These days, every time you turn on the news, there’s another crazy headline regarding death, hate, violence, injustice, racism, sexism, fear, rage…the list goes on. It’s no wonder that husband/wife duo, Lang and Renee Bliss, aka BlissBliss, have released their own unique take on Marvin Gaye’s iconic song, asking “What’s Going On?” In fact, they have released an entire album of 14 different remixes of the song, entitled What’s Going On? Remixes.
The remixes are by 7 world-renowned DJs and producers from around the world. They are: Grammy-award winning producer Hex Hector (Jennifer Lopez, Toni Braxton, Mel C, Whitney Houston), Lee Dagger (P!nk, Rihanna), Dave Audé (Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez and Madonna), Joel Dickinson from Minneapolis, MACAU from Brazil, Paul Goodyear from Australia and Brian Cua from the Philippines
About why they recorded the cover song, BlissBliss say, “It’s a song and message that are relevant even right now.” They also recall fond memories of growing up with the song when Marvin Gaye released it in 1971. “It was just one of those songs we had always wanted to do; a classic R&B tune with a wonderful melody and message.”
Their version of “What’s Going On?” has a more modern spin. The lead vocals are sung by a female – Renee Bliss – with her warm, jazzy vocals dominating the track. The seven DJs from various corners of the world give an international flair to the song that Marvin Gaye probably never imagined. The remixes are all upbeat, electronic dance versions compared to the more somber, acoustic Marvin Gaye original.
Producer Joel Dickinson (who has produced for Barbra Streisand, Whitney Houston, Junior Vasquez, Nile Rodgers, and many others) provides his “Mirrorball Mix” on the album. The track opens with an uptempo snare beat that continues throughout the mix. Renee’s vocals echo “Only love can conquer hate,” a timeless statement that is so relevant today. Despite the upbeat tempo, the mix maintains an intensity that underlines the serious lyrical content.
For more info: blissbliss.com