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Cicada - Special Edition
Cicada - Special Edition

4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So sleek! So chic!, 28 Sep 2007
Duran Duran once described their sound as the Sex Pistols meet Chic, and Cicada's sound could well be described as Duran Duran meet Giorgio Moroder.
This is 21st Century disco music: sleek, sexy house music topped with an oh-so-cool female vocal. Just as Duran Duran (again!) set their classic videos in jet-set locations, Cicada's music conjures up images of bright young things swanning around the globe from one glamorous location to another.
This special edition comes with a bonus disc of remixes: If disc one has one foot in the eighties, disc two is very much of the moment, with each of the tracks being given an electro-makeover.
Personally, I would have loved it if the bonus disc simply contained instrumental versions of the vocal tracks on disc one, but the remixes are a great addition to an already superb album.
p.s-there are actually eight tracks on disc two (Amazon lists seven tracks): The Same Old Scene (a cover of Roxy Music's finest hour) is actually track eight. Track seven is 'You Got Me Feeling' (Cicada remix).


AFTERHOURS IBIZA
AFTERHOURS IBIZA
Offered by inandout-distribution
Price: £31.99

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars now I get it, 30 Aug 2007
This review is from: AFTERHOURS IBIZA (Audio CD)
I was disappointed by the first Afterhours cd, yet somehow I have ended up owning three of the four GU releases so far, and this is the best of the lot.
Imagine: you and your pals have had a great night out, and, still on a (natural) high, you get back to your place.
Everyone's still in the mood for fun, so you stick on disc one, and soon, your guests are up and dancing. This is party music, with a good mixture of vocal tracks and (some pretty funky) instrumentals, with the set only mellowing out towards the end.
Now it's getting late, the lights have been dimmed, and your guests are either crashed out on the sofa, or sitting huddled in small groups, deep in quiet conversation. Luckily, you've put on disc two. The music on disc two is darker, moodier, more purely 'electronic'. It's not music to 'space out' to (the beats are just too insistent), it demands your attention, but it is great if you want something to focus your mind on as you stare up at the ceiling.
Well, now it's really late, and your guests have all gone home. So you stick on disc three. Although I think disc two is the best mixed of the three, I think that disc three is the best mix, and one of the best downtempo mixes I have ever heard. It's simply beautiful, and I actually find much of it extremely moving. Again, it's almost purely electronic, but with much more emphasis on melody, and perfect for listening to, as you slowly drift off to sleep.
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Another Mellow Winter
Another Mellow Winter
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £29.95

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Confused? You soon will be!, 1 July 2007
This review is from: Another Mellow Winter (Audio CD)
This album has been released so many times under so many titles ('Another Mellow Spring/Summer/Winter'), and with so many different bonus tracks, that deciding which version to get is virtually impossible, and frankly, I couldn't tell you which is the definitive version, but I can tell you about the differences between this re-release and the original uk cd release (which I had, lost years ago, and wanted to replace), which may be of some help.

The tracklisting on the original uk release (which, if I remember correctly, was titled 'Another Mellow Summer') runs like this:

1. Shinda Shima
2. Paris Sous La Neige
3. Another Mellow Winter
4. Sun Dance
5. Instant Love
6. Mellow (part 1)
7. Violet
8. Mellow (part 2)
9. Lovely Light
10. Mellow (organic version)

The tracklisting on this cd runs like this:

1. Shinda Shima
2. Mellow (part 1)
3. Paris Sous La Neige (single version)
4. Another Mellow Winter
5. Instant Love
6. Sun Dance
7. Mellow (part 2)
8. Lovely Light (Marc Platti mix)
9. Interlude
10. Mellow (organic version)
11. Lost Night
12. Another Mellow Winter (Add N to X remix)
13. Paris Sous La Neige (album version)
14. Lovely Light (original mix)
15. Overture

So you're losing one track ('Violet'), but gaining several new ones.

'Interlude', 'Overture' and the Marc Platti mix of 'Lovely Light' are taken from the 'The Morning After Paintdrops' ep, and I'm surprised that the label haven't included the Platti mix of 'Another Mellow Winter' from that ep, which beefs up the sound and gives it a real 'Sexy Boy' twist (it might have made more sense to have included that track and re-instated 'Violet' rather than have included the 8 minute-long Add N to X remix, which although 'quirky'-imagine Satan's own high school marching band drumming over the top of the track-doesn't fit in with the overall 'vibe' of the cd).

Musically, the album still sounds great, clearly post 'Moon Safari' but with a sort of hippy twist (as if Air's time-machine had set down in Haight-Ashbury instead of a Vegas Lounge), and I'd recommend it to anyone looking for something a little bit different.
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Muy Fuerte
Muy Fuerte
Offered by HERO SHOPPER
Price: £12.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely funkin' brilliant, 16 Mar 2007
This review is from: Muy Fuerte (Audio CD)
Muy Fuerte is such an incredible album that I am genuinely puzzled as to why Lord Fader and Kaiser Saucy (the two Cannons) haven't had a huge hit with it: the sonic love-child of 'Emerge' era Fischerspooner and 'Purple Rain' era Prince, the album is by turns funky, punky, and occasionally crunk-y. Believe me, the bassy beats on this album will have both your rump and your speakers shaking (however, the boys also know when to turn the tempo down-the album ends with a fantastic soulful ballad 'All Alone').

