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"My Up 'N' Out Set" ... Music for Pre-Club Listens

G. Bowden "genejezkova"
 
The Best Of The Mamas And The Papas
The Best Of The Mamas And The Papas
"Compilation from the 1960's music establishment with the best harmonies this side of ABBA ... pick of the bunch is Mama Cass's solo "Make Your Own Kind Of Music"."
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"Part Two of one of the best overlooked disco compilations ever ... however, in spite of the toe-tapping nostalgia, the house reinvention of "If You Could Read My Mind" gets the blood pumping best."
Ta Dah!
Ta Dah!
"The jury's still out on whether the second Sisters album betters the first, but it still has its share of sophisticated camp ... lead single "I Don't Feel Like Dancing" already feels like a classic."
Fever
Fever
"Kylie's best album manages to straddle the line of unabashed joy pop and trendy dance motifs excellently ... stand out example being the hypnotic, Grammy winning "Come Into My World"."
Black Cherry
Black Cherry
"The sexiest pop album of the new century so far, mixing raw electroclash with orchestral drama beautifully ... for those brave enough, "Tiptoe" heralds the album's most sleazy, camp and epic moments."
Ray Of Light (U.S. Version)
Ray Of Light (U.S. Version)
"The closest Madonna has come to perfection since anything "Immaculate" ... for speed-infused dance wizardry and Madge's most vibrant vocal performance, look no further than the title track."
Life After Death
Life After Death
"Controversial yet undeniably talented, Biggie's first post-humous offering sees he and Puffy urbanise some of the better disco offerings of the '80s (best of the rest: "Mo' Money, Mo' Problems")."
Supa Dupa Fly
Supa Dupa Fly
"The funky, outrageous debut solo LP from hip hop's current leading lady that still impresses ... if only for Da Brat's mouthy interlude, "Sock It 2 Me" oozes attitude from every libidinous pore."
Aquemini
Aquemini
"OutKast's third album embraces an acoustic, bluesy aesthetic resulting in a funky, laidback affair ... however, more uptempo diversions can be found, such as the rabble-rousing "Rosa Parks"."
Demon Days
Demon Days
"Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett strike gold again with their virtual insanities courtesy of stellar production from Dangermouse and some inspired guest stars (hear Shaun Ryder himself on "D.A.R.E.")."
Blur
Blur
"Blur conquer their "Great Escape" backlash with throbbing leftfield sounds for their eponymous effort ... "Song 2" still refuses to be milked by football ads the world over with its rocky abandon."
Guero
Guero
"Surely our generation's most underrated singer/songwriter machine, Beck bestows on us another album of flavoursome quirkiness ... lead single "E-Pro", produced by the Dust Brothers, cements his rep."
Romeo And Juliet Volume 2
Romeo And Juliet Volume 2
"BAFTA award winning soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann's succussful modern revamp ... for rave instrumentalist fare, check out "Escape From Mantua" featuring all kinds of earlier soundtrack reprisals."
Lola Rennt [Run Lola Run]
Lola Rennt [Run Lola Run]
"If you have to own one German techno CD, make it this accompaniment to a great lo-fi action movie ... of the score tracks, "Running Three" just pips its counterparts with its beats, vocals and choirs."
Homogenic
Homogenic
"The Icelandic noisenik's fan favourite, all romantic strings and malformed beats ... however, to amp it up a bit, look for Stardust's "French Dub" mix of "Alarm Call" in the singles CDs."
A Lively Mind
A Lively Mind
"An iffy dance album from one of the world's leading DJs still comes up with some stirringly good, if slightly poppier, stuff ... Brittany Murphy's luminous appearance on "Faster Kill Pussycat" rocks."
Stoned In Love [Cd2]
Stoned In Love [Cd2]
"An album may or may not be in the offing, but this pulsing dance track makes great use of Tom Jones's vocals and its indie rock-style backing to put Chicane back on top form."
Generation
Generation
"A classier, more textured LP than their label debut, the London duo's aggressive intelligence translates into some fine work, best being their biggest hit "Shot You Down" with Nancy Sinatra."
In Search Of...
In Search Of...
"Production house Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo bely their urban credentials with a rocky, soulful debut LP ... for the dance-heads, however, check out Jason Nevins's relentless remix of "Rock Star"."