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In Action - reviewed on 02/25/02
Artist: SOLID BASE
Label: 2002 Remixed Records (Sweden) / Avex (Japan)
Style: Dance / Pop
Index #: AVCD-17040
Veterans of DANCE
scene from Sweden, duo of SOLID BASE is back with brand new
album entitled "In Action".
It premiered in Japan on January 2002. Many fans were waiting for
this one with high expectation because SOLID BASE is one of
the last projects that followed EURODANCE
sound for a long time. That is probably the reason why Japanese label
AVEX grabbed it as fast as they could. So, how is the album? Some
of you who already got it, were not really impressed. The expectation
was to have yet another EURO album, while
the group delivered rather mainstream POP
sound in majority of tunes. However this is only a superficial description.
I found this album quite interesting. First of all SOLID BASE
did not neglect EURO sound, as a matter
of fact you will find some beautifully crafted EURO
tunes. For instance the first song on the album "Perfect
Melody" is a perfect EURODANCE
tune with some POP flavor ala EIFFEL
65. Another powerful DANCE tune "This
Beat Of My Heart" sports not only classic EURO beat but
also is enhances with spectacular synths work and of course outstanding
vocals provided by Isabelle, Very dancable and happy! The album is
quite a combination of various DANCE
styles. For instance "Obsession"
tune brings TRANCE feel into virtually
instrumental tune with limited vocals. This is truly a beautiful and
joyful tune. Lotsa bigl and galloping synthesizers to have fun with!
"I Like It", group's recent
single is featured as well. There are two versions of them with PROGRESSIVE
oriented Earthquake Mix. So if you are TECHNO
freak, you got your share too. BUBBLEGUM
style is represented by "I Do".
Happy and naive tune but fun to listen to it and dance to. How about
EURO-REGGAE? Yeah! It's here as well.
Juxt check "This Is The Summer".
Very melodic tune. Remaining tunes represent mainstream POP
if you will. For instance "You And Me"
combines a bit RAP and POP.
So taken together this album targets almost anyone who like DANCE
hard fans of POP with dedicated fans of EURO, bond together for fun.
In sound sampler from this album I present you 6
mostly DANCE tunes. At this moment this
album is available in Japan and can be order on line. Enjoy!
Buy this album from CD Japan
01. Perfect Melody (1)
Push The Beat For This Jam (The Second Chapter) - rev. on 02/24/02
Label: 2002 Sheffield Tunes (Germany)
Index #: 012 339-2 STU
SCOOTER, a German
long lived and extremely successful TECHNO
project is back with collection of their singles. About four years
ago they released "Rough And Tough And
Dangerous" containing most successful singles at that
time. Now after four years with 10 successful singles, 4 albums, numerous
LIVE appearances and countless awards SCOOTER presents the
album/compilation with tunes that kept this group on the top of German
TECHNO groups. SCOOTER indeed
became an icon of TECHNO sound. With
current releases they return to their roots and sound more and more
like they did at the very beginning. Does that mean that they regress?
Of course not, as a matter of fact the very specific sound we know
SCOOTER makes this group to stand out. Characteristic vocals
and utilization of synths and drums with losta electronic hooks made
this group very unique. This release features two CD. In first CD
you will find 19 tunes that came from all their recent albums like
"Fuck The Millenium" or "Faster
Harder Scooter" from "Back
To The Heavyweight Jam" , "I'm
Your Pusher" from "Shieffield"
or "Posse (I Need You On The Floor)"
and "Aiii Shot The DJ" from
last album "We Bring The Noise".
You will also find there "Sunrise"
track done by RATTY (SCOOTER in disguise). Of course
the brand new single "Ramp! (The Logical
Song)" is in there as well. Speaking of this tune, it
is also featured in the second CD. As a matter of fact there are two
versions of this tune: The Original Club Mix and Starsplash Mix. The
second CD actually features some new material from SCOOTER.
First song "Habanera" is an
incredible TECHNO. This tune actually
borrowed elements from classic opera "Carmen"
by G. Bizet. Quite common practice to do some "remakes"
of classic tune in more TECHNO way. Well...
This is not exactly remake, but this "addendum" of classic
vocal is actually very very cool! Another brand new tune is "No
Pain No Gain". This one is rich with drums and is pretty
fast! Big room TECHNO at it's best with
powerful melodic line! Among new material is also "Loud
And Clear" done in classic SCOOTER style. Another
amazing fare. As a bonus second CD contains remixes of several original
SCOOTER tracks and last four tunes are coming from their LIVE
performance in Poland. Taken together, great treat for fans of this
mega group and good buy for new comers to TECHNO
scene, to listen what this group is all about. In sound sampler I
featured first 6 tunes from second CDs, so you can check the new material
and some remixes. Enjoy the sound!
