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Enur, Raggatronic
Ultra Records, Oct. 7, 2008

Not that anyone’s tried, but it is now officially impossible to avoid this monstrously infectious Danish duo, whom you probably last experienced through the bleating-sax-accompanied, “I Like to Move It”-like dancehall nuke “Calabria” which Pitbull sampled in “The Anthem feat. Lil Jon.” The version here features a nasal-sprayed Natasja Saad bimbo-ing away as if the whole ghetto depended on it (it’s a shame that she died in a car crash last year, just as the tune was being remixed and re-used for everything from Ibiza dance floors to Target commercials).

Plenty of other flip-outs in their hat, though — if you like the idea of Black Eyed Peas getting jacked by Elephant Man the whole smash is essential. Matter of fact, although Elephant Man isn’t here, Beenie Man doles out best-of-breed reggae-rapping in “Whine,” the kind of stuff that packs the floor with every trainspotter who’s been waiting all night for the gangstas and divas to beat feet someplace. A- Eric W. Saeger