Huge fan of dance music (just about all kinds except trance - sorry!), especially the late 1990s.
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posted a review of Enrique Iglesias - Rhythm Divine. over 4 years ago
This was Enrique's second ever English-language single, right after "Bailamos." It wasn't as successful on the pop chart as its predecessor, but it did hit #4 on the dance chart. And considering that David Morales is among the remixers featured, it's ... See full review
posted a review of Kaskade - Bring The Night. over 9 years ago
Sometimes I think of mix discs as a snapshot into how the DJ is feeling at that particular time of his/her life. My guess is that Ryan Raddon here was feeling pretty good while making this comp, which is, for me, one of the best compilations in recent ... See full review
posted a review of A Tribe Called Quest - The Low End Theory. over 10 years ago
If someone were to come up with a hip-hop time capsule that could store the best material of all time and bury it underground for another to uncover in 50 years' time, there is no question that this CD would be an automatic entry, along with Run-DMC's ... See full review
posted a review of Kaskade - Love Mysterious. over 10 years ago
For his first album with Ultra, Ryan decided to try and construct actual songs with a wide array of textures that could connect with a lot more people than just the club kids. Well, he succeeded, by and large, with this disc, producing five singles and ... See full review
posted a review of Taylor Dayne - Say A Prayer. over 10 years ago
Looking on the surface of this mid '90s track, one would guess that these are your typical mainstream house mixes indicative of the time. And one may have a point, considering the V & L mixes can get grating after repeated listening. However, to my ... See full review
posted a review of Garbage - You Look So Fine. over 10 years ago
"You Look So Fine" may not have made much buzz when it was first released - I think this was the last single off of 'Version 2.0". However, the Eric Kupper remix featured here is, in my opinion, an underrated classic. Indicative of the style he had ... See full review
posted a review of Sounds Of Blackness - The Pressure Pt. 1. over 10 years ago
My parents and my brother have always teased about having this release in my collection. They see the name "Sounds of Blackness" and assume that this is what my father calls "Yo, baby, yo, baby" music. You can deduce what he means. Of course, I know ... See full review
posted a review of The Police - Message In A Box (The Complete Recordings). over 10 years ago
The title says "Complete"; and, up to 1993, when this box set was released, yea, this is freakin' complete. All five of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees' studio albums are here, sprinkled with a few live cuts and B-sides for good measure. From ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Everybody Dance! Remixed Dance Classics. over 10 years ago
Everybody should know that Atlantic Records is one of the greatest in the biz. This collection centers on the '70s and '80s - one of their "golden ages". A varied palate of remixers (some superstars, some underground faves) provide the updates here. ... See full review
posted a review of Tommie Sunshine - Ultra.Rock Remixed. over 10 years ago
I have to hand it to Ultra; I never saw this coming at all, and I was a little skeptical at first. But after repeated listening, I can honestly say that Tommie Sunshine really loves his work. In this 2-disc comp, you can tell he has a strong indie-rock ... See full review
posted a review of Bloc Party - A Weekend In The City. over 10 years ago
For their sophomore disc, the Party wanted a more expansive sound while trying to show some maturity. They sure got the sonic qualities down; but many thought the actual music didn't support those. Well, to me, I gave them a shot. It's worth this risk ... See full review
posted a review of Bloc Party - Silent Alarm. over 10 years ago
Hailed by the British press as one on the most exciting, fresh, brilliant....okay, I think I can stop that hyperbolic drivel. Every UK band it seems gets that press every 15 seconds and is then quickly disdained. For me, though, Bloc Party deserves all ... See full review
posted a review of Various - OM:10 A Decade Of Future Music. over 10 years ago
For anyone out there who may be wondering what OM Records does best, this comp is for you. A reasonably-priced three-disc affair with over 3.5 hours total of the best independent-minded dance music around. This really shows the evolution of this label ... See full review
posted a review of Luther Vandross & Janet Jackson - The Best Things In Life Are Free. over 10 years ago
Taken from AM:PM's series of limited-edition CD singles, this song first appeared in the movie MO' MONEY. But the label commissioned K-Klass and Roger Sanchez to provide updated mixes in time for Janet's first career retrospective. Here, in this ... See full review
posted a review of Ultra Naté - New Kind Of Medicine. over 11 years ago
Import-only release featuring two top American remixers at the top of their game. Morales has some really cool mixes from the days when his glammed-up look had just a big of toughness to it. And Tenaglia kept it twisted, naturally, in his mixes. Nice ... See full review
posted a review of Sting & The Police - Roxanne '97 (Puff Daddy Remix). over 11 years ago
Look past the first track on this (it's not hard to some people to do), and revel in the drum-and-bass tinged EVA mix that Mr. Sanchez gave this track. Why can't established house producers do complete 180s like this every now and then? That mix was a ... See full review
posted a review of Gnarls Barkley - St. Elsewhere. over 11 years ago