01. Ramp! (The Logical Song) - 3:53
02. Aiii Shot The DJ - 3:30
03. Posse (I Need You On The Floor) - 3:50
04. She's The Sun - 3:45
05. I'm Your Pusher - 3:48
06. Fuck The Millenium - 3:58
07. Faster Harder Scooter - 3:42
08. Call Me Mañana - 3:40
09. We Are The Greatest - 3:27
10. I Was Made For Lovin' You - 3:32
11. How Much Is The Fish? - 3:45
12. Sputnik - 3:06
13. Greatest Beats - 3:05
14. Bramfeld - 5:16
15. Monolake - 4:27
16. New Years Day - 6:39
17. Firth Of Forth - 3:38
18. Sunrise (Ratty's Inferno) - 5:39
19. Siberia - 2:53
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indicates the order in sound sampler from this album
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Armin Van Buuren 003 - In Motion - reviewed on 02/20/02
Artist: ARMIN VAN BUUREN
Label: 2001 United Recordings (Holland)
Index #: UTD 022-8
Better late than never.
I was waiting for this CD for a long time and I am finally able to
present it to you. Even if released in 2001 the featured music in
this album is immortal. The good news it is still available to be
purchased from US-based Euromusic
World internet music store, so you still can be lucky to get
one. "Armin Van Buuren 003- In Motion"
is third full-length release by this 26 years old well established
Dutch DJ and producer. ARMIN along with DJ TIËSTO,
FERRY CORSTEN and other DJs represents the TRANCE/PROGRESSIVE
force in Holland. This new album with 27 tunes represents his LIVE
PERFORMANCE setting. In a sense, this offering is rather compilation
than the album. It features not only his own tunes such as: "Startheme",
"Clear Blue Moon" (under the project RISING STAR)
but also tunes by other regarded DJs and project such VINCENT DE
MOOR, AIRWAVE, RANK or ORION to name the few. This is very
personal set from ARMIN. Very similar in style and climate
to his previously released several months ago "Armin
Van Buuren 002- Basic Instinct". This is truly a club
set that you have to listen and mediate to. The eclectic in sound
with various flavor of PROGRESSIVE, TECHNO,
TRANCE and TRIBAL
fares, this album represents journey to the world of electronic music
with synths orchestration that will put your state of mind to a n
unknown dimension. You have to be prepared for very sophisticated
work of art and twisted mind. Album indeed beautiful and if you are
into PROGRESSIVE/HARD TRANCE, definately
to have. The sound sampler features 8 tunes taken from both CDs. Enjoy
the music and mystic journey to a timeless sound.
Buy this compilation from EuroMusic World
01. SOLID SESSIONS - Janeiro (Harry Lemon Remix)
02. DAWNSEEKERS - Shaman's Wake up
03. ORINOKO - Island (Saint And Sinners Remix) (1)
04. RISING STAR - Startheme (2)
05. DJ CYBER - Marco Antonio
06. MARC AUERBACH - Muke (Marc's Original Mix) (3)
07. EVOLUTION - Crocodile Man
08. BLAKSTONE - One Thing
09. DJ NUKEM - Instinct
10. HI END SYSTEM - Lost
11. CAPETOWN - Stringizer
12. D-FACTOR - The Wrong Shake
13. SIGNUM 5 - Yards (4)
14. VINCENT DE MOOR - Flowtation 2001 (5)
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Dedicated - reviewed on 02/16/02
Label: 2001 Kontor Records (Germany)
Style: Techno House/Euro Trance
Index #: 0136302KON
After more than two years
ATB (André Tanneberger) is back with brand new album
released on January 28, 2002 entitled "Dedidacted".
ATB does not really need an introduction. He established himself
in German TECHNO scene for a quite long
time since his project SEQUENTIAL ONE. Two singles: "Hold
You" and "Let U Go"
taken from this album have been already played around. Just recently
the third single "You're Not Alone"
was introduced as well. If you are following ATB's music, you
will notice quite distinct difference between this album and his previous
ones either under ATB or SEQUENTIAL ONE. ATB
is moving more into IBIZA-style TECHNO
HOUSE with rich synth section so characteristic for current
EURO-TRANCE/TECHNO by group like FRAGMA.
The two formentioned singles are the best examples. ATB in
his compositions utilizes female vocal. Supreme vocal indeed is provided
by ROBERTA CARTER HARRISON, a well established Canadian singer
formerly with THE WILD STRAWBERRIES. Her resume includes performance
with such singers as CHERYL CROW or ALANIS MORRISSETTE
to name the few. Her voice is quite unique. It i's strong yet delivering
velvet feeling making tunes she performs in truly a marvellous experience.
Album itself is not simply a DANCE album.
