10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Armand Van Helden is back, and this time he's got a mamouth task on his hands - making a mix CD which captures the vibe of a New York night out, not very easy as there are so many styles. If you listen to the intro, Armand himself describes the difficulty of doing such a CD.
Armand has collected some of the more popular NY tunes, Blondie's Call Me, which was pumping out of discoteques all over NYC. Armand cuts and slides into his own track, "Hear My Name", a sort of dancy afair with a grown up house sound. It's very different to his garage sound he was pioneering back in 1996. His music seems to have matured, and he's using an artilery of instruments.
Moving on, Armand flips some punk onto the decks: Klonhertz's sound is rough, yet reminds you of the days of The Clash. His mixing skills are amazing, he can mix directly from punk to electro house, Felix Da Housecat's rather repetitive punk track steams in. Excellent.
One thing you have to admire about this mix CD is it's diversity, something a lot of DJs cannot do, and a lot of record companies would refuse to do, but Armand has stuck to his guns and brought this excellent record. Other great moments come in the shape of Yazoo's don't go, which is quite refreshing after headbanging house. Other greats include Soft Cell's 80's electronica "Tainted Love", Armand's new tracks and the finale of Yes' "Owner of a lonely heart", which to me is a great way to end such a diverse mix.
A lot of people said it couldn't be done, but Armand has done a sterling job. Brilliant, would suggest it to anyone who enjoys music from the 80s, punk and rock, and of course house music. Brilliant.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 15 September 2004
WOW!!! what an album!, this is the first AVH album i've ever bought and initially it was a present for my sister but i LOVED it so much i had to get myself a copy! From the expertly selected opener of Blondie's 'call me' to his gut churningly good, 'hairs on the back stander upper' new single MyMyMy (which never fails to make me jump around with euphoria!)I can honestly say there is not a bad track on this album!!! More of it please!!!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 12 May 2005
I bought this album as I had previous AVH albums and was keen to get his new one after the release of possibly THE BEST dance single EVER released, Mymymy. But I was bitterly disappointed. I'd never really seen myself as an 80's music fan and was horrified to find that the 80's tracks listed on the album weren't cunning dance remixses but the originals!! The other tracks seemed a little strange (Watching Cars Go By and I Just Wanna Be A Drummer) leaving Armand's tracks as the saviours of the album!
Deciding to give it a chance, as AVH surely is the God of all Dj's, I kept listening...and before I knew it I was hooked. I mean, big time. I couldn't get the songs out of my head and craved listening to all the 80's tunes!! I soon realised that his Mix Odyssey is actually musical genious spanning decades of dance floor fillers. I have to admit I was wrong. This album is FANTASTIC. Yazoo's 'Don't Go' is amazing, as is the track by the Romantics, with AVH's own tunes putting 5* icing on an already top notch cake.
I saw Armand Van Helden play last weekend and got to meet him, I told him exactly my old concerns over the album and how I was now hooked and he said he wasn't surprised, a common reaction I'm told!! (Really cool guy by the way!!)
Roll on the release of Nympho!!!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 16 May 2004
Where has this man been for so long?? To say this album is pure genius would be an understatement – I haven’t stopped playing it yet and the more I listen to it the more I begin to fully appreciate the size of the task that faced Armand Van Helden. To create an album that symbolizes a night out in New York is a tough task with the multitude of music available but to mix today’s music with tracks from the 70’s and 80’s is daunting – not only from a selection perspective but also the skill to be able to mix the tracks. Armand Van Helden delivers a seamless selection; his own are by far the best on the album. “Hear My Name” is awesome and “My My My” is brilliant. My personal favourites(track 1 is actually an intro from Armand Van Helden) are tracks 3, 5, 9, 10, 12 and 14. If you’re reading this review thinking should I/shouldn’t I, just buy this you will not be disappointed. Please Armand, don’t keep us waiting as long for the next one!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 9 May 2004
I bought this album based on one advert - a good impulse buy. The highlights for me are Armand's own songs, especially the lengthy 'MyMyMy', consisting of a brief, basic, vocal sample which is given a catchy bass-line.
Overall, a superb album, well mixed, with no weak songs (so, no skipping of tracks needed!) - good to dance to, listen to in the gym, or have on in the background. Much better than the 'party' section of Tom Middleton's recent CD 'The Trip', and the best 'mix' CD that I've ever bought.
on 23 November 2004
now only being in my teens i woznt ever so familiar with armand van helden but as soon as i heard 'mymymy' i woz hooked so when a friend of mine recommended this album i bought it immediately. unfortunately being too young to remember many of the songs on the album i did a fair bit of skipping on the first couple of listens but after making myself sit down and listenn all the way through, no skipping, i woz amazed at what an awesum album this is!! the songs are both catchy and cutting-edge and i can guarantee you have never heard such an eclectic mix of music mixed together so masterfully! definitely my album of the year!!
on 25 November 2004
I bought this cd the day before me and my mates went to Ibiza in the summer of 2004. This cd was on constant rotation for the entire 2 weeks and all my mates have bought their own copies since we got back.
The tracklist is a belter, mixing dimensions of rock, house and contemporary dance music, old and new. Because the sound is so varied, you'll be listening to this cd for months.
Stand out tracks are AB/DC 'This Feelin', Aloud 'Rocky XIII'and Armand Van Helden feat. La Rok 'Let Me Lead You', nevertheless, each track brings something different to the mix
I would recommend this album to absolutely everyone
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 January 2013
dvd arrived on time, excellent quality and value for money, this made an ideal christmas present and didnt have to shop in busy shopping centre.