How the hell do you classify this CD? One review has said "psychedelic soul" or something that Marvin Gaye would record if he were still alive in 2006. For now, I'll go with that. The Cee-Lo/Danger Mouse pairing may be a bit weird for some; and this ... See full review
posted a review of Mylo - Destroy Rock & Roll. over 11 years ago
About a two-and-a-half-year wait for this to finally see a U.S. release; for me, though, it was worth the wait. Mylo really came out of nowhere to move dancefloors all over the world with a CD that is chock full of hits. I cannot for the life of me get ... See full review
posted a review of Justin Timberlake - Cry Me A River. over 11 years ago
Say what you want about JT trying to act black. "Cry Me A River" is a 21st-century pop/R&B masterpiece. Sorry, all you purists. This sports one of Timbaland's most memorable instrumental arrangements ever, and the vocals also stick with you for a ... See full review
posted a review of Freemasons. over 11 years ago
Anybody looking for remixes that can be best described as "modern disco" should bank on the Freemasons. 2005 was a fantastic debut year for them with many American DJs caning the heck out of their mixes for Faith Evans' "Mesmerized". And who can really ... See full review
posted a review of Axwell. over 11 years ago
I'm gonna give credit where credit is due. 2005 was a monster year for Axwell because of "Feel The Vibe" - the original, not the one with the female vocal - which has become one of my all-time favorites. The fact that he can be hard when he wants to ... See full review
posted a review of Artists Against AIDS Worldwide - What's Going On. over 11 years ago
Released initally as a benefit single to help tackle the AIDS crisis, this song took on another meaning after the horrific attacks on American soil on September 11, 2001. Profits were split to help out AIDS and 9/11 victims. The song is a cover of the ... See full review
posted a review of Afro Medusa - Pasilda. over 11 years ago
From a time when Latin-styled house was in vogue came this barn-stormer of a track complete with vocals that you know mean something but, since you can't understand the language, you still sing along with them in hopes of impressing someone into thinking ... See full review
posted a review of Aaliyah - The One I Gave My Heart To & One In A Million. over 12 years ago
This is one of the late Aaliyah's strongest singles for me. Mainstreamers salivated over the anthemic tones that Soul Solution provided for the Diane Warren-penned ballad, "The One I Gave My Heart To" (the dub ain't too bad either). But a lot of ... See full review
posted a review of Eddie Amador - House Music (Remixes). over 12 years ago
"Not everyone understands house music; it's a spiritual thing, a body thing, a soul thing." That's it, folks. Fifteen words total. But the statement they made propelled Eddie into worldwide stardom and gave even more recignition to the Yoshitoshi ... See full review
posted a review of Morel* - Queen Of The Highway. over 12 years ago
Talk about someone who walks a lonely road. I doubt many other people in the dance community could make songs like those on this CD, especially one such as "Mean Time". What a powerful track. Also, I think he nicked the trumpet riff from Little River ... See full review
posted a review of Jazzanova - The Remixes 1997-2000. over 12 years ago
Well, I don't know if something's wrong with a person if they don't have this release; let's just say that their taste needs to be a bit more eclectic. Ever wonder why a lot of people on this site have this in their homes? Since I'm a percussion ... See full review
posted a review of Seal - Killer 2005. over 12 years ago
An early-90s fave becomes a mid-00s monster. Released to commemorate his first "Greatest Hits" collection, Seal's debut single got the big-name treatment here. Peter's two mixes are kinda interchangable with each swiping some parts of the original to ... See full review
posted a review of Seal - Kiss From A Rose EP. over 12 years ago
The main reason why this is in my stash is because of the phenomenal job that Adamski did in remixing what is perhaps one of the most stellar ballads ever released in the 1990s (maybe even of all time) and turning it into an atmospheric, lite-techno ... See full review
posted a review of Milk & Sugar - Higher & Higher (CD2). over 12 years ago
Perhaps, the first major career highlight for this German duo: having the late great Ms. Pope on vocals and getting Mr. Morales to remix it. This package may be better than the accompanying one (http://www.discogs.com/release/88151) because David's ... See full review
posted a review of Seal - Fly Like An Eagle. over 12 years ago
As featured in the movie, "Space Jam", but most of the attention went to THAT R. Kelly ballad (no, not "Trapped In The Closet). The remixes by C.J. didn't really get much attention when released; and I don't think anybody in the U.S. realized they ... See full review
posted a review of Michelle Weeks - Don't Give Up. over 12 years ago
This could very well be one of the definitive releases for both Michelle and M&S, both of whom were in their peak period with this collaboration. You can't get much more uplifting in garage house circles than this - especially when she hits that high ... See full review
posted a review of Deep Dish - George Is On. over 12 years ago
I have heard a lot of mixed reviews on this one, particularly from people who were expecting a little bit of previous Deep Dish mid/late-90s glory on this one. Well, this release, Dub & Sharam's first artist album in over 6 years and the first under a ... See full review
posted a review of New Order - Krafty. over 12 years ago
