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R&B in the Mix 2010

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As the lines between R&B and dance music continue to blur, whether there's any need for an R&B remix compilation remains to be seen. Whereas Sony BMG's previous R&B Clubmix releases turned hip-hop, neo-soul, and urban pop hits into banging Ibiza anthems, most of the material on UMTV's two-CD, 42-track collection is already tailor-made for the clubs. Indeed, many of the tracks featured on the first disc, including Kelly Rowland's call-to-arms "Commander," Taio Cruz's chart-topper "Dynamite," and Aggro Santos' '90s old-skool "Saint or Sinner," appear in their original form, such is their dancefloor-friendly nature. But although there are a few intriguing remixes (Chew Fu's seven-minute robotic techno reworking of Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance," Cahill's Hi-NRG poppy retooling of N-Dubz and Mr. Hudson's "Playing with Fire"), R&B in the Mix 2010's pretty straightforward title is ultimately misleading, considering that the likes of Duck Sauce's "Barbra Streisand," Stromae's "Alors on Danse," and Edward Maya's "Stereo Love" are R&B in no way, shape, or form, while its compilers appear to have forgotten to include any remixes at all on the second disc, with ballads from JLS and Shontelle unlikely to get clubbers' adrenaline pumping. Pedantics aside, there are several flashes of brilliance, from Kelis' hypnotic David Guetta-produced "Acapella" to the Pussycat Dolls' Gloria Gaynor-sampling "Hush Hush Hush Hush" to the languid hip-hop soul of Drake's "Find Your Love." But with a mishmash of half-hearted remixes, untouched originals, and tracks from outside its intended genre, R&B in the Mix 2010 ultimately fails to do what it says on the tin.

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