The cd comes with a bonus disc of remixes in which the beats get cranked up even further: the incredible Boris Dlugosch remix of 'Superstars' (from the first Cannons album) would alone make this cd worth getting, but you get nine other fantastic tracks as well.

All in all, the two discs that make up Muy Fuerte represent both a superb body of work and incredible value.

Buy it-believe me you won't regret it-and help spread the word about the amazing Loose Cannons.


Alex Gopher
Alex Gopher
Price: £10.76

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wow!, 2 Mar 2007
This review is from: Alex Gopher (Audio CD)
To say that this cd took me surprise is an understatement: the most recent track I'd heard by Alex Gopher prior to this album was the electro-tinged instrumental 'Motorcycle' (available on the limited edition 2 disc set) and I was expecting more in that vein. However, what Alex Gopher and producer Etienne de Crecy have actually cooked up is an album of jangly guitar pop with a super-cool French twist (think Tahiti 80, or Mellow): proper songs, with verses and choruses! There's not a duff track on here and the cd deserves to be huge.


The Last Resort
The Last Resort
Price: £12.17

22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a masterpiece!, 2 Dec 2006
This review is from: The Last Resort (Audio CD)
I rate 'The Last Resort' as one of my 'finds' of the year. The cd contains 13 tracks of the most stunning electronic music I have heard in 2006. If I had to make comparisons to other artists, I would perhaps compare Anders Trentemoller to Biosphere or Soulsavers; beautiful, 'widescreen' electronica that is perfect for late nights or watching snow fall at dawn.

The Last Resort is an absolutely essential purchase for fans of electronic music, particularly as initial copies come with a bonus cd of Trentemoller's single releases, which is just as good as the album proper.


Stage Invader
Stage Invader
Price: £32.56

5.0 out of 5 stars I'm lovin' it!, 25 Jun 2006
This review is from: Stage Invader (Audio CD)
The sound of the summer...think 'Hot Butter meets Depeche Mode (circa 'Speak and Spell') meets Jan Hammer meets Eric Prydz'.

An album of head-nodders, foot-tappers and ass-shakers that will brighten your day whether your on the bus to work or lying on the beach.

Buy it now and impress your friends!


After Hours
After Hours
Offered by mrtopseller
Price: £4.00

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Just say no!, 10 Jun 2006
This review is from: After Hours (Audio CD)
Obviously, I didn't understand the concept of 'afterhours' as I was expecting some pleasantly 'chilled' electronica, but what I'm actually listening to seems to be the first cd specifically designed for the post-club drugs 'comedown'.

Whilst the gloomy music on this set might be just the thing if you're stuck in a k-hole, listening to it whilst clean and sober is like being stuck at a party at three in the morning, surrounded by near-catatonic saucer-eyed drug-monkeys talking gibberish through grinding teeth, while you desperately wait for your friend to give you a lift home.


Collected [CD + Dual Disc]
Collected [CD + Dual Disc]

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars raises the bar, 20 April 2006
...for all future 'greatest hits' packages.

Whilst the single-disc version is great if you simply want all the 'hits' in one place, there is so much extra stuff on the two-disc version that it is well worth the small extra cost.

It is a cliche to describe trip-hop as sounding 'cinematic', but the tracks on disc two really do sound like the soundtrack to a film (indeed, several have appeared in movies).

There is absolutely no let up in quality on disc two; all the tracks sound great, as magnificently moody as anything on the first disc.

Add the fact that you also get all the band's videos on the second disc, and it really does add up to an absolutely essential package.


Cream Audio Deluxe: Rock the Discotheque
Cream Audio Deluxe: Rock the Discotheque
Price: £21.25

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is the music robots dance to..., 25 Feb 2006
Fantastic double cd of stripped-down electro and pumped-up electronica.
If you liked Benny Benassi's track 'Satisfaction', Soulwax's Nite Versions, or the track played in the CitroŽn ad in which the car transforms into a robot and skates on the ice (the Tocadisco remix of 'Walking Away'-CD 1, Track 8), you'll love this cd.
CD 1 is the more 'clubby' set, track after track of pulsing electronic beats, expertly blended into one continuous mix, the highlight being the brilliant Wekan track 'Skid'.
CD 2 has a more 'cinematic' feel to it, like the soundtrack to some techno remake of Blade Runner; highlights include the Tomas Andersson track 'Washing Up' and Vitalic's classic 'La Rock 01'.
Both cds sound fantastic through a good set of headphones.


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