Granted there are tunes that fall into that category, but this release
offers more. It gives you a cpecial touch that goes beyond such simple
classification. For instance the title song "Dedicated"
is good TECHNO-HOUSE fare, yet the relaxing
feeling makes it more sensual. The hooks present all over are additional
bonuses. "Get High" is a combination
of the STREET SOUND with R&B
touch with some NEW AGE elements built
in. Slow and beautiful instrumental tune to touch your senses. Seems
ATB is trying to introduce a bit newer sound to the music he
composes. Not exactly the same in style but quite similar in feeling
is "I Can't Stand..". Another
exit from the sound we know him. This majestic tune delivers superb
production and catch low BPM melody line. Beautiful. Don't get impression
though that slow tunes do dominate. You have muh faster tunes such
as "Halcyon" or "Basic
Love" to balance. Sound sampler from this album features
DANCE-oriented tunes, but to get real
feeling you simply have to get the album. Enjoy!
01. Dedicated - 4:15 (1)
UNITED Is Back - reviewed on 01/27/02
Label: 2001 Tic Tac (Poland)
Index #: TIC 213-4-2001 CD
As you well know most album I review come from Western Europe. Only from time to time I am able to present you album coming from Easter European countries like Poland od Russia. Today let me present you brand new album from Polish group UNITED entitled: "United Is Back" released in 2001. Actually, back in 1997, I did review their previous album: "U-Xit-Me". Few words about this group. UNITED was established back in 1994 by MARIUSZ ROGOWSKI and BARTEK PIASECKI. Their first record was released in 1995. The group immediately was noticed and in 1996 they received the award of best DANCE group in Poland. Group performed with such acts as FUN FACTORY, CULTURE BEAT and DJ BOBO. in 1996 they released their second album "Koniec Gry (The End Of The Game)" and in 1997 mentioned "U-Xit-Me", their best album. After relatively long time of silence the group is back with MARIUSZ ROGOWSKI (original member) and two new artists: MARCIN NIEWIADOMSKI and GRAZYNA JANIAK. Presented album have 14 tracks. It has been recorded in various DANCE genres. It's starts with electronic Intro done in BREAK BEAT style. Right after comes "Jeszcze Jedna Noc (One More Night)". This is POP-influenced DANCE tune with male vocals. More dramatic and distinct sound appears on "In Memory of JFK". This is TECHNO/DANCE tune with some original JFK speech included. Next is "Baby Go 2000" tune, another TECHNO fare with some drums action ala SAFRI-DUO. If you like happy REGGAE style, you will enjoy "Chcemy Robic Tak Jak Oni (We Want To Do As They Do)". True TECHNO sound is presented in "Stranger". You will clearly hear U 96 influence in this one. Instrumentally rich with computerized male vocal appearing all over the place. "To Ja Max (It's Me - Max)" is done in popular in the US HIP-HOUSE style. This tune is also offered in Long Version and in it's 2001 edition. "Naprawde Nie Wiem 2000 - "I Really Don't Know"). This one is recorded in simplified EURODANCE/TRANCE style. Most of you who like true dance music will like this one. o you will find here. Taken together an interesting offering for all of you who like dance. It's not RIMINI PROJECT, SYLVER, ALICE DEEJAY but it is UNITED. With their own style and music. Enjoy the sound sampler containing 6 tunes taken from this album.
01. Intro - 1:01
Let Your Body Talk [Limited Edition CD] - reviewed on 01/08/02
Artist: DADDY DJ
Label: 2001 RKG Records / Sony Music (UK)
Index #: DAN505184 2
DADDY DJ, french
Dance project became popular last year with release their megahit
"Daddy DJ". The single was
reviewed here as well as video to that song is presented in our VIDEO
SECTION. Up to day this trio has three singles: one mentioned
above, "The Girl In Red" and
brand new, also taken from this album "Over
You". This project consists of DAVID, a 24 old
singer born in New Caledonia, JEAN-CHRISTOPHE who plays keyboards
and did remixes for such projects as GIGI D'AGOSTINO, DEAD OR ALIVE
and BLONDIE. The last member of the group is CHARLY, born in
Martinique. The album features all together 14 songs. All the mentioned
above singles are in here. As a bonus you got four additional versions
like Ian Van Dahl Radio Edit of "Over You"
or J&B Trance Club Mix of "Daddy DJ"
tune. They are good and enhancing this album. If you listen to other
songs featured in this album, you might get a little bit dissapointed.
That might by a bit off from what we call DANCE.
True, there are still some like instrumental track "Louder"
or COSMIC-oriented dub - "Nightmares"
or even slow-starting title tune: "Let
Your Body Talk" but remaining tunes are rather slow POP
if you will. For instance "Little Baby
Girl" is a slow mover good for body-to-body dance. In
a similar mood is "U See".
Taken together an interesting release. If you will get this LIMITED
EDITION CD, you will also get cute stickers that are included!
I hope to see more tunes from this group in the future. Sound sampler
from this album contains 6
01. Daddy DJ (Chico & Tonio
Radio Edit) - 3:36
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