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Album Review: Crave Vol. 8 – Mixed by DJ Havana Brown

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Since 2008 DJ Havana Brown has been mixing the Crave albums – and if you didn’t know about them, I reckon they’re the best kept secret to finding your party playlist.

Crave Volume 8It’s so hard to find a good Spotify/Rdio playlist that will give you a myriad of different genres while all amping you up to party. The solution is here. Crave Vol. 8.

The Australian born hottie/DJ Havana Brown has plenty of experience mixing tracks, and in Crave Vol. 8’s case, she’s searched far and wide for the best of the best. There’s rnb from Drake, Chris Brown and Rich Gang, pop anthems from Ke$ha, Karmin and Icona Pop and dance tracks from Martin Solveig, Duck Sauce and Avicii.

Brown made her debut as a recording artist in 2011, with We Run the Night, which reached number five on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart and went triple platinum. The single also earned Brown two ARIA Music Award nominations. Brown then signed a record deal with Universal Republic and released a remix of We Run the Night featuring  Pitbull in the United States. It reached number one on the US Hot Dance Club Songs chart and number 26 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. Brown has toured with big name international artists including Britney Spears, Rihanna, the Pussycat Dolls, Chris Brown and Enrique Iglesias.

Crave Vol. 8 goes further than your average compilation album with a depth and breadth of artists. The 41 tracks aren’t just in your top 40, and I have enjoyed being enlightened by Brown.

Brown herself features her track Flashing Lights on Crave, and although not the cream of the crop on this album, it serves as an introduction to her solo talents. She’s quite fresh on the scene, especially in the US, and this compilation album is mixed in a way that should get the attention of the masses – to channel her solo ambitions.

Other tracks remixed on the album include the number one smash Blurred Lines from Robin Thicke featuring Pharell, The Other Side from Jason Derulo, Wild from Jessie J featuring Big Sean,  and Burn from Ellie Goulding. The remixes are solid and entertaining, and still possess enough of the original song to sing along too. Some DJ’s can go too far down the dance road and end up doof doofing the essence out of the song, but in Brown’s case, she’s kept it mild and it works on the album.