Inside Works 3

Release Date: March 18, 2009

Track Listing

  1. Mademoiselle Yulia feat. Verbal – What Now
  2. BoA feat. Crystal Kay & Verbal – Universe (Kozm Remix)
  3. Lisa – Bad Men
  4. Crystal Kay – I Know
  5. Exile feat. Verbal – Super Shine
  6. Melody – See You
  7. Teriyaki Boyz feat. Kanye West – I Still Love H.E.R.
  8. The Ting Tings – That’s Not My Name (Taku Takahashi Mix)
  9. Kato Miliyah – For So Long
  10. T-Pain feat. Verbal – Can’t Believe It (Lost In Shibuya Mix)
  11. Thelma Aoyama / Dohzi- T feat. Verbal, Little, Kohei Japan – Turn It Up
  12. Sowelu – Material World
  13. Ryukyudisko feat. Kotomi – Yume no Future (Time Is Dissing Me Remix)
  14. Double feat. Verbal – Summertime
  15. m-flo loves MINMI – Lotta Love (Vibes Mix)

Review

This is the 3rd installment in the Best Works series.  For those unfamiliar with these compilations, they’re basically groupings of m-flo’s collaborations, productions and remixes.

Some of the tracks on this album are fairly old (See You, Lotta Love, I Still Love H.E.R.) but are fairly strong choices given m-flo’s massive catalog of work.  It must be a bitch to put these kind of albums together since m-flo are rather prolific outside of doing their own thing.

There are  a couple of songs I never heard  before.  The first being What Now.  It starts out sounding like a Hip-Hop song  but goes straight into House mode complete with some stabby pianos &  gated synths.  Very sweet.   Next is Bad Men which is an aggressive  girl power type of anthem from Lisa.  At first I wasn’t feeling the song but it grew on me after repeated listens.  Strange to hear Lisa rapping mostly throughout the song but it brought back some memories of old school m-flo.

Crystal Kay’s I Know is a damn fine piece of work.  Her collaborations with m-flo (either with individual members or together) are always winners.  Next to  Reeewind this is probably the best collaboration they’ve done.  The last track worth mentioning is  Turn It Up.  Total party track remeniscent of 90’s R&B.

As for the remixes on this album. Well, there certainly are some intriguing ones here.  The remix of BoA’s Universe takes the song into a totally different direction.  Much more chilled out than the funky original cut.  Real nice.  I never thought I would see T-Pain anywhere near an m-flo album, but dude has a track here that features some verses from Verbal.

I don’t follow T-Pain that much (because  he sucks) so I  don’t know how old this song is or whatever.  I think the beat is nice.  Um.. Yeah.   I don’t have much else to say about that song, seriously.

Normally I scoff at the tracks like the remix of Super Shine  because they’re technically not remixes.  It’s just an extra 16-32 bars added here & there to allow a rapper in on the same beat.  But the track is some good shit so I’m letting it slide this time.  The best mix is Taku’s remix of the Ting Ting’s That’s Not My Name.  Top notch peak time Electro House.  Kick ass stuff for sure.

Overall a great collection of what m-flo has been up to for the past 3 years outside of releasing Cosmicolor.  Highly recommended listening.