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A great release filled with lots of sunshine!!
on 3 July 2014
Producing a follow up release to the hugely successful Marbella Sessions 2013, a DJ mix that was at the top of many people's playlist for the entire duration of last year's summer, was never going to be an easy task. It's a beautiful formula that combines new and old, with the focus primarily based on the UK dance scene, and for me personally, a mix that both my 8 year old son and I have enjoyed listening to again and again. Marbella Sessions 2014 takes a slightly different approach and highlights the many 'live' DJ sets that have touched the dance floors during the past 12 months. Bang up to date tracks are once again beautifully blended with some old favourites, but what sets this compilation apart from last year's release is the amount of sunshine that floods the entire two mixes from start to finish. The Pool Party Mix produces a more laid back funky beat, track selection is spontaneous but precise and the set features an array of groove popping sounds that have surfaced during the season. Many of the featured tracks are well known commercials including the sublime I Got You - Duke Dumont Feat. Jax Jones and will appeal to a broad range of listeners both young and old. In true fashion, the VIP Club Mix starts off with some big anthems including Animals- Martin Garrix and Flashback - Calvin Harris, and shouts out to the many clubbers that are prepping for or reflecting on a nights partying. The mix does revert back to a more downbeat pace and classic tracks such as Sugar is Sweeter - C.J. Boland and R U Sleeping - Indo position themselves comfortably amongst the many deep and hard UK Garage bass rhythms that feature during Colin Francis' two sets.
Some gentle touches on tracks such as Hot Natured - Benediction give a sense of authenticity and I have no doubt that many upcoming DJ's will carry out an enjoyable in-depth study and analyses of the various mixing styles used. A slight element of confusion does exist as it takes a few plays before any sense of rhythm begins to flow which contradicts with the nature of the `live' environment being created, but this is what makes it interesting. One thing is clear, if you are looking to listen to a mix where the selection and arrangement of each track has been meticulously thought out and then perfectly mixed, you are just going to have to listen to Marbella Sessions 2013 again. More importantly though is the fact that my son loves it, and whilst current tracks are keeping him happily entertained, his ears are secretly being tuned to some of the classic and well missed sounds from the past.