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BARGROOVES / METROPOLITAN Box set


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  • Audio CD (23 Mar 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Absolute Marketing
  • ASIN: B0002VBN44
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,474 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Little Big Bee - Searchin (Atjazz Remix)
2. Physics Featuring Alexandra - Don't Deny Me Love
3. Soldiers Of Twilight - City Life
4. East West - East West Connection (Club Mix)
5. Reel People - The Light (Copyright Classic Mix)
6. Baeka - Soul Exp.
7. Sanki Panki - Waiting 4 U
8. Karma Fever - This Love
9. Astro - You Spin Me Round (Instrumental Mix)
10. Crafty Pear - Ritmo Sensual
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Reel People - Butterflies (Restless Soul Mix)
2. Audiowhores - After The Party
3. Soul Avengerz Featuring Krysten Cummins - It's Alright
4. Cerrone - Hooked On You (Jamie Lewis Dub)
5. Lisa Millet - It's Alright (Jamie Lewis Funky Mix)
6. Soul Magic - Soul Magic (Miguel Migs Remix)
7. Barbara Mendes - Got To Be In Love
8. Soul Avengerz - Latino Sol
9. Danny Marquez / Ferry B - Afrocatalans (Hardsoul Mix)
10. Identity - Gave Me Love (Soul Avengerz Mix)
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Product Description

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Another collection of potent house music tucked away from the glare of the mainstream, metropolitan presents two tightly-packed mixes, drenched in jazz touches and warm, propelling beats. Compiled by Ben Sowton and the Soul Avengerz, this is another great combination of classics and future classics.

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"bargrooves is as reliable for great compilations as Fatboy Slim is for wearing tacky shirts" -- Daily Record

"the perfect soundtrack to a nights shenanigans. The latest, Metropolitan, is a dinner-party essential." -- Evening Standard Magazine

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Tovey on 22 May 2008
Format: Audio CD
Undoubtedly the best Bargrooves compilation! Yes it a couple of years old, but its perfect. Stylish, deep and sophisticated dance music with thought behind it. CD 1 is chillhouse, perfect for get togethers or just chilling on the beach! CD 2 is more up and funkier, but still with that chill edge. Both cds contain tracks that have the "magic"! The compilation is on Amazon at around £2.50! With £1.24 p&p TRUST ME YOU CANT GO WRONG!!! Just a quality compilation, I just hope the new image they are doing now isn't drifting away from what the Bargrooves brand is about.
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Amazon.com: 9 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Hit and Miss 21 Jan 2006
By Donna Graves - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is the second "Bargrooves" compilation I bought--the first was "Cosmopolitan", which I like a lot because it's mellow while still having nice energy. Great ambient music. "Metropolitan" definitely has more energy, at least on Disc 2. No way you can just sit still with the R&B-flavored mix on Disc 2, which means it's not so good for background music but it's great for dancing or working out. Techno and other music like that seems kind of bombastic to me, so it's great to find some danceable music that has energy but is not overpowering.

Disc 1 has a couple of songs I really like--Physics' "Don't Deny Me Love" and Soldiers of Twilight's "City Life". I can play these two over and over and not get tired of them. They're songs 2 and 3. After that, Disc 1 seems to lose steam. It has some songs that I really dislike, the ones with whispery guys singing on them. I mean Baeka's "Soul Exp.", Karma Fever's "This Love", and the worst of the bunch, Danny Foster's "You're So Fine", which has bad poetry read in a very annoying way. Sorry, I don't mean to get so negative, I guess it's just a matter of taste. Anyway, I definitely have to skip past most of the second of half of disc 1. But on the whole, it's a decent compilation.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Disc 1 Shines! Not a bad track on either disc. 15 May 2005
By J. Padgett - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
These days if it isn't on iTunes I'm highly unlikely to buy it...I always end up liking only a fraction of the songs on any given CD and I hate all the packaging crap. But I make an exception for the Bargrooves CD's. The first one I picked up was "Espace Prive" and it blew me away. I have played both discs dozens, if not hundreds, of times and rarely skip a song. While I wouldn't say Metropolitan is as perfectly concocted as Espace Prive, it's pretty darn close. I prefer the nu-jazz elements of Disc 1 to the vocal-laden house of Disc 2, but I enjoy both discs. Trust me, if you like your grooves tight and smooth with a euphoric twist, you'll be playing this one nonstop.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Mixed bag, but worth it 6 Oct 2005
By bora bora beats - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The Bargrooves collections have represented a very consistent offering of sexy, "daddy" house tracks. Never banging, always grooving and upbeat with a few gems that get your head nodding. This set, however, leaves me with mixed feelings. Ben Sowton's first disc presents few tracks exciting or representative of his earlier work. The only standout track is Astro's `You Spin Me Round'. In contrast, the Soul Avengers put together such a fantastic summer fun / dancey / all around good-time vocal house package, I heartily recommend the purchase, if only for just the second disc.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Disc Two, You'll Be Hooked! 20 May 2006
By Roger Williams - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Though I prefer CD 2, the entire collection is quite enjoyable. CD 1 is a bit more laid-back and the rhythms are, what I like to call, New Wave revisted with a tinge of down-tempo House music mixed in.

