Most pop superstars would be happy staying one step ahead of the curve. With her new single, "Loverboy," Mariah Carey will be two steps ahead.
Carey recruited two-step producer MJ Cole to bring a bit of the latest British dance music craze to a remix of the first single from her "Glitter" soundtrack, due August 21.
Cole's "Loverboy" remix has already been shipped to clubs, a Virgin Records spokesperson said. The "Loverboy" single will be released in stores on July 15, though the two-step remix will likely not be included. However, a hip-hop version featuring Ludacris and Da Brat will be on the commercial single.
Carey's original version of "Loverboy" samples Cameo's 1986 hit "Candy," which she bought exclusive rights to (see "Mariah To Beat Biters: How Ya
Like Me Now?").
A spokesperson for Cole said his remix is reminiscent of the two-step style he and such fellow Brits as Artful Dodger and Craig David have turned into a phenomenon overseas. Also known as U.K. garage, two-step is a mix of drum'n'bass and R&B and is named for having two beats per bar rather than
the standard four beats most often used in rock and techno.
Cole will spin his remix when he plays a Breakbeat Science party in New York on July 21 along with Craze, Dara, DB and Reid Speed. The DJ will remain in the Big Apple that week for the Billboard Dance Music Summit, and will perform at Centro-Fly on July 26 with Artful Dodger.
Sincere, Cole's debut, arrived in the U.S. in April. Later
this year, the producer plans to release a double-CD collection of some of the more than 100 remixes he's done for other artists (see "MJ Cole
Two-Steps Out With Sincere").