on 9 July 2003
First of all this review is only referencing the second disc of this compilation. the first disc of mellow "Chill Out" house doesn't really match the quality delivered on the second Disc - which happens to be exceptional.
Thisis the second compilation of his Release Yourself series, and just as irresistible, original and inventive as the first - Release Yourself - Ibiza mix. Roger Sanchez just has an ear for great songs and he really understands how to work them in a mix. The disc starts out with some tight Latin inflected grooves that seem to peak quickly with the excellent vocal driven, upbeat Chocolate Puma track "A Star is Born" but then segues into a dynamic suite of dark tribal grooves and rhythms that are by turns hauntingly beautiful and dynamic The songs seem to flow perfectly together, with new melodies often emerging slowly as the previous track gradually passes, all building to it's climactic end with the defiant, sharp and tribal "The Revolution will not be televised" by Soul Rebels. This mix stands solid as a pure and consistently flowing body of unusual and great music that slowly unfolds, taking you deeper with each listen.
on 23 July 2003
For those of you that indulged in the fantastic Release Yourslef volume 1, and have yet to hear the second volume in the series; 2003, you're going to be dissapointed. The first volume, released in summer 2002 was, and still is, an absolute gem of an album. Happy, positive, unheard, vocal summer house music at it's best. Impossible to play this cd without smiling.
The first disc, starting with great vocals and a mellower sound, grabs you and starts to lift you up. Each song has a little more to offer than the last, and soon you find yourself turning the volume up and dancing around. It leaves you on a knifedge just getting into a little bit 'girth-ier' house when the disc ends.
Disc two picks up the batton and moves into a more disco/night club tinged house sound that keeps you transfixed and dancing until it ends, leaving you feeling you need to either go clubbing or play it again.
2003 never hits the spot, on either disc. There are only a few tunes that can equal the songs on the previous volume. A real dissapointment. Although better than many so called house albums, a long way short of his best. Lets hope volume three returns to the old ways....