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Extreme Euphoria Vol.4: Mixed By Lisa Lashes, Bk & the Tidy Boys
Extreme Euphoria Vol.4: Mixed By Lisa Lashes, Bk & the Tidy Boys

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Euphoria is epic!, 25 Mar. 2004
When I first saw this album advertised I just thought WOW! Combining the energy of Lisa Lashes, the production prowess of BK and the cheeky fun side with the Tidy Boys was to me going to produce something out of the ordinary!
To cut to the chase Lisa Lashes' CD is what you would expect from her. It is unrelentless. The Dark by Design tune 'Severe Punishment' is a extremely hard start to proceedings and the following tunes are just as driving. The inclusion of 'new' classics such as Billy Daniel Bunter and DJ Roosta's 'Want My Lovin' and the Paul Glazby mix of '9mm Is A Classic' gives the set much more of an impact. There are examples of tunes from many different labels on this CD including Nukleuz, Tidy, Elasticman, Tripoli and Goodgreef. The mix benefits from this as it makes it more interesting. Sometimes there are CDs that only put on tracks from their own labels and they sound similar and repetitive. The mixing is also very seamless and again shows variety and innovation.
On to BK, who delivers a mix markedly different from the Nukleuz Hard House Anthems style. It is much more techy before it finally launches into full driving hard house. Many of his Klub Kollaborations tunes feature. They show what a remarkable producer he is! He is no slouch at DJing either, although a couple of mixes may have been better if done differently. He, like Lashes shows mixing variety and has some great tunes in his set. Again classics such as 'We Come 1', 'Baloney' and BKs new take on 'Revolution' surface. Slight disappointment that 'Accelerate' did not feature by BK and Andy Farley. A great alternative to the Lisa Lashes CD though.
The third is by the Tidy Boys who do not take themselves seriously. This has the best mixing of the lot. The tunes are many Tidy's back catalogue but there is enough variety to stop boredom setting in. It is fun and bouncy as befits the Tidy label. I am not sure about the end message at the end of the mix as it is a bit of a bizarre and morbid ending to such a good mix.
Overall the tunes are great, but a couple of really great tunes are missing. The mixing is fantastic on the whole but sometimes can be a little elaborate. The pitch of the CD is a little slow but is fast enough for most. I look forward to the next CD!

Back to the Old Skool - Ibiza Anthems
Back to the Old Skool - Ibiza Anthems
Offered by Media Vortex
Price: £14.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Messy album of classics, 15 Mar. 2004
There is no doubt to the 'classic' status of the tracks on this album. They are all memorable and some are still played in clubs today. It is becoming a bit of a washout though since there are zillions of compilations just like this on the market. If you have one of the classic compilations you have them all! Each of these compilations have the majority of the same tracks on them.
Judging on its own merits this compilation is a bit of a mare. The mixing is sporadic in timing and quality. For instance the mixing between Needin U and Dreamer is very good, but other mixes are 'just press stop on one and start on the other at the same time' mixing. Some of the editing is not particularly good either. The cutting of Darude- Sandstorm is a particular howler. The album maintains a fast pace but just feels rushed and unloved. There are better quality albums out there. Try the Very Best Of Euphoria or Jules' Trance Nation 3CD album with the classics on. If house is more your bag there is better in that department too. This CD takes the very best songs and turns them into a very average mish mash. If you are looking for a classics compilation then this would be an option, but it would be buying a beefburger when there are steaks around.

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