CD 2 mixed by Soul Avengerz, however, is where things begin to pick up, starting off with the smooth Disco-House groove of "Butterflies" by Reel People featuring Dyanna Fearon, and ending with "After the Party" by Audiowhores featuring Blu.

This compilation, particularly Disc 2, is ideal for road trips, indoor/outdoor house parties, workouts, jogging, and urban-mass-transit commuting.

I highly recommend it. If you are a hard-core House nut, lol, Disc One might disappoint a little, but be patient and then savor the bopping Neo-House tunes of Disc Two, and the compilation quickly redeems itself.

Final Note: If you enjoy Afro-Latino-influenced percussion, CD 2 provides just that, particularly Tracks 3, 7, 8 and 10.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Typical Frustrating Bargrooves 6 May 2010
By bordersj2 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It is a harsh title but fits my sentiment with this and a lot of other Bargrooves compilations. I got into this series in the early 00's when the seasons series came out. The first one I actually checked out was Espace Prive, and to this day it's one of my favorite deep-house compilations & it peaked my interest in the series. Especially disc two, which seemed to capture the spirit of nightlife, club culture and the overall fun that could be had on a great night on the town. But the search to capture the magic of that one has yielded disappointment after disappointment for me. With Metropolitan I made the desperate move of thinking that the color scheme was similar to the one I loved, so maybe that was a good omen? The format was the same, the paper digi-pack was similar, maybe this could do it again.

Maybe... CD 1 does start off promising with Little Big Bee's "Searchin'", remixed by Atjazz. I always loved that song. It has a sort of sofistication to it with the surrounding effects and warm guitar play. It's just a well put together mix and song that I fell in love with when the "Bossa-Tress... Jazz" series was fresh. That song's followed up very nicely with Physic's "Don't Deny Me Love", a sweet house track that seems as though it could've been crafted by Naked Music (and why not, since this was released in maybe 2004). Awesome song, the highlight of disc one to me as that song, along with the opening track brought me right back to the way I felt about "Espace Prive" by capturing the essence of the bar-life and club-life. "City Life" was solid enough, but East West Connection's "East West" added that touch of spice that can keep you into the album. Neat sax and flute over a consistent groove & beat; pure jazz-house. Then came a band that I've always liked, Reel People, with "The Light". Vanessa Freeman's powerful voice is on display but you're taken on another jazz-house trip here and by this track. By the time we got to this exact moment, I was feeling terrific about the direction of this set. Finally, my favorite of the series had a worthy companion piece...

Where does it go wrong? Immediately afterward. Baeka's "Soul Experience" added a strange element to the groove... as if you'd somehow taken the wrong turn on your way downtown and ended up in a creepy rural area full of ghosts and myths instead. A total buzz-kill. Then many of the other tracks that followed lacked the spark of the opening though with Crafty Pear's "Ritmo Sensual" I still had hope for the second disc. But instead, that one was almost totally forgetable. Had it not been for Restless Soul (Phil Asher)'s remix to Reel People's "Butterflies" and Rasmus Faber's "Divided" it would've been a disaster... and on the Faber track, even that didn't really fit into the mood of the album as it seemed more like a summer 'Beach House'/Irma Records song. In general there's too much discotheque to my liking - and in the clubs back around 2000-2002 in England or so, that was all the rage... and I didn't like it then either.

So much has changed in the music world since 2004 making it difficult for me to say 'don't check this out'. There were some quality songs featured here and it's a mixed set so you're really getting the experience, mix and to an extent a feel of 04. But there's far too much weak material here to give it the higher rankings and it fits the frustration I've had with bargrooves for several years and releases - inconsistency and a few more misses than hits.
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