The Freelance Hellraiser - Want You To Know / Pound For Pound

Roy Kerr aka The Freelance Hellraiser has thus far made a name for himself as remixer and master of the cheeky mash up. His 2001 fusion of Christina Aguilera's Genie In A Bottle and The Strokes' Hard To Explain was fittingly titled A Stroke of Genius, yet Aguilera's spoilsport publishers made sure it never got a proper release.

Want You To Know, while not a mash up, still contains samples. However, being of The Rotary Connection and Minnie Ripperton, these are unlikely to be recognised by the target audience. It ultimately feels like a bitter sweet cross between Fatboy Slim's Praise You and Moby's Why does my heart feel so bad?, making comedown classic status likely. Pound For Pound, by contrast, is more a straightforward party track with some naughty language, but shows the same level of confidence.

The sort of tune that instantly sticks in your head, it's easy to imagine Want You To Know being played to death on the radio. If so, 2006 could be a big year for The Freelance Hellraiser.


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Overall

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