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We knew they were good, but THIS good!?!?,
This review is from: Warung Brazil Presents 16 Bit Lolitas (Audio CD)
If ever you want to get people to take notice of you as an electronic artist, one sure fire way would be to do what 16 Bit Lolitas have just done: pull of a spectacular two disc mix, one of all your own tracks, and one of everyone else's. It's hard for DJ's to get one mix CD exciting these days, let alone two, and how about one full of all your own producuctions? Amazing feat ... read on.
If you're like me, you've certainly heard of these guys before, often showing up on progressive house mixes over the years, from the likes of Dave Seaman and Nick Warren in particular. With progressive house morphing into the electro and tech house meld over the years, it's interesting to see how the old progressive house artists are taking the change. Not to worry, as the slick melodies, edginess, and sometimes dark sounds of progressive are all expertly updated for 2009 by this Dutch duo. They've been chosen to mix this first CD in the Warung Brazil series, which is meant to capture the feel at Brazil's popular night club, Warung Beach Club. Keeping that in mind, it's a bubbly house mix full of captivating melodies that will fill dance floors anywhere in the world.
This 2 disc set (incorrectly listed on Amazon as 1 disc) is loaded with that tech house sound and some electro, but void of most of the stronger techno and minimal which eases it's way into everything these days. It remains steadily along the house lines, yet with so many similar grooving tracks, their superb track selection always manages to keep the flow exciting.
What's really clear here is that not only are Lolitas skilled at choosing the latest tracks, but they're even better at coming up with a dozen tracks of their own that also fit the bill. I can't decide which mix I like more, as their own tracklist on CD 2 works just as well as CD1, which is diverse with different artists. I think mixing all their stuff definitely works better than an artist album with separate tracks, a trend that has worked well in the past for other electronic albums. I like how the transition of each song feels more like it's at just the right time for switching tracks and keeping the energy flow high. Often on continuously mixed artist albums, the songs are just laced together at their slower beginning and ends. They really pulled off what sounds like various artist mix, even though it's entirely of their own work.
This release is a remarkable showcase for the talents of these guys to abruptly take center stage. If you haven't found this mix, you'd be missing out one of the best electronic 2 disc sets to be released in years.