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Arts & Entertainment
Fight the People (With Love)
by Mark Thompson & Robert Doyle
October 22, 1009 
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Now that we’re living in Stonewall 2.0, it’s time for a new militant LGBT anthem—something that complements the rise of grassroots activism and blogger pride and the more than 250,000 LGBT youth who rallied in DC for full equality. Something a bit more assertive than “I Will Survive,” something more major than “(I’m) Coming Out.” It’s a new age, peeps—and we need a rallying anthem that’s ferocious enough to kick us onto the dance floors and then out into the streets—and what better track than “Fight The People (With Love),” the latest release from Empulse on Rambunctious Recordings/Hades Music.

Featuring powerhouse vocals by Zhana Saunders (aka Inda Matrix), the commanding voice behind “Waiting for Alegria,” “Café Con Alegria,” “Body Fly,” “Love Dominates (No Man Can Tame Me), this provocative anthem against violence exhorts its listeners to “…get up and do something/Fight the people with love/Don’t fight the people with guns/Don’t fight the people with hate/Fight the people with love.” Thanks to a wide range of remixes by Edson Pride, Tim Letteer, and Michael Hades, amongst others, “Fight The People (With Love)” recently secured the number one download slot on Masterbeat.

The brainchild of DJ/producer Reed McGowan, Empulse is a collaborative effort, featuring the talents of Warren Rigg, Edson Pride, Paul James, and Michael Hades—and in the case of this incendiary anthem, the siren vocals of Zhana/Inda Matrix. Not only a deejay/producer and remix master (most recently, Sylvia Tosun’s “Head Over Heels” as well as Amy and Britney’s “Toxic Rehab”), McGowan is both activist and artist, as well as Billboard journalist, while his collaborator, Michael Hades is the man behind those private loft parties and the founder of Hades Music, New York City’s underground house music label.

Clearly a labor of love as well as an example of putting your politics on the dance floor, “Fight The People (With Love)” cautions that life ain’t celebrity or MTV—and that if you want to fight, you’ve got to fight with love. With remixes encompassing trance, tribal, electro, circuit, and instrumental, “Fight The People (With Love)” serves as both a paean to non-violence and to using your booty for what it does best. Watch for the video on Logo—and in the meantime, fight for love.