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4.0 out of 5 stars
Azuli Presents Miami 2004
Format: Audio CD|Change
Price:£18.99+ £2.00 shipping

on 21 May 2004
It's April and another Miami is here. Every year Azuli's head David Piccioni somehow manages to compile a seamless mix that contains the future summer anthems. And this is not an overstatement. Last year Miami 2003 offered a great variety of tracks that became summer hits. This year is no exception. Although I think last year's first disc was slightly better than this year's, Miami 2004's second disc is staggering. But don't get me wrong! The first disc, which is a mix of US Garage and Disco House, has some fantastic tracks.
Martin Solveig's excellent "Rocking Music" opens this mix. Already featured in Defected In The House, here we get a re-edit by Joey Negro. Danny Howells' "Dusk Till Dawn" comes up next. Some people may wonder what is this track doing here since it was first heard in Hed Kandi 05.02 one and half years ago! I think it was officially released from Yoshitoshi recently. And is a great track that should be heard in the dancefloors this summer. Consistent as always, DJ Chus delivers a classic track that has all the ingredients to become a summer hit... Soulful vocals, engaging melodies and tribal elements. Other tracks of special mention are "Dancin", an interesting remix of Goldfrapp's "Twist" and the outstanding "Make Your Move (Dare Me)" by Dave Armstrong, which is reminiscent of the Daft Punk sound. 4 stars
The second disc is the real treat here and the proof that Electro, which features at the start of this mix, is really hot these days. There is a natural flow with very nice vibes and dirty beats throughout. Although the entire mix is truly good, I can distinguish two favourite moments. One would be when Piccioni throws "Things (Dub mix)" followed by "Sandcastles" followed by "Things" (again) only in a club uplifting version. And the other one towards the end of the mix. The beautiful "Waterfall" by Spawn Blondes reminded me of what Dave Seaman was playing a few years ago on Global Underground. Another surprise was the Talking Head "Psycho Killer" - inspired "Livewire". A definite dancefloor anthem. Then follows "It's Set To Groove" by house masters Full Intention. And there is more... a track with pop-like vocals, "Spaceman", by Stathis L and the last track of the mix, "West Ghost" with its melodic synths, finishing off in a progressive style. This final part of the mix is twisted and dirty. A dancefloor killer! 4.5 stars
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on 14 May 2004
With such a low price for 2 CDs I assumed quality would be price reflective; however, I was very wrong.
CD 1 captures all of the best funky house songs from the Miami music conference, pretty much all of which are playing around Radio One now; make a move and rocking music. CD2 is a compilation of lesser known dirty house which truley captures the spirit of the Miami parties.
The mixing isnt anything to get excited about but a great collection of tracks.
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