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Good To Have The Unmixed Tracks
on 30 September 2009
I'm not a big fan of the mixes anymore, to be honest with you, when you know how to do it yourself you feel you can do better, and here I feel The Wideboys have not been very good with the mixing. Sure there are moments of genius like when they mix Whoop there it is with Spirit Of The Sun, it's nearly a mash up; but really there's nothing here from them that stands out, or makes you want to carry on listening to their mix. I am really pleased to get unmixed tracks which are the full length versions, especially the rather rare Put 'Em High (Danny Bond Remix) by Stonebridge, and some other classics I had forgotten about, but why oh why do they insist on claiming Nightcrawlers' hit Push The Feeling On is garage? It's not, it's commercial dance music, which seems to have sneaked into the UK garage genre as some sort of hiding place. It seems now if you have an organ bassline you can do whatever you want, and it's classified as garage!
There's a lot of good stuff on here though garage wise, like Straight From The Heart by Doolally, which is still a good piece of vocal garage, and Moving Too Fast by Artful Dodger, which is still great, even though a bit too commercial. On the nu-skool front you have Benga's excellent Night track, which is rather atmospheric and could be quite scary listening to it on your own down a dark alley. Obviously tracks like Double 99's RIP Groove is still a big favourite for me, and for DJs too.
I'm not really into the new school of garage - so its nice to have some classics to come back to, shame the mixes are not better - but for the price 70 excellent tracks is worth it's weight in gold - especially as this is a good starter for a DJ who uses MP3s - not that I condone that sort of DJing, it's now a reality and I suppose it's something we have to accept - as the art of mixing vinyl seems to be not as popular now.
Must do better Wideboys, some of the spinbacks to get out of tracks is just not on, and the mixing of tracks which don't work together is just not cool.