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MMII
MMII
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: 28.95

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars pleasant, tech-based home stereo fare, 30 Mar 2003
This review is from: MMII (Audio CD)
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MMII sees him fleeing the dark hole of thump-thump fodder which progressive had dug itself for techier fare; witness the crisp, intricate beat work of Bermuda Triangle “Mooger Fooger” and (notably) Sean 06 “Of Course.” And while the primitive techno and typical chords of Pollon “Lonely Planet” are rather uninspired, some of the remaining work here certainly is. Pole Folder & CP “Dust” melds operatic cooing with surprise bass drops for a majestic opener your Enya-loving mom would melt for, as will the latest, greatest tune “I Have Seen The Light” from melody man James Holden. Including still fresh fodder from Shakespear’s Sister and 108 Grand (1992 and 90 respectively) thankfully breaks from DJ fears of nothing but new and hot exclusives cramming most mixes.
The rest? Well, quite nice in a home stereo way, if you’re willing to accept a lack of anthems and fresh finds. Back handed compliments, sure, but superb mixing gives MMII it’s moments.


Logic Trance 5
Logic Trance 5
Offered by dave3006
Price: 5.75

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of 2001's best discs: A progressive must, 24 Mar 2003
This review is from: Logic Trance 5 (Audio CD)
This is one of the under-the-radar gems of 2001. It’s bound to get buried within the mass of releases this year, and being part five of the solid (if unspectacular) Logic Trance series won’t help bring the noise from press outlets. Factor in John Debo’s debut Chrome 01 seemed unremarkable, and perhaps few could have expected the raw power of Logic Trance 5.
The scaling synth chords are checked at the door, as are hooks, singing, all but some scraps of melody. To move off the power of groove, that’s what Debo showcases here. Layers of percussion (‘Of Course,’) backbone quivering basslines (‘Something else,) and heavy beats that kick in (‘Dockside’) with twisting sound effects spread throughout. Spotless mixing ensures one smooth ride to the beat of a drum.
Best yet, the dozen tracks presented are underground tunes that haven’t popped up elsewhere, a tribute to spotless vinyl-searching and the depth of music that exists. And let’s be honest, it would have been so easy to throw in some massive British tunes just to stir up interest or help in promotion.
Devoid of glam or glitzy artists Logic Trance 5 certainly won’t crack any bestseller lists. But for those looking for stripped to the essence minimal energy…ah, what a delight. Fans of progressive house or the Bedrock sound need to get this.


Stockholm Mix Sessions 2
Stockholm Mix Sessions 2
Offered by rbmbooks
Price: 21.49

3.0 out of 5 stars Deep house not as scintilating as the sequel, 24 Mar 2003
For those of you who didn’t pick up Swedish producer Dahlback’s previous set “Stockholm Mix Sessions,” stop reading and go order it. Easily one of the best mix albums of last year but lost in the shuffle of bigger releases, anyone remotely liking house music will savor that collection of deep tunes, melodic and jazz free. High expectations ride such a follow-up, so instead of competing with the sublime vibe of his prior release Dahlback swings eclectic- funkier, soulful, and light hearted shifts run throughout the set.
He certainly knows how to start things proper, selecting a meatier King Britt vocal mix of I:Cube’s already lovely “Adore,” and the sexy styling “Into a Dream.” Alas, Metro Area’s oft-kilter “Atmosphere” offers three minutes of pondering how it ever landed in the DJ crate, followed not so smoothly by Cpen’s “Pirate’s Life.” But it’s seductive spinning from there, dipping soulful (peaking with Moonchildren’s haunting “Run Away,”) venturing into R&B vocals, touches of latin, and finally coasting through a series of pleasing, and yes, deeper numbers.
A broader and ultimately satisfying trip through house, not as scintillating as the first, but a worthy sequel.


