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Mix It Up

Mix It Up

5.0 4
by Jump5
With Radio Disney's embrace of 2003's Accelerate, Jump5 successfully expanded into the secular dance-pop market, without sacrificing its roots in CCM positivity. With mixes of material from all three Jump5 albums, Mix It Up aims to further entrench Brittany Hargest, Lesley


With Radio Disney's embrace of 2003's Accelerate, Jump5 successfully expanded into the secular dance-pop market, without sacrificing its roots in CCM positivity. With mixes of material from all three Jump5 albums, Mix It Up aims to further entrench Brittany Hargest, Lesley Moore, Libby Hodges, Chris Fedun, and Brandon Hargest as the happiest, most-dancin'est teen crew around. Mixing duties are handled by a host of gospel and CCM regulars, including Mark Hammond, Kene "Ghost" Bell, Robert "Aurel M" Marvin, and Chris Estes. Their work is pretty inspired, deploying energizing synth squeals, skittering percussion, and the occasional sample around Jump5's youthful exuberance on the mike. But Mix It Up's greatest trick is to reconcile the group's previous output with that of Accelerate, which was a great leap forward in terms of production and pop songwriting. Where the 2001 version of "Start Jumpin'" was a forgettable kiddy dance number, the Marvin-mixed version that kicks things off here quivers with cut-up violins, flutes, and clip-art hip-hop vocal drop-ins ("Holla!," "Everybody in the club!"). There's even a fellow counting in Japanese. It's right at home next to "Wonderful," "Pressure," and the fun "Do Ya," three of Accelerate's strongest tracks. "Spinnin' Around" is amped with a Christian-themed rap from the Heavy D-ish Lyle Day; "Bless the remix," he says at the beginning. Dan Muckala's work on "All I Can Do" might be the strongest remixing work here. Its big beat bump isn't very contemporary, and it owes a debt to Fatboy Slim's "Right Here, Right Now." But in relation to "Do"'s original version, his "Historemix" pulsates with cool. That's important for Jump5, for as admirable as their positive message is, cool tends to resonate more than Christ. This is not to say the group is shunning the Christian security blanket. They're still as squeaky clean as ever, as Mix It Up's hilariously clunky beatbox interlude proves. But it's nice to see their music's quality catching up with their addictive energy and faith-based positivity. Mix It Up tacks on Jump5's version of the Kool & the Gang classic "Celebration," which originally appeared on the Kim Possible soundtrack. In addition to Brandon's unfortunate beatbox attempts, the album features a funny interlude of the gang trying desperately to record an ID while fighting a severe case of the giggles.

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Performance Credits

Jump5   Primary Artist
Dan Needham   Guitar,Vocals
Andy Selby   Strings
Michael Ripoll   Guitar
Alex Nifong   Guitar
Antonio Phelon   Vocals
Chris   Vocals
Lyle Day   Rap
Libby   Vocals
Brittany   Vocals
Lesley   Vocals
Brandon   Vocals

Technical Credits

James "J.T." Taylor   Composer
Bernard Edwards   Composer
Nile Rodgers   Composer
Linda Elias   Composer
Robert "Kool" Bell   Composer
Ronald Bell   Composer
George "Funky" Brown   Composer
Billy Chapin   Composer
Shannon Ford   Composer
Mark Hammond   Composer,Programming,Producer,Remixing,Audio Production,Vocal Producer
Stuart Harrison   Illustrations
S. Lewis   Composer
Robert "Spike" Mickens   Composer
Lynn Nichols   Composer
Chris Rodriguez   Vocal Producer
Dennis "D.T." Thomas   Composer
Earl Toon   Composer
Dave Dillbeck   Engineer
Dan Needham   Composer,Programming,Remixing,Vocal Editing
Tedd T.   Programming,Remixing,Vocal Producer
Grant Cunningham   Composer
Zarc Porter   Composer
Dan Muckala   Composer,Remixing,Vocal Producer
Mark Pennells   Composer
Michael Linn   Programming,Engineer,Remixing,Instrumentation
Bob Ravenscroft   Engineer
Michelle Tumes   Composer
Chris Estes   Programming,Engineer,Remixing
Damon Riley   Programming
Dan Shike   Engineer
Chrissy Conway   Composer
Alisa Girard   Composer
Kristin Swinford   Composer
Chris Omartian   Composer
Brad O'Donnell   Executive Producer
Joshua Sage Newman   Artwork,Art Direction
Rusty Varenkamp   Programming
Robert "Aurel M" Marvin   Programming,Remixing
Kene "Ghost" Bell   Programming,Engineer,Remixing,Instrumentation
Kevin Cyka   Composer
Kalama Koanui   Composer
Claydes Smith   Composer

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Mix It Up 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This has gotta be jump5's best cd yet! most of the remixes i actualy liked better than the original songs. the best songs are why do i do, we are family, pressure, & do ya. if you dont have this cd yet, go buy it ASAP!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is great. I got it on the day it came out. I love it. And I plan on getting there new cd thats coming out on september 21st.
Guest More than 1 year ago
OMG!!! This has GOT TO BE Jump5's BEST work yet! These songs are NOT jus for J5 fans! Any party goer would and will enjoy em! It even features sum rap (not by the J5ers)! This CD will keep u up all night laughing with "Messing with Me," "Beat Box Session," and THE hidden soundtrack!!! KEEP IT UP!! Can't wait to hear whatz to come with Natasha in the group now!! Their next CD is planned to come out in Sept!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best remix CD I've ever heard! An absolute must for any Jump5 fans or even anyone who likes to rock the night away! Awesome artists show their talent in 10 remixes of Jump5's best songs, and there's also one song that's never been on any CD of theirs! A definate buy for all!