has released a few of his own massive tracks, such as “Monkey See Monkey Do.”
And to add to the Trash-y take over of 2011, Tommy announced yet another soon-to-be released remix earlier today. This time, Tommy is attaching his name, and signature high-octane sound to Timbaland’s “Pass At Me,” turning the would-be top 40 track into an unmistakable club banger.
The release date for this one is to be announced, but you can get a little tease of the track from Tommy’s soundcloud here.
Update: It looks like the track has been pulled from SoundCloud for undisclosed reasons, but we found it on YouTube and have it embedded for you below.
Update 2: Tommy confirmed via Twitter that it was pulled for copyright reasons. Lame.