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Good Songs Treated Badly
on 2 July 2014
I have a bunch of Late Night Tales CDs and while some of them are quite good in that they can contain some un-discovered gems and/or the tracks hang together quite nicely, this one is pretty awful and deserves a slating. To me the power of the DJ over the actual recording artist or band has become absurd and out of hand especially now that mainstream music is more and more being given the DJ treatment in playlist CDs such as these. Back in the days of early dance music you could forgive the meteoric rise of the "Superstar" DJ largely because the vast majority of early House and dance music was rubbish and therefore needed DJs to elevate the genre into something meaningful via the DJ Set. Now though, some DJs such as those on the Late Night Tales series append their names quite often to mainstream track lists that simply don't need DJ treatment and thus con the music buyer that we are getting a special insight into their personal tastes in music. Groove Armada, creatively speaking, are a mere shadow of 10cc and a number of the other artists on this CD. Creatively, they have nothing to add and this is clearly revealed by the fact that wonderful songs such as "I'm not in Love" are just crudely looped in one or two places to make it sound like Groove Armada have actually done something. There is also very little mixing going on because you can't mix em! They are individual songs written to be played in their entirety and here they are just lazily bumped into each other and often criminally shortened. Do yourself a favour, check the track list, download the individual songs and enjoy the true labour of the original artists.