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|Marina: Dream Lover EP|
...CD5 sgl.: MRK Records MRK7020-2 (US), 1998.
|0||Marina||Dream Lover EP||-||-|
|1||..."...||Dream Lover (Radio Mix)||4:11||138.0|
|2||..."...||Foolish Games (Radio Mix)||4:04||132.0|
|3||..."...||Um-Lotty-Da (Radio Mix)||3:24||142.0|
|4||..."...||Dream Lover (Extended Club Mix / Acar Key)||7:12||138.0|
|5||..."...||Dream Lover (The Dream Velvet Mix / Marina and Danny Madden)||7:01||128.0|
|6||..."...||Dream Lover (Galaxy Love Mix / Rob Fielack)||6:27||130.0|
|7||..."...||Dream Lover (Brutal's Groovin' Vocal Mix / "Brutal Bill" Marquez)||7:46||131.0|
|8||..."...||Foolish Games (Extended Club Mix / Matt Richman & Rob Fielack)||7:05||132.0|
|9||..."...||Um-Lotty-Da (Extended Club Mix / Acar Key)||6:48||142.0|
|Note: Prod. by Marina. |
DJR Review: Phenomenal! sums up MRK Records fourth release (early 1998), "The Dream Lover EP", by Marina. This maxi CD single is loaded; nine tracks consisting of radio and various club versions of three string titles, "Dream Lover," "Foolish Games," and "Um-Lotty-Da."
"Dream Lover" will be blazing a path to #1. The Radio and Extended Club mixes are instantly infectious in a Euro-NRG style (ala La Bouche, "Sweet Dreams"). Marina's solid vocal delivery is complimented with guitar strumming, calliope and organ chording, latin bongos and a driving rhythm. The rhythm sweeps you up; you can't resist humming, finger snapping and jiggling about.
The Dream Velvet Mix is defined by a bouncing bassline, softer vocal rendering and a relaxed orchestrated vibe with a sweeping synth riff.
A deeper emphasis is given to the Galaxy Love Mix with a plodding, pounding, drumbeat breaking off into syncopated frenzies. Interesting vocal sample loops and echos interspersed with the chorus, lend an overall dubby feel.
Brutal's Groovin Vocal Mix launches with a progressive house rhythm which bounds along for 3 minutes before it meets with Marina's full-on vocals.
This release would be complete with "Dream Lover," but it also has two more songs. "Foolish Games" is melancholy, yet pleasant, with emotional vocals set over a galloping beat and violin melody.
"Um-Lotty-Da" is a delightful Euro-NRG song with a "Rhythm of the Night"-ish chorded bottom and plucking strings. Marina shows off her vocal talents in this effortlessly weaving from a delicate verse to a gusto-filled chorus.
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