I'm frankly amazed that New Order has been around for just about a quarter of a century. So I admit that factor helped me purchase this single. Regardless, this is a nice positive message to everybody out there - very accessible to a lot of people. ... See full review
posted a review of Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin. over 12 years ago
Quite simply, this could very well be the most popular and best-selling CD boxed set in America. Why? Probably because this quartet has been permanently Superglued to the playlist of every AOR and classic rock radio station in the U.S. since they were ... See full review
posted a review of Chicago (2) - Chicago Transit Authority. over 12 years ago
When you look back on classic albums of the 1960s, this one ranks right up there - this is the debut effort from Chicago. Yes, they were known for a time as Chicago Transit Authority before then-mayor Richard Daley wasn't too pleased with the name; they ... See full review
posted a review of The Urban Blues Project* Presents 3 Dee Featuring Michael Procter - Deliver Me. over 12 years ago
This little CD single, which came out in the mid-1990s, has had a huge impact of a lot of people and stands with many as one of the best garage house track ever made. Now credited to the Urban Blues Project, this release basically put Jazz-n-Groove and ... See full review
posted a review of The Scumfrog - Extended Engagement. over 12 years ago
I wasn't really sure what to think when I first bought this mix CD. Now, though, after repeated listenings, I'm glad I did. Jesse shows throughout this comp why he is one of the top remixers/producers of the '00 decade. He isn't afraid to show some ... See full review
posted a review of Soundgarden - Superunknown. over 12 years ago
The pinnacle of this Seattle quartet's commercial success, it debuted at #1. How the heck could one describe all of the different styles found here? The dark pop of "Fell On Black Days"; the spooky balladry (really?) of "Black Hole Sun", the disc' ... See full review
posted a review of Don Henley - New York Minute. over 12 years ago
"New York Minute" is one of my favorite Henley tracks - it's a ballad about what can happen in "The Big Apple" and how quickly circumstances can change people. Love the harmony vocals by Take 6 in this, as well - pretty underrated when it was first ... See full review
posted a review of No Mercy - Kiss You All Over (Extended Club Mixes). over 12 years ago
There weren't high expectations when this cover of Exile's 1978 charttopper was first released; and, granted, No Mercy and Frank Farian (ugh!) delivered little, if any, mercy to the original. Thank goodness Arista had the guts to let Johnny Vicious turn ... See full review
posted a review of Jason Nevins - Virgin Records Dance Hits. over 12 years ago
As far as remix albums go, this is Virgin America's attempt to try and tap into the American mainstream consciousness - with "mixed" results, literally. My biggest gripe with this album is the placement of the songs. It's almost as if Mr. Nevins was ... See full review
posted a review of Janet* - Doesn't Really Matter. over 12 years ago
This single, taken from the soundtrack to THE NUTTY PROFESSOR II, isn't all that memorable looking back on it now, save for one particular mix. Jonathan Peters (with help from studio partner Tony Coluccio) broke out of his over-the-top Sound Factory ... See full review
posted a review of Depeche Mode - Enjoy The Silence·04. over 12 years ago
In celebrations of the massive end-of-2004 remix collection, new mixes of DM's most chart-successful track were issued. Track-by-track analysis: Mike Shinoda's version sounds like "Numb (Part 63)"; so if you're a Linkin Park fanatic, you'll love it; if ... See full review
posted a review of Stevie Wonder - At The Close Of A Century. over 12 years ago
Those of you who scoff at purchasing box sets won't have what I have to say about this...'cuz this is one STELLAR collection from Stevie. This has just about all of his biggest chart hits and all of those deep "quiet storm" classics that people have ... See full review
posted a review of Heller & Farley Project - Ultra Flava. over 12 years ago
For those people who are looking for the right package to buy of this song, I would recommend this one from DV8/A&M (US). Not only do you get the original version (no Ultra vocals, but still has THAT keyboard line) but some top-notch remixes as well. ... See full review
posted a review of De La Soul - A Roller Skating Jam Named "Saturdays". over 13 years ago
This is probably one of my all-time favorites tracks that the Soul have ever released. From the severely underrated DE LA SOUL IS DEAD offering, this ain't nothing but a feel-good party tune, primed for the dancefloor, aimed at placing a smile on your ... See full review
posted a review of Usher - Confessions (Part 2) / My Boo. over 13 years ago
For some people, as 2004 progressed, "Yeah!" was not the highlight of Usher's breakthrough CD. It was "Confessions (Part 2)", which had the most personal lyrics that he'd ever recorded and co-written. Many wondered aloud if this was based on his ... See full review
posted a review of Photek - Mine To Give (Remixes). over 13 years ago
Man, what a huge hit this was. I didn't know Photek was capable of making a house record. Granted, this was HIS kind of house - progressive, techy, a tad dirty, but uplifting still thanks to Robert's classy vocals. Satoshi was digging deep into his ... See full review
posted a review of Deep Dish - Penetrate Deeper. over 13 years ago
I believe the liner notes here say that some of these songs were actually re-recorded (I think becuase of legal issues). Regardless if they were, the rhythms and moods established here are second-to-none - besides, when compared to the original I doubt ... See full review