Stockholm Mix Sessions
Stockholm Mix Sessions
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: 14.95

5.0 out of 5 stars High caliber deep house, 24 Mar 2003
This review is from: Stockholm Mix Sessions (Audio CD)
This Swedish DJ/producer likes deep house music. To prove it, he dug up fourteen sultry, subdued gems mixed for when you wanting some soothing comfort. The effect is immediate; as the sweet cooing of Blue 6’s “Sweeter Love” envelops you, tensions start to fade away. There are shades of dub and some lively rhythms interspersed, floating you along until the next warm sweater of a song comes along- witness the bubbly melody of “Elevate Your Fellow Man,” or the wistful “No Sunshine.” Dahlback adds spice when needed – the dangerous bassline of “Let Me Luv U” is simple and infectious, as are the clapbeats of his own tracks (recorded as The Persuader) like “Slussen.”
Despite a minor stumble, the waa-waa opener “With Us Around” and JD&AD’s diva wailer “Make it Right,” it’s a smooth flow till the set languidly drifts off, capped with the sunset guitar serenade of “Off the Beaten Path,” and the reaffirming “New World” by Attaboy. Attaboy, indeed: Mr. Dahlback, you’ve made one heck of a mix.


Tech House Vol.2
Tech House Vol.2
Offered by TOTAL RECALL
Price: 9.92

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What the cool kids are playing, 24 Mar 2003
This review is from: Tech House Vol.2 (Audio CD)
Further proof there's a wealth of underground talent in Great Britain, under the radar DJ Dobbs (Rob Dallison) has a decade of dance experience and heads Vision Promotions, a club/radio/press promo group, yet barely blips the magazines for his newest release, Tech House Volume 2.
As for the mix, he explores the fertile ground of the tech house sound, steel rhythms fused with a warm sensibility for an energetic yet mellow listen. Mind Over Midi's "Shadow" encapsulates that perfectly, hypnotic lyrics from Anneli Drecker wrapped in lush synths and swirls for a mesmerizing open. Dittos for Subtech, long purveyors of the sound, on "Coast to Coast."
Now add the soothing soul of Novia Scotia's "Loose Leaves" tied to a funky bassline, the mind-bending loops of Plato "Nothing From This," and a good dose of vocals throughout the hour to keep things engaging. Call this what the cool kids are playing, and call Tech House Volume 2 a keeper.


Nu Teqdenz
Nu Teqdenz
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: 12.99

3.0 out of 5 stars 2/3rds of quality tech house, 24 Mar 2003
This review is from: Nu Teqdenz (Audio CD)
I know next to squat about DJ Eric Denz da Denz, except he’s some chap out of the Netherlands who, according to the CD notes, has been in the biz for 20-plus years. ”
For 2/3 the album he backs up the talk, delivering what was heading into compilation of the year territory. Track selections scattered all about the house, techno, and hybrid branches, he manages to tie them together. The one-two bang at the start sure goes right. Deep CR Jones’ ‘We are the Future’ is a slow, sharp builder rolling for nine minutes before crackling into Massimo Vivona’s ‘Fidelity,’ which cleverly brandies a crisp beat while distorting everything else. Mr. G’s ‘Hear me out’ is minimal funk at it’s finest, while Pascal FEOS and Hipp-e & Tony offer typically quality pieces.
So who knows why Denz da Denz switched to unlistenable tribal pieces to wrap things up. ‘Bring the Drummer In’ and the Big Hair remix of ‘Sorry Mate” are painfully unworthy.


Secret Art of Science
Secret Art of Science
Price: 16.45

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Accessible, credible, melodic, conceptually on-point, 11 Feb 2003
This review is from: Secret Art of Science (Audio CD)
The Secret Art of Being Brilliant, really. While professing to know little between dark-step, tech-step, and blah blah blah, it's certainly obvious that DJ DB offers up (yet again) some of the most accessible and credible work to be found. His prior Shades of Technology served as a roaring flyover of the depth within drum and bass, and this works as aptly by exploring the rarely charted, song-oriented fare the scene offers. He certainly has an ear for melody and vocal; sharp revisions of house producers Lil Louis, Everything But the Girl, and double dips of Jonny L infuse warmth and emotion to the precisely calculated beats. Gluing the tracks together are layers of atmosphere and flat-out musicianship as predominant as the rapid backing.
Big names Photek and LTJ Bukem ("Music" still sounding fresh after 8 years) sit snug next to small records - major points just for daring to drop Nautilus's quaint guitar stroll "Small Adventures." There's some sag in the paunch (Klut's blah "Chicks") but ultimately the concept overcomes those quibbles. After all, it's not often you'll find drum and bass your hyper-caffinated mom would adore, right?


Freedom/Somewhere In Time
Freedom/Somewhere In Time
Offered by Music-Shop
Price: 4.88

4.0 out of 5 stars Tweener cool/pop trance that�s almost there, 11 Feb 2003
Oh my, now that's a tough DJ moniker to be stuck with - crowds must me rather forgiving in the Netherlands. Can't say I've heard much about Dazzle, but a bit off buzz flickered on him momentarily and next thing I know this baby's on my credit card and in my stereo.
To be honest, I've got soooo much trance that spinners who look beyond the industry hot sheets for vinyl get favored a bit. Here it's fifty-fifty, the known tracks (though far from obvious) are offered up in remix form - Slide's pumping tech take of "Closure" and a cleverly revisited "Opera" cut. The best pieces are probably not cool enough for a Global Underground nor pop-slanted for a Gatecrasher compilation, finding a juicy 'tweener zone (Mandalay "Not Seventeen," Karen Ramirez "Lies.")
And juicy's exactly how Freedom plays out, reminiscent of Nick Warren's earlier sets when energy mattered and 70 minute builds were but a Twilo dream. Deep, thrilling, trancey, so why'd he have to screw that up 2/3rds in with embarrassing cornball drek like "Passenger" and "Velodrome?" Final verdict: the first 8 tracks are on it, the last few quite not, a disappointing drop earning 3.5 stars


Funk the System
Funk the System
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: 11.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Dance music for the jaded listener, 11 Feb 2003
This review is from: Funk the System (Audio CD)
Age and countless reviews have worn down my enthusiasm for yet another dance mix. As compilations roll off the production lot in huge numbers, it's hard not to get jaded. Thus, just when it appears DJ's have forgotten how to craft original party sets, DJ Dan releases "Funk the System." Not a string of hard and fast numbers, he connects today's sound to the funk and disco of years past to concoct a groovin' wonder.
"Acid Attack" states the funk mantra and gets things started , using a Run DMC sample and (like it says) acid sounds. Not bad, but just a warmer for Stacy Kidd's beautifully simple, "Do Want You Feel," built on- if memory serves me- a Kool & the Gang sample. Classic disco given a modern rerub. "No Clothes On Your Back" is a chugging number featuring a snippet of Public Enemy's Flava Flav, leading to the next big hit, the disco statement "The Reason We Took it Underground." "Disco babes From Outer Space," with it's distorted voices and breakdown, would sound corny in most sets but works well here. The set's middle sags, largely off the track "House of Funk," which is funky and tells you so by endlessly looping the title in a vocal. "Disco Highway" and "Motorcross Madness" are winners, the latter starting the disc's buildup to harder, darker funk energy. The acid sound picks up over "We Praise" and "Phreakin" before climaxing with the DJ Dan's own hit "Needle Damage" (not good enough to sustain the two versions included) and Super Collider's "Darn Cold Way of Lovin'"
What you have here is simply one of the best dance releases of 1999, suited for any environment. DJ Dan has picked tracks that show their influences to the 70's and 80's, and relive that sound through modern production. Pick this up and listen to a DJ at the top of his game.


Tech House Phenomena Vol 2
Tech House Phenomena Vol 2

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars call this what the cool kids are playing, 11 Feb 2003
Further proof there's a wealth of underground talent in Great Britain, under the radar DJ Dobbs (Rob Dallison) has a decade of dance experience and heads Vision Promotions, a club/radio/press promo group, yet barely blips the magazines for his newest release, Tech House Volume 2.
As for the mix, he explores the fertile ground of the tech house sound, steel rhythms fused with a warm sensibility for an energetic yet mellow listen. Mind Over Midi's "Shadow" encapsulates that perfectly, hypnotic lyrics from Anneli Drecker wrapped in lush synths and swirls for a mesmerizing open. Dittos for Subtech, long purveyors of the sound, on "Coast to Coast."
Now add the soothing soul of Novia Scotia's "Loose Leaves" tied to a funky bassline, the mind-bending loops of Plato "Nothing From This," and a good dose of vocals throughout the hour to keep things engaging. Call this what the cool kids are playing, and call Tech House Volume 2 a keeper.


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