DJ Val Fleury’s “Is It Rly <3?" Mix Artistically Demonstrates Romance's Duality

Love is monumental throughout our life, both the good and the bad. In the famous words of Nazareth, “Love hurts, love scars.” Valentine’s Day is our annual day to show the joyous side of love, but what about the deep-rooted feelings of longing and anguish that love also brings? Where is the holiday for that? Once we experience that first heartbreak, we feel both sides of love. This is when we learn its true spectrum.

In steps, Masanghai Youbuty popularly known as DJ Val Fleury, formerly of the indie-pop house duo Immigre’. DJ Val Fleury ‘s “Is It Rly <3? Mix” tells us a 30-minute love story. Not the bubblegum flavor commonly heard in pop anthems, but the kind that you feel while lying in bed late on a sleepless night. Staying true to her Immigre’ signature style of female-driven tracks and international rhythms, the mix brings to life the duality of romance that we all eventually experience.

Leading us confidently into the mix with strong calypso undertones, the mood is set on a positive note and embraces the importance of loving oneself by quoting, “If someone wants to walk out of your life, let them go.” The sauve R&B flow quickly cruises along to my favorite SNBRN Remix of 50 Cent’s “21 Questions”, leaving me shoulder popping and club clapping, while also leaving me feeling in a Barry White mood.

Sampling Sweater Beats “Where You Are”, the journey takes a celestial turn and  ventures to the somber side of love, complete with a feminine feel, harp and all. Val Fleury’s creative mixing showcases at 14 minutes pairing feminine vocals with electro-heavy free styling. The overall impression I have after my first DJ Val Fleury exposure is one of admiration for the artistry of mixing, the beauty of a female feeling love and all that comes with it.

DJ Val Fleury was born in Liberia but currently calls Los Angeles her home and spreads her international flare in the local area, performing in 2014 at Noise Pop and Echo Park Rising and was featured on Refinery 29’s Ultimate LA DJ List. She is set to take off this March to Europe & Canada. Experience her admirable talent by downloading her “Is It Rly <3? Mix” available now on SoundCloud.

Sasha Patel

Sasha received her B.S. in Communications from the University of Phoenix in 2015 and an A.A.S. in Veterinary Technology from Columbus State in 2005. Her love of fitness and helping others promote self-confidence and body image has led her to San Diego, California where she currently lives and aspires to teach hula hoop fitness classes with her small business Haute Hula. Her passion for body image promotion is not limited to the human species. As a Registered Veterinary Technician she is active in promoting the health and well-being of animals by working as a Pet Concierge with Treat, Inc. When she is not working, you can find her hula hooping at Mission Beach, hiking or traveling any chance she gets.

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