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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Toni Braxton: You're Makin' Me High (Remixes) (Promo VLS) (LaFace, 1996)

Extremely rare promotional 12" (only 500 were ever made) featuring the previously unreleased mixes of Braxton's 1996 hit by David Morales and Salaam Remi. Remi's "Northside" remix was later released as a b-side to "Un-Break My Heart" in Europe but none of the other remixes can be found anywhere else but here. It's a shame as the mixes that were released - especially in the US - suck donkey balls. With the exception of Morales' Classic Mix, there was that awful dance-hall mix with Mad Cobra and another rather unimpressive remix with Foxy Brown that sounded identical to the album version... As a consolation, the mixes on this 12" are all equally excellent. The club mix by Morales is a lot more soulful than the poppy classic mix that was made freely available, Salaam's "Norfside Remix", which was made available in Europe, is an old school hip hop remix with jazzy overtones and the "Peace Of Mind Mix" is a Latin-tinged ballad mix. Morales' mixes use re-recorded vocals while Salaam's remixes make use of the original Babyface-backed vocal track. Brilliant.

A1 Morales Club Mix
A2 Higher Dub
B1 Norfside Remix
B2 Norfside Instrumental
B3 Peace Of